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13 In Korea/ Lifestyle/ Travel

The T.I.ME : Travel In Time

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Big chains may have the convenience factor, but it’s the small shops that bring all the good feels. I’ve visited THE T.I.ME twice this month, because I can’t seem to get enough of stationary these days! There’s something incredibly satisfying about writing things down on paper, and I feel like a lot of creativity and inspiration comes from writing. So I’ve really been enjoying writing in my traveler’s notebook lately, and this in turn has fueled my stationary obsession.

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If you’re a fan of the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, then you’ll love the stamping station! They have a wide array of travel-themed stamps, and some of them you can only get stamped in Seoul. I think it would be really cool if each major city had it’s own unique stamp, but I’m not sure if they all do.

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The decor was so pretty and the whole place felt cozy with all the warm sunlight flooding through the windows. It was fun browsing through all the shelves to look at what they had, and of course I couldn’t resist doing a bit of shopping during their opening sale. The shop is right out of exit 1 of Ahyeon station in Seoul, so if you’re going to be shopping around Myungdong, Hongdae, or Eedae it might be worth it to swing by for 30 minutes or so to take a look. It’s a little hard to spot because it’s not on the first floor and the stairwell leading up to the shop is easy to pass by without even noticing it. The trick is to walk straight while keeping an eye on the other side of the road. Once you spot the red post office on the other side of the road,  you’re right around where the stairwell should be.

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I was pretty excited to pick up the 10th anniversary miniature traveler’s notebook during their opening sale. It had been on my wish list for a while, but as with most limited edition collector items it came with a price tag. I never thought I would get it on sale because it’s a limited item, but I lucked out! I was actually pretty impressed with the contents, because I got to go through the exciting experience of opening and assembling a traveler’s notebook – only this time in mini size. Everything from the packaging to the printed inserts was the same, and I just about melted from the cuteness of it all. I haven’t actually written in it yet as I don’t know what I would want to write in it. That’s the downside of unique collector items, they don’t sell refills. I suppose I could make copies of the inserts and make my own refills, but I’m not sure if I want to go through the trouble of doing that yet.

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Other then that, I picked up the stencil and a few more inserts. I love how much you can customize the traveler’s notebook, because it was always somewhat difficult finding a new planner every year. I would always want certain spreads from some planner and other spreads for another, so it’s nice just being able to put whatever I want in my planner. I think I love it even more because it doesn’t have those pesky rings or spirals down the center.

Your Turn ♥  Do you journal or enjoy stationary? What are some of your favorite stationary brands?

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  • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

    I can’t wait to go to Asia so I can go crazy buying stationary! My problem is, I find them too pretty to use.

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      I used to be the same way! I would save up pretty stationary for that “special day one day” that never came around xD So I like this idea of having a journal where I can collect it all. If you come to Korea again I’ll give you a list of all the cool stationary places here :D

      • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

        Thanks that will be great! I will let you know and we can meet up :)

        • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

          That would be awesome!! :D

  • http://simplykk.com Kathryn

    I would absolutely love that store! I’m such a sucker for stationary / notebooks / journals / etc. You’re so right, there is something satisfying about writing things down on paper. It seems like it’s easier to remember that way, and, at least for me, has me feeling more creative most times. Beautiful photos, girl!

    Kathryn • Simply KK

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Right? I have a hard time dragging myself away from stationary stores, because there’s always so many interesting things to see! I definitely feel more creativity flowing when writing on paper compared to typing something online or on my phone. I’m not sure what it is, but something is there!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      P.S. your link gave me a 404 hun :O
      Good thing I have you in my bookmarks ;)

      • http://simplykk.com Kathryn

        Oh no! That’s so weird, I just tried clicking on it and it worked for me. Thanks for the heads up, though, girl! And for keeping me in the bookmarks, lol :)

  • http://www.thelookingglassbyty.com Tiffany-The Looking Glass

    This store looks amazing! I love a good journal/stationary store. I own so many journals, but I still can’t stop myself from getting more. Will keep this on my list next I visit Seoul :)

    Tiffany xx
    http://www.thelookingglassbyty.com

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Stationary is definitely a weakness of mine;) I’m sorry I missed your comment! I’m just getting back into the flow of blogging again hehe

  • TinyPandaFlower

    Hello,
    I know you posted this amazing shop a while ago but is I possible to know the proper address of this shop? I’ll be visiting Seoul this September and definitely having this shop part of my itinerary.
    I really love your pictures too!
    Please and thank you ?

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Hi TinyPandaFlower :)
      Their address is 4F, JUN B/D, 261 SINCHON-RO, SEODAEMOON-KU, SEOUL, KOREA 03775. In Korean (just in case you take a cab), 서울특별시 서대문구 신촌로 261 준빌딩 4층. If you take the subway, get off at Ahyeon Station (아현역) which is part of the green subway line. Leave the station through Exit 1 and walk straight for about a minute. The entrance is a little tricky to spot (I walked right past it even though I was looking for it). It will be right after the crosswalk. On the other side of the street you’ll see the post office (Google “Korean post office symbol” to familiarize yourself with the logo and color). When you spot the post office you should be very near the narrow stairway that leads up to the store. You’ll know you’re in the right entrance if you see THE T.I.ME logo above the stairs. (map: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXuhn_SF-Df/?taken-by=the_t.i.me). You may want to contact them through instagram @the_t.i.me in advance as the owner will happily engrave your name or a short phrase into the leather if you make an appointment in advance.

      If you plan to go to Hongdae or Ewha Univ during your trip, I recommend you schedule going to THE T.I.ME on the same day as it is on the same subway line and only a few stops away. Or, if you’re not interested in cafe hopping and would like to immerse yourself in some more stationary shopping, I highly recommend you visit the Kyobo Book Centre at Gwang-hwah-moon. You could either take a taxi from THE T.I.ME or get back on the subway, get off at Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (을지로입구), and walk to Kyobo Book Centre. Actually if you do take a cab it’s probably cheaper to take it once you get off at Euljiro 1 ga Station (note, in Korean it sounds more like Eul-ji-ro-eep-goo). The bookstore is in the basement, but it is massive. They have two sections entirely dedicated to stationary and such, so if you love stationary, plan to stay at least an hour looking around ;)

      • TinyPandaFlower

        Thank you so much! xx