2012-06-22

Shopping loots in South Korea

Korea is a shopper's paradise! Great prices can be found for shoes, clothes, handbags, cosmetic products, skin care products and all kinds of souvenirs. Although department stores and most shops have fixed prices for items, bargaining can usually get a lower price with street vendors and in the major open air markets. However, do not expect the same level of haggling conditions that exist in Thailand. Also, do not forget about Korea's duty-free stores.

I did some survey before I visited South Korea. Things in South Korea were never cheap, especially those made in Korea products. I had told myself to have better "self control" in my retail therapy. It wasn't like my previous trips to Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, things were very much cheaper there, and I could allow myself to shop till I drop.

Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with the money that I have spent there. I have bought quite a number of fondest purchases with very best quality.
The loots for my girls were some cuties socks (each cost only 1000won, RM3) , Crocs shoes (29000won, RM87) ,  Tony Molly lips balm in cherry and peach containers (each cost 5000won, RM15), and a box of Leggenda Chocolate.
These were all my proudest loots. A pink Korean Organic Buckwheat Pillow (25000won, RM75) ,Biocera Washing Ball (125000won, RM375),HappyCall Pan (65000won, RM195),Purple gemstones bracelet from Amethyst (190000won, RM570) and 5 pieces of clothes (total cost 73000won, RM219).
These were my husband's loots. He only spent money in two shops, the Cosmestic Duty Free Shop and the National Ginseng Outlet. I have sensitive skin, whereas my husband has quite good skin. I don't dare to try out any new skin care or make up product, but my husband got hooked by the tour guide's sweet talk. That caused him a damage of RM550 on ODBO skin care range alone. I only wanted Aqua Collagen eye cream and Aqua BB cream from the range. Besides, he also got himself a box of Doctor Ginseng(RM1500), which was only launched 3 months ago. We got some freebies after purchasing from these two shops.
Two posters of Bae Yong Joon for my elder sister. When I asked her what she wanted me to buy for her in Korea, I thought she would ask me to buy her cosmetic, but she asked me to buy her the poster of her idol. tsk.tsk.

These were the souvenirs for relatives, friends and colleagues. Korean snacks and junkfood, Ginseng candies, chocolates and brownies, DOM, purses, stainless steel chopsticks, and handbag.

Though we were poorer now, we never regret in anything we bought in Korea.

Just a reminder to all my readers!
According to Korean beliefs, the rest of the day depends on the first customer of the day. They consider it bad luck if the first customer does not buy anything or in some way disturbs the owner's mood. Being a good "informal ambassador" means trying not to exchange items or haggling excessively during the morning hours.

That's all my Korea tour posts. Saranghaeyo!
Other related post of Korea tour
1.Must drink in Korea
2.Annyeonghaseyo
3.Other than kimchi
4.L*ne Star hotel, Seoul
5.Nami Island, Seoul
6.Kimchi School, Seoul
7.Other places that we visited in Korea

58 comments:

  1. wow.. that's nice of shopping spree... from the above, I am sure you enjoyed your trip MAx!

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  2. Got over weight or not the luggage?

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  3. Wow! HCP all the way from there!!

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  4. Heard HCP can bake cake and tarts.

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  5. HCP!!!! All the way from Korea.

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  6. Wah your lou gong quite 'ai sui' also ho? :P

    So much shopping loots, got mine or not? *grin*

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  7. i have the BB Odbo cream! :D from korea.. quite watery though..

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  8. I bought a set of BB cream when I was there... everywhere is BB cream.. couldnt resist not buying.. hahaha...

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  9. I heard that Korean doesn't like to bargain price..
    If you bargain the price they will scold you..
    is it? my sis told me that...

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  10. WOW! You guys can really shop!

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  11. Wow so many stuff from korea! BTW, what do the Biocera Washing Ball do? They are so expensive *gasps*

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  12. Wah... a lot of nice stuff from Korea. I love the cutie socks! They are so cute!

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  13. I didnt buy much in Korea, cos very expensive. Glad you found something there!!!

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  14. look so many shopping loots!!

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  15. looks like quite the haul.....good for you!
    treasures for all of you..!

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  16. thought you would have got a lot of skincare products for yourself..surprisingly, your husband did!

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  17. I think that's one of the best parts of traveling right? you get souvenirs which mark as a remembrance from that special moment you had during your stay on that place

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  18. the Leggenda Chocolate is what tempt me a lot here haha

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  19. I saw the clips on happy call pan..
    it is really kewl .. can get in Malaysia?
    RM195 is cheap...

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  20. Shopping is the best.....

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  21. haha you have shop a lot. Oh good deal for the HCPan. Ya my friend bought a lot of the facial mask, it's really cheap there.

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  22. wow, really a shopping spree for you in korea!! you have bought so many things, a fruitful trip for you huh..

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  23. i actually didn't shop much in HKG, because i've many other plans too.. maybe i should have plan a trip there mainly for shopping, then i can beat you down, haha!!

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  24. so unfair, you have bought cheap things for your kids but yourself have bought so many expensive things!!! hahahaha, and your husband, WOW, he spent really a lot huh??

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  25. makes me wanna go to korea.. actually have been wishing to go there, but have not taken action at all.. and after the HKG trip, really feel like going for another trip already~~ :p

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  26. bought so many souvenirs!! hehe, actually i am someone who never buy any souvenirs when i go overseas for trip.. it's actually quite troublesome you have to get like for everyone!! i rather not get any lah, just shop for my own self, haha~~

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  27. Gasp! And I thought you'd be spending your money on skincare. Instead it was your husband. What a surprise. Maybe you will be the one who end up using it. haha.

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  28. love shopping in korea...wonderful post
    Tasty Appetite

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  29. Hi Yan, never met a woman who doesn't shop or find things to buy when on holidays, ha ha.
    But, thats part of the fun going on holidays.....shopping.
    Looks like your kids not only improved their geography but brought home 'loot' too.
    You got good tastes in the loot you brought back.....very nice, Yan.
    Next holiday, China!
    Lee.

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  30. What a nice big loot you've gathered there! And I noticed that your girl had her finger nails polished eh? :)

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  31. Nice loot!

    But, finished with your Korean post already?

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