When your fellow K-Pop lovers find out that you’ll be flying to South Korea, the first thing they’ll be asking for is pasalubong. Need help looking for gifts that’ll fit your budget? Here are places where you can get cheap K-Pop merchandise in Korea.
Arirang shop is located at Doota Mall, the largest fashion mall in Dongdaemun Market. They not only sell K-pop merchandise but other collectible items like T-shirts, ref magnets, Korean traditional wallets, chopsticks, local snacks and more. It is very accessible from tourist attractions like Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Heunginjimun Gate and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Dongdaemun is where Ryan Bang went shopping with Sandara Park and VICE Ganda as seen in his latest vlog. Location: Doota Mall, Jung-gu, Seoul Nearest subway station: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 14;Dongdaemun Station Exit 8 or 9 Price Range: 1,000 won and up (approximately Php 50.00 and up)
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This is Seoul’s largest market. It has anything you could ever want or need, from clothes to accessories, to food, to souvenirs. If you’re patient, you’ll find a lot of cheap K-Pop merch from digging around the 10,000+ stalls. You’ll find a lot of unofficial merchandise, such as notebooks, pens, fans, and calendars. Location: Jung-gu, Seoul Nearest subway station: Hoehyeon Station Price Range: 1,000 won and up (approximately Php 50.00 and up) Learn How to Get Multiple Entry Korean Visa
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The Kyobo Bookstore is the largest bookstore chain in South Korea. It boasts of an enormous selection of books and stationary. And for the K-Pop fan, there is a section for music albums and photo books. They’re arranged by artist, so it should be easy to find albums by your favorite artists. If you want a copy of the official album, this place is your best bet. Location: Jongno-gu, Seoul Nearest subway station: Gwanghwamun Station Price Range: 5,000 won and up (approximately Php 230.00 and up) GANGNAM TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
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This should be the first place you go to when you’re in Gangnam. It has an information booth, interpretation services, currency exchange services, and more. It also has a souvenir shop on the second floor, where you can shop to your heart’s content. Location: Gangnam-gu, Seoul Nearest subway station: Gangnam Station Price Range: 5,000 won and up (approximately Php 230.00 and up)
MYEONGDONG UNDERGROUND MARKET
This underground shopping area is comprised of the underground passage that connects Myeong-dong with the City Hall. There are a lot of shops that you can find, like cosmetics stores and nail care salons. And you’re sure to find stalls selling albums from your favorite K-Pop artists, official lightsticks, postcards, and badges.
Location: Jung-gu, Seoul Nearest subway station: Myeongdong Station Price Range: 17,000 won to 23,000 won (approximately Php 800.00 to Php 1,060.00)
BURU’S DDEURAK (TTRAK BY BLOO)
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Also known as Ttrak of Bloo, this place is the famous music store of the district of Myeong-dong. Here, you can find music albums from famous K-Pop artists, as well as posters, stickers, socks, and other official merchandise.
Location: Jung-gu, Seoul Nearest subway station: Myeongdong Station Price Range: 20,000 won to 26,000 won (approximately Php 930.00 to Php 1,200.00)
With these locations in mind, it should be easy to find cheap K-Pop merchandise in Korea for your fellow K-Pop fans back at home. Enjoy shopping!