Best Korean Shopping: What’s good to Buy in Korea and Where?
Shopping is both a hobby and a past time. Whether you are a certified shopaholic or not, a tourist or a traveller, an excursionist or guest in a respective country, I know that you will join me in thinking and saying that no travel and no tour will be ever complete if we do not shop and buy souvenirs and things that are found solely and only in the country that you visited, and this is both a reality and a fact for travellers and tourists alike. In this article, I will be placing Korea in the limelight and center of attraction once again. I have already shared with you in the previous articles that I have written about the naturally beautiful places of Korea, the best places to go in South Korea and of course, the must try foods when in Korea. Now, let us toss the coin once again because in this article, we will be exploring the Shopping aspect and dimension of Korea, as I proudly share to you, the 10 Must Buy Items as Souvenirs and Gifts in Korea and where to buy them.
Hallyu Related Products
If you are the kind of tourist and person that is a certified fan and follower of Korean Entertainment, which includes music (K-POP), or television series (K-Drama), well then, Korea, can be considered both your haven and paradise. Korea has a lot of countless shops that can be found in big cities like Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. In these shops, you can find a lot of K-Pop related products such as posters, paintings, t-shirts and thousands of other favorite ideal items.
Factually, aside from regular shops in the place you can also find an exclusive store that has “giants”. These giants resemble and represent the entertainment industry such as SM Entertainment’s COEX SMTOWN. The mentioned place is destined for fans that will get lost out of joy and excitement, because it is a world of souvenirs that represents the artists that are managed respectively by the above mentioned company.
Thus, if you are the kind of tourist that is a big fan for Hallyu Related Products, you can head over to any shop all across and around Korea, wherever you may be in the country. But for an easier access and at the realms of your comfort, Seoul can be your city of choice to purchase these products.
Ginseng and Ginseng Products
For someone who is beauty-conscious and health-conscious, a perfect Korean product that you should purchase is the Korean Ginseng and its other related products. Aside from high-class Korean cosmetics, the secret of Koreans to a beautiful skin and a healthier bodily lifestyle inside and out is also brought about their use and high regard for Ginseng. As an herb and a traditional medicine, Ginseng is very high in nutritional value in which, looking back in their History, has been used a thousand years ago, in order for Koreans to improve, enhance and maintain their health and resistance for their respective bodies.
Other Korean products such as teas, supplements and snacks just like Korean Ginseng are valuable gifts for your respective families, most especially for the elders. Thus, if you are aiming to live a life that is centered on health and wellness, it is never impossible to adapt the health practices of Koreans, in your personal life, by simply including Ginseng in your daily routine. Ginseng and other Ginseng Products can be purchased easily, comfortably and at its best state in the duty free shop that you can see before departing Korea.
Korean Traditional Liquor
Traditionally, in Korean Culture, liquor plays a big role because it is used in festivities and celebrations in the Korean way of living. As a historical throwback, way back during the Goryeo Dynasty and the Joseon Era in 1392- 1910, Korean Liquor takes it blossoming as a tradition. At present, there have been a lot of types of alcoholic drinks available in Korea that are 1,000 or even more to date. Most of these alcoholic drinks are made from flowers, herbs, feremented rice, fruits, and other kinds of natural ingredients in which, are main benchmarks in the manufacturing process of these traditional Korean alcoholic beverages.
The most famous alcoholic drink in Korea is Soju, because it already has a lot of flavors, brands and packaging styles that Koreans, guests and visitors can choose from, because of its wide array of choices and selections. Aside from Soju, Makgeolli or more commonly known as milky rice wine, and fruit wines such as Maesilju or plum wine are truly loved by many because of its sweet, irresistible, tangy and delicious flavor. So for tourists who are also alcoholic beverage lovers, Korea is indeed a country that you can go to because of its rich diversity in alcoholic drinks.
You can purchase Korean Traditional Liquor in Korea, mainly in Seoul, and in the other small towns of Korea where there are convenience stores, specialty shops and markets that can be seen vividly. Some of these are even wrapped in special boxes.
