Discover retail heaven in Seoul, South Korea: a guide to the best shopping hotspots

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South Korea is not only renowned for its array of visually stunning cafes, but it is also a hub for trendy shopping destinations. If you have the opportunity to visit this vibrant country, you’ll find an abundance of shops lining every block and corner. However, choosing the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy can be overwhelming. To help you navigate this shopping haven, we’ve curated a list of seven top shopping spots in Seoul, South Korea!

1. Times Square Mall: Far from the Times Square in New York, this shopping mall has some of the best stores around! With several floors this shopping mall contains stores like Stylenanda, Missha, and so much more, what’s even better is that this shopping mall is located right across the street from Yeongdeungpo Station!

2. COEX Mall: Located in the fancy district of Gangnam, COEX mall is a great place to shop for all thing! Ranging from stores that sell stationary, cute trinkets, and clothing, you’re bound to find something that fits you within this mall! There’s also an excellent selection of restaurants here if you get hungry while shopping. Unfortunately for you K-pop fans, the SM Entertainment store here closed in 2020.

3. Namdaemun Market: If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, then try visiting Namdaemun Market; not only do you have some of the best street food vendors around, but you can often get a great bargains on the clothing too!

4. Various Dongdaemun Markets: For great deals on clothing, make your way to Dongdaemun, where you’ll find an extensive array of clothing markets. The area is home to multi-story buildings filled with vendors selling a wide variety of clothes and fashion accessories. Among the numerous markets, one personal favorite is DOOTA Duty-Free. Remember to carry cash, as most vendors do not accept credit cards, and be prepared to engage in some friendly bargaining to score the best deals.

5. Lotte World Mall: Linked to Jamsil’s underground shopping mall, with 11 floors to check out, Lotte World Mall offers a truly immersive shopping experience. Upon entering the mall, you might feel as if you’ve been whisked away to Rome, thanks to a fountain inspired by Italy’s iconic Trevi Fountain. This upscale destination features a range of luxury brands, such as Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Bally, Balmain, Burberry, BVLGARI, CELINE, two Chanel boutiques, Delvaux, DIOR, Fendi, Gucci, two Hermes boutiques, two Louis Vuitton boutiques, two Moncler boutiques, Prada, two Rolex stores, Thom Browne, Valentino, Versace, and more. Keep in mind that this lavish shopping haven tends to be on the pricier side.

6. Gangnam Terminal Shopping Mall: More so referred to as “Goto Mall” the Gangnam Terminal Shopping Mall has over 600 stores!

7. Sogong Underground Shopping Center: Popular back in the 80s, this shopping center still remains quite the hot spot, and it’s no wonder for you can find a wide range of regional products and traditional Korean handicrafts!

Don’t fret if you’re unsure of what to bring back from your trip to South Korea, for all these shopping malls are bound to have something that fits everyone’s taste!

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