Stores, Malls or Markets in South Korea

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    everywhere: Haggle

    by VZ-Pam Written Dec 31, 2009

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    Haggle is a usual way of life here in most shops...

    Bring calculator or pen & paper to haggle as most shop keepers do not speak english

    What to buy: Many & especially Red GinSeng

    What to pay: market price & grades different. Research on your own but try to buy from government store on Red GinSeng

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    lotte world: seoul, south korea

    by pazilia Written Oct 9, 2009

    lotte world in seoul is like the korean disney land!. I went with my cousin and she is a massive fan of korean soppy soap operas. She was very excited about visiting the ice rink there as its where alot of these soap episodes are filmed. Lotte world is fun for a day out if the weather is horrible and you want to bein doors. The seouju on sale in the supermarket is actually cheaper than water!

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    Dongdaemun: bargain in Korea

    by bryankang Written Sep 20, 2008

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    Namdaemun area is famous for fashion accesories and glasses, gunsengs
    while Dongdaemun area is good for clothes.
    Insadong area is like a Altstadt in Europe cities, place for small souvernirs
    and cultural touches rather than shopping.

    As Koreans bargain 10% from quoted price normally, but as a tourist here bargain from half of quoted price and you can get 20% discounted.
    If price tag is shown 10% discount will be best bargain.

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    Any market, any city: Shop til you drop

    by Edith49 Updated Feb 4, 2008

    I love the Korean markets. They have EVERYTHING!!! You could spend hours and hours and not see everything. Fortunately for me, my son is very tolerant and he let me shop to my hearts content.

    What to buy: Oh my gosh, it depends on what you are looking for - I bought souvenirs for all my family and friends and I bought a wonderful fleece blanket for only 10,000 Won (about $10 USD) - I had to get an extra suitcase to bring it home, but it was soft and colorful I had to have it. I had the most wonderful time wandering through and enjoying all the exotic scents and colorful displays. The only market I was disappointed in was Namdaemun in Seoul because unfortunately we went there on the Lunar New Year and it was CLOSED!!! There were a few stalls open here and there and I bought a little bird house which I love, but for the most part, it was closed and sad looking. It is normally bustling and filled to the brim with people.

    What to pay: Prices vary and some merchants will barter with you a little - I'm not good at that - I just pay what they ask and I never felt taken advantage of. The only thing I felt was really overpriced was the chocolate I bought for a friend - it was spicy chocolate in a high end store, but I wanted it, so I paid what they asked.

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    Wholesale centres: Namdaemum

    by efoo Written Feb 24, 2007

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    The shops inside the wholesale centres located at Namdaemun market are much cheaper than the open air market. We popped into almost all the main ones and visited each floors.

    What to buy: Ladies accessories, korean cultural items.

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    Shinchon Street

    by ghweeh Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    We were told that it was located beside an elite Korean University ~ Ewha Woman’s (sic) Univeristy, in Daehyun-dong.

    No more tall shopping malls, but small shops selling all kind of trendiest fashionable items like clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and even cosmetics. Along the street, we were attracted to a store selling ‘Portuguese Egg tarts’ and started to drool!!! Egg tarts have always been our favourite snack…so the rest of the “journey” was concentrated on EATING… I was tempted to buy a hand-phone as I passed by a shop selling one of the sleekest and cool MOBILE I have ever seen. In comparison, those back home looks so boring. Sigh…why cant Singapore used CDMA??!!!

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    Dongdaemun (Great East Gate)

    by ghweeh Updated Sep 1, 2006

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    It was more like streets of shopping malls at every corner we turned into. Korea’s larges wholesale and retail shopping district that has more than 10 shopping malls, thousands of speciality shops and manufacturers. You just can’t stop buying with shops/stores/stalls selling electronics, office supplies, toys, sporting goods, shoes, bags, garments, silks, and the list goes on and on….

    They even has a whole floor that catered to newlyweds-to-be with all kinds of bedding, dishes, curtains, silverware, clothing materials, necessary items for starting a new household. They even has materials ready-made traditional costumes.

