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.
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