Shopping in Korea

Sometimes we come to visit Korea for many reasons. For travelling, shopping, meet the idols for Kpop fans or studying even for working.

There are some points for those who are coming to Korea for shopping about some items you should buy in Korea especially Seoul ^^

Traditional crafts.

Traditional dolls, wooden or paper masks, folding fans, ceramics, decorative madeups, mother-of-pearl lacquer products. Even you can buy Hanji (Korean paper made from mulberry tree) or Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes).


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Where to find it ?


130-4, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si
서울 종로구 인사동 130-4일대
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.


Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3.
Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection.
Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road.

Take any bus bound for Jongno 2-ga or Jongno Police Station.
Jongno 2-ga: 101, 103, 143, 150, 160, 201, 260, 262, 270, 271, 273, 370, 408, 470,
471, 601, 708, 710, 720, 721
Jongno Police Station: 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601, 708



Myeongdong is the heaven of cosmetics stores. Here, there are a lot of Korean cosmetic brands such as The Faceshop, Etude, Skin Food, Nature Republic, Tonymoly, Missha etc. BB cream is the most popular item to buy, as the impact of  Kdrama and Kpop. Another popular items are face mask sheets, lipstick and etc.


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Where to find it ?

30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul-si
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30 (남대문로2가)

Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8.
Euljiro Il-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5.



Korea contains of rich culture. Even Korea has unique clothes named Hanbok. If you have a lot of money, I recommend you
to buy this Korean traditional costume. or you can buy Hanbok accessories which are not expensive.


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Where to find it ?

Gwangjang Market (광장시장)
6-1 Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea


Korean Food and Ginseng

Korean ginseng is recoqnized as the best food medicine. It is good for health, in Seoul you can find Korean ginseng in this location. Besides ginseng, kim (roasted seaweed layer) is also great as a gift.


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Namdaemun Ginseng Market (남대문인삼시장)

49-1 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea ‎

Besides ginseng and kim, the most popular is Korean snacks, you can find choco pie, or any other snacks in convenience store near a place, you are staying with relatively cheap price. I bought so many things of Korean snacks from a small store in Itaewon and it was great! ^^


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K-Pop Stuffs

I saw some stores selling K-Pop stuffs at COEX Gangnam. There are some CD stores selling CDs, DVDs even Kpop posters.

If you are lucky, you can bring free poster or photo set while you buying a CD. Or you can buy them at Dongdaemun market for cheaper price.

Where to find it ?

COEX Artium (코엑스아티움)
159 COEX Mall Samseong1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울 강남구 삼성1동 159 코엑스 몰

Next to COEX (Exit #5 or #6, Samseong Station, Subway Line No.2)


Cute design souvenirs from tourism spots

NSeoul Tower, Gwanghwamun square, or musical performances such as Miso, are the place which are selling some souvenirs in their gift shop. You can buy some souvenirs while visiting those places.



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Which one do you like ? ^^

By Maria Margareta