1, Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Located on Namiseom Island in Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, Imagine Nami is a store specializing in handmade crafts. Talented craftsmen based on Namiseom Island began producing works, and Imagine Nami became the place for selling their works, including various accessories made of leather and natural stones, glass crafts, fabric products, paintings, and other design works. Most artifacts deal with natural themes and stories about Namiseom Island. The recent collection features various handicrafts containing the image of Snowman, the representative icon of Namiseom Island, and artifacts include tea cups, candle holders, memo holders, magnets, ceramics, and other decorative interior items.
At the entrance, the store sells snacks made by Namiseom Island’s own brands; the other section displays handicrafts from Namiseom Island and other handmade artifacts made by external artists, toys, daily goods, and more. The hanok-style store carrying the charm of the island has served as a popular photo zone for visitors. Namiseom Island is a small island that can be reached via boat, and the boat fare is inclusive of admission to the island. To visit Imagine Nami, visitors are required to enter Namiseom Island; while there, they can enjoy various cultures and convenience facilities.
28, Geumjeong-ro 68beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
Located in Geumjeong-gu, Busan, Innisfree Pusan National University Branch is a tax refund shop for Korean and foreign shoppers. The store is right at the heart of the youthful Pusan National University neighborhood, about 100 meters away from the Pusan Nat'l Univ. Station on Line No. 1. Decorated in refreshing green, the store carries the lively atmosphere of the university area. It displays cosmetics by category, skincare, and makeup products and men’s cosmetics as well as new products, sale items, and gift sets to make shopping convenient. Products mainly consist of items befitting the area frequented by customers in their 20s and 30s, and foreign language service is available during business hours. The store also displays a box for collecting used bottles to practice the naturalism concept of the brand. Innisfree Pusan National University Branch is open 365 days a year from 10 in the morning until 10:30 in the evening.
As a Korean cosmetic brand carrying the eco-cleanliness of Jeju Island, Innisfree is taking the lead in promoting an eco-friendly green lifestyle through naturalist cosmetics representing the healthfulness of nature.
244, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Located on the main avenue of Itaewon in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Series Corner is a flagship store operated by men’s wear brand Series. Since its opening in the summer of 2014, the store has been implementing collaborative projects with various brands to share the space filled basically with Series brand products in addition to clothing brands for men and women: Epigram and Re-code, natural cosmetics Aesop, G.H.G.M. specializing in wooden items, and accessory brand MOREE. The large space in the front is reserved for Mug For Rabbit, a terrace café selling various teas, beverages, and desserts including carrot cake. The store is good for enjoying shopping and casual food and drinks.
The store offers foreign language service in English, Chinese, Japanese, and French during business hours. Shoppers who drive can use the store’s parking lot. The store is only about five minutes away from two exits of the subway stations: exit 1 of Hangangjin Station and exit 3 of Itaewon Station on Line 6. The store is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. all year round, but the café is open until 11 p.m. and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
#106, 1F Daeil Building, 12, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located at the Jongno-bound entrance of the Insa-dong main street in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Insa Gallery specializes in Korean traditional mother-of-pearl lacquer crafts. Popularly known as “Najeonchilgi” in Korean, the term, which refers to mother-of-pearl lacquer crafts, is shared in Korea, Japan, and China through Chinese characters. Various decorative items are embellished with mother-of-pearls and lacquered in various colors and glazes. Insa Gallery sells all kinds of mother-of-pearl lacquer crafts, including jewelry boxes, picture frames, plates, name card cases, hand mirrors, key chains, and other portable accessories. The products on sale range from traditional motifs to modern designs, such as wine stand. The store also carries specialized Korean tourism products that make for great gifts or collector’s items.
Located on the first floor of Daeil Building, Insa Gallery is part of the shopping mall “Insa Korea,” which houses a number of stores specializing in traditional products. Thus, when locating Insa Gallery, visitors might find the address alone confusing. First, enter the shopping mall and look straight ahead toward the end of the central hallway, and you will find the store filled with glittering mother-of-pearl lacquer products.
142-1, Changuimun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in Buam-dong in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Jeo Jip is a store specializing in chopsticks, a dining utensil commonly used not only in Korea, China, and Japan but also all over Asia and has long been made from hard materials such as metal, horn, and wood. Culturally, the shape and material of chopsticks are also known to vary depending on the status of the user, and more various materials were added to make interesting chopsticks in the modern times. Chopsticks are often used together with spoons. Chopstick specialty store Jeojip makes and sells chopsticks and spoons made of Korean traditional materials, patterns, and colors. Located atop the Buam-dong hill, the white-walled store displays neat arrays of chopsticks and spoons. Jeojip chopsticks are basically Korean lacquered types, but the designs, materials, lengths, and colors vary. Displayed on the right side of the store entrance is a gorgeous Korean traditional table set with chopsticks and spoons. Chopsticks are sold individually, but sets are more in demand. The store additionally sells spoon rests, cups, and plates, and gift wrapping is available.
231, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in Buam-dong in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Art Korea is a cosmetic select shop that opened on January 1, 2013. Covering a total area of about 630 ㎡, the store sells a comprehensive collection of Korean and imported cosmetics as well as cosmetics created by Art Korea, including Yihan Carino, The Saem, Demeter, The Faceshop, Re-ofe, Mediheal, VOV, It’s Skin, Jayjun, AHC, Enprani, and Clio. With samples from brands available and staff offering consultation, the store makes it convenient for customers to compare and purchase products by skin type and concern.
