Shopping in Seoul, South Korea, Asia
Lotte World, Seoul
This quite amazing theme park located in 40-1 Chamshil-dong, Songpa-ku, Seoul, which is open 365 days a year, is quite unusual in that it covers the top floors of a huge shopping centre and also covers a separate section across the road. Lotte World includes adventure and thrill rides, a bungee jump section, swimming pools, a haunted house, restaurants, and a hotel. There is also an attached Folk Musuem which is worth going to see, in its own right. This is certainly worth visiting. For more information visit the Lotte World website.
Coex Aquarium, Seoul
Quite often Koreans like to combine together cultural entertainment with shopping facilities and the COEX Mall is one of such examples in Seoul. The Convention and Exhibition Centre here is combined together with an aquarium, a 16-screen cinema complex, restaurants, shops etc. The COEX mall is located by Samseong subway station.
Maruzon Kimchi Market, Seoul
Kimchi is a national food obsession in Korea and it is, together with rice, the Korean staple diet. This market in Seoul is specialised in everything to do with kimchi, selling every type of kimchi. You can reach it by catching the metro and getting off at Balsan Station-Line 5, Exit 2 or Gimpo Airport-Line 5.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul
Namdaemun market is the biggest traditional market in Seoul. It is made up of indoor shops together with thousands of stalls. Shopping here is a really unique experience and this Seoul market is very popular with locals as well as tourists. Here you can find everything from clothes, souvenirs, hardware, things for the house, ginseng, underwear and much more. Take the subway line 4 and get off at Hoehyeon Station, to reach the market.
Dongdaemun Market, Seoul
This Seoul market was opened in 1905 specialising in wholesale clothing. Now it has more than 20 malls, selling every type of fashion items, both retail and wholesale at low prices.
Some of Dongdaemun shopping malls open from 10 in the morning until 5 the following morning. Seoul is a city that never sleeps and Dongdaemun market reflects the city’s hectic spirit. The closest subway stop is Dongdaemun Stadium. If you love shopping then you might also be interested in Dubai shopping in the Asian region. Many Koreans also travel to Italy and love shopping in Rome and other cities for leather and similar products. expect to be able to shop for many Italian products also in Dongdaemun.
Insadong market, Seoul
Insadong market, located in the heart of old Seoul, is popular with tourists and offers a lot of art galleries, antiques shops as well as cheaper souvenir shops. The closest subway stations are Jonggak Station, exit 3, or Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station, exit 1.
Other shopping areas and markets in Seoul include: Myeong-dong, for middle price range shops; Apgujong, for very expensive designer shops; Itaewon, the area were many foreigners live in Seoul, which has many antiques and clothes shops and a clothes market; Yongsan Electronics market, where you can find everything to do with electronics and modern technologies at low prices. Last but not least, the amazing (if you like seafood) Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul’s largest fish market with over 700 fish shops and several restaurants where they can cook for you the fish you just bought. Like in other Asian countries, some of the fish is sold alive, kept in water tanks and fished out as soon as a customer chooses it.