What are some of the best places to go shopping in Seoul, South Korea?
After all, Seoul is a place where you can literally get anything and everything you want.
It is a shoppers paradise.
There are so many different areas you can go shop at that will carry all kinds of different things. From shopping malls to street markets and more, Seoul has it all.
You’ll be spending days on end just browsing through racks of clothes, electronics, accessories, jewelry, leather goods, beauty products, arts and crafts, and anything else you could imagine.
Plus, many of Seoul’s popular shopping districts are in relatively close proximity to family-friendly attractions like the museums, theaters, theme parks and more.
So you can easily take your entire family here and have some fun while also do some shopping.
So if you are wondering where the best place is to shop around in Seoul, you are in luck.
In this post, we’ll be detailing the best 15 places to go shopping Seoul, South Korea.
So lets get started!
15 Best Places To Go Shopping In Seoul
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Myeongdong Shopping Street is the number one place to visit if you are planning to do some shopping in Seoul. It is an extremely popular area where many people come to shop. You can find dozens of department stores, shopping malls, street vendors and much more all around the area. Basically everything you’ll ever need can be found around the shops in this area.
Some of the items you’ll be able to find are popular items like inexpensive clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and handbags from local and international brands. Also, there are over 1,000 different outlets that specialize in selling Korean cosmetic and skincare items.
Plus, this area is close to some popular sightseeing spots like the Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral and the gothic-style Myeongdong Theatre.
Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market in Seoul Korea. It has over 100 years of history to it making it one of the best places to visit. The market consists of more than 5000 shops and 20,000 employees in an area of 42,000 square metres. Here you can find all kinds of things from traditional shops, to street food, to even entertainment.
The ground floor is dedicated to food stalls and restaurants so you can do your shopping and grab a bite to eat.
It is a perfect place to visit if you are looking to entwine yourself with Korean culture.
Definitely one of the most popular places to go shopping in Seoul.
Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the “Great South Gate,” which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.
It is here where you can find quality leather goods, clothing, crafts, imported goods, utensils, electronics, and traditional oriental medicines at really cheap and affordable prices.
Many locals will come here to do their regular shopping for groceries and household items as there will be many vendors who are selling these things.
Dongdaemun Market is one of South Korea’s biggest wholesal and retail shopping districts. It has about 26 different shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops and around 50,000 manufacturers. It is also the place to go for those insanely cheap deals you can’t find anywhere else.
Plus, it has an alley specially dedicated to Korean street food and snacks, so foodies from all over flock to this area for some tasty and delicious food.
Also the place is busy all throughout the night with festivities, fashion shows, music and dance performances taking place after the sun sets in Seoul.
Hongdae is a unique and interesting place that is known for its youthful ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression. Here you can find many cafes, art galleries, fashion outlets, live music bars and clubs. Also there are many shops that sell goods ranging from handmade clothes to even luxury goods.
It has become a popular place for many students to visit since their is a neighboring University near the area.
The main draw of this place is the weekend “free market” which takes place from 1pm to 6pm. Local artists and craftsmen showcase their handmade crafts, accessories, paintings, and second-hand goods.
Not only that but you can also see many live dance performances, literary exhibits, cultural events, street performances, and festivals.
Starfield COEX Mall
Starfield COEX is a mall that has over 300 brands to shop at. You can find things ranging from fashion and beauty, to electronics and entertainment and much more. And one of the most popular places to visit in this building is the Starfield Library, which houses over 50,000 worth of books arranged in multiple 13 meter high bookshelves.
Also, what is so amazing is that this building isn’t just a mall. Downstairs in the basement level you can even find an Aquarium that houses over 650 species of marine wildlife.
Mecenatpolis Mall is an open-air shopping mall that is near the Hapjeong train station. It is here where you can find many Fast food chains, cafes, upscale and modest restaurants offering up tasty local and international cuisines. Plus, in the outdoor garden, you can expect to find quite a few events, art exhibitions, cultural festivals and music performances going on.
This mall has since become a popular place for photography mainly because of its vibrant communal spaces, terraced balconies, glass bridges, unique water features, and rooftop gardens.
Apgujeong is a shopping district filled with beauty clinics, department stores, luxury boutiques, and shopping malls. It is the place where all of Seoul’s rich and elite shop for famous designer brand items.
Also, Apgujeong Rodeo Street is also the place to go for any cosmetic surgery and beauty care.
Itaewon is a place filled with all sorts of cool things. It features more than 100 shops that specializes in imported fashion brands, leather goods, handbags, shoes, souvenirs, and antiques.
However, the best part about Itaewon is its extensive food offerings. You can find all kinds of restaurants, bars and clubs that occupy the street and serves up some delicious and tasty food from all around the globe.
Insa-dong is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries and traditional restaurants, teahouses, and cafes. It is the perfect place to spend your afternoon exploring around what the area has to offer.
It is here where you can shop for some authentic goods and souvenirs like the “hanbok”, “hanji”, artwork, vintage toys, pottery, and folk crafts.
Plus every weekend, Insa-dong’s main street becomes a pedestrian-friendly space. Enjoy classical concerts, art exhibits, and Korean street food during your visit in Insa-dong.
Lotte Department Store Myeongdong
Myeongdong’s Lotte Department Store is a building filled with a ton of interesting things for you to see and buy. It features an impressive collection of apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty products, furniture, electronics, and sports equipment. They even have a duty free outlet, art gallery as well as a food court that offers a bunch of local and international flavors.
Goto Mall is an interesting underground mall that connects Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9) with Banpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 7). A lot of the stores down here usually target women with it’s unique ranges of books and cosmetics to accessories, jewelry and bags.
You’ll also be able to find restaurants and coffee shops as well as a movie theater airing the latest films.
Galleria Department Store is a mall filled with some of the highest quality luxury brands you can find. It is located on Apgujeong Rodeo Street which is one of Seoul’s most luxurious shopping streets.
If its fashion you are looking for, you can find it at the Galleria. From shoes, bags, accessories, to sports gear and clothes by big-name designers, this mall has it all. Do know that the prices here are more on the higher end of things, so you might want to watch what you buy. However the place does make for a great area if you want to do some people watching and hopefully spot a rich and famous celebrity.
If you’re into high end luxury items, then this place is definitely the place to go for some shopping in Seoul.
Seoul Folk Flea Market
The Seoul Folk Flea Market is a place filled with an assortment array of items. There are over 9090 booths set up and lets you find just about anything here including decorative stones, toys, manual typewriters, and authentic pottery. If you are interested in second hand items or items priced at insane discounts, then this is the place to be.
Tong-In Market is a shopping area that is dedicated to traditional crafts, clothing, and books. It is here where you’ll be able to find some of the finest crafts and antiques in all of South Korea. Plus, prices here are usually cheaper than if you were to go to a regular shop to buy.
As you can see, there are a ton of different areas where you can shop around.
This city has so much to offer and will probably take you a week or longer to do everything on this list.
Hopefully next time you plan a vacation, you might consider a trip to Seoul and enjoy all it has to offer.
Also if you are wondering what other things there is to do in South Korea, I have some posts for you.
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- 5 Amazing Street Markets You Need To Visit In Seoul
- How To Get Around South Korea
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