Korean Seaweed is greatly considered in Korea, as an indispensable ingredient. It is because, in every Korean meal, this is vividly present. The Korean Seaweed is an attractive specialty for your family and loved ones if ever you decide to purchase this as a gift for them. Korean Seaweed that is very well-processed can be made into varied and multi-faceted delicious delicacies, most especially when it is eaten with rice.
On the other hand, seasoned dried and roasted seaweed can be used by tourists and guests as an immensely healthy snack. So if you are craving for Korean seaweed, the best places that you can go to in Korea to buy it both as a gift and a personal purchase, you can find it at Lotte Mart in Seoul or in any region where Lotte Mart can be seen in Korea.
For an easier access, Korean Seaweeds can also be bought in groceries, convenience stores and specialty shops that offer it as a top of the line product for gifting and souvenir purposes.
Korean Rice Cake
Have you ever wondered what your children or kids would love as a gift from Korea? Well vividly and clearly, the Korean Rice Cake is the best choice for them. Perfectly and famously known in Korea as Tteok, this is a traditional Korean rice cake that is made from glutinous rice flour, and is highly associated with the cultural tradition, as well as the daily way of living of the Koreans as a whole.
These beautiful little rice cakes will truly serve as a great memorabilia of Korea to the ones who will receive these as a gift, because not only that it showcases in its appearance, the divinity of Korea, but also, it carries in it an appealing facade that surely will curtail to the gustatory needs of the recipient. So if you are looking for the notably fit gift for your young ones, the Korean rice cake is the definite response to your query and search.
Not only that they will enjoy eating it, they will also feel that they are in Korea because of this special Korean delicacy and thus, you can purchase these Korean rice cakes in Meokswidonna, Seoul because this place is visited frequently as seen in Korean Drama Series as well as in Tongin Market that can be found as well in Seoul.
Mother-of-Pearl Crafted Souvenirs
Do you enjoy the scenery of highly crafted materials and resources? Would you like to purchase some as a gift and souvenir? Well as a great suggestion, you will surely appreciate the Mother-of-Pearl Crafted Souvenirs. Very well known in Korea as Najeonchilgi, the Korean mother-of pearl craft is a method practiced in Korea, wherein colorful pieces of thinly processed seashells are properly and intricately inlaid on an object, and is often made of painted wood.
As a heritage, this Korean traditional decorative art has a 2,000 year of existence already in the country. After the products are decorated with mother-of-pearl, surely they will obtain a look that is sophisticated and will truly shine and dazzle in color, in which, it cannot be created artificially. The Najeonchilgi decoration is often found in old-style Korean furniture such as tables, cabinets and wardrobes. But to add more excitement on this unique tradition, this kind of art can also be found in small ornaments inlaid with mother-of-pearl like hair brooches, hand mirrors and combs that are definitely sold as souvenirs.
So for tourists who appreciate art in its highest and varied form, the Mother-of-Pearl Crafted Souvenirs is a perfect gift that you can give yourself and your loved ones. Surely, it will make a big difference in their personal life if they will receive one. The Mother-of-Pearl Crafted Souvenirs can be bought at Insadong, at the down town of Seoul.
Eating is more exciting and heavenly if you intertwine it with a twist. Thus, whenever you are in Korea, or in any other Asian country that practices it, the use of chopsticks will be an interesting skill and practice that you can adapt in your daily living. But don’t you think that it will be more exciting if you found out that chopsticks can also serve both as a souvenir and a gift? Well, Korean Chopsticks can be a great addition to your Souvenir and Gift Giving whenever you are in Korea.
Similarly with China and Japan, and in other Asian countries, chopsticks are of great use in the daily meals of Koreans. These are special things that are always used same as with the spoon that we are greatly familiar of. Chopsticks are created in varied materials that serve different dishes and purposes, respectively. Aside the fact that chopsticks can be purchased anywhere, there are also traditional stores in Korea that sells chopsticks in a high caliber and quality of material, thus, these are decorated exquisitely as souvenirs and decorations.
