Having the idea to share information regarding souvenirs from South Korea that can be bought in Seoul and other cities. But I think it might be better if I start if off by sharing guides for shopping tourism in Seoul, right?
Because, even if you claim yourself as a budget travelers, being a traveller would never be parted with shopping activities. At least you would need to buy some souvenirs. Well of course there is an exception if that traveler doesn’t have any friends to share the souvenirs for.
Okay, first info I’d like to share is about where exactly to go if you want to look for branded goods in Seoul. Talking about branded goods and shopping activities, definitely it won’t be far from the name of Myeong-dong, a distrcit famously known as shopaholic’s paradise in Seoul as well as the Mecca of famous fashion trends.
Myeong-dong has hundreds of stores selling products like clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and much more. That doesn’t include the area of well-know boutiques and a line of upper-class department stores which will seduce all the shopaholics to stop by and check out. The point is, don’t claim yourself as a shopaholic before stopping by at Myeong-dong!Other district that is popular as an upper-class shopping place is Gangnam, which has 2 popular shopping paradise, Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong area. Both area has plenty of famous boutique and department store, including beauty saloon popularly visited by local celebrities. Besides Myeong-dong and Gangnam, Jamsil is also famous as an upper-class shopping paradise as it has luxurious shopping center. Not only that, the underground shopping center is also designed to be comfortable for foreigners and is offering various trendy fashion collection in affordable prices.
Other popular fashion shopping area is Munjeong-dong. Sounds unfamiliar? How about Rodeo Street, you know it don’t you? Rodeo Street which is well-known as the area with biggest fashion outlet in Korea, is located in Munjeong-dong. And Rodeo Street doesn’t consists only of fashion outlets.
At this area, there are also various shopping centers and boutiques of famous brands. As an additional information, Rodeo Street is also available on Apgujeong. But Munjeong-dong’s Rodeo Street is known to be the first shopping center outlet in Korea, so don’t get it mixed up, okay?
Other alternative, stop by at Garosugil, a new shopping area in Seoul. Because it is new, there are many stores at this place that are focusing on selling the latest fashion trends. This area also has cool cafes and restaurants.
Branded goods are not your taste? Is there any places for shopping the latest fashion products in student prices? Of course there are. Just hop down to the popular shopping area for students in Seoul, Hongdae dan Sinchon.
Hongdae area (which is close to Hongik University) has plenty of stores offering unique fashions. Every weekend, this area also regulargy holds a secondhand market selling various hodden treasures. Meanwhile, the area nearby Ehwa Womans University has plenty of fahion stores for women, which the fun thing is, offering affordable prices due to high competitions amongst stores.
Well, for you who prefer shopping at traditional market, Seoul has several markets that are popular amongst foreign travelers. The first and the main one is of course, Dongdaemun Market.
This market is dubbed as the center of real Korean fashion trend. There are many fashions from Dongdaemun got spreaded out to other districts with much higher prices. Even so, it doesn’t mean that the goods at Dondaemun Market would be the cheapest in Seoul. I’ll review more about it on the shopping tips section.
Namdaemun Market becomes other market popularly visited by travelers. This biggest traditional market in Korea doesn’t only sell fresh products, but also some textile products, traditional crafts, imported goods, electronics, accesories, and much more. Rumor has it, more than 90% of kid’s apparel sold in Korea are distributed in Namdaemun. Hmm, such a good reason for parents to stop by at Namdaemun Market.
And then, where is the best place to shop for souvenirs? Then Insa-dong deserves to be mentioned first. This place has plenty stores of traditional crafts which mainly are on a 700-meters-long street. Itaewon is also interesting to visit.
Besides having the biggest mosque in Seoul, this area is also a multicultural area. So there will be plenty of unique stores in Itaewon. Other area, Samcheong-dong, also offers a lot of souvenir and handicraft stores. Anyone of you who love antiques, Samcheong-dong wold be interesting to visit.
The names mentioned above are just a few of areas popularly known as shopping district. Actually, if we mention it more specifically of the name of the place to shop, the list would be much longer. For example, Seoul has many underground shopping center offering numerous interesting collections and is connected directly to subway station.
For example, there are Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center, Sogong Underground Shopping Center, and much more. Large shopping center such as COEX Mall dan Times Square, as well as Ssamzie-gil and Lotte Mart, are also popular amongst foreign travelers. The point is, shopaholic would never run out of ideas as there are many options of shopping places to be found on Seoul.
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