As a tax refund shop for foreigners, Art Korea offers convenient services including round-the-clock foreign language interpretation in English, Chinese, and Japanese. The store regularly offers various events including special discounts and gifts at the event hall in the center for group tourists and/or at the designated event hours.
Capo Bldg., 282, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Housed in Capo Building located on Eulji-ro 7-ga in Jung-gu, Seoul, Capo Sports Town specializes in sporting goods and sportswear. On six floors aboveground, the store sells global brands including Nike, Adidas, Puma, Mizuno, New Balance, and Under Armour. Of all brands, Capo Sports Town mainly deals with Nike products. The first floor is for men; the second floor is for women, whereas the third floor is for kids and training wear. The fourth floor displays soccer products, and the fifth floor is a multi-brand shop selling brands other than Nike. Having long specialized in soccer products, the store currently carries not only trainers and soccer balls but also training wear and inner wear, in addition to various sports clothing for running and training.
Visitors can reach all stores via the stairs or elevator. Each corner of the stairs displays soccer balls bearing autographs of famous soccer stars and their soccer shoes, and each floor also has images of soccer games, offering things to see to shoppers. In addition, the store provides customers with a rest area equipped with sofas and chairs. It is a large store that makes browsing all items convenient.
Cheongha Bldg., (182-1, Buam-dong) 280, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in Jongno-gu Seoul, Cheongha Korea Ginseng Co., Ltd., specializes in Korean ginseng products and has its headquarters in Jongno, Seoul and a branch in Jeju. The stores aim to deliver the history and culture of Korean ginseng and take the lead in promoting the effects of Korean ginseng to the world. Since its establishment in 2005, the Jongno headquarters has focused on qualitative growth through continuous investment; for two years since 2014, the building that housed the headquarters was refurbished, expanding exhibition halls for Korean ginseng and convenience facilities for stores. On the ground floor up to the fourth floor are the Korea Ginseng Museum, 23 ginseng stores, 2 sundry stores, a tax refund office, a bank, a café, a nursing room, and other convenience facilities.
For visiting foreign customers, staff who can speak foreign languages fluently are on standby during business hours. Upon reservation, foreign language service can be requested, and the staff in charge of the requested language will offer a tour around the museum as well as assistance in product consultation and purchase. The store also conducts thorough after-sales management to guarantee the highest customer satisfaction.
88, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located at the entrance of Samcheong-dong Street in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Jilkyungyee Uriot Samcheong Branch specializes in daily hanbok. Housed in a free-standing hanok building, the store deals with modernized hanbok ensembles and separates, such as jackets, tops, skirts, pants, and dresses plus accessories such as hats, shoes, scarves and more. Along with Jilkyungyee branded items, the store also sells handmade works by artists and craftsmen. The business at the current location has been in operation since 2013. On the first basement and first floor are shops; the second floor, called “Mubongheon,” is used as a daily cultural center. The basement floor displays clothing for men and women, mufflers, and hats, and the first floor sells small accessories, shoes, and bags. The store display resembles the hanok and hanbok style. The daily cultural center on the second floor is used for various cultural events, including invitational exhibition by local artists, special exhibitions of products, and training on Korean traditions. The old pine tree in the garden enhances the mood of being a hanok store selling all things Korean. The Samcheong Branch of Jilkyungyeei Uriot is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Foreign language service is also available.
268, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
"Platform Place Hannam Branch opened in June 2014 near the main street of Itaewon in Yongsan-gu, Seoul as a specialty store selling living goods. Platform Place is a fashion select shop selling imported brands that are not officially distributed in Korea, among other brands, but each branch is individually designed to fit the regional characteristics and customers. Hannam Branch in particular carries living and daily goods, stationery, kitchenware, and various design products. Decorated with natural wood, the store creates a pleasant mood for shopping. Platform Place offers a wide range of products and designs. Many items, especially stationery like notebooks and ballpoint pens, and practical scissors and nail clippers have unusual, unique designs. The store also carries over 50 rare brands: Saint James, Neul, Norse Projects, Blue de Paname, Homecore, Rocky Mountain Featherbed, Club Petanque, Nanamika, Ordinary Fits, Cuisse de Grenouill, Veja, Bronte, etc. The select shop is easily accessible by public transportation due to its proximity to Hanganjin Station on Seoul Subway Line No. 6. Shoppers with cars can use paid public parking near the subway station."
37-6, Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Platform Place Myeong-dong Branch first opened in November 2011 on the main street of Myeong-dong in Jung-gu, Seoul. As a specialty select shop selling various imported brands that are not officially distributed in Korea, among many fashion selections, Platform Place carries products of Saint James, an imported brand with a long history, and somewhat unfamiliar labels such as YMC, Lavenham, Herschel, and Veja as well as various fashion sundries and living goods, mostly targeting Korean and foreign tourists visiting the area. Everywhere on display are cute, colorful interior goods. The store is shaped long, so from the entrance, displays are divided on both walls and in the center; the modern interior design and product display combined make shopping very pleasant. The display in the center is filled with new arrivals, brands on sale, and trendy looks recommended by celebrities. Foreign language service is available all day long. The store is open daily except on Chuseok and Lunar New Year’s Day. Parking is usually difficult in Myeong-dong, but the Platform Place, which is located close to Myeong-dong Station on Seoul Subway Line No. 4, is easily accessible by public transportation.
1133, Jeonggwan-ro, Gijang-gun, Busan
Shinsegae Simon opened their first Korean Premium Outlets in 2013 in Gijang-gun, Busan. The outlet is close to the expressway, making it easy to visit. The outlet offers over 180 shops from various famous international and domestic brands, with products for all ages and genders.