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Shopping in Seoul

Seoul is a shopper's paradise. Insomniacs and bargain hunters alike can shop 24 hours in the sprawling Dongdaemun Market. The fun and bustling Namdaemun Market keeps more civilized hours, as do the multi-storey department stores and shopping malls (mostly around 9am-7pm). Away from the city's many open marketplaces, fashion lovers have plenty of browsing opportunities in Myeongdong, Idea-ap and Shinchon (the university district), Apgujeong's Rodeo Street, and the boutiques in Gangnam.

Dongdaemun Market, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Insa Art Center

Art galleries and shops

Located on Insadong's main drag, the Insa Art Center is a cluster of small shops and galleries. A great place to browse the latest in Korean art, it showcases everything from college students' handiwork to ceramics from master potters.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-7pm (individual store hours may vary)

Address

188, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-300

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 736 1020

Transport

Anguk subway (exit 6)

COEX Mall, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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COEX Mall

Modern megaplex

A giant megaplex in the Gangnam district, the COEX Mall has all the upscale amenities of a modern shopping centre. As well as shops, it has one of Seoul's best English-language bookstores, an aquarium and even a small Kimchi Museum.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-10pm; individual store times vary

Address

159, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-881

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 6002 5312 x3

Transport

Subway line 2 Samseong station (exit 5 or 6)

Website

COEX Mall Website

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Gwangjang Market

Korea's first traditional market

Gwangjang Market, in Jongno, is the country's first and continues the tradition of bustling open markets. Its second-floor stores are renowned for quality satin, silks and linen bedding. It's also a great place to find textiles and other traditional souvenirs.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 7am-7pm

Address

6-1, Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-833

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 2267 0291/2

Transport

Jongno 5-ga subway (exit 8)

Website

Gwangjang Market Website (Korean only)

Namdaemun Shijang, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Namdaemun Market

Korea's largest traditional market

Vendors expect haggling in the open-air Namdaemun Market - the largest in the country. Carrying everything from clothing to housewares, most shops sell directly from their own factories bringing them downtown. Serious bargain hunters come for the night market.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, most open-air stalls 10am-5pm; night market 12am-4am

Address

49, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-804

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 752 1913

Transport

Hoehyeon subway (exit 5)

Website

Namdaemun Market Website

Dongdaemun Market, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Dongdaemun Market

Late-night shoppers' paradise

Shops at downtown Dongdaemun Market specialize in wholesale fashions, shoes and accessories. The largest market in the city, giant shopping malls dominate the first section while the second section is great for sporting goods or bulk items.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5am (individual store hours may vary)

Address

24-1, Chungmuro-1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-011

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 2236 9135

Transport

Subway line 2, 4 or 5 to Dongdaemun station (exit 1) or line 1 or 4 (exit 7)

Website

Dongdaemun Market Website

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Yongsan Electronics Market

Electronic gadget heaven

The Yongsan Electronics Market is a dizzying conglomeration of every electronic gadget under the sun. It has more than 5000 vendors spanning 22 buildings, which makes the shopping and browsing exhausting, crazy and fun - for technology lovers anyway.



Opening Hours

Mostly daily 10am-8pm; some stores close first and third Sun or Tue of the month; flea market Sat & Sun 9am-7pm

Address

15-2, Hangangro 2-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-749

Telephone

+ 82 (0) 2 707 1793

Transport

Yeongsan subway (exit 3) or Sin-Yeongsan subway (exit 5)

Website

Yongsan Electronics Complex Website (Korean only)

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