Thus, it will never be a minus or a low point of yours, if ever you decide to have Korean Chopsticks as a gift and souvenir. For easier access and comfort, Souvenir Korean Chopsticks can be bought in Insadong Downtown and Daiso Store wherein both can be found in Seoul, Korea.
Souvenirs made of Hanji
Paper can be of varied use and importance in our life. Some would use it commonly at office and in school, while some would use it as a partner in making life more productive and easeful. But didn’t you know that in Korea, there is a traditional paper making art that is used creatively and decoratively by Koreans? Well then, thanks to the traditional paper making art named Hanji, souvenirs and decors are being immortalized in Korean artistry.
Hanji is culturally and traditionally known in Korea as a paper making art. In Korea, Hanji is used in varied and dimensional ways to decorate and create traditional housewares. Because of Hanji, you can find calligraphy scrolls, large fans, umbrellas, cards and even hanji clothes in Korea. A very famous, splendid, unique and popular hanji gift idea is concretely seen in small storage boxes made from hundreds of layers of Korean thin paper. Thus, we should not underestimate paper, because from it, we can create products that could add color to our homes and our lives like the Hanji.
So, if you are thinking of a Souvenir that is made of Hanji, as a gift to your loved one and friend, you can find these souvenirs in Gyeongil Hanji Department Store or you can also have an option of making your own for it to be more personalized at Hanji Chueok Craftshop and both of them can be found in Seoul, Korea.
Ingredients for Making Kimchi
Are you a certified Kimchi lover? Or has your great interest in vegetables led you to be in love with Kimchi? Well then, I have an invitation for you? Would it be possible for you to try buying Kimchi making ingredients and bring it at the comforts of your home? Kimchi lovers will surely agree and answer yes to all of these questions.
The basic ingredients in making Kimchi can be purchased easily such as shrimp powder, fish sauce, and chili flakes. As a side dish in every meal, it will be more of a great accomplishment at your side as a certified Kimchi lover, if you will personally make your own Kimchi at home and serve it to your family, friends and loved ones in your every meal. You can purchase the basic ingredients of Kimchi at Namdaemun Market.
This market can be found at Seoul, in South Korea. So for Kimchi Fanatics out there, that cannot get enough on eating it, better head up to Namdaemun Market and grab the challenge in making your own Kimchi in the ambience and caressing atmosphere of your home sweet home and see the difference in your every family meal.
Do you see yourself as a tea lover? Can you imagine your day without drinking tea? Are you up for a totally different experience of drinking tea? Well definitely, the majestic and appealing ambience of Korea will surely nurture all the more your longing and wanting to drink your favorite tea, by introducing you to the original Korean Tea of theirs. Realistically, tea has its varied variations and versions, but truthfully, Korea has its own share of it to the world. South Korea is actually famous and popularly known for its traditional tea-drinking culture.
So if you look around South Korea, you will greatly notice that there teas are packed and prepared with eye-catching and sophisticated designs. Teas are more suitable as gifts to the elderly and to those who are certified and verified tea lovers. Commonly, we are familiar with green tea and black tea. But it is also worth-knowing that there are other types of tea that are made from flowers, fruits and herbs.
And this makes South Korea a stand out to the whole world. So for tourists who decide of having the Korean Tea as a gift and souvenir to be given to their loved ones and friends, you can purchase them in Korea, specifically at Cha Masineun Tteul in the Bukchon Hanok Village, which can be found in Seoul, South Korea.
Gifts and souvenirs are an added plus to purchase whenever we travel to a country. They may come in varied forms and may have been purchased and given to the intended person with a specific purpose, but what matters most are the encapsulated gestures and the main reasons why we are giving them to our family, loved ones and friends. Truly, a sense of meaning, appreciation and a beaming smile will be received from them, as we give these heartfelt gifts.