K-ETA Korea top shopping streets by region

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Korea, a paradise of convenient shopping, has diverse and well-established shopping streets in different corners insomuch that, when you think of an item you want, someone can instantly recommend you the best nearby shopping district for the item. 

We introduce famous shopping streets in each region of Seoul, Busan, and Jeju that are loved by both Korean locals and tourists alike.

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Recommended shopping streets in Seoul


 

Myeong-dong: Shopping street tailored to foreign tourists

 

 

The Myeong-dong streets, which are connected to Myeongdong Station on Subway Line 4, boast a long tradition as one of the leading shopping districts of Korea. It is located in downtown Seoul and offers a variety of goods including fashion, beauty and foods, which is the reason why it attracts countless numbers of travelers every year. Subsequently, foreign language services and guides

are available for maximum convenience while shopping. In Myeong-dong, unique street snacks and foods are an element of joy that you cannot miss.

  • Location: Area surrounding Exits 5 thru 10 of Myeongdong Station on Subway Line 4

 

 

Insa-dong: The most Korean shopping street

 

 

This street has a variety of beautiful vintage items of Korea.

Every store that sells antiques, calligraphy tools or fans reminds you of a museum in itself.

Cultural complexes of "Ssamzigil" and "Annyeong Insadong" attract many visitors as they offer the opportunity to encounter not only Korean traditional culture but also more contemporary culture.

Countless scores of people visit the street to purchase nice and cute interior items and wares.

 

 

Dongdaemun Design Plaza: Fast, easy and chic

 


 

Located by Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station on Subway Lines 2, 4 and 5, Dongdaemun Design Plaza boasts excellent accessibility and also has a cultural complex designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, so it is widely regarded as a mecca of shopping and an attraction for diverse cultural experiences. 

Even if you don't happen to shop here, the venue is still worth a visit because of the mystical structures, fantastic nightscape and a variety of exhibits. 

It is also famous as a filming spot for many Korean dramas such as My Love from the Star (2013), The Producers (2015), Misty (2018) and Vincenzo (2021).

 

 

Garosu-gil Road: Choice of Trendsetters

 

 

The bustling area from Apgujeong-ro 12gil to Dosan-daero 13gil in Gangnam-gu, Seoul is often called "Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Road." 

The name is known to have stemmed from the street trees, or Garosu in Korean, that stand in a long line along the street. 

There are a great number of cute select shops and luxury brand stores at which you can enjoy shopping for unique items. Also, the nation's first official Apple store opened in this area, which is why it is widely regarded as a barometer of trends. 

You can find the street once you come out of Exit 8 of Sinsa Station on Seoul Subway Line 3.

 

 

Recommended shopping streets in Busan


 

Busan Jagalchi Market: A famous seafood market

 

 

This is the largest seafood market in Busan. 

If you visit in the early morning, you can watch freshly caught fish and the passion of merchants who buy and sell the fish. 

Because it is a global seafood market, you can not only purchase a variety of marine products from octopus and squid to clams but also pay a little bit extra to be able to taste the seafood right there in the marketplace. 

It will definitely be a unique experience for those who wish to fully enjoy the energy of a seaside seafood market.

  • Address: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
  • Operating hours: 05:00-22:00 (closed every first and third Tuesday)
  • Inquiries: +82-51-245-2594 / bisco.or.kr/jagalchimarket

 

 

Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center: Cute and stylish place

 

 

Seomyeon, the center of Busan, is the most bustling area of the city. 

It is located where Subway Lines 1 and 2 meet to offer convenient transportation and, naturally, department stores, academies and hospitals have gathered to form a huge commercial district. 

The underground shopping center near Seomyeon Rotary is a premium shopping center with a long history that offers a variety of clothes, cosmetics and accessories that women will fall in love with at affordable prices.

  • Address: 737, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan 
  • Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 (closed every first Tuesday) 
  • Inquiries: 051-713-8283 / undershop.bisco.or.kr

 

 

Recommended shopping streets on Jeju


 

Dongmun Traditional Market: A shopping attraction on Jeju with unique items

 

 

This market is famous for Jeju’s own specialty products like hallabong and omegi tteok (Jeju-style rice cake) as well as meat noodles, Jeju Gujwa Gwajeul (a kind of traditional snack) and octopus bread. 

Over the past few years, it has become a one-stop shopping attraction that sells everything from trendy desserts such as Udo peanut ice cream that young people in their 20s and 30s enjoy eating to unique souvenirs like dol hareubang (stone grandpa) goods with fun ideas.

  • Address: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • Operating hours: 08:00-21:00
  • Inquiries: 1330 (travel hotline: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / www.visitjeju.net (English, Chinese, Japanese, Malay)

 

 

Jeju Five-day Folk Market: Unique market where the traditional and modern coexist

 

 

Jeju Five-day Folk Market: Unique market where the traditional and modern coexist

The unique aspect about a “five-day market,” which is a kind of a Korean traditional market, is that it opens exactly once every five days. 

Jeju Five-day Folk Market opens on dates that end in 2 or 7 and, every time it opens, it does so on a dominating scale. 

Because it only takes about 10 minutes by car from Jeju Airport, there are many travelers who purchase souvenirs and more here before they wrap up their trip.

  • Address: 26, Oiljangseo-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • Operating hours: 08:00 - 20:00 (open every 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 27th)
  • Inquiries: 064-743-5985 / www.visitjeju.net (English, Chinese, Japanese, Malay)

 

 

Come to Korea for an unparalleled shopping experience! 
Here, you'll find a perfect blend of Eastern charm and modern trends. Explore the global brands and traditional Korean products in the vibrant streets of Myeongdong in Seoul, or discover the latest fashion items in the upscale district of Gangnam. 
Dive into the bustling atmosphere of Dongdaemun Market for a wide array of clothing and accessories at affordable prices. 
In Busan, don't miss out on the unique shops and stalls of Nampo-dong and Gukje Market. 
With diverse shopping options across Korea, you're bound to create unforgettable memories while indulging in retail therapy!

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