Your visit to Korea cannot be perfect without shopping. Korea may be one of the world's best-kept secrets as a place of low prices for quality goods. Some of Seoul's popular shopping districts are Myeong-dong, South Gate Market and Itaewon where everything is sold are among the highlight spots for your shopping. Myeong-dong is the fashion center of Korea and its neighboring blocks are department stores filled with carefully laid-out merchandises. Beneath these stores are the huge underground arcades that offer a fascinating subterranean shopping experience. And across the street is South Gate Market filled with small shops selling all kinds of Korean products. Itaewon is the among the most popular shopping streets. The shops and stalls of Itaewon are foreigner's bargain paradise. Here you can take your time and haggle over the price. For your information, listed below are shopping spots in Seoul. In addition, there are numerous shopping malls and department stores including duty free shops available around Korea.
What to buy
Amethyst, clothing, leather goods, furs, electronics, ginseng, antiques, sports equipments, pottery, jewelry, watches and accessories, suitcases, hand bags, paintings, eel skin products, calligraphy, masks, wood crafts, crowns, lacquer wares, folk art crafts, folk dolls, Shoes, brassware, chests, furniture, tailor made costume, etc.
Listed are some of the shopping spots of Seoul.
Myeongdong shopping district (10:00 - 21:00)
Local Name: Myeong-dong
Location: Right in the city center neighboring with most of the fancy department stores and South Gate market.
Hotels nearby: Royal is in the right place and King Sejong the other side.
Access: Subway line No. 2 at Euljiro 1-ga and subway line No. 4 at Myeong-dong station.
Items: High quality boutiques, shoes, suits, jewelry, accessory
Yongsan electronics Market (10:00 - 20:00)
Local Name: Yongsan Jeonja Sangga
Location: 6Km south of downtown. 2,800 shops.
Access: Subway line No. 1 at Yongsan or line No. 4 at Sin Yongsan station. Both takes 7 minutes on foot.
Items: All of the electronic items, computers, software , games, CD, laptop computers, phones, refrigerator, microwave, electric appliances.
Insa-dong Antique Shop street (09:00 - 18:00) Open year round
Local Name: Insadong
Access: Subway line No. 3 at Anguk station.
Items: Mostly antiques, pottery, paintings, calligraphy, handcrafts, wooden chest
Jangan-pyeong (Dapsimni) Antique shop (09:00 - 18:00)
Local Name: Jangandong Golttongpum Sijang
Location: About 12Km east of downtown. 150 shops
Access: Subway line No. 2 at Sindap station.
Items: Ceramics, lacquerware, paintings, calligraphy, stone artifacts.
Gyeong-dong market (09:00 - 18:00)
Local Name: Gyeongdong Sijang
Location: About 10Km northeast of downtown
Access: Subway line No. 1 at Jegi station.
Items: Herbs and oriental medicine.
Local Name: Namdaemun Sijang
Access: Subway line No. 1 and 2 at city hall and 7 minute walk from the station. Also can be accessible by subway line No. 4 at Hoehyeon station and 2 minute on foot.
Items: Almost everything from food stuffs, accessory, clothes, watches, souvenirs, glasses, jewelry, camera, households, kitchenware, hand bags, tools.
East Gate market (08:00 - 18:00)
Local Name: Dongdaemun Sijang
Location: 4Km east of downtown
Access: Subway line No. 4 at Dongdaemun or Dongdamun Undongjang station.
Subway line No. 1 at Jongro 5-ga station. As is the largest in the country with more than 5,000 shops. Any of above stations is the market area.
Items: Almost everything from food stuffs, accessory, clothes, watches, souvenirs, glasses, jewelry, sports good, shoes, hand bags, silk, tools, bedding, household, lighting and illumination equipment.
Itaewon shopping street (09:00 - 21:00)
Local Name: Itaewon. Most famous among the foreign visitors.
Location: 5 minute from downtown by taxi. Subway available.
Access: Most of the hotels operate free shuttles to this marvelous shopping district during business hours.
Items: Eel skin purses, hand bags, shoes, suitcases, tailor made suits, T-shirts, wooden chests and furniture, leather jackets, pottery
Galleria department store (10:30 - 19:30)
Hyundae department store (3 locations)
Lotte department store (4 locations)
Midopa department store (3 locations)
Shisegae department store (4 locations)
Korean handicraft center (10:00 - 19:00)
And lot more shopping malls including duty free shops.