Seoul has so many shopping centers around the city, and I would like to share with you my favorite top six fashion shops and districts around Seoul. I found out about these places by researching throughout the internet and reading blog posts. These spots/shops are mainly targeting female shoppers but there are some men shops there as well. I have also organized them according to my favorite #1 being the best, in my opinion. Here are the top 6 Fashion Shops:
1. Dongdaemun Shopping Town
Dongdaemun is a shopping town with five buildings and over 5,000 shops. They sell various items like clothes, accessories, fabrics, etc. This ‘town’ is my favorite place for shopping since I feel like it’s much easier to look for clothing since they are all located in one location. From what I remembered there were about 8 floors on each of the buildings and about 80% of the items were women’s apparel. One of the best things too is that on some of the buildings I think Migliore building, you can actually bargain on the prices. However, the Doota building is like a department store with set prices.
How to get to Dongdaemun: Subway line #2,4,5 for Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit#14
Typical Hours: 10:30 – 5:00 a.m.
2. Myeongdong Shopping District
Myeongdong is probably one of the most famous places for shopping in South Korea. I feel like it’s a small town filled with tons of shops, cafes and cosmetic stores.
How to get to Myeongdong: Take the Subway line #4 Myeongdong Station, Exit #5,6,7 or 8
Typical hours: 11:00 – 22:00
3. Ewha Womans University
Ewha Womans University is a very lively and cute little town. It is also referred to as ‘Ewha Womans University Fashion Street’. Most of the shops here are very affordable and stylish. So, if you’re looking for something you saw on the magazine, most likely they will have it around here. Not only do they have fashion shops here they also have cosmetic salons, cafes etc.
How to get to Ewha Womans University: Subway line #2 for Ewha Womans University Exit# 2
Typical Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
4. Hongdae Shopping Area
While Hongdae may be known for its clubs, bars and cafes, it also has unique shops filled with artsy and handmade items. If you’re looking for a bargain, check out their flea market every Sunday.
How to get to Hongdae: Subway line #2,4,5 for Hongik University Station Exit#5
Typical Hours: 12:00 – 22:00
5. Apgujeong Shopping area
Apgujeong is known to be an affluent and trendy shopping area. It can be said that it is similar to Beverly Hills of California. They even have a street for luxury brands called ‘Rodeo Drive’. Apparently, lots of Korean pop stars and celebrities are spotted going here for shopping and/or hanging out. So, you might even catch a glimpse of your favorite Korean star by going here, not a sure thing but maybe.
How to get to Apgujeong: Subway line #3 for Apgujeong Station
Typical Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
6. Coex Mall
Located in the underground basement of the Korea World Trade Center, Coex Mall is a large underground shopping center (biggest underground shopping center in Asia). If you’re near by the Gangnam area, this mall is a great place to see. It has the ever popular COEX Aquarium and Kimchi museum. Also, there are lots of international restaurants in this mall.
How to get to Coex Mall: Subway line #2 Samseong Station Exit#5 or 6
Typical Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
This sums up my favorite shopping areas in Seoul, while there might be other ones as well, I believe these are the best ones for Fashion shopping. I hope that this list will help you when you visit Seoul in the future.
If you’re not planning to visit Seoul anytime soon definitely check out Yesstyle.com. Yesstyle is an online shop that offers fashion items from Korea.
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