39, Bongyang 7-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Jeongseon Arirang Market was a leader in agricultural markets across the country, drawing in close to 130,000 visitors per year in the early 1980s. However, with the rapid industrialization and migration of youth to the cities, the number of farmers have declined in recent years. Despite this decrease in workers, the stalls here still manage to sell all kinds of vegetables from Korean chili peppers to bellflower root to potatoes, garlic and more. Most of the produces for sale was harvested directly by the seller, providing fresh ingredients at low prices. Jeongseon Arirang Market is famous for medicinal herbs, with many tourists coming a long way to purchase these products. While many stalls are open throughout the week, the market becomes full and robust on official market days, taking place on all days ending in a 2 or 7. Korail operates the A-Train, a special tourist train that departs for Jeongseon from Cheongnyangni Station on market days.
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.
162, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Kakao Friends Hongdae Flagship Store features a wide variety of products related Kakao Friends, popular messenger emojis. Meet Ryan, Muji, Apeach, Frodo, Neo, Tube, Jay-G, Con, and other characters from Kakao through creative home and office supplies, jewelry, stationery, kitchenware, toys, and much more. All products are designed with adorable characters that are sure to brighten your day.
35, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Boon the Shop boasts an impressive array of fresh, attractive international brands with unique designs. It is a perfect place for visitors looking for luxurious brands that differ from better known brands. It houses clothing items created by both famous and young designers. Focusing on people from their twenties to forties, Boon the Shop has become a popular shopping spot among fashion leaders.
35-1, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Etude House has five branch stores in Myeong-dong. It focuses on trendy cosmetic products. Its first floor boasts over 760 individual items while the second floor consists of the Dollhouse Gallery and the attic in which the entertainment star, Song Hye Gyo shot a commercial.
8, Insam-ro, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Punggi Ginseng Market is the oldest ginseng market in the Punggi area and is famous for its range of ginseng products. On every 3rd and 8th day of the month, a traditional 5-day market (a market open every 5 days that travels to several towns in the area) opens near the ginseng market, giving the area a traditional and nostalgic atmosphere.
111-4, Daedong-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
The Bukpyeong 5-Day Market takes place in Gumi-dong, Donghae-si every month on days ending in a 3 or an 8.
The market began in Donghae-si around 1796 (King Jeongjo’s 20th year). Its original site was around Jeoncheon Stream, but was moved to the mouth of the stream when the waterway altered. The market eventually settled down at its current site in 1932.
27, Seolleung-ro 146-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Jardin de Chouette initially gained recognition for its jackets and has become a popular shopping destination among fashionistas looking for high-qualiy clothing with unique designs. It is patronized by Korean celebrities such as Kim Tae-hee, Lee Hyori, Han Ga-in, and Song Hye-kyo. Famous for its owl symbol, Jardin de Chouette has an extensive showroom.
217, Heojun-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
Stori features items using Korean materials and designs. Made by Cho Myeong-hee, the art director of Louis Quartorze.
Stori boasts handmade bags made of soft leather, print canvas fabrics, and mother-of-pearl accents. Bags with Korean patterns such as bokjumeoni ("lucky bags" in Korea) are unique items found in Stori.
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.
13-2, Jungnim-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Chuncheon Romantic Market (formerly Jungang Market) is a traditional market in Chuncheon that sells hanbok, bags, shoes, clothes, electronic appliances, jewelry, and food. The market's modern look is a product of a development project that started in 2002.
The market became even more famous because of the Korean drama "Winter Sonata." Visitors from Japan and Southeast Asia come to see the market and to look around. The market also takes steps to attract more visitors by organizing various events and programs.
6, Insadong 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hanji Chueok (Recollections) is one of the better-known craft shops in Insa-dong and has even been featured by a number of international magazines. Prepared using traditional Korean processing methods, hanji is a type of beautiful, high-quality paper. Hanji Chueok is a great place to experience the tradition of hanji crafts; accessories, photo frames, and interior design items line the store shelves. Visitors can not only purchase extremely well-crafted items, but can also participate in seminars taught by professional artists to learn how to make their own hanji items. Visitors can take home their hanji creations as a lovely souvenir at the conclusion of the seminar.