    What to buy: Every level has a different theme; i.e. fashion, accessories, bags, etc. My favourites were the small stalls that sold all kinds of interesting stuffs like key-chains, handphone accessories, bookmarks, fridge magnets, postcards, display accessories...with different varieties...something for everyone! :-) But I would never forget what I saw when we reached the basement - with a sign that says "Imported Products" and.....I saw Burger King!!!

    What to pay: I lost count of how much I spent here! Kind of lost of mind when I saw those beautiful postcards…such that I regret not buying enough!!

    Although one who doesn’t speak Koreans may have a bit of problem shopping there. Nevertheless, with international equipment ~ a calculator, that solves all problems! Let the numbers do the talking!!

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    Itewon: Hot to buy in Seoul

    by Ronquillo2 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Itewon has not only one shop,it's to many stores you can find! It's very grate place to spend your money and be happy about you chois

    What to buy: Practecly anything you want but clothes any clothes in Korea ;everybody can buy them !

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    Esthetic Sense: Various Jewerlies of Good Quality

    by coolair1 Written Jan 17, 2006

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    When you go abroad sometimes you have to buy some gifts for sepcial person.
    The only Key holder is inappropriate for them.
    So you can buy some jewerlies with good quality

    What to buy: You can buy necklace, ring, earrings, and clothes.

    What to pay: If you buy 1set(necklace+earrings), the price is about 100-200dollors.

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    Seoul - Itaewon

    by ant1606 Written Jun 9, 2005

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    Located near Yongsan US Army garrison, Itaewon is a place famous for fakes, replicas and look-alike goods. If this is your target shopping, go for bargains here like no other place in Seoul.
    Pushers approach you while walking and propose any sort of "brand" merchandise like clothing, accessories, electronics and wrist watches.

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    Seoul - Dongdaemun

    by ant1606 Written Jun 8, 2005

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    Dongdaemun district, literally "east big gate", is one among several shopping areas, particularly for clothing.
    Modern multistory buildings have stores carrying any sort of outfit you may look for.
    As any place in Seoul, space is precious and even the stadium is converted into a parking lot!
    Department stores are the cleanest and neatest ever seen, altough price level is not different from that of western countries. Do not expect bargains here.
    Apart from indoor shopping there are lines of street-market style stands selling brand-alike stuff which can be conveniently priced if you have time to search through the merchandise.

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    No Returns in the AM

    by jburron Written Jun 2, 2005

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    It's a Korean (and perhaps Chinese) belief that's it's bad luck for a shopkeeper to get a returned item in the morning. It starts the day off in a negative position--which is bad karma.

    So, unless you want Koreans to think you're trying to make them feel bad, take returns to stores after noon--the later in the day the better. They will likely take it a lot easier (what's a $2 return when I've made $300 today?) compared to first thing in the morning (I've lost $2 in just the first 5 minutes of opening!).

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    Electronic market,Seoul

    by manil51 Written Feb 12, 2005

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    The Electronic market is a huge 3 store complex near Seoul railway station.
    You can find here a very large veriety of cameras ,laptops and computers and the prices are good and negosiable.
    It's a very interseting place to visit and to see modern Korea.

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    Dongdaemun + Namdaemun subway: Shopping in Seoul

    by macaronald Updated Jan 18, 2005

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    in these area's are a lot of stores located in and above the subway stations. the number of stores seems unlimited, and you can buy practically anything at very low rates. if you're looking for some clothes or souvenirs, there is always a store in a range of 20 feet near you. don't miss the antiques stores and Hanbok costumes, that are also available there.

    What to buy: Hanbok costumes, paper fans, hourglasses, sunglasses, clothes, costumes

    What to pay: almost 50% of usual European rates.

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    Specs are Cheaper in Korea: Get Yer Glasses Here!

    by jburron Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Maybe it's the incredibly intense competition that's just a part of Korea...but getting glasses (presecriptions, specifically) is cheaper than in the West (Canada, specifically). I broke a lens and got it replaced for about 30% of what I was charged in Canada--and mine is not a simple prescription. Also, you can play the shops off one another. One said I had to get both lenses done, then the next said that was not so: so the second one got my business.

    There are chains as well as many, many independent lens shops. Can't wait to go back and get a new pair!

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