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.
20-16, Cheongjachon-gil, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
+82-61-433-7582 / +82-10-3637-7583
Gangjin Tamjin Celadon is the gallery of Mr. Kim Gyeong Jin, Gangjin Celadon Master No. 1, and Jeollanam-do Master Craft Artisan No. 3, also serving as a celadon retail shop. Master Kim Gyeong Jin had been taught by Master Jo Gi Jeong, Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 5 with celadon skill. Tamjin is a former name of Gangjin, home to Gorye Celadon. Cheongjachon, Daegumyeon where the retail shop is located, is also the venue of Gangjin Celadon Festival every year.
Gangjin Tamjin Celadon is an eco-friendly pottery emitting far infrared ray and anion, and has been selected as an excellent craft product by the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports. The retail shop is filled with celadons in jade color. Celadon with different patterns such as celadon tableware, teaware in lotus leaf shape, celadon coffee grinder, and dripper, coffee cup, etc. are on sale. At the back of the shop is a traditional kiln still heating porcelain.
There is also a site for up to 70 people to experience celadon making activity including pattern carving and wheel shaping. Goryeo Celadon Museum, located just opposite the shop, displays the 500-year history of the celadon; Korean Minhwa Museum, on the other hand, is another spot worth visiting.
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.
300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
"Located inside Lotte World Tower in Songpa-gu, Seoul, Avenuel World Tower Branch of Lotte Department Store is South Korea’s largest luxury shopping complex. Covering a space of over 29,800㎡ dedicated to shopping, the shopping center houses a total of 225 stores including over 90 world-renowned luxury brand stores. Of the 11 floors of Lotte World Tower, 6 floors, from the ground to the sixth, are reserved for the Word Tower Branch of the Avenuel department store: the first floor sells cosmetic products and fashion sundries; the second floor, watches and accessories; the third floor, luxury fashion; the fourth floor, men’s wear; the fifth floor, contemporary fashion, and; the sixth floor, premium food and living products. The spectacular circular stairs connecting the basement and all six floors is operated as Charlotte Photo Zone. Each floor is decorated with various installation works, providing visitors with things to see as they rest on chairs and couches. Convenience facilities include breastfeeding room and family lounge. The sixth floor comes with a space dedicated to culture and arts, such as Star Avenue where visitors can meet hallyu stars via virtual reality, and the Avenuel Art Hall featuring special exhibitions. "
1st Floor, Yongjin Bldg., 132, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Located in Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu in Seoul, Bridge Optical is a specialty eyewear store dealing with leading designer brands and products from Korea and abroad. Bridge Optical first opened in 2005 with the Sinsa Branch but expanded and moved to its current location in 2015 under the new name Bridge. There are three branches today: Sinsa Branch, Sinnonhyeon Branch, and Guro Branch in Seoul. Styled with a youthful, café-like interior mood, the store offers an open atmosphere where customers can freely try on all products displayed in the store. All products – eyeglasses and sunglasses of various designs and selections – come with price tags, inclusive of prices for the frame and 1.60 high refractive lens. The store also sells spectacle cases and other eyewear-related items. Bridge Optical operates a Korean blog through which customers can find out about products and events as well as get news and information before visiting the store.
240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul-si (Line 2 Jamsil Station)
Lotte Department Store Jamsil Branch opened the same year that the 1988 Seoul Olympics were held. It has transformed itself into a center of lifestyle, shopping, and leisure in this previously quiet suburban area of Seoul. It has now become a hub of tourism and shopping that can satisfy the various needs of all customers! Lotte Department Store is working in conjunction with Lotte Hotel and Lotte World, the shopping mall, a wedding hall, and Lotte Mart in order to prepare for a new era of luxurious lifestyles.
255-1, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opened in May 2016 in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Y.M.C. Seoul is the third store in the world following Y.M.C. UK and Y.M.C. London. The brand Y.M.C. was unveiled in 1995 with a uniquely new sportswear design combining workwear, soccer fan fashion, military look, and traditional costumes. Y.M.C. is short for “You Must Create,” and it pursues the brand philosophy of one creating his or her own style instead of following fashion. Products mainly consist of functional design items such as clothing, bags, and shoes for men and women. In keeping with the brand slogan, Y.M.C. is more about unique design products than trend-sensitive items. The store space spans two floors: the first floor with the main entrance and exit and a showroom, and the base room. The showroom on the first floor displays new products representing the Y.M.C. brand. This is where customers can find all products by Y.M.C. The basement, which is decorated with a small indoor garden as well as artworks on the wall, occasionally functions as a cultural space for special events for customers.
244, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Located in Itaewon Street, Yongsan, Seoul, SERIES CORNER is the flagship store of men’s fashion brand SERIES. The store opened in summer of 2014 for the cooperative operation of various kinds of brands in the shop working at separate corners. The re-code of the clothing shop is done based on the SERIES brand products, and various brands are introduced by pop-up style. In addition, Aesop, a naturalism cosmetics brand, and Mug for wide terrace café Rabbit moved into the store. Various teas, beverages, and desserts including carrot cake are available. The place is good for spending time eating simple food and beverage after shopping.
The staff has basic knowledge of foreign languages. A parking lot is also available. It takes about five minutes on foot from Exit #1 of Hangangjin Station and Exit #3 of Itaewon Station of Seoul Subway Line No. 6. The operating hours are from 11 AM to 9 PM all year round. The café is open until 11 PM on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
78, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82-2-742-4628 (내선 207)
Located in Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Saint James Samcheong opened in July 2016. With its large, transparent glass façade, the store is very much a part of the tranquil, sophisticated atmosphere and sunlight of the Samcheong-dong street. Evocative of the marine look, the interior highlights the cool colors and displays. Along with products from Saint James (France), the store sells imported brands like Buddy (Japan), Veja (France), Soludos (U.S.A.), Bronte (Netherlands), and Butterfly Twists (United Kingdom). The single-story store comes with an entrance and an exit on both sides, making it easy and convenient for shopping even during busy hours. The brand started in 1889 at a French village near Mount Saint-Michel in Normandy. In the early days, the store specialized in sailor’s outfits – or the “marine look” – and gradually expanded as the French look gained popularity around the world.
101 Saint James, 94, Nonhyeon-ro 175-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Saint James Boutique Seoul opened in November 2013 in the area near Garosugil in Gangnam-gu. Decorated with wood, the interior highlights two key colors -- blue and white -- to harmonize the brand's style with the surrounding atmosphere in Garosugil. The spacious, square-shaped store consists of wall and central displays, sofas for rest, and changing rooms and sells women's and men's wear, children's clothing, and accessories including bags, accessories, hats, and shoes. Along with products from Saint James (France), the store sells imported brands like Buddy (Japan), Veja (France), Soludos (U.S.A.), Bronte (Netherlands), Padmore & Barnes (Ireland), and Infielder Design (Japan). The single-story store comes with an entrance and an exit on both sides, making it easy and convenient for shopping even during busy hours.
The brand started in 1889 at a French village near Mount Saint-Michel in Normandy. In the early days, the store specialized in sailor’s outfits — or the “marine look” — and gradually expanded as the French look gained popularity around the world.
33, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Gana Glasses is a popular shop among Japanese tourists and is known for having high-quality eyeglasses at reasonable prices. Precision of products and swift delivery to customers are high priorities. The shop boasts a wide variety of products: imported luxury brands, Korean products, and colorful accessories.