Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips
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Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 tips

Nothing can compare to the feeling of shopping in Seoul. For first-time tourists, however, shopping in Korea can be intimidating. With so many choices available, let us prepare you with our five tips to make your shopping experience enjoyable.

1- Use Naver Maps

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

If this is your first visit to Korea, it can be confusing to find your way around Seoul, or even Busan. Downloading Naver Map can save you a lot of time. It's basically Google Maps, but for South Korea. You can even enter the location in English and Naver Maps will tell you where to go! Using Naver Maps, traveling around Seoul will be a breeze.

2- Bring cash or an international card

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

You can save a lot of time and money by simply bringing cash (in Korean won) and/or using an international card. With a card from international banks like Charles Schwabb, you won't have international transaction fees. This will help you save money when shopping abroad. It's also helpful to take the time to withdraw cash from an ATM. Many street vendors prefer cash to cards, making the transaction easier for everyone.

3- Don’t forget to get socks

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

In some underground markets and many shopping malls you will find good deals on socks. These shopping locations are also ideal for shopping in summer and winter, where the temperature is often controlled. Near Myeongdong station, there is an underground shopping mall that houses K-Pop stores, clothing stores, and food stalls. The best deals on socks will let you buy up to five pairs of socks for just 10 to 000 KRW. If you don't need them personally, you can give them to your friends as souvenirs of your trip to Korea.

4- Stay cool/warm when shopping in Korea

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

In some areas of South Korea, summer can be particularly hot, up to 35 degrees Celsius. If you are not used to the heat, we highly recommend bringing a portable fan before you leave. You may even see many other Koreans using a fan during the day to stay cool. Luckily, most subways are air-conditioned, so you can take a break when shopping. On the other hand, the winter season can be very cold in Korea. Unfortunately, not all stores offer heating. Be sure to wear layers of clothing and bring a scarf on your trip. Mittens are also very useful even when drinking an Americano in winter.

5- Shopping essentials in Korea

Olive Young

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

Shopping at Olive Young can make you lose track of time. If you are a fan of shopping for beauty and skin care products, you will love this store. Here you can treat yourself to all your favorite Korean beauty and skincare products. From face masks to makeup and eyeliner, Olive Young has you covered. If you're looking for BB creams and sunscreens, Olive Young is the place to be. Additionally, they also sell some snacks like bagel chips. If you want to snack first, there is always time to try those from Daebak Company before your trip to Seoul.

MyeongDong Market

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

MyeongDong Market is a famous shopping district in Seoul. In addition to the many branches of Olive Young, there are also many other beauty stores such as Tony Moly and Nature Republic. The clothing stores in the market also offer the best in fashion and always showcase the latest trends. Myeongdong is also home to Lotte and Shinsegae department stores, as well as other luxury boutiques to discover. Myeongdong also has plenty of places to buy souvenirs, so check it out before you leave South Korea.

hongdae

Do you want to go shopping in Korea? Here are 5 K-Selection tips

Hongdae is famous for its street performances and Korean karaoke, called noraebang (노래방). There are also plenty of photo booths to take cute photos with family and friends. The nightlife in Hongdae is also very vibrant, so don't be surprised if you still see stores open at 2 a.m. Shopping never stops in Hongdae.

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Going to Korea is above all to discover the country, its monuments, history and geographical side. Then taste their very varied and rich cuisines. Make purchases. We don't have a bad place to stay in France. Excess baggage no. Visit and enjoy.

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