Stores, Malls or Markets in Seoul

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    Shop 'till you drop: SEOUL SHOPPING NAVIGATOR

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    MYEONGDONG is pedestrian- friendly area in the heart of the city is loaded with departement stores, shopping malls and mid market apparel shops. Packed with shopping street and people symbolizes the ultramodern fashion and culture of Seoul.

    NAMDAEMUN is Korea’s oldest open- air market; it has existed on this spot for more than 600 years. Just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate ( Sunglyemun or South gate). Namdaemun market is permanently crowded and is open round the clock. It is a ‘must’ for bargain hunter.

    DONGDAEMUN has recently become the largest apparel shopping area for young Koreans. While shopping, you can enjoy live performances and other events at the open stage of Doosan Tower, Freya Town and Migliore. Has more night time shoppers than day times, all looking for a better bargain

    What to buy: Item you find during a trip become part of your memories. Visit the world-renowned fashion streets of Myeong- dong and Itaewon, the major wholesale district at Namdaemun and Dongdaemun market, the streets of Insadong full of traditionnal items. From arts and craft bade by artisan to the world-famous natural health food ginseng, the traditional costume ‘hanbok’, or the eye-catching array digital product.

    Myeong-dong Sungnyemun (Namdaemun gate) Dongdaemun, Dongpyeonghwa market
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    Gwang jang si-jang ( Gwang jang Market ): Hanbok Market

    by jckim Updated Mar 17, 2008

    Often considered the nation¢¢ç¯s first market, Gwangjang Market has developed into a market often frequented by tourists from around the world. This market is open every day except Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is famous for its silk and satin, hanboks (traditional Korean clothing), textiles, handicrafts, utensils, fruits and vegetables, fish and so much more. This market offers almost everything you might be looking for.

    What to buy: The Ground :
    Clothes subsidiary materials, Dried fruits, Womans clothes wholesale,
    Bedclothes, handicraft, Curtains, Health foods, Agricultural and marine products, Etc, and
    above all things, something to eat various street bender foods.
    The second floor :
    Custom-made HANBOK( Treditonal Korean clothes ), Silks and satins, etc...

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    TechnoMart: Electronics and fun!

    by schwein Updated Dec 4, 2007

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    TechnoMart is a large shopping center, which has a shopping mall, discount stores, and a total of more than 2,000 electronic shops located from the 1st to 8th floor. You can purchase electronic products, computers, sound systems, communication equipment, CDs and much more. Each floor specialises in it's own product.

    On the B2 floor there is also a large Lotte Mart department/grocery store where you can shop for clothes, groceries, home appliances, food and snacks at a reasonable price.
    Above the 8th floor are many affordable restaurants and entertainment options.
    On the 10th floor there is a CGV movie theater with a total of 2,000 seats. Also, a Dairy Queen! The only one I've seen in Korea; was nice to be able to get a peanut-buster parfait! :)
    There is also a viewing area next to the restaurants, where you can go outside onto the roof and take in the view of Hangang.

    Open at 10am.
    Electronics stores close at 8pm, restaurants closed at 9pm, CGV cinema open late for movies.

    ***
    Be aware: TM is closed every second and 4th Tuesday of the month.
    ***

    What to pay: Items can be purchased at a 10-20 % lower price compared to other shops in Seoul.
    You can haggle prices here. The better you are, the better the discount!
    Shop around, too. The shops farthest away from the escalators offer the best prices...

    Technomart Technomart
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    Music CD's

    by blackace Written Jun 3, 2007

    For those looking for an extensive selection of music CD's, especially Jazz, there are four stores I recommend:

    1) SKC Plaza - Myeongdong area; from the Cathedral walk down to the first corner, then turn right. The shop is not that large and is located on the right side of the street.

    2) Music store at Anguk Station going to Exit 5 - smaller store; very quaint but the lady minding shop can converse in English and will help out.

    3) Evans COEX - Large selection but the personnel are not helpful and can barely speak English. Just make sure you bring a list so that you can browse on your own.

    4) Synarra Records - Sinchon Subway Station Exit 2 go straight down the road; it's at the end of an intersection. Large selection also and the personnel are very helpful, although barely conversant in English.

    Avoid bookstores for CD's, even the large ones. The selection is limited and not updated.

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    buy lacquerware (5 photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Jun 11, 2006

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    perhaps more than any other product, lacquerware is a symbol of Korean craft. From small and large vases to wall units and chests, every piece is striking. The chests and larger furniture have intricate front designs often with inlaid mother-of -pearl. The last image is from our living quarters.

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    Apkujeong: Is it really Rodeo street?

    by itsCharlie Written Apr 1, 2006

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    Apkujeong- where the rich go to play. As for shopping you can kind a few funky items with a little searching.. and if you've got the budget- you can find lots. You can get quality Brands like Ben Sherman at reasonable prices in little boutiques or brouse luxury department store Galleria to see how the other half live. It's mostly a nice area to wander around and enjoy the atmosphere. Also some good coffe houses, restaurants and bars for afterhours.

