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  • Saving On Accommodation For Your Seoul Trip? 11 Airbnbs For You To Crash While On A Budget

    One of the biggest things to consider when planning your trip is accommodation. Where you stay makes a difference in how much you might or might not enjoy your holiday – convenience, comfort, and amenities are only part of the thought process required to make it perfect. Airbnb is awesome because you can find places to crash that seem tailor-made to fit your requirements, including budget. The best part is you also get to really feel like you are a part of the culture, adding on to your trip experience. With so much hype over Korean culture lately (thanks to K-Pop), Korea has been opening its doors to the world. Don’t fret about where to stay in Korea though. Feel at home in these cozy Airbnb Apartments while immersing yourself in the culture and people. 1. A Studio 52 | The K Hotel | Yangje Citizen’s Forest ST Credit: Haejun on Airbnb With a highly rated host, this studio apartment with rooftop garden access has plenty of good reviews. If you go in springtime, you’ll be blessed with cherry blossoms practically outside your window! Haejun and her husband have traveled extensively, so language is not a barrier. Chat with her about life in Korea and her travels around the world; and thanks to her husband’s profession of photography, experience those journeys through his pictures. Their house is located near train stations and a shopping mall for your added convenience, making this a wonderful homestay in Korea. Price Range: SGD$59 ($$)Airbnb 2. Tradition with modern. Lovely & cozy Credit: Dain on Airbnb Dain is a great host who has opened his house to guests. He believes in living the culture when you travel and has turned his house into something of a porcelain antique store, complete with a tea ceremony for your entertainment. With nearly a 5 star rating, this is the kind of place where you get the best of both worlds – traditional indoors with the city at your fingertips. Price Range: SGD$60 ($$)Airbnb 3. Bright Spacious Fully Furnished Apartment Credit: Dennis on Airbnb The only downside of Airbnb homes is that, well, it’s not a hotel. And let’s face it: who really wants to do housekeeping when they’re on holiday? In that case, this place is a treat! Extremely conveniently located (within 5-10 minutes of bus stands and metro stations; including direct access from Incheon Airport via the 601 Bus), one of the advantages of this fully furnished apartment is the housekeeping service available from Monday to Friday. The hosts believe in hotel service with a personal home environment giving you a great Seoul Airbnb experience. Sounds like a recipe for the perfect holiday! The neighborhood is packed with cafes and souvenir shopping stores as well. Price Range: SGD$140 ($$$)Airbnb 4. Myeong Dong Portable WiFi  Credit: Seoul Sister House Located just 8 minutes away from the major shopping area of Myeong Dong, and literally, a hop, step and jump away from Chungmu-ro subway station are only a few of the perks of this furnished studio. Sisters J and K are super hosts that are readily available to answer your queries or solve any issue you might be having. Part of their 5-star rating is due to the portable WiFi egg they offer that allows you internet access when you are on the move in the city. Add in a view of the city and the mountains and you’ve got a great deal. One of the best places to stay in Korea! Price Range: SGD$68 ($$)Airbnb 5. Fantastic View in the Middle of Seoul Credit: Yeojin on Airbnb If you’re looking for a quiet area to stay that is also convenient, this is the jackpot. With a beautiful view of the Han River and a park around the corner, you can get your fill of nature and fresh air. The Dongjak station is only a 5-minute walk away with major tourist areas like Apgujeong and Itaewon less than a half an hour train ride away. Living with a hospitable family gives insight into tourist hotspots as well as what life in Korea is like. Price Range: SGD$53 ($$)Airbnb 6. Safe and comfort for Women Lovely apartment Credit: James on Airbnb Female travelers, rejoice! This clean, stylish apartment has a 5-star rating thanks to the amazing hosts and its central location. It is one of the best Airbnb’s in Seoul. The wife of the host speaks English, the kids love if you play with them, but the family also respects your privacy if you wish to keep to yourself. The metro station is a 5-minute walk away and the building has top security, so you are free to explore the city and come back to your safe spot. Since the other guests are only women, sharing the space and the bathroom (only if the other room is reserved) is much more comfortable. Price Range: SGD$37 ($)Airbnb 7. Located at Main Street at Bukchon Hanok in Seoul Credit: Donny on Airbnb If you really want to steep yourself in the culture, the best place to stay is a hanok. There aren’t too many of them available now, so jump at the chance if you get one. A hanok is a traditional Korean house and staying at this one will transport you back in time. Set in the culturally rich neighborhood of Samcheongdong, the wider setting only serves to add to the charm. The staff and hosts are extremely friendly and will help guide you around the area to popular spots. Price Range: SGD$60 ($)Airbnb 8. Bibimbap Guesthouse Credit: Bibimbap on Airbnb This traditional guesthouse is over a hundred years old and located near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ChangDeok Palace. The olden charm is enhanced with the ondol style rooms (traditional Korean) with its own private bathroom and Korean breakfast, but they do offer Western breakfast if you prefer. The hosts live on the premises and they love interacting with their guests. The guesthouse is situated just a few minutes away from the Jogno Subway Station and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and stores for you to explore. Price Range: SGD$51 ($$)Airbnb 9. Private Queen Bedroom in a Beautiful Shared House Credit: Villa Seoul Garosugil on Airbnb If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in Gangnam, this is the spot for you. Gangnam is an up-and-coming neighborhood and as such, is teeming with stylish cafes and spots to explore. Being located close to public transport makes this task all the easier. The host, Sarah, is highly rated on her efficiency, friendliness, and attention to detail. The place is kept sparkling clean and is stocked with the usual amenities. If you want to meet people on your travels and like sharing a space, this is the place for you! Price Range: SGD$42 ($$)Airbnb 10. Don Quixote Stay Credit: 정한(Han'S) on Airbnb Single – Have you ever wanted to sleep under the stars? Well, this isn’t really the same thing but it is a rooftop adventure! This place boasts a private room with a toilet and shower, plus basic amenities, on a rooftop, in close proximity to all the major areas. Do you need any more reasons to say yes? It is 5 minutes away from Gangnam and Itaewon and 10 minutes away from Myeongdong, not to mention close to the bicycle path, so if you’re a cyclist, this one’s for you. There is also a 24-hour convenience store nearby. With fresh air to bask in at the end of the day, this place definitely gives you your money’s worth. Price Range: SGD$36 ($)Airbnb 11. 5 minute Station, Gangnam, Super clean and spacious apartment Credit: Ann on Airbnb Located in that is known as the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Seoul, this clean and spacious apartment has a super host with attention to detail. The room in the apartment is centrally located being a 5-minute walk from the subway station and with direct access to the airport (Incheon Airport Limousine Bus stops at Cheongdam Station which is a 7-minute walk away.) With security to keep you feeling safe, stores and restaurants around the area to discover and a friendly host, this is rated as one of the top spots to stay in when in Seoul! Price Range: SGD$48 ($)Airbnb All the places listed here have a minimum of 4.5-star ratings on AirbnB. People do have slightly different experiences though, depending, so we hope yours is a good one! You don’t have to wonder about how to find accommodation in Korea now, thanks to Airbnb, so you have no excuses to put off planning a trip there!...

  • Top 5 Halal Korean Restaurants In Itaewon You MUST Try

    South Korea’s Capital, Seoul, is a dynamic destination boasting endless things to do and see. The bustling city has become an extremely popular holiday spot and over the past few years has seen a surge in Muslim tourists. Although the city’s Muslim population is relatively small, the Korea Tourism Organization along with the numerous businesses in the city are on a mission to make Muslim visitors feel more welcome and at home. This has resulted in numerous restaurants around the city switching things up and catering to the Halal conscious. With these restaurants, cafés and food joints now accommodating Muslim preferences, Muslim tourists finally have the chance to truly experience Korea and its culinary masterpieces, from bulgogi; Korea’s signature marinated beef dish, to a steaming bowl of samgyetang, or more simply put, ginseng chicken, to even juicy Korean BBQ! Several Halal restaurants can be found around the city of Seoul, especially in the neighbourhood of Itaewon, but many of these focus on Middle Eastern and Indian fare, with only a handful offering authentic Korean dishes, making them harder to find. If you’re like us, and you think the best part about traveling the world is getting the chance to sample the most delicious food, then there is no way you can go to South Korea and not try Korean food! So, here’s our guide to some of the best Halal spots in Itaewon. Eat now, thank us later!  A Quick Guide to Finding Halal Food in Korea 4 Halal Eats at the Beautiful Nami Island in South Korea   1. EID Halal Korean Food Picture Credit:, EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food The small but homely, EID Halal Korean Food is a Korean Muslim owned restaurant located in the Itaewon area of Seoul, just a short walk away from the Seoul Grand Mosque. This must-visit Halal restaurant in Seoul is known to be the only Korean restaurant in the city certified by the Korea Muslim Federation, or the KMF, thus making it extremely popular amongst Muslim locals as well as tourists looking for an authentic Korean gastronomic experience. While the food options here are limited, don’t let the simple menu fool you! Everything on the menu; from the bulgogi to the samgyetang to the bibimbap, is cooked to perfection and packed with flavour. If we had to however pick one dish that blew us away, it would be the bulgogi - which is not surprisingly one of EID’s most ordered dishes. Completely homemade and free from any artificial flavours, the dish consists of thinly cut Halal Australian beef that is marinated in a flavourful combo of sauces and spices, and then grilled. The dishes served at the restaurant also come with some drool-worthy sides, such as kimchi and fried anchovies. Insider tip: Since the restaurant can only accommodate a small number of people at a time, we highly recommend making a reservation in advance so you won’t have to stand around hungry waiting for a table to open up. Cuisine: KoreanAddress: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30AM to 9PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)Price: KRW 10,000 to 12,000Reservation: AvailableContact: +82 70 8899 8210 Facebook   2. Makan Halal Restaurant Picture Credit:, Makan Halal Korean Restaurant Another great restaurant serving some of the best Halal Korean food in Itaewon, Seoul, is Makan. Located just a short distance from EID restaurant and right near the Seoul Central Masjid, Makan Halal Restaurant is also Muslim owned, and like EID, serves a variety of mouth watering local dishes which attract locals and visitors from around the globe throughout the year. Again here, the menu is quite minimal, but no matter what you order, you won’t be disappointed. With menu options such as dakdoritang, bulgogi, samgyetang, bibimbap and mulnaengmyeon, at really affordable prices, Makan Halal Restaurant needs to be one of the places you check out for great Korean food when in Seoul. No matter at what time you’re visiting the restaurant - lunch or dinner - the spicy Korean-style fried chicken is an absolute must have! Cuisine: KoreanAddress: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10.30AM to 10PM (Wednesdays to Mondays)Price: KRW 8,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 6012 2231 Facebook   3. Murree Restaurant Picture Credit:, Murree Halal Korean Food Located in Itaewon, near the Seoul Grand Mosque and just a few minutes away from Makan Halal Restaurant, Murree Restaurant is one of the best places in the city for those looking to try out Halal Korean fare, with the option of also ordering Indian and Pakistani dishes. The cosy restaurant is known for serving authentic local dishes like bulgogi, samgyetang, dakdoritang and bibimbap; which are sure to tantalize your taste buds, and is hence one of the best Halal restaurants in Itaewon for Korean delicacies. While we think you cannot pass up on the local dishes available, the restaurant also cooks up a variety of flavourful, spice packed curries - such as their signature chicken curry – which will definitley make your mouth water. The warm service you receive from the staff at the restaurant, as well as the delicious food served will without a doubt keep you going back! Cuisine: Korean, Indian, PakistaniAddress: 140-6 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 11.30AM to 9.30PM (Everyday)Price: KRW 8,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 3785 1436 Facebook   4. Hajj Korea Halal Food Picture Credit:, Hajj KOREA HALAL FOOD Hajj Korea Halal Food is a Muslim owned fusion Korean restaurant situated in close proximity to the Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. Known to be one of the very few Halal Korean restaurants in Seoul, the wonderful menu at Hajj will leave you spoilt for choice, with a plethora of Korean and Malaysian options! You can dine on a wide variety of popular local fare like bulgogi, samgyetang and bibimbap here, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, the stir-fried octopus is sure to surprise you! Also, a special shout out to their bindaetteok or mung bean pancakes, which will just leave you craving for more! After a delicious meal, we highly recommend washing it all down with a Malaysian speciality - the iconic teh tarik! Cuisine: Korean, MalaysianAddress: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 10AM to 2AM (Everyday)Price: KRW 8,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 749 5185 Facebook   5. Yang Good BBQ Yang Good BBQ is probably one of our most favourite restaurants on this list just because we can’t think of a better way to truly experience everything Korea is about, BBQ session and all! Korean BBQ has been taking the world by storm, and while there are plenty of restaurants in Seoul that specialize in this, there aren’t that many that cater to the Halal conscious. Yang Good BBQ is one of the very few Halal Korean BBQ restaurants in the city and is hence not surprisingly extremely popular. Even though the restaurant does serve alcohol, catering to local demands, the meats that are imported from Australia are Halal certified. Here, you not only get to choose the type of meat you prefer, but also get to grill it yourself to the way you like, all the while chatting away with your friends. The juicy and tender meat is coated in a sweet Korean BBQ sauce that you won’t be able to get enough of! Yang Good BBQ is just one of those spots you’ll keep going back to, because it’s THAT good. You have our word!  Cuisine: KoreanAddress: 15 Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South KoreaOpening Hours: 4PM to 1AM (Mondays to Saturdays)Price: KRW 11,000 upwardsReservation: AvailableContact: +82 2 567 7060 There you go! Our Top 5 Halal Korean Restaurants in Itaewon. Travelling in Seoul will no longer be a problem for Muslims! If you found more Halal Restaurants or food places in South Korea, share with us on the HalalTrip App! 5-Day Itinerary for Solo Travel in Korea 6 South Korean Amusement Parks to Amaze Yourself in...

  • Top 5 Places in Seoul to Shop for Korean Cosmetics

    K-Beauty is taking the world by storm! Due to the popularity of K-dramas and K-Pop, everyone wants in on Korea's beauty trends. Providing a range of cosmetics and skincare brands which use natural ingredients, Korea has now become a Mecca for beauty. So if you are planning a trip to Korea, be sure to drop by the many beauty stores in Seoul! Here are the top 5 places to shop for cosmetics in Seoul, Korea!   1. Olive and Young Picture Credit - Olive and Young provide mainstream beauty brands which are within the lower price range. So you can shop with a budget. Each store varies from one to the other and provides a diverse range of cosmetic brands so be sure to drop by every store. They offer skincare and cosmetic brands such as Neogen and Park, Son and Park, as well as Clio, and K-Palette respectively. One of the biggest stores is located at Ewha Women’s University, with a multilevel store in Myeong-Dong. A small tip: they offer single sheet masks for purchase instead of the 10 sheet pack. Myeondong Branch: Address: 04538  53 Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul   Phone: +82-2-736-5290 Website:   2. ÅLAND Picture Credit: This department store dedicates a whole floor for beauty products! Offering an impressive range of the latest skin care and cosmetics, ÅLAND should be a definite visit. You may even be surprised by their range of indie cosmetics and skin care brands such as Thank You Farmer, Land Museum and Time To Blossom to name a few. They also provide a wide range of CosRx beauty products for the more adventurous skincare junkie. The best range of products can be found at the Myeong-dong and Garosu-Gil stores. Myeongdong Branch: Address: 30, Myeongdong 6-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Phone : +82-1566-7477 Homepage:    3. LOHB (Love Health and Beauty) Picture Credit - Known as the Sephora of Korea it is a high-end store that follows the drugstore concept. LOHB offers both expensive and mainstream Korean brands, providing you with a good range of products to choose from. From fragrances to cosmetics to skincare, LOHB stocks up on some of the best brands, such as Chemorlab, Aromatica, Huxley and My Beauty Diary. Each branch varies in the products they store, however, it may be harder to find than Olive and Young, which is located in almost every shopping strip and street. The LOHB at Hongdae stores a diverse range of products and is the largest in Seoul.   4. Eden Plaza Picture Credit - If you are into ‘Green’ beauty products, this is a must visit! It houses a wide range of trending Eco-friendly skincare. Eden Plaza is the retail store of the ENS Beauty Group, which houses Whamisa, New Days and Beausome. It may be a little difficult to find, however, it is worth a visit. It is located in Cheongdam, Gangnam-Gu. Address: 16 Samseong-ro 147-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea   5. Lotte Duty-Free Get ready for a cosmetics haul as Lotte offers on the spot tax-free purchasing of their products! However, shopping may get hectic due to the crowds as tourists swamp the store. They offer a wide range of high-end brands such as The History of Whoo, SU: M37 and Hera, as well as mainstream brands. If you can stand the crowds, this is the best place to shop for high-end brands especially due to the products being tax-free (be sure to have your passport with you at all times), as some boutique stores may not be able to provide an on the spot tax-free facility. The Lotte Duty-Free store is located in Myeong-Dong, and is the largest in the area. Main Branch : Address: 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Website: On an important note, always read the ingredients section of each product and talk to a sales assistant regarding the contents to be sure about the products being Halal friendly. However, this may not be an issue as Korean beauty brands have many organic skincare and cosmetic products, so you have a wide range to choose from. A bonus that comes with purchasing Korean beauty products is their quirky and whimsical packaging! So bid farewell to bad skin days and pamper your skin with your Korean cosmetics haul! For more shopping guides around the world, check out our travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App to find locations of halal restaurants and mosques near you....

  • The Top 10 Places to Shop in Seoul

    Seoul is one big shopping heaven, so you are not at a loss when it comes to wondering what to buy in Korea. With millions of shoppers every