266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is one of Korea’s most well-known markets. It was founded in December 1970 as the largest of its kind in Asia and has maintained that status for the last 40 years. Browsing the plethora of shops, you can find fabric and clothing following all the latest global fashion trends. Dongdaemun Shopping Complex continues to build up its reputation as a hub of international design.
15, Centum 4-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Shinsegae Duty Free – Busan Branch offers unique shopping ambience not like general duty free shops as it has a runway-concept of duty free shop.
24, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Located right around Ewha Womans University, Tonymoly is a nice cosmetic shop remodelled in February 2010. Items in Tonymoly seek natural cosmetics reflecting the beauty of nature. High quality items are offered at inexpensive prices. It is a popular brand among Japanese and Chinsese tourists as well. It employes the Korean celebrity Kim Hyun-joong as its model.
200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
Korea's first pop-up store built with shipping containers,
Common Ground is approximately 5,300 square meters in scale, made up of 200 large containers and is capable of transforming into different structures or moving into different places. Mega-sized mainstream brands are hard to spot in Common Ground. Instead, new and trendy mid-sized shops by up-and-coming new designers and editorial shops can be found here.
On the central square of the ground market, a weekend market is held with different themes. In addition, various events such as exhibitions and performances continue to entertain shoppers while playing its role as a cultural space. On the third floor terrace, famous restaurants sprawl along the sides of the alley. If you feel like having a light snack, you can also pop down to the food trucks on the market ground that offers an exotic gastronomic dining experience.
24, Jeongbalsan-ro, Ilsan-Dogu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Situated behind MBC Dream Center in Janghang-dong, Ilsan, Western Dom is one of the most popular places in Ilsan along with Lafesta, an open street shopping mall. Western Dom (B2F to 10F) houses over 500 shops offering international food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics; it also boasts the Multiplex Cinema (with one IMAX screen) and the Western Tower, a luxury office town.
Introducing the concept of “Modern-style Traditional Market,” Western Dom offers diverse items by themes, displayed at over 100 stalls. The building is designed to ease the flow of foot traffic and is decorated with a wide array of works by local artists. Its ceiling showcases colorful lighting at night and its spacious main square offers exciting events and performances year-round. Near Western Dom are shopping malls (e.g. Lotte Department Store and Homever), Lake Park, Migwan Square, and Jeongbalsan Park.
1305-56, Jungang-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Lafesta Mall opened with the aim of putting Ilsan on the map as a shopping destination. In addition, it serves as an all-inclusive spot to enjoy cultural events and delicious foods. The mall is divided into six separate buildings over a 300m-long avenue, with each block having its own bright and vibrant design. The mall has everything from beauty shops to a food court to an eight-theater cinema!
390, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Lotte Paju Premium Outlet is Korea’s largest premium outlet, offering more than 200 international and Korean luxury brands at affordable prices. It is the first suburban outlet to provide an integrated lifestyle experience that combines shopping and cultural experiences by featuring additional facilities including a cultural center, cultural hall, gallery, movie theater, kids’ café, and a book store. The outlet’s sophisticated architecture together with the scenic natural surroundings created by the neighboring Simhaksan Mountain present opportunities for both convenient shopping and a peaceful retreat. The outlet is also conveniently located in the vicinity of notable tourist spots such as the Paju Book City and Heyri Art Village.
18, Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Tongin Market dates back to June 1941, as a public market set up for Japanese residents near the Hyoja-dong neighborhood when Korea was still under Japanese rule. After the Korean War, the nation experienced a swift rise in population, which led to a natural increase in consumption and demand. As a result the area’s street vendors and stores used the former Tongin Market area as their marketplace. Now, Tongin Market consists of 75 stores, most of which are restaurants and grocery stores. There are also some shops selling manufactured goods like underwear and shoes.
24-1, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Etude House is a cosmetics brand that sells makeup, hair, and fragrance products. The Etude House Myeongdong Chungmuro Branch, located in the heart of a major shopping district, carries a wide selection of cosmetics that customers may test before purchasing. Moreover, the brightly lit store interior, designed with a princess bedroom decor, adds fun to the experience.
It is visited largely by foreign customers from Japan, Thailand, China and other East Asian countries. To facilitate an easy shopping experience, the shop always has foreign staff available to assist. The most popular items include creams made using snail extract, lipsticks and eye shadows. Etude House also has many sales on facial mask packs, and tax refunds are available.
41, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Along with books, Youngpoong Bookstore sells gifts, small electronics, stationery and much more. It also hosts various recitals, book signings, and literary programs. The Jongno branch of Youngpoong is the nation’s largest bookstore, boasting a total area of over 10,600 meters square.
The basement level of the store houses over 350,000 Korean and international books and there is also a customer service center and electronic search program where shoppers can find information on books.
On the B2 floor is the “Stylish Gift Mall,” which houses various stationery items, gifts, accessories, and brand shops like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung Digital.There is also a CD section, healthcare section, diaries, home-décor items, luxury fountain pens, Hello Kitty section, café, eateries, and much more.
74, Cheongpa-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
The Yongsan Electronics Market is an enormous wholesale electronics market located near the Yongsan Train Station,
where all needs relating to computers, imported audio systems,
game utilities and more are aptly answered. This mall first open
in 1988 as part of city's rehabilitation project, and since then provides
all the specialized in electronic parts including computers, DVDs, CDs, and many other types of consumer goods.
There are more than 3,000 stores currently
operating in this area, and shoppers will find all their electronics needs at prices 15 to 30% cheaper than at general
15, Toyosijang 3-gil, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
Jeongnamjin Jangheung Saturday Market is the nation's first weekend market, selling produce, locally grown beef, and other specialty products. A permanent stage within the market also provides a venue for dynamic performances and concerts, making a trip to this marketplace exciting.