I have a hairdresser in KangNam with a long clientel of the old rich, keeping fit weekends on water-skiing and skating . his other hobby is to look around and pick up plants . and there it was .. an exotic plant for Korea – yes, like all fashion once the fad shades in : all household will have that same plant .
Dracaena Godseffiana or Dracaena Surculosa known in Korea simply as “GoduSepia” (for some species are not imported and the whole name shortened for convenience among growers & suppliers). belonging to the bamboo family don’t require frequent watering . smaller and taller variants where the tall, ceiling-touching ones with medium-dense leaves attracted me most .
brought me immediately images of West Africa where first originated, so headed the next day for BanPo Flower & Plant Market “BanPo KKot-ShiJang” open early for a large portion of wholesale starts here for Seoul . several shops had it with different shapes and price W95,000 ~ W140,000 with delivery . the place where I bought – the owner lady said she prays a short ceremony whenever she gives her child away ?
Subway Line 3 GoSok (Express Bus) Terminal Station Exit 1 or
Subway Line 7 BanPo Station Exits 3 & 4 .
ask around and head for the underpath BF underground passage and shopping row “JiHa SangGa”.
the whole big block of this neighborhood is BanPo Bus Terminal serving out-of-city Buses, linked to the West to the modern Shopping Complex of “Central City” which includes :
- Shinsegae Department Store with tastey imports on the grocery section underground BF floor,
- YoungPoong MoonGo (BookStore) with considerable English and Japanese books (although not nearly as large a section as Kyobo or Bandi & Loonis),
- Cinus Movie Theatre, and
- Marriott Hotel .
Subway Line 3 GoSok (Express Bus) Terminal Station Exit 8 links to the Department Store while Exit 7 links to the Hotel above .
also nearby one block North-East, is Korea’s own supermart Kims Mart formerly Kims Club .