Foreign tourists can purchase inexpensive ceramic items at any ceramic
shop in Korea, including cups, plates, porcelain, and decorative
ceramics. For expensive ceramics with artistic value, tourists must
visit specialized ceramic stores or a ceramic village.
Hyunbae are embroidered patches which were worn on the breast and on
the back of the official uniforms of the king, the prince, and civil
and military officials during the Joseon Dynasty. An image of two
tigers was used for military official's uniforms.
These workboxes have been used by Korean women for a long time. They
are used to hold pins, spools of thread, thimbles and other sewing
Korean macrame items are personal ornaments which make great
souvenirs. They can be purchased in Insa-dong, at Namdaemun Market,
and at specialized hanbok stores
Ornamental Silver Knife
This is an accessory for women which was traditionally kept in a
pocket or worn around the neck. It was used for decorative purposes as
well as for self-defense.
Embroidery is made up of patterns of letters and drawings which are
sewn into silk fabrics. These designs are used as material for
clothing, sewing workboxes, wrapping cloths, etc. These traditional
items are both popular and inexpensive. They are available in numerous
Najeon Lacquerware (Lacquerware inlaid with Mother-of-pearl)
Najeon lacquerware refers to items that have been produced by first
lacquering a material like wood or bamboo, then attaching bright
shells in elaborate patterns before applying a final finishing coat of
lacquer. The Tongyeong area is the main producer of Najeon lacquerware
Hwagak Crafts (Hornwork)
Hwagak crafts are crafts which were produced for use by the royal
family traditionally. They are made from cow horns.
Korean woodcrafts have a long artistic tradition. These woodcrafts
vary from small decorative items to large furniture. They can be
purchased at antique shops and at tourist souvenir shops.
Folding fans have long been used to combat the heat of summer.
Traditionally they were used by noble men, when they were reading or
composing poetry. There are two types of folding fans: the taeguekseon
(which is covered with taegeuk patterns) and the hapjukseon (which is
covered with oriental paintings). The hapjukseon is especially popular
because of its antique looking oriental paintings.
Hanji, a kind of traditional Korean paper made from mulberry bark, is
characterized by its durability, luster, and absorption. Papercrafts
made from this traditional Korean paper have a splendid color.
Papercrafts are considered a valued asset to Korea's arts. They can be
bought in ornamental boxes at folk souvenir shops in Insa-dong.
Dolls with traditional costumes are usually found in folk souvenir
shops, and are one of Korea's most popular souvenirs. The majority of
these dolls are attired in traditional Korean wedding clothing.
Ginseng, which is a specialty of Korea known worldwide, comes in a
number of varieties. Hongsam, which is a type of steamed and dried
ginseng, is especially popular among visitors to Korea.
Gim, a very popular food item, is dried, seasoned sea weed. It is
packed in small containers for convenient carrying. It can be
purchased at department stores, souvenir shops, and traditional
Kimchi is one of the most popular kinds of traditional Korean food.
Visitors can find it at department stores or duty-free shops. There
are also various kinds of vacuum-packed kimchi for carrying
Leather products in a multitude of colors and designs are also
available. Leather coats and jackets are relatively inexpensive, as
are other leather goods, such as shoes, bags, belts, and purses.
Electronic merchandise is available at department stores, electronic
goods stores and electronic markets. Stores have fixed prices, but
discounts ranging from 10% to 30% may be obtained by shopping prudent
at electronics markets like the one located in Yongsan. Buyers from
overseas are advised to check their device's electronic voltage
requirements. 220v is the voltage primarily used in Korea.
Hanbok has been the Korean people's unique traditional clothing for
centuries. Like much of Korea's art, hanbok is characterized by subtle
curves, flowing line and plenty of blank spaces. These clothes can be
purchased at hanbok stores.
Visitors can buy handbags that reflect a broad range of refinement and
elegance. Both world famous brands and high quality Korean brands are
available to shoppers.
Visitors to Korea can buy high quality suits made from a broad range
of materials and colors, including beautiful silks, at surprisingly
low prices. These items can be found at traditional markets, such as
Namdaemun market, Dongdaemun Market and department stores.