Gyeongju Shopping

What to Buy and Where to Shop in Gyeongju

No vacation is complete without a shopping spree. Although Gyeongju does not have trendy malls and huge shopping districts like other cities in South Korea, there are nevertheless plenty of places where you can purchase souvenirs, antiques, incenses, local crafts, art pieces, teas, textiles, and so much more.

Make sure you plan your shopping trips in advance and check with people living in Gyeongju about things such as where to shop and the best items to purchase. That's actually the trick to shopping in Gyeongju and making the most of your shopping spree.

Another thing you may want to remember is to carry enough cash -- some of the stores at the local markets here do not accept credit cards. 

Given below are some of the must-visit shopping destinations.
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Bonghwang-ro Cultural Street

Bonghwang-ro cultural street is packed with antique shops, traditional clothing boutiques, pottery shops, and calligraphy galleries. There are a number of traditional teahouses as well on this street.

Although the prices may be slightly higher here as compared to other shopping areas in the city, the shopping experience here is definitely worth it.

  • Opening Hours: Varies from store to store
  • Location: Bonhwang-ro, Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do

Bread Shopping at Gyeongju

Hwangnam bread is one of the local specialties here in Gyeongju. The bread is a red bean pastry that was first baked in Hwangnam-dong in Gyeongju way back in 1939 and is now available throughout the country.

Chalboribbang is another popular type of bread made using glutinous barley, and this bread too has a filling of red bean paste.

These different breads are available at many stores near tourist spots, the Gyeongju train station, and Gyeongju bus terminal.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00

Cheonmachong Parking Lot

There are a number of upscale antique shops around the Cheonmachong parking lot, where you can head for a round of shopping once you have finished sightseeing. You can find some great items such as farm tools, antique furniture, folk paintings, ceramics, Buddha statutes, and much more at reasonable rates at these stores.

  • Opening Hours: Varies from store to store
  • Address: 82-2 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do
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Dusan Silk

Situated 35km from Gyeongju is Yangbuk-myun where you can purchase the popular Dusan silk in the village of Dusan. The Dusan silk produced here is used to make clothes for the dead. The villagers select a particular day to start their work and the cloth is sewn with one single long thread.

Silk clothes are made by sons and daughters for their parents in Korea as a symbol of respect. These garments do not have any seams, which represents their wish that the dead will have a comfortable journey to the world beyond.

  • Address: 872 Eoil-ri, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Gyeongju Folk Craft Village

The Folk Craft Village is one of the best places in Gyeongju where you can find a number of traditional Korean handicrafts such as pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, earthen burial figures, replicas of handicrafts from the Silla kingdom, embroidery, and so much more. The craft village houses a cluster of approximately 45 houses where artisans live and have their studios or workshops.

This is a highly recommended place to shop for the best souvenirs in Gyeongju. However, make sure you look around for the products of your choice and also negotiate the right price before you make a payment.

  • Opening Hours: Winter 09:00 - 17:00 and Summer 09:00 - 18:30
  • Address: 201-18 Ha-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Price Range: Depends on the items purchased
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Gyo-dong Beopju at Gyo-dong

Gyo-dong Beopju is an alcoholic drink brewed by the Choi family clan for generations now, and it is brewed using strict procedures -- for example, it is available for sale only a year after fermentation.

Beojpu is actually refined rice liquor that has around 16% alcohol content and a faint yellow color. You can purchase it from Choi’s house in person and also gain some discount on the bottles.

  • Address: 69 Gyo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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Korean Tea and Tea Accessories

You will find many varieties of tea here in Gyeongju, and some of the finest teas sell for as much as 100,000 won for just 100 grams. In other words, if you wanted to bring home something truly Korean, one of their famous teas would be a great option.

Most of the tea houses in the country sell different varieties of Korean as well as other Asian teas. Some of the varieties you can shop for are Jak-seol Cha, Pu-erh, Japanese malcha, and chamomile teas among others.

Tea houses are also great places to pick up tea accessories such as handcrafted pots, cups, bamboo forks, spoons, and plates -- especially the Ah Sa Ga Tea house.

  • Location: Bonhwang-ro, Gyeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do

Quilted Clothes

Korean traditional quilting is done by stitching parallel narrow lines onto layers of clothes with padding between them, making them extremely durable and warm. You can purchase various quilted garments here such as coats, jackets, socks, skirts, bedclothes, wraps, and even pants.

  • Address: 637-1Tap-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsanbuk-do
  • Price Range: Depends on the items purchased
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Seong-dong Traditional Market

The Seong-dong Traditional Market has been around since 1971 and is one of the biggest traditional markets in Gyeongju with 300 plus shops selling a variety of goods to thousands of shoppers on a daily basis.

The market offers fruits, seafood, vegetables and more at really low rates.

  • Opening Hours: Early in the morning
  • Location: Opposite Gyeongju Station

The Shopping Mall at the Bomun Lake Resort

Bomun Lake Resort is the international tourist district of Gyeongju located 6km from downtown Gyeongju. This tourist resort with its shopping mall is a welcome change if you are tired of visiting one historic site after another. Here you can indulge in some fun shopping and a number of other entertainment options.

  • Address: 375, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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