52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
Jagalchi Market, located on the seaside road in Busan's Jung-gu, is Korea's largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. After the Korean War, the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the vendors here are called Jagalchi Ajumma, "ajumma" meaning middle-aged or married woman in Korean.
This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. Visitors can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even nowadays visitors can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and other seafoods on wooden boxes along the road outside of the market and along the shore.
Area of Sinchang-ro 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan
Following the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan set up stalls in order to make a living by selling smuggled or imported products, which developed into Gukje Market (gukje meaning "international" in Korean) of today.
Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets. The market's alleyways are lined with stalls selling diverse goods, particularly machinery tools, kitchenware, and clothing. To the market's right is an alleyway lined with charity stores, and to the left is Kkangtong Market.
176, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Central City, located in Banpo-dong, Gangnam-gu, is a high-end lifestyle cultural complex that is often thought of as “a city in the city.” Main landmarks at the complex are Shinsegae Department Store, Marriott Hotel, Central Park, and Millennium Hall, which is mainly used as a venue for weddings and other large events. Convenient facilities include banks, hospitals, investment banks, a post office and a large parking lot.
The Central City building is not only praised for its advanced architecture, but has also become a popular hangout spot for Korean youths. In particular, Marquis Plaza (a high-end luxury shopping mall), Synnara Record music store, Youngpoong Bookstore, Central 6 (a multiplex theater), and a high-tech arcade attract the younger generation, especially on the weekends.
The entire area of Central City measures 430,000㎡, and is considered one of the largest single buildings in the country. Over 200,000 people pass through Central City each day as it is connected to the Express Bus Terminal Station and the Express Bus Terminal.
63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Shinsegae Department Store opened its doors as the first modern department store in the country in 1960. It stands where Korea's first department store, the Japanese Misreukkosi Department Store, used to be in the 1930s. After undergoing remodeling in 2007, it reopened as a luxury hall, featuring diverse brands ranging from the top three international luxury brands to new designer brands. Meanwhile, Trinity Garden and the art gallery at the department store provide a cultural space that promotes a new lifestyle combining shopping and arts.
4-1, Sijang 1-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Jumunjin Seafood Market was founded in 1936 and is situated in Gangneung next to Jumunjin Port, home to a large fleet of squid boats. It is the largest seafood market on the East Coast and includes a dried seafood market and a sashimi center. The market is a favorite among both Koreans and international visitors.
Market specialties include a variety of fresh seafood caught on the East Coast such as squid, mackerel, pollacks, pikes, and crabs. At the market, visitors can purchase these items (and a number of dried seafood products) at inexpensive prices, as well as get a taste of fresh, delicious sashimi. In addition, the market hosts a variety of fun events such as the Blowfish Festival and Squid Festival.
14, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and Korea Tourism Association, the National Souvenir Center has strict standards for the brands sold, only allowing those which have won various prizes and passed thorough screening. Shoppers can be assured of high quality and high class products.
81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The main branch of Lotte Department Store opened in 1979 and has gone on to be a leader in the Korean shopping culture and industry. The store offers everything from everyday household goods to international luxury brands, along with a duty free shop and restaurants. Being located within the city center, Lotte Department Store is easily accessible via public transportation. The staff aim to provide a friendly and comfortable shopping experience to all visitors.
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.
674, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Opened in 1927 on Uiju-ro Street next to Seoul Station, Noryangjin Fishery Market is one of Korea's largest seafood markets. It was moved to the newly constructed building in 1971 in Noryangjin with the Fisheries Cooperative Association taking over the market to promote fishing industry as well as increase fishing income in 2002. In addition, they started modernizing projects that made Noryangjin Fishery Market a leading fishery market in Korea. The market handles about 50% of metropolitan volume and trades 250 to 300 tons of fishery products every day. The prices of fishery products are decided according to quantity so one is recommended to visit the official website to check the bid. General retail prices are 10 to 20% higher than the auction prices. The market is a mix of wholesale and retail stores and has a lively atmosphere, especially in the early morning from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., when the auction take place.
88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market in Korea and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today. The second floor of the market is filled with silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores, which are the largest and most famous in Seoul.
Many of the stores in the area even have their own factories supplying fabrics to the Namdaemun Market, Pyeonghwa Market, and even to some department stores. Even though the goods are not brand-name products, the wide selection of high quality goods at inexpensive prices makes it an enjoyable shopping experience.
45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
Seomun Market (formerly known as Daegu-Keun Market) of Daegu is steeped in history. Along with Pyeongyang Market and Ganggyeong Market, Seomun Market was one of the three main markets during the Joseon dynasty. It is situated only 300 meters from the West Gate of the city, and was befittingly named Seomunsijang (West Gate Market). Although the market has grown from its small size, the names of the alleyways such as Hongdukkaejeon and Dakjeon remains unchanged.
The specialties of the current Seomun Market include fabric-related items like silk, satin, linen, cotton, knitted goods, and clothing. However, visitors to the market will also find a decent selection of crafts, silver products and dried seafood. While still traditional in many respects, Seomun Market offers modern conveniences including a heating and cooling system and a large parking lot.
The signature dish of Seomun Night Market is Cup Makchang, small servings of Korea’s soul food makchang (beef intestines). Other popular dishes include mu tteokbokki, a unique take on a classic Korean dish with thinly sliced radish, and a remake of British fare shrimp and chips.
14, Poeun-ro 8-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Mangwon Market is located in the Mangwon neighborhood of Mapo-gu, Seoul. This traditional market is home to many delicious restaurants and friendly vendors offering the freshest ingredients in a clean environment.