    What to buy: Whatever you want.

    What to pay: More than anywhere else.

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    Buy silk

    by nicolaitan Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    Korea and silk are not usually associated, but stores selling bulk silk are found in every major city, usually purchased for ordering custom-made clothing or house decor. For you photo buffs, this image was obtained by the light of a 25 watt bulb using my Pentax SLR at fStop 1.2 at 1/8 second with wide open lens aperture.

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    Hongdae Sunday Market: Local artists show their talent

    by itsCharlie Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Each Sunday in the Hongdae Park (we all know so well) the students bring out their art, jewlery, clothing and stuff to sell. It's a nice environment with a cool vibe and I've bought some nice gifts there.

    What to buy: Clothing(new and used), Jewlery, Bags, Shoes, Art,

    What to pay: reasonable prices

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    Other Shopping Info: Lafesta Shopping Area

    by victorwkf Written Oct 14, 2005

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    At the south of the Han River is a famous shopping area known as Lafesta which has several shopping complexes and various shops selling all kinds of stuff. This place is popular among teenagers and is usually crowded during the weekends.

    Lafesta shopping area, Seoul
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    Other Shopping Info: Sinchon Ladies Streets

    by victorwkf Written Oct 14, 2005

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    At the Sinchon area of Seoul where there are many universities is the famous Sinchon Ladies Street area. This place consists of many streets lined with shops which selling women stuff ranging from clothes to shoes, accessories, handbags, hats etc etc. Very interesting place to do some serious shopping for ladies. I have 5 photos here and more photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

    Sinchon Ladies Street, Seoul
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    Dongdaemun (Great East Gate): Great shopping at Dongdaemun

    by victorwkf Written Oct 14, 2005

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    One of the best place to shop at Seoul is perhaps at Dongdaemun, especially the famous Doota shopping centre which has plenty of shops selling women stuff at very reasonable price and the shops opened until 11pm or more. If you are into serious shopping in Seoul, this is the place you should go.

    Doota shopping centre at Dongdaemun, Seoul
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    Migliore: Everything you want - fake & real

    by Vita500 Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Migliore is a department store on 8 resp. 9 stories that can be found in either Myeongdong or Dongdaemun. From jewelry, women's and men's clothing to shoes and handbags... in Migliore you're gonna find it.
    There are dozens of private vendors on each floor, just like on a market.
    However, be careful when shopping as not everything you see is real.
    The remaining stories include restaurants, a bank, bar and offices... as well as (in Dongdaemun) a bicycle race track.!

    What to buy: If you do not care much about great quality but still wanna have some almost-real designer fashion, Migliore is the place to go.
    Some great deals are definitely possible and customer service is good. They even offer customizing services for pants, suits, etc.

    What to pay: As most of the items are imitations you can expect relatively low prices. Bargaining is usually possible. The more you buy, the more you can discount the vendor..

    Migliore Building - Myeongdong
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    Seoul Selection: Great Korean books in English

    by amambaw Updated Apr 24, 2005

    Seoul Selection is part coffee shop, part bookstore, part music store, and part hang-out. The ingredients add up to a neat, fun, quirky little shop that is fun to visit and offers a lot to both foreigners and Koreans alike. For bookies, there are both new and used books, though the new books focus mainly on Korean content. They have the best selection of Korean books in English that I have seen anywhere, including the bigger chain stores.

    What to buy: Books! I bought a great book on N.Korea from a foreigners perspective that I'm hoping to get to eventually. You can also buy DVDs, music, jewellery and a few other odds and ends.

    The shop also has lots of pamphlets for free, and also Seoul's great English magazine (we received a free copy with our purchase).

    What to pay: Similar to other bookshops. Book prices are pretty much the same everywhere.

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  • Out on the pavements: Flea market near Jongmyo

    by mke1963 Written Apr 10, 2005

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    On both sides of the street (on Sundays at least!), itinerant vendors lay out stalls and mats on the pavements.
    Most of the merchandise says "Avoid me! I am crap!" rather loudly.
    However, one guy, on the south side of the street had some very nice, very cheap and totally undecorated wooden kitchenware and tableware...chopsticks, bowls, rests, spoons.
    I bought up a load and really made his day.
    I'm sure everyone knows a place to buy this kind of stuff, but this was a particularly nice 'find' for me after a long walk through Changgyeonggung and Jongmyo.

    What to buy: Woodent table and kitchenware

    What to pay: 800-1000 won per item

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  • Kyobo book store: Foreign language books - Kyobo book store

    by mke1963 Written Apr 10, 2005

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    This huge subterranean bookstore in the basement of the Kyobo Insurance building, has an impressive foreign language section at the back of the store. They do not have as many books on Korea as Seoul Selection, but they have a much bigger range of general books, and they have a lot of Japanese, French and German books as well.

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