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South Korea Shopping

Namdaemun Market
The largest general wholesale market in Korea, Namdaemun Market is just a few minutes' walk from Seoul's ancient South Gate(Sungnyemun or Namdaemun). Its proximity to the downtown area and to many deluxe hotels makes it popular among foreign visitors. More than 1,250 shops stalls line the alleyways in a 10 acre area, selling vegetables, clothes, tableware, crafts, fresh-cut flowers and ginseng, among other things. Since each small shop does its own manufacturing, prices can be 10-20% lower than in other shopping areas.

Tongdaemun Market
One of the oldest and largest markets in Seoul, Tongdaemun Market is a colorful, bustling spot for bargain shoppers. Many stores are not much bigger than closets, but the combination of goods covering wide spectrum brightens the sprawling 10-block shopping area. At this and adjoining markets you can find the largest selection of silk in Korea as well as other fabrics, shoes, sports equipment, bags, vegetables and fish, and cloths of all kinds. CLothes, above all, are a favourite buy. This market is no stranger to foreigners, who come here from all over the whole to find bargains.

Myong-dong is the fashion center of Korea as Ginza is to Japan. Most major departmental stores in Seoul are located there and the many large and small shops offer all the latest fashions including Korean and foreign made clothes, shoes, accessories and cosmetics from world famous designers. One million people a day flock into the 330,000 sq. meter area that is Myong-dong. the district is always bustling, and so crowded with cafes, restaurants and discotheques that it is a shopping area. It is within easy walking distance of most major downtown hotels. The Myong-dong Festival is held here.

This is a popular spot for visiting bargain shoppers and entertainment seekers. The area's main street in Namsan is lined with stores, boutiques and sidewalk stalls. Dresses, leather and skin goods, shoes and handbags, jewelry, antique shops and Korean art and calligraphy are all available here. There is also an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars and discos for those seeking for a little entertainment in the area.

Yongsan Electronics Market
This place in downtown Seoul specializes in electric and electronic goods. With approximately 5,000 stores housed in 22 buildings, this is the largest electronics market in Asia. Every kind of product such as TVs, VCRs, computers and cellular phones can be obtained at a price of up to 30% lower than that of other markets.


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