What to Buy and Where to Shop in Jeju
Jeju, (aka Cheju) the biggest island in South Korea, is a world famous tourist spot. You can come here to shop, play, gamble, dance or rest, all surrounded by natural beauty.
If shopping is on top of your list, then Jeju is just the right holiday destination for you. The energy of this place adds a whole lot of fun to your shopping experience and Jeju markets are known for offering variety as most of their products are of premium quality. You must make it a point to visit the handicraft markets as these are flooded with amazing bits and pieces plus are marvelously crafted. These markets are swamped with authentic handicrafts that make amazing gifts to take home for family and friends. Shopping is the best way to take home the best memories of any holiday destination.
Cheju Underground Shopping Street
Cheju Underground Shopping Street is the perfect place for shopping in Jeju as there are more than 377 outlets one after the other. The underground shopping street takes you away from the city traffic and you can walk peacefully to have a look around the place. But be sure that the place will be crowded and you will have to face a lot of human traffic; however that’s half the fun of it as you’ll get to see so many people engrossed in buying famous Jeju merchandise that’s not available anywhere else in Korea. This is the best place to hunt for clothes, footwear, accessories and local crafts. As this street is covered, you get to save yourself from the the sun during the daytime and of course you can shop here when it’s raining outside. There’s so much on offer that you will need an entire day to browse through it.
- Address: Jungang-ro, Ido 1(il)-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Jeju Five-Day Ambulant Markets
Jeju also has the interesting concept of five-day markets. The name says it all. These markets run for five continuous days at differing locations. You can find special inlaid products like coral pieces, sculptures, lava rock pieces, shells and mother of pearl and they also sell beautifully handcrafted pieces like shawls and other clothing items. Do not forget to try the world-famous Jeju honey; this fine honey is made up of clover flowers, mandarin oranges and a lot more and they let you taste samples before choosing a particular type. You will also find a variety of Jeju seafood here. Shopping at a five-day market is a lot of fun!
Jeju will never let you down when it comes to shopping. As tourist numbers are growing every year, Jeju is producing more and more goods and items to meet demand.
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Jeju Folks Arts Complex
Jeju Folks Arts Complex is also one of the major shopping places in Jeju and you can find bits and pieces of beautiful handicrafts here as well as one of the best collections of paintings and sculptures in Korea. Many artists, sculptors and painters are available at the complex itself. If you visit the Jeju Folks Arts complex, do not forget to buy the traditional dress known as the gal-ot. Although there are hundreds of shops in Jeju glutted with local handicrafts, this place is genuine and world renowned.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Near Hwabuk Jugong Apts
Seogwipo-si / Jungjeong-lo
You can also stop over at Seogwipo-si and walk through the streets of Jungjeong-lo. These streets are filled with attractive shops that will catch your attention with thousands of attractive items displayed outside. Some of the popular shops include the Dongmyeon departmental store. This store has a vast collection of branded but more expensive merchandise. In Seogwipo-si, you will also come across the Maeil or the everyday market that mainly consists of small vendors who display commodities on the street. Be sure to only pick the quality products. Some of these vendors produce excellent women’s clothing with fine embroidery and designs. Getting here is very straightforward – it’s located between Jungjang-dong and Jeongbang-dong. You can even shop at the Hanaro Mart located in Seogwipo-si for some reasonably priced goods.
- Address: Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
If you are fond of night shopping then visit the Tap-dong, situated in the heart of Jeju Town. This place has some great shops exclusively selling local handicrafts. Night shopping is made more fun with many other nocturnal activities; you can dine and shop and have a few drinks at the same time. This place is located in the centre of the city which is easily accessible.
- Opening Hours: Until 04:00
- Location: Near Jeju Port