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Many tourists visit South Korea for its unique culture and vibrant tradition. Others are there to shop for clothes, accessories, high-fashion designer shoes, skin care products and cosmetics. Here are four helpful tips to get the best deals out of your budget.

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1. Make use of travel-friendly apps

Use your smart phone to look for stores that sell affordable and unique Korean products. NaverMap – a Korean version of Google Maps, is designed to help you find detailed and accurate locations. This app has street view features to assist you as you visit popular shopping centers in South Korea such as Itaewon or Myeongdong. Visit Korea is an app specifically made by Korea Tourism Organisation to help users locate other tourist attractions in the country. 
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2. Purchase goods from trucks

Once famous for selling lunch food to hungry crowds, trucks such as the Kimchi Bus and Rain Cocktail Truck, are now some of the cheapest options for clothes, kitchen items and trinkets. These trivial trucks usually drive around Seoul but would be most often found in residential areas. You have to keep a look out to spot them. These shopping trucks sell products at cheaper prices as they save on rent. Some of the most common products being sold are local favourites such as kimchi or cold-pressed juices.
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3. Shop for fashionable clothes in Dongdaemun market

Dongdaemun market is found in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and is one of the largest commercial districts comprising shopping centers and traditional markets. It is Korea’s biggest retail and wholesale shopping area that features 30,000 specialty shops, 26 shopping malls and 50,000 manufacturers. The market has all types of goods including fabric and silk, shoes, clothes, sporting goods, leather goods, toys, pet products and office supplies. These shops open at 9.00pm until dawn so you will definitely have enough time to buy as many items as you like. To reach Dongdaemun, take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station. Walk out of exit 14, and there you’ll see enormous fashion malls where you can start your shopping escapade.
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4. Shop in shipping containers

Did you know that South Korea has a pop-up store built with shipping containers? Yes, you’ve read it right! This unique shopping center called Common Ground was opened to the public in April 2015 in the Gwangjin District. Common Ground comprises 200 large containers where you can find trendy shops by new designers. Aside from shopping, this place also has a weekend market, holds exhibitions and performances, as well as restaurants. To visit Common Ground, you may take the Seoul Subway Line 2 and get off at Konkuk University Station. From there, Common Ground is only a short stroll away.

There are no significant security issues in South Korea. However, crimes such as pick pocketing and snatching still occur. To avoid being a victim, secure your personal belongings, especially when travelling at the bustling marketplaces of Seoul. Most Korean hotels offer lockers to store valuables so you can explore the town at ease.

To make the most of your shopping adventure in South Korea, be sure to buy travel insurance prior to your departure. Contact Chubb Travel Insurance for a worry-free vacation when it comes to your questions about how to buy travel insurance.

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