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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Korea: Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market

Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s main shopping districts featuring mid-to-high priced retail stores and international brand outlets, including Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Nature Republic. It is a particularly popular area for young people and tourists as a center for fashion and sight-seeing located at downtown Seoul and one of most expensive shopping district in the world.

Several large shopping centers and department stores are in the district including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Migliore, M Plaza, and Noon Square.

Namdaemun (Great South Gate) located near the downtown area of Seoul, one of Korea's largest wholesale markets covers over 10 acres and oldest outdoor shopping areas, just north of the Han River. It is filled with over 1,000 shops, stalls, retailers, street vendors and has several department stores nearby. Here you can find clothes, shoes, fabrics, tableware, flowers, vegetables, ginseng products, toys, and watches, almost everything.

Under Namdaemun is an extensive Underground Market. Also known as Doggaebi Market, spreads the seemingly endless aisles of imported goods.
Once inside, a shopper has to map out their own route and use their mental radar to track down your own walkways and pathways. Getting out would be a lot harder than getting a deal if you lose your way.

Most of the vendors can speak a few words of English or Japanese, but you will generally need an interpreter for any intense bargaining. Because many shops are willing to take non-Korean currency with rates generally a little better than those of banks. If you decide to exchange money this way, take care not to get ripped off.

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