Has anyone told you that Korea is a shopping heaven? So, where are some of the best places to shop in Seoul? I personally recommend 3 shopping places in Seoul that I often go for shopping – Hongdae, Ewha Womans University and Lotte Mart @ Seoul Station.
Yes, Lotte Mart as well! Why? Because I can find all types of Korean food in Lotte Mart (with lots of promotion).
First of all, let’s take a look at Hongdae. Hongdae has a famous shopping street where you can find almost everything – trendy clothes, beauty & cosmetics, socks, souvenirs and many more.
Most of the shops open till around 11pm. So if you are staying in Hongdae area, you can do some shopping every night!
Hongdae Shopping Street is located about 5 mins from Hongik University Station Exit9. You can buy local brand trendy clothes here. Besides that, there are also big stores and famous brand such as Bershka, Forever 21, H&M, SPAO, MCM, etc.
For beauty and cosmetics stores, you can find Innisfree, Face Shop, Etude House, Tony Moly, Nature Republic, Skin Food, and many more. There is also beauty shops such as Olive Young, LOHB, Watsons, etc.
Basically, you don’t really need to worry that you can’t shop for anything here. Every time I come here with my friends, we will bring something home.
2) EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY area
Well, you are not gonna shop inside Ewha Womans University, but it is the area outside the university. To get to the shopping area in Ewha Womans University, take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Ewha Womans University Station and get off at Exit 2 or 3.
You can find many shops selling pretty and cheap clothes. You can find alot of KRW5,000 or KRW10,000 per top. I can easily spend KRW 50,000 in one hour. Other than blouse, you can find pretty jackets, jeans, trendy bags, cute socks, and korean style shoes!
My friend, Grace, came to Seoul only 3 days and she did almost all her shopping here at Ewha Womans University Shopping area. whee~
3) LOTTE MART @ Seoul Station
Lotte Mart, Seoul Station is the biggest Lotte Mart in Seoul. You can find all kinds of Korean food and snacks to buy and bring it home as souvenirs. The thing I like about Lotte Mart is that there are alot of promotion, especially during the weekends. Buy 2 free 1, buy 1 free 1, etc. I usually come here to buy a lot of korean food, noodles, snacks etc before I fly back to Malaysia for my semester break.
To get here, take AREX line, Seoul Subway Line 1 or 4 to Seoul Station, get off at Exit 1. Walk out of the subway station.
Most importantly, Lotte Mart offers immediate tax refund to foreign tourist. Don’t forget to bring your passport okay!
- Tax refund – Minimum purchase KRW 30,000
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 24:00
If you need to do a last min shopping or final shopping before you fly back to your country, go to Lotte Mart and grab all the korean food and snacks that you want! After buying all the stuff in Lotte Mart, you can take the AREX Express Train from Seoul Station to Incheon Airport. It is really convenient! 🙂
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