In Korea, indulging in some street shopping is the bucket list dream of many people. Especially now since Korean fashion, accessories, and shoe styles are all over the world being endorsed by celebrities and top influencers. But what if we tell you, you don’t have to make a hole in your pocket to buy all your wishlist Korean items from the most authentic Korean brands if you’re visiting South Korea? Find it interesting? Here are the 5 top outlet malls in South Korea, which will take you on a tour of bag-to-bucket at the cheapest prices for even branded products. Hop on to know the best places to go!
NC department store is located in the Songpa-gu area in Seoul. This outlet is housed in garden 5 – known to be the largest multiplex cultural center in Korea. One of Korea’s largest “Multi-brand” retailers, NC Department Store, is mostly owned and operated by E-land Group. For the first time in Korea, the NC department store in Songpa-gu made direct purchases of luxury products. Thus, this store is an outlet rather than a department store. You can find all sorts of shopping items, from apparel, shoes, and jewelry to luxury items, kid’s wear, and much more, all under a single roof. You also get restaurants within the Garden 5 space to fulfill your hunger pangs while shopping.
Shinsegae, a Korean corporation, founded Paju Premium Outlets, which is now Korea’s second Premium Outlet Center popular for shopping. It’s very easy to visit this outlet, which is only an hour’s drive from Seoul. Shopping at this outlet is the most convenient as they have tried covering all kinds of shopping items under one roof. The outlet contains 165 shops and a food court with a massive seating area capable of accommodating around 600 individuals, about 20 different restaurants, and cute Korean cafes. You find shopping brands like Nine West and Vans for shoes; GAP, Bean Pole, Polo, etc., for casual wear; Nike and Adidas for sportswear. You also have premium clothing brands like Armani Store, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, and much more.
Reaching the Mario Outlet is quite easy. It takes only a few minutes to get there from the Gasan Digital Complex station. This outlet mall houses mostly Korean brands, which have quite good deals if you visit during special festivities. You will get boutique designs from local Korean brands of good quality at quite affordable rates, even if you don’t get huge discounts. They have shops selling casual wear, kids’ clothing, men’s clothing, street fashion, women’s wear, and so much more. You must surely check this out if you have a spare day at hand. Mario Outlets doesn’t house branded shopping places, but you are sure to get some really good deals throughout the year, like in the local Korean-branded stores.
The Lotte Premium Outlets are situated in Gyeonggi-Gwangmyeong-si. It is one of the most popular outlet malls in South Korea. The collection is quite diverse, with international and local Korean brands striking discounts during peak seasons. Several consumer-favorite luxury goods and spa shop brands are available in Lotte Premium Outlets. There are many bakeries, coffee shops, and restaurants for mid-shopping snacks and full-day meals. A movie theatre is also present. Lotte is among the topmost popular places people go for an entire day of shopping and leisure. The outlet has parking space, as well as it is well connected by metro.
Yeoju Outlets is a 2-hour drive from Seoul. Yeoju is a huge outdoor shopping area with East and West wings that houses shops for numerous brands made in both Korea and the United States. It’s not as cheap as in Thailand or Vietnam, but the prices are still lesser than in the city malls. You will get some items on sale for up to 70% off. They feature a food court where most of the cuisine served is Korean. This is not the right place to look for popular food brands like KFC or McD. Plus, there are no electronics stores such as Apple or Samsung. Overall, for apparel, it’s a great place if you are living nearby and don’t have to travel for 2 hours from Seoul.
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