Aside from Seoul (South Korea’s capital city), Jeju Island has been gaining popularity among travellers. Superb beaches, rapeseed fields, scenic cliffs and mountainsides are just some of the reasons why tourists continue to surge. Jeju is three times bigger than Seoul, which means there’s no shortage of things to do and see! I like shopping in other countries so while I was in Jeju, I made sure to check out the best places for shopping. With not many major malls and department stores, it’s not difficult to discover where to shop! Below are my favourites:
JUNGANG SHOPPING MALL
If you want to shop for trendy yet inexpensive clothing, then head to Jungang Shopping Mall in Ildo 1-dong. This sole underground arcade has more than 300 stores stretching from Jungangro, Seomunro and Dongmunro. Apart from clothes, it houses accessories, shoes, electronic gadgets and all that shoppers might look for in a leading department store. You can bargain down prices, but do note that most of the stores won’t let you try on their clothes before purchasing. Foreign tourists won’t be at a loss here since the facilities are modern, signs are in English and there are some international brands as well. There are also restaurants, food stalls and lounge areas for the weary shoppers.
Oh, and did I mention that Jungang Shopping Mall is a haven for beauty enthusiasts too? Shoppers can find brands such as Innisfree, The Face Shop, The Saem, Etude House, Skin Food, Tony Moly, Nature Republic and Missha. From mid- to low-priced skin care products like creams, moisturisers and toners, to cosmetics products like eyeliners, powders, and lipsticks, beautyholics are sure to find what they need! Naturally, these brands are (a lot) cheaper in Korea than any other country in Asia.
YEON-DONG SHOPPING DISTRICT
Whether the search is for clothes, accessories, shoes, or a number of other mid- to high-priced items, you’ll find it in Yeon-Dong Shopping District. It is jam-packed with independent boutiques, exclusive brand name shops, restaurants, karaoke bars and popular Korean cafes. Quite a few galleries further color the area, as do the stylish people that you’re bound to see. What I like about this shopping district is that it radiates character and comfort that’s obviously not readily seen or felt in Seoul’s congested shopping streets. If you don’t want to splurge, it’s still worth a stroll around. Try to do some trend-spotting while latté-sipping!
LEE JOONG SEOP ART STREET
Lee Joong Seop Art Street is a charming road on a steep hill in Seogwipo named after one of Korea’s most celebrated artists. I am a passionate art lover and have a strong interest in various cultures so I knew that I shouldn’t miss this area. The street is a popular filming location for dramas and it’s home to a multitude of quirky cafes, restaurants, indie craft shops, and of course the Lee Joong Seop museum and house is located there as well. It’s a good place to buy cool souvenirs!
A four-day festival is held in September and October and every Saturday, a flea and craft market takes place. Visitors can not only learn about various works of art, but also about the history of the city itself. It’s absolutely a visual feast for the eyes and senses, and a perfect place to find inspiration!