1,000 Won Shops
Similar to dollar stores, 1,000 won shops are a great way to purchase daily living goods at low prices. The main variety shops in Korea are Daiso and D.C. Mart, with all items available at Daiso priced at 5,000 won or less. Daiso’s over 35,000 branches are generally located near stations and business areas, making them easily accessible. To purchase all your souvenirs and gifts without making your bank account cry, visit a 1,000 won shop!
Visit a variety shop to pick up any extra travel items you might have forgotten, such as travel adaptors or toiletries. Travel pouches are super handy items to have! The can be used to keep your clothes organized, store your cosmetics, and keep your suitcase neat and tidy! Vacuum bags are also great for when you’re trying to figure out how to get everything you bought back into your suitcases. Finally, pick up a carrier cover to protect your suitcase from any dings and scratches it might get along the way.
- Uses for travel pouches
- - Can be used to keep all sorts of things together, like electronics and their accessories, or medicines
- - Pouches made of plastic are great for storing left-over snacks and fruit
Beauty items There is such a wide range of beauty products, it can be hard for people new to make-up to know what to buy. The expensive prices at general shops can make it even harder to buy something, especially when you can’t try it out first. Thankfully, variety shops offer similar products at super low prices, great for newbies who might want to try a few different types of brushes or puffs, and people looking to buy beauty goods for their travel kit.
Seasonal items Additional must-have items from variety shops are seasonal products! We don’t mean items decorated with cherry blossoms or snowflakes, although you can find them. We’re talking cooling items in summer and warm items in winter! In summer, you can find fans, cooling spray, and cooling pads. For winter, keep toasty with fuzzy socks and slippers, and hand warmers! These items are not only cheap, they’re practical and the best way to ensure you fully enjoy your time in Korea, no matter the season!
- Major Daiso locations
- Myeong-dong Station Branch
Address: 134-1, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 퇴계로 134-1) / 1-min walk from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1 Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 Inquiries: +82-2-319-6016 (Korean only)
- Hongdae Branch
Address: 182, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 양화로 182) / 2-min walk from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang, AREX), Exit 9 Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 Inquiries: +82-2-336-6016 (Korean only)
- Gangnam Main Branch
Address: 372, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 강남대로 372) / 1-min walk from Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Shinbundang), Exit 4 Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 Inquiries: +82-2-539-6016 (Korean only)