[RANK AND TALK] 5 Top Shopping Centers in Seoul, Korea

Whenever we visit a country for a vacation, shopping will be one of the agenda that should not be missed. South Korea is famous for its cheap-yet-high-quality clothes and cosmetics. Want to know what are shopping places that are targeted for tourists in Seoul, South Korea? Check out this article!

1. Myeongdong

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Myeongdong is one of the many shopping centers in Seoul. This place is a frequent destination for foreign tourists to shop. Myeongdong area sells a wide range of accessories, clothing, bags, shoes, cosmetics, and various other items, be it Korean products as well as overseas products. Top brands such as H & M, Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, even local brands such as SPAO, Bean Pole, and Who.A.U are available in Myeongdong. Korean cosmetics are world-renowned, and Myeongdong provides a wide range of Korean cosmetics stores. In addition, there are also some locally made cheap products sold along Myeongdong street. The place itself is more like a crowded shopping mall rather than an ordinary street.

2. Dongdaemun Market

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Dongdaemun is a vast trading area located in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Unlike Myeongdong, Dongdaemun consists of traditional markets. In Dongdaemun, we can find various types of clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, and others. The majority of goods sold in Dongdaemun are market products. In addition to selling the items mentioned above, there are also silk fabrics, toys, sports equipment, and hanbok available in very affordable price. Many cute and unique items that can only be found in Korea are sold in Dongdaemun. If Myeongdong is a destination for branded fashion shopping, then Dongdaemun sells cheaper objects at wholesale prices.

3. Insadong

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For tourists, Insadong is better known as a place that sells South Korean souvenirs. Compared to Myeongdong and Dongdaemun, Insadong is not so vast. Insadong itself is actually a main road of Insadong-gil. This place is known as the result of a mix of two cultures, past and present, which can be seen from the modern buildings that are combined with historic buildings. Many traditional tea outlets are available along Insadong road. In addition, Insadong also has many interesting art and antique shops to see. Various snacks such as kkutare ice cream and jjipangyi are also sold here.

4. Namdaemun Market

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Namdaemun is the largest and oldest traditional market in South Korea. Namdaemun often appears on Korean variety shows such as Running Man. Just like any traditional markets, Namdaemun has a narrow street that is filled with shops. Just like Insadong, Namdaemun is also suitable to visit if you want to look for South Korean souvenirs. Usually, visitors who come to buy goods here in the form of wholesalers, so do not be surprised if the price is cheaper than any other places. Namdaemun also provides traditional food and snacks for souvenirs, such as ginseng tea and rice cakes.

5. Underground Shopping Mall

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This one place is not only a favorite of tourists; Koreans themselves love to shop here. Underground Shopping Mall is a shopping place located underground and scattered everywhere. One of them is Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center. High-quality products such as clothes, shoes, sunglasses, hats, and bags that are trending are sold in these kind of malls, making it very popular among youngsters. Furthermore, the offered price is cheap, therefore, many Korean youth prefer shopping in underground shopping mall.

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