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.
266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
As one of the largest markets in Asia, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex boasts huge hanbok shops. Most of the major hanbok and fabric distributors are located here. It offers a wide array of hanbok from traditional hanbok to modernized hanbok in addition to accessories and clothing materials. Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is a popular spot among international tourists who want to experience traditional Korean culture and purchase various souvenirs.
18, Jungang-ro 62beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is the largest market in Seogwipo. It is a traditional market that was formed in the early 1960s and is a mainstay in the Seogwipo economy. Starting from 2001, the market expanded its shopping center and now stretches over 620 meters in length. The interior of the market is designed in such a way that visitors can easily navigate through shops and vendors. For customers' ease, the market offers free delivery service as well as cultural programs and outdoor performances.
40, Majang-ro 31-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Majang Meat Market is the largest meat market in Korea. It is equipped with Korea’s most modern and cleanest facilities. The butchers here are proud of the market's size and hygienic facilities.
The market sells fresh meat arriving every hour from all over the country and from overseas. The prices are overtly marked for each meat along with the country and place of origin. For the market's efforts to provide quality products, the market is recognized by the Korean Medical Association (KMA).
Traders are able to trade easily thanks to the market's state of the art systems. At Majang Meat market, high quality meats are available at up to 30% less than at supermarket chains.
35, Eulji-ro 36-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
At Jungbu Market, a wide assortment of dried food such as laver, seaweed, anchovies, yellow corbinas, squid, pollack, and dried filefish fillets are available at low prices. Known for both wholesale and retail sales, Jungbu Market offers goods at prices 20-30% lower than those found at other markets.
Each store only sells one or two types of seafood products, allowing for easy price comparison and top quality goods. Popular products include dried filefish fillets, laver, and Pollack. As of late, processed food has also started to make its way into the market.
The market is also a popular site for buying food items used in ancestral rites and general home goods. The market opens at 4am and most stores close around 5pm. By 6pm the market grounds are quiet and inactive, so make sure to go before 3pm so that you have enough time to shop and look around.
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.
177-74, Premium outlet-ro, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
The Icheon branch of Lotte Premium Outlet built on a total area of 52,893m² is located in the center of Yeongdong Expressway and Jungbu Expressway, serving as a shopping hub that can be accessed within 10 minutes from Seoicheon IC, Deokpyeong IC, Icheon IC and Namicheon IC.
The outlet branch features 31 discount shops for a range of products, including Etro, Blue Dog Baby, and Fissler, as well as special sections, including Shoe & Shoe+, Kids Mall, Tableware Collection, and Lingerie Lounge. There are also six experience-focused shops, a local ceramic shop, and a local specialty shop. The outlet branch carries products of over 350 brands at reasonable prices, targeting people of all ages. The Icheon branch of Lotte Premium Outlet offers customers the most pleasant and convenient shopping experience with the vast F&B facility featuring local delicacies, eight themed gardens, and the 'green view' organized throughout the walking paths.
7 Bupyeong-daero, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon
Bupyeong Modoo Mall (Bupyeong Underground Shopping Mall) is divided into seven sections from A to G, and features more than 1,400 stores. Leaflets and interpretation services are provided in both English and Chinese, allowing foreign visitors to shop without language difficulties.
473, Yeonsam-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Jeju Local Produce Display and Sales Market is located on the first floor of Jeju Small & Medium Business Center to promote small local producers and market their items. It displays and sells more than 2,200 agricultural items, seafood, processed food, crafts, and cosmetic items from 138 local producers. These items are based upon ingredients and materials produced in Jeju. Through direct dealings with producers, the market offers quality items at inexpensive prices. Online purchase is also available through its website.
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.
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.
227, Gongwon-ro, Sebuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
The Galleria Department Store Center City Branch in Cheonan opened in December 2010 and was designed by global architect Ben Van Berkel. The exterior of the building has 23,000 LED lights that make up a media facade and there are terrace areas throughout. The building became a landmark receiving international attention. There are around 400 shops ranging from luxury brands, general goods, to clothing brands, as well as, a large culture center, Arthall G, kids' gallery, bookstore, and high-end supermarket and restaurants.