Buying souvenirs for yourself or gifts for friends and family back home is always an enjoyable part of the travel experience. For those who are looking for authentic Korean souvenirs that are not in your country or things to buy in Seoul, consider this your guide.

Check out the list below to see which keepsake souvenirs and gifts you should buy before leaving Seoul!

1. Electric Rice Cooker

An electric thermal rice cooker from “CUCKOO” is what every Korean housewife have on their wish list. Made by a top Korean household appliances brand, this magical thing has a voice function and it can make not only rice but also stews! It is pricey but absolutely worth it to buy one and take it home.

If you want to get this high-tech rice cooker, try to drop by the Lotte Mart directly connected to Seoul Station before you make a transfer to Incheon Int’l Airport.

2. Hangover Cure Products

 

 

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It’s a quite well-known fact that Koreans are one of the heaviest drinkers in the world. That is why you can find plenty of hangover products, such as a hangover-fighting ice cream bar called “Gyeondyo-bar” and a variety of hangover recovery drinks. You can easily find them in convenience stores like GS, CU, and 7-Eleven.

Check out 5 Best Korean Drinks That Will Save You From a Massive Hangover!

3. Sanitary Napkin

 

 

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Acknowledged for high quality, Korean sanitary napkins are what all ladies must bring back home. Look for them at convenience stores and grocery stores. Sometimes you can even find sanitary napkin vending machines inside the public restrooms in subway stations.

4. Ramyeon (Instant Noodles)

 

 

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Ramyeon is one of the best things to buy in Seoul! Koreans love these instant noodles called ‘ramyeon’, after rice. They come in various kinds and tastes and they are extremely convenient because it takes less than 5 minutes to cook them. They also come in a cup-type but we recommended you buying a pack or a 5-in-1 pack since cup noodles take a lot of space in your carrier.

As ramyeon is so popular with Koreans and tourists, the companies keep launching out different flavors. Among all the new products, the really spicy hot chicken ramyeon is the most famous one. Koreans love to have it when they’re stressed out. If you’re not a spicy lover, try the carbonara flavor in pink package which is not that spicy.

5. Soju & Makgeolli (Korean Alcohol Drinks)

One of the things many foreign visitors in Korea bring back home is, of course, Korean alcohol. Soju and Makgeolli (Korean rice wine) are relatively cheaper than those outside the country. So try to fit one of these bottles into your carrier no matter what!
In recent years, soju companies have come out soju in fruit flavors such as grapefruit flavor, peach flavor, and blueberry flavor. Fruit sojus are popular these days because they taste not that bitter.

🍷Makgeolli Tour in Seoul
Make Your Own Traditional Rice Wine (Makgeolli)
Korean Rice Wine (Makgeolli) Tasting Tour in Insadong
Traditional Korean Rice Wine (Makgeolli) & Cooking Class
Dine & Discover Korean Traditional Alcohol in Hongdae

6. 777 Nail Clipper Set

 

 

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Did you know that the world’s best nail clipper brand is a Korean brand? Boasting high-quality nail clippers, “Three Seven 777 is a top brand of nail clippers! You can find an offline store located on the fifth floor of Dusan Tower (Doota) in Dongdaemun district.

7. Korean Beauty Products

 

 

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Korea’s BB Creams, cushions, facial packs and mask sheets are some of the most beloved beauty products that gaining worldwide popularity. You can find them at drugstores like Olive Young, Lalavla, and beauty brand stores such as Innisfree, Etude House, Missha, all of which are clustered in Myeongdong district.

Read more: Must-Buy Affordable Korean Beauty Products in 2020

8. K-Pop & K-Drama Goods

 

 

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If you are a huge fan of K-Pop or K-Drama, there are stores around Seoul where you can find every kind of K-Pop related goods such as posters, paintings, autographed stills, T-shirts and many more.

While there are ordinary stores, there are also souvenir shops run by major entertainment agencies. For instance, SMTOWN at COEX Mall operated by SM Entertainment is where fans can find a wide collection of goods related to the artists under SM. To find out more, check out Where to get K-pop Goods in Seoul.

🎈Fun Things to Do for K-Pop Fans:
BTS Tour with the Best Fan ARMY in Seoul
BTS Tour & J-Hope’s Birthday Cup Holder Even Tour
K-Pop Dance Lesson: How to Dance Like K-Pop Stars
Seoul K-Pop Tour: See K-Pop Stars on Their Way to Music Bank
SBS MTV The Show

9. Stationery

 

 

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Drop by stationery or design shops where you can find from simple to unique and hip design products. They are usually located inside large bookstores such as Youngpoong Bookstore, 10X10 Ten by Ten, and Art Box. See more Best Stationery & Design Shops in Seoul.

10. Korean Red Ginseng

 

 

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As one of the 10 food items to enhance the immune system, Korean red ginseng or ‘hongsam’ in Korean, is very popular among foreign visitors. They are expensive but worth buying it as a gift for significant ones back home.

 

 

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The most famous Korean red ginseng brand is called “Cheongkwanjang” and it also runs a spa named “Cheongkwanjang Spa G“, where you can experience a premium red ginseng therapy and massage. For details and directions, click here.

If you want to find out more about this wonderful spa, check out Travel Review & Tips: Korean Red Ginseng Treatment at Cheongkwanjang Spa G.

🍵Red Ginseng Tea Making Experience in Seoul

11. Gim (Dried Seaweed)

 

 

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‘Gim’, or a paper-like dried seaweed with a bit of salt sprinkled and spread with sesame oil, is full of calcium, vitamins, and carotenes. Inexpensive and with relatively little weight, many foreign visitors take the delicious dried seaweed home.

12. Traditional Handicrafts

You certainly should buy at least one of the many traditional handicrafts Korea has to offer.

 

 

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From plates, spoon and chopstick sets, ceramics, teacups to folk facial masks, you can find plenty of traditional items around Insadong and Bukchon Hanok Village areas.

 

 

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In these traditional neighborhoods, there are several workshops where you can experience making traditional handicrafts. In Insadong, there is a popular workshop where you can make flower lamps and jewelry boxes out of ‘hanji‘, a Korean traditional paper.

13. Character Socks

 

 

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Cute and unique, buy a few pairs of these character socks! Wearing these socks with famous cartoon and movie characters and celebrities on them, you can become a humorous person in your group. 😉

14. Korean Snacks

 

 

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Once you try Korean snacks, you will definitely want to share them with your friends and family back home. If you want to know which are the most popular snacks, check out Top 10 Korean Snacks You Must Taste! 😉

15. Phone Cases

 

 

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Looking for unique and stylish phone cases for yourself and your friends? Then you are at the right place! Since Korea has a huge population of mobile phone users, you can find tons of mobile phone cases or covers and accessories for smartphones of all shapes and sizes. You can easily find them in Seoul such as Myeongdong,

You can easily find them in Myeongdong, Hongdae and Gangnam districts in Seoul.

16. Dojang (Korean Traditional Stamps)

 

 

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Get yourself a personalized stamp while you’re in Seoul! These stamps can make a great souvenir for yourself and a special gift for your friends back home.

👉Make Your Own Stamp in Insadong

17. Packet Soup & Ready Meals

 

 

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Whether you’re in Seoul or anywhere else in Korea, you will be able to find plenty of ready-to-eat foods such as soup in a packet and packaged rice since most of the Koreans live busily. Get one of these at the grocery stores and enjoy a Korean meal when you are back in your country.

18. Hanbok

 

 

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Buying a Korean traditional dress, ‘hanbok’, is totally worth the money. Stop by Jongno Shopping Center. Here, not only you can find hanbok shops, you can also buy traditional ornaments and accessories as well.

Since Hanbok can be relatively expensive, try to drop by several shops and compare the price before you buy it. If you have bought one, show off your pretty Hanbok to your friends! They will absolutely be jealous.

19. Tumblers

 

 

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Get one of these tumblers with Korean traditional design. They are the most practical items that you can use in your everyday life. You can easily find these Korean-style tumblers at gift shops in most of the museums such as the National Museum of Korea.

20. Korean Clothing & Fashion Items

 

 

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If you are into K-fashion, or Korean fashion and clothing, visit Dongdaemun Market or Namdaemun Market. If you are looking for more hip and high-end designer brands, Garosu-gil and Apgujeong would be the perfect place for you.

For shoppers who want more of unique and one-of-a-kind design fashion brands, Style Nanda in Hongdae district can be a great place to shop. Check out K-Fashion Tips: Must-Buy Fashion Brands in Korea.

See more Cheap Shopping Spree in Seoul.
Check out Korea’s Must-Visit Shops│Brands You Shouldn’t Leave Out.


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5 thoughts on “Top 20 Things to Buy in Seoul to Take Home

  1. If you live in Los Angeles or any of the other big cities, you can get most of these at the Korean/Asian market. Heck, I’ve seen some noodles and snacks at American markets. Don’t waste your luggage space on these items. I would grab some fun socks though!

  2. I am heading for Seoul in a few weeks and want to get some “Italy cloths.” They are great for exfoliation. Used them years ago and haven’t found anything quite as good.

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