Content posted on Jul 19, 2017

10 Shopping Places in Seoul

Hey!! We know a part of your soul loves shopping. Korea is very famous country for trendy fashion which you can usually observe from its entertainment industry. Vecay.com discloses these shopping places in Seoul, a city of fashion, for your travel guide.






1. Myeongdong
 
Attractions: Myeong-dong is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Shops for clothing or cosmetics can be seen at every corner, and street stalls dot the spaces in between, offering tasty snacks, inexpensive clothes, or sparkling accessories. The air is abuzz with the mix of foreign languages as shopkeepers and international tourists haggle in English, Japanese, and more. The area’s well-developed transportation grid makes it the ideal place for visitors who may not yet be familiar with the city.
Location: Myeongdong, Seoul
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2. Ewha Woman’s University Shopping Street

 
Attractions: The commercial street between the Ewha Station and Ewha Women’s University is considered one of the hottest shopping areas for young women in Korea. Although some changes may be forthcoming with the construction of a new giant shopping mall, the street will still house chic hair salons, dazzling fashion shops, and outstanding cafés, exuding a unique image and taste tailored to young women.
Location: Located in Northwest Seoul, Between Ewha station and Ehwa university
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3. Namdaemun Market
 
Attractions: Namdaemun market the largest traditional market in Korea, Namdaemun Market used to sell mainly crops, fruits, and sundries, but now deals in textile goods, utensils, electronics, local produce, traditional crafts, imported goods, and much more. It distributes more than 90% of the children’s clothing sold nationwide. Over 5,400 smaller stores sell goods either directly or wholesale relatively cheap and can be sold at majorly discounted prices, depending on the whims of owners. More than half-a-million visitors from Korea and other countries (mainly Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States) daily stop by the market.
Location: Namdaemun Market is located in the east of Namdaemun and in the area between Seoul Station and Myeongdong.
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4. Hongdae (Hongik University Street)
 
Attractions: Hongdae (the abbreviation of Hongik University) has become a symbol of unique cultural identity among Korea’s youth. The area is home to an eclectic mix of cafés and clubs that have served as breeding grounds for many of Korea’s growing subcultures. The streets around Hongdae are a maze of shops, cafés, and bars that express the artistic talents and stimulate the cultural sensibilities of the area’s youth. Local shops showcase an array of merchandise ranging from handmade clothes to artistic creations and luxury goods. For the nonshopper, the area is packed with art galleries, live performances, and literary exhibits. Every Sunday Hongdae is full of people browsing at the weekly flea market looking for a bargain among the selection of unique crafts, paintings, and second-hand goods. Even if you’re not planning on spending any money, the flea market is the perfect place to mill around and soak in the unconventional style that has become known as the essence of Hongdae.
Location: Hongik university area
Recommended Season: Open all year round  (Closed: Lunar New Year and Korean Thanksgiving Day) (Click Here for more information)

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5. Garosugil
 
Attractions: Indeed, there are lots of garosu-gils (“tree-lined streets”) in Seoul. Yet, Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong is known among both citizens and foreign tourists alike, not just because it is a beautiful promenade in the middle of the city, but because it caters to unique cultural tastes and artistic sensibilities. The array of open studios, ateliers, cafés, restaurants, bars, fashion shops, and prop shops blend together for a chic cityscape. While other streets in Gangnam are said to be fancy and modern, Garosu-gil presents a fascinating dichotomy of the old and the new, the coolness of modern city life and the warmth of days gone by. Some people claim that Garosu-gil resembles Soho, New York; others liken it to a European street. Garosu-gil embraces a more global mindset while preserving Korean sentiments. It is an ideal place for going on a date, hanging out with friends, taking pictures, and film-making. Garosu-gil will captivate you if you like to walk, have a cup of tea, or just simply look around. One caveat, though, is that there are three places in Seoul claiming the name Sinsa-dong.
Location: Sinsa station
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6. Itaewon Shopping District 
 
Attractions: Itaewon is a unique place in Seoul where one can meet people of diverse nationalities and cultures. There is a popular joke saying that international residents may not know Seoul, but they know Itaewon. Seoul even designated Itaewon as its first ‘Special Tourism District,’ to highlight it as a destination for internationals to enjoy a diversity of culture, shopping, and entertainment experiences. Itaewon typically refers to the street full of stores, restaurants, and stalls over 1.4 kilometers between Itaewon 1-dong and Hannam 2-dong in the east. Fashion shops specialize in various imported clothes, leather goods, fur goods, handbags, shoes, and antique furniture. Big and tall sizes unavailable in other areas are well-stocked, and experienced tailors offer customized clothes. Another one of Itaewon’s many draws is its diverse food culture, which features cuisine from around world. Restaurants right behind Hamilton Hotel form a type of exhibition hall for international foods from Korea, New York, London, India, Thailand, China, Greece, Pakistan, Italy, France, Mexico, Australia, and more. Unique flavors, exotic interiors, and diverse nationalities help to make Itaewon befittingly ‘the global village in Seoul.
Location: Itaewon is in the middle of Yongsan-gu, which borders the northern part of the Hangang River. It is also close to Seoul Station, Myeong-dong, and Namsan Mountain.
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7. Dongdaemun Plaza
 
Attractions: Dongdaemun has every fashion item imaginable: fabric, clothes, accessories, and wedding goods. The newest fashion trends, along with the newest fabrics, often make their debut in the market. It is home to the largest clothing suppliers in Korea, and aspiring designers also come to here to hone and test their skills. Cheap and diverse clothes attract not just fashion leaders but also the average consumer. It has become a place frequented by major Korean and international buyers as well.
Location: Dongdaemun Station
Recommended Season: Open all year round (Click Here for more information)

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8. Apgujeong & Cheongdam
 
Attractions: Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong are the main shopping districts for the rich in Gangnam. Many young people interested in fashion and hair crowd the district. Considered to be ‘hot’ places, Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong typically lead in new fashion styles and social trends in Korea. Connecting Apgujeong and Cheongdam-dong, Apgujeong-ro (ro meaning ‘boulevard’) is the center of luxury fashion and is full of a chic department stores and luxury brands. Korean and international designer shops, galleries, and multi-shops (designer goods in smaller boutiques), and entertainment venues can easily overwhelm casual visitors. Designated as the ‘Special Fashion District’, Apgujeong-ro attracts leaders in the fashion industry and fashion enthusiasts and holds various fashion festivals and events every year.
Location: Located right at the entry of Gangnam
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9. Insadong
 
Attractions: Insa-dong Street is one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide variety of goods that can only be purchased or appreciated in Korea: hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts. Approximately 40% of Korean crafts are exchanged in Insa-dong. Some products even trace back to the Three Kingdom Period (57 B.C.-668 A.D.) The most popular items are Korean ceramics ranging in price from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Other items sold in Insa-dong include earthenware, calligraphy materials, antique furniture, hanji, hanbok, teas, souvenirs, and cute accessories. Nearby shops include cafés, restaurants, ateliers, and galleries specializing in a diversity of items.
Location: Jongno-gu area
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10. COEX Mall
 
Attractions: COEX offers a convenient mix of shopping and tourist attractions for tourists and international shoppers. Standing for ‘Convention & Exhibition,’ COEX is equipped with one of the largest convention centers and exhibition halls in Asia and is located in Samsung-dong within the main business district of Gangnam. COEX and its neighboring area are known as a center of business and international trade and as a place of excellent transportation and communication infrastructures.
Location: Cheongdam Area
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