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From brand-name knock-offs to designer labels, you’ll find it in Seoul’s department stores, boutiques and high-rise discounters. Just take note that most of the shops stock goods that target the petite Asian market—those looking for larger sizes (e.g. size 13 shoes) are likely to come away empty-handed.

Shopping in Seoul

Galleria Department Store

Thanks to 4,000 programmable LED discs, the west wing of this uniquely ostentatious department store looks like a giant video screen. Inside, shoppers browse top international men’s and women’s fashions by designers like Calvin Klein and Dior.

Apgujeong-dong, 011-82-2-3449-4114, www.galleria.co.kr (Korean only)
Tags: shopping | expensive | trendy | designer

Janganpyeong Antique Market

Browse the eclectic collection—striking gongs, stone pagodas, RCA gramophones—at the city’s largest antique market. Although English isn’t widely spoken, wheeling and dealing is an international language.

Dapsimni 4-dong; Subway line 5 to Dapsimni Station, exit 4,
Tags: shopping | expensive | collectibles | antiques

Janganpyeong Antique Market

Browse the eclectic collection—striking gongs, stone pagodas, RCA gramophones—at the city’s largest antique market. Although English isn’t widely spoken, wheeling and dealing is an international language.

Dapsimni 4-dong; Subway line 5 to Dapsimni Station, exit 4,
Tags: shopping | expensive | collectibles | antiques

Lotte Department Store

The flagship store of Korea’s leading retailer has 480,000 square feet of perfume, up-market clothing and jewelry with international labels like Pierre Cardin and Armani.

1 Sogong-dong, 011-82-2-771-2500, www.lotteshopping.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | trendy | designer

Namdaemun Market

Pick up a map from the tourist office diving into this market—with 1,000 wholesalers, retailers and street peddlers selling everything from fishing rods to kid’s clothing, it’s easy to get lost.

Namchang-dong; Subway line 4 to Hoehyeon Station, exit 5,
Tags: budget | shopping | traditional | market

Namdaemun Market

Pick up a map from the tourist office diving into this market—with 1,000 wholesalers, retailers and street peddlers selling everything from fishing rods to kid’s clothing, it’s easy to get lost.

Namchang-dong; Subway line 4 to Hoehyeon Station, exit 5,
Tags: budget | shopping | traditional | market

Paris Tailor

Buying a tailor-made suit is, for some men, the only tolerable form of shopping. Paris Tailor makes the experience downright pleasurable with English-language services and decent prices starting around $250.

Itaewon-dong, 011-82-2-797-2602
Tags: shopping | clothing

Paris Tailor

Buying a tailor-made suit is, for some men, the only tolerable form of shopping. Paris Tailor makes the experience downright pleasurable with English-language services and decent prices starting around $250.

Itaewon-dong, 011-82-2-797-2602
Tags: shopping | clothing

Ssamziegil

The handcrafted glass and leather pieces here are as unique as this offbeat 4-story building that is designed to look off-kilter. Sloped ramps overlooking a cobblestone courtyard connect the floors.

38 Gwanhun-dong, 011-82-2-736-0088, www.ssamziegil.com (Korean only)
Tags: shopping | smart splurge | trendy | crafts

Ssamziegil

The handcrafted glass and leather pieces here are as unique as this offbeat 4-story building that is designed to look off-kilter. Sloped ramps overlooking a cobblestone courtyard connect the floors.

38 Gwanhun-dong, 011-82-2-736-0088, www.ssamziegil.com (Korean only)
Tags: shopping | smart splurge | trendy | crafts

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