Saturday, January 17

Hanbok Souvenirs

Don't forget to buy these souvenirs before leaving Korea! Check the Tourist Souvenir Shop next to the Insadong’s Tourist Information Center.

These miniature Hanbok items come in all types of Hanbok including royal court Hanboks, Daejanggeum (Korean drama, Jewel in the Palace) -type Hanboks, and ceremonial Hanboks. Also, the dolls in Hanbok range from moderate to top quality high-priced dolls for doll-collectors.

Dolls in Hanbok: ₩20,000~40,000
Framed Hanbok: ₩35,000~45,000

Or if you want to buy a Hanbok for you to wear, check this places:
(동대문) Dongdaemun Market:
Doosan Tower, located at Seoul Dongdaemun Market, has a marriage-essentials complex on the 7th floor, offering not only Hanboks, but bedding, decorative ornaments, and more. You can also take care of your shopping for trendy fashion-wear all at Doosan Tower. Business hours begin at 10am and end at 2am, so it allows you to shop late at night if you are busy during the day.

Take Subway Line #2, 4, or 5 to Dongdaemun Stadium Station, and go out of Exit #14. Walk toward Dongdaemun for about 200m; located to the left of Doosan Tower.

(광장) Gwangjang Market:
Gwangjang Market is well known for its long tradition and history in the Hanbok-making business, and as it is a traditional type of market, it might not be the most convenient place to shop, but you can get the best deals Seoul has to offer in terms of Hanboks. You can also see what a traditional Korean market is like, and have fun bargaining for items you want to buy.
About 600 Hanbok shops line the first and second floors, with a wide range of prices depending on the material, embroidery and design. If you are looking for the best deal, then Gwangjang Market is the place for you. Each shop has its own business hours, but most shops usually open sometime between 6~8am and close somewhere around 7pm. All shops are closed on Sundays.

Take Seoul Subway Line #1 to Jongno 5-ga Station and go out of Exit #8; it’s a 2 to 3-minute walk from the station exit.

Currency exchange rates as of January 17 2009 (Yahoo! Finance):
1US$ - 1351.8₩
1Php - 28.6854₩

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