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SHOPPING IN KOREA

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Since I'm eager to visit the Korea Country, so I did surfing on the shopping complex in Korea according to their area..Although I'm not going to Korea this december, But I just wanna share the information of the shopping complex..Have fun...This is just a little bit of information that i'm interested..heheh... :)
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COEX MALL - Located at SEOUL CITY

Taken From: http://www.lifeinkorea.com/

COEX Mall is an integrated shopping, culture, education, and leisure complex in the heart of Seoul. Connecting the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) and World Trade Tower with the Samseong subway station (line 2), the area contains over 85,000 square meters of underground dining, shopping, and family entertainment facilities, The COEX Mall offers everything from international foods to the latest books and CDs in a traffic-free and all-weather environment. The Mall also spills outside into one open-air section.From its 16-screen cinema complex to the relaxing aquarium, from the game room to the disco, the COEX Mall provides leisure activities for all ages. Enter a world where dining knows no borders- the two international food courts offer every kind of dining option, from snack bars to gourmet restaurants, serving up to 1,000 patrons at a time. It also has retail outlets and personal service stores, from name-brand fashion houses to hair salons. Weary shoppers can take a break in one of several cafes and bars. The COEX Mall also includes a large, international bookstore stocked with books and periodicals in many languages, as well as classic and popular tapes and CDs.


Directions: Subway line 2, Samseong Station, exits 5 & 6, use entrance to COEX Mall


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Namdaemun Market


Taken from: http://english.tour2korea.com/


Namdaemun Market, located in the very center of Seoul, is the biggest traditional market in Korea selling children's clothing, men & women's clothing, daily miscellaneous goods, kitchenware and local and imported products.


Most shops have their own factories and make the products themselves offering both wholesale and retail prices which enables visitors to purchase various shopping items at an extremely inexpensive price. Foreign visitors to Namdaemun Market show different features: the Japanese are more into foods like Gim (seaweed), Gimchi, and ginseng, while the Chinese show interest in clothing and miscellaneous goods. On the other hand, most tourists from the west simply enjoy the ambience of the traditional market. Hours vary by store, so it's advisable to plan out in advance according with a shopping list before you start the actual shopping.



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SHOPPING IN SEOUL

Taken from: http://english.tour2korea.com/

There are several phrases that describe Korea’s capital, Seoul – a harmony of the traditional and modern, a center of the IT industry, and a shopper’s heaven. Seoul offers a satisfying shopping experience for all shoppers, from traditional souvenirs, arts, luxury brand s, and fashion trends. The products also vary according to the interests of visitors from various parts of the world. Japanese tourists usually shop for Kimchi and Kim (dried seaweed lavers), which are two of Korea’s major food products. Visitors from Southeast Asia generally visit Dongdaemun Market area to shop for trendy clothes and accessories at bargain prices. European tourists are interested mostly in Asia and Korea’s unique cultural products and souvenirs.

Shopping Tips

1. Korean Sizes

Most sizes are measured in centimeters except for the waist size, which goes by inches. Shoe sizes are measured in millimeters.

2. Payment Methods

Except for street vendors, most shops follow a fixed price system, and these shops accept international credit cards (VISA, MASTER, etc). If you wish to shop at markets and street vendors, be sure to have cash ready.

3. Currency Exchange

Most banks have separate booths to exchange foreign currency. The banks are the most convenient places to exchange currencies, and business hours are usually 9:30am – 16:30pm, Mon – Fri. Also, the ‘356 Days Corner’ ATM (English) is usually located next to the banks, which are open from 7 am to 11:30 pm. Most convenience stores also provide 24-hour ATM services. However, using the banks during normal business hours will offer you the cheapest service charge. Note that service charges may vary according to each bank.Namdaemun Market and Itaewon districts provide their own foreign currency exchange services, and you can find them through the tourist information centers located in their area.

4. Tax Refund

Shops with “Tax Free Shopping” signs will provide you with duty free shopping and information for your tax refunds.

5. Refunds

Except department stores and large malls, some stores may not offer refunds for purchased products (especially for sale items), although they do allow customers to exchange items that they bought.

6. Sale PeriodsDuty Free Shops:

June – August, December – FebruaryDepartment Stores: January, April, July, October, and DecemberOther large shopping malls also go on sale around the same time as the department stores do. Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Market, and other major markets usually go on sale around early July and mid-January, and the summer and winter sales offer the most discounts with 20 – 30% off of the regular items, and more than 50% off for items more than 2 or 3 years old.

7. Business Hours

Unlike the U.S. or Europe, Korea’s shopping hours are limitless. Most shops open until 10 pm, and markets like Dongdaemun Market are open 24 hours. Shops are mostly crowded during holidays and weekends except during the New Year holidays and Chuseok during which most shops close to celebrate Korea’s major holidays. Shops in Myeong-dong and Insa-dong are usually open until 10 pm, whereas Namdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Market are still open after midnight with shoppers and retailers, giving you a taste of Korea’s late-night shopping culture.

8. Korean Shopping Phrases

Except for duty-free shops or shops in Itaewon, you may run into communication problems. If you know a few Korean shopping expressions, you’ll find your shopping experience more enjoyable and you may even be able to bargain for lower prices.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm guided here by google search.
I opened a general on-line shopping for foreigners living in Korea.
I think it will be interesting to you. Please visit and leave your comment on my internet shopping mall.
Thanks, ;)

Anonymous said...

I forgot to leave the address of internet shopping mall. It's www.seoulmarket.net

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm guided here by google search.
I opened a general on-line shopping for foreigners living in Korea.
I think it will be interesting to you. Please visit and leave your comment on my internet shopping mall.
Thanks, ;)

Anonymous said...

I forgot to leave the address of internet shopping mall. It's www.seoulmarket.net

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