South Korea

Essay by Trevyn_Fletcher@hotmaCollege, UndergraduateB-, January 2010

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II. Places to shop offer the opportunity to collect a piece of South Korea.

A. First I would like to talk about Insadong which offers a wide array of Shopping. It is located in the Jongno-gu district which is considered the middle of Seoul; most shops are open daily from 10a.m. to 8p.m. Shopping in and around the area of Insadong could truly be a unique experience. At this old but important place; one can see precious and traditional goods on display. The shops in Insadong are said to be popular among all age groups. There are many artifacts and souvenirs that can be purchased here. Many stores located within Insadong sell Chinese ink, ink stones, engraving stones and creative gems. According to virtual tourist the best thing to buy in this area are Korean souvenirs. They are the most reasonably priced items that can be purchased here. Pottery, jewelry boxes, calligraphy which is fancy penmanship usually written in script by brush; also hand-pressed papers and much more can all be found here.

B. Secondly, I'll talk about Dongdaemun Market which is located in Dongdaemun-gu of Seoul, this happens to be Korea's largest wholesale and retail shopping district. This district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers according to an article about "Life in Korea." This district offers silks, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, plumbing and electrical supplies, electronics, office supplies, toys and almost anything you could possibly be looking for. Wholesalers are usually open from 1:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and retailers are often open from 1:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you're looking for bargain deals you can simply venture there to take advantage of cheap and discounted prices at late and early hours of the day. This is very unique because it creates a...