'Tis the season in Korea for shopping and holiday markets. If you're searching for the perfect holiday-focused Korean travel guide, you've come to the right place. Keep reading for the best Christmas markets and most iconic places for Christmas shopping in Korea!
Christmas Markets in Korea
Itaewon Holiday Market
The Itaewon Holiday market is being hosted by Handmade Market Korean and lit lounge on December 17th from 1 to 7 pm. It will feature Christmas shopping, food, and drinks. It’s a great opportunity to buy handmade things from small businesses.
Address in English: 34-65 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Address in Korean: 이태원동 34-65
European Christmas Market
Europeans and Europe-lovers alike should check out the European Christmas market on December 10th and 11th from 12 to 7 pm. However, the opening ceremony will be at 4 pm on the 10th. There will be European food, Christmas decorations, and European-related vendors.
It will be happening in Seoul's Seongbuk neighborhood, as this area is where many foreign embassies are located. Coincidentally this is the 11th annual European Christmas market, and there will also be 11 European countries represented this year! Some of the countries represented will be Spain, Finland, and Lithuania.
Address in English: Seongbukcheon Fountain Square (Hansung Univ. St. Exit 2)
Address in Korean: 성북천 분수마루(한성대입구역 2번출구)
Namdaemun Market & Dongdaemun Market
Although these markets are not specific to Christmas and are open all year round, they are a great combination of Christmas and markets. They are sure to have Christmas decorations and other Christmas-related products. Also, they are in very popular areas of Seoul. So, you can visit other popular tourist destinations such as Namsan tower or popular food markets.
The Hyundai Seoul
The Hyundai Seoul is Seoul's largest mall. Each year it is home to a spectacular Christmas village that feels like you're stepping into a Christmas movie. The abundance of trees and lights makes it a perfect backdrop for holiday pictures.
Starfield COEX Mall
Starfield COEX Mall is a great destination year-round. Its library is an iconic place for Korean travel pictures. Also, if you're a fan of K-dramas, you'll recognize it as the setting of scenes from dramas like Record of Youth and Lovestruck in the City. During the winter holidays, they put up a big, beautiful, Christmas tree and lots of decorations.
Every year, Shinsegae Department Store's Christmas display is astounding. It is a beauty that can be observed and enjoyed without even entering the store. Those passing by have to stop and take pictures, and you will, too, when you visit!
These are all great options for Christmas shopping this holiday season. If you can't make it to any of these locations, don't worry! The Daebak Company has all of your favorite products, so you can do your Christmas shopping online! We have Kpop albums, Kdrama merch, and more!