A shopper’s PAR­ADISE

South Korea is a de­light for shop­pers look­ing for va­ri­ety and a great bar­gain. In­dian con­sumers are sure to get en­ticed by the nu­mer­ous of­fer­ings in the mar­kets

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The three main cities where tourists can shop to their hearts con­tent in­clude Seoul, Bu­san and Jeju. The con­sumers are sure to avail the best of of­fer­ings avail­able in the stores, tra­di­tional mar­kets and nu­mer­ous malls.

SEOUL

The Mecca for the shop­pers vis­it­ing South Korea, Seoul has a va­ri­ety of mar­kets to please ev­ery­one's lik­ings, from cos­metic shops in Myeong­dong to tra­di­tional sou­venir shops in In­sadong and night shop­ping for ap­parel in Dong­dae­mun, right un­til 2 am in the night. The duty-free shops have a com­fort­able and lux­u­ri­ous shop­ping en­vi­ron­ment, the lo­ca­tion is con­ve­nient as they are usu­ally po­si­tioned

close to ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions. Win­dow shop­ping also be­comes a ma­jor form of en­ter­tain­ment here!

BU­SAN

There are many ex­cit­ing shop­ping op­tions in Bu­san. The Shin­segae Depart­ment Store Cen­tum City is recorded as the big­gest de­part­men­tal store in the world by the Guin­ness Book of World Records. At Nam­podong, one can ex­plore hun­dreds of brand stores, eater­ies, street food, among oth­ers.

JEJU

The Jeju branch of Charm & Charm is a ma­jor multi-brand cos­met­ics store lo­cated near Jeju In­ter­na­tional Air­port and tourist at­trac­tions such as Yong­duam Rock. The store of­fers over

800 items from some 80 do­mes­tic cos­met­ics brands. Jeju Lo­cal Pro­duce Dis­play and Sales Mar­ket is lo­cated on the first floor of Jeju Small & Medium Busi­ness Cen­ter to pro­mote small lo­cal pro­duc­ers and mar­ket their items. It dis­plays and sells more than 2,200 agri­cul­tural items, seafood, pro­cessed food, crafts, and cos­metic items from 138 lo­cal pro­duc­ers. Through di­rect deal­ings with pro­duc­ers, the mar­ket of­fers qual­ity items at in­ex­pen­sive prices.

SOU­VENIR PICKS

Buy­ing sou­venirs is part and par­cel of the fun hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence. South Korea of­fers a lot in terms of mem­o­rable me­men­toes for the hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Some in­clude: Hanji Pa­per Prod­ucts like lamps, Neck Ties (Hanji is a spe­cial pa­per of Korea and is used in a va­ri­ety of ways). The pop­u­lar ones are: tra­di­tional masks, mother of pearl in­lay, hand mir­rors and jew­elry boxes, hand­made fans, tra­di­tional jew­elry. Gin­seng prod­ucts are world fa­mous for the health ben­e­fits, while you can also pick the most pop­u­lar Korean Soju, the tra­di­tional liquor, Korean Green Tea, Korean Rice Cakes, and much more.

THE SHOP­PING MALLS

Most of the fa­cil­i­ties of­fer for­eign lan­guage ser­vice in­clud­ing English. The Shin­segae Cen­tum City Depart­ment Store is reg­is­tered in the Guin­ness World Records as the largest shop­ping com­plex in the world. The depart­ment store has a count­less

South Korea of­fers a lot in terms of mem­o­rable me­men­toes for the hol­i­day

num­ber of items all un­der one roof. Vis­i­tors can also en­joy nu­mer­ous en­ter­tain­ment op­tions in the com­plex.

Other pop­u­lar shop­ping malls in Korea in­clude:

• In Seoul, Lotte Duty Free Shop and Coex Mall. • In Bu­san, Shin­sagae Cen­tum City Store and,

• In Jeju, JDC Duty Free Shop at the Air­port. The JDC Duty Free shop of­fers a va­ri­ety of lux­ury brand items, al­co­holic bev­er­ages. It is es­pe­cially per­fect for trav­el­ers who have plenty of time be­fore their de­par­ture.

FLEA MAR­KETS

There are unique flea mar­kets in Korea which sell an­tique items and tourists can make their own bar­gains. The di­ver­sity of goods in th­ese mar­kets are enough to war­rant a visit to any of Seoul’s ma­jor flea mar­kets lo­cated in the pop­u­lar and ac­ces­si­ble neigh­bor­hoods of Hong­dae, Myeong-dong, Gang­nam, and Itae­won Spe­cial Tourist Zone. To get to th­ese places is very easy. The Seoul sub­way sta­tions are quite close to each of th­ese lo­ca­tions.

FAC­TORY OUT­LETS FOR BAR­GAIN BUYS

The Underground Shop­ping Malls, are the gold­mines for fash­ion lovers. Some stores don’t ac­cept credit cards to of­fer such low-priced ap­parel. Some of the best are: Gang­nam Ter­mi­nal Underground Shop­ping Cen­ter in Seoul and Seomyeon Underground Shop­ping Cen­ter in Bu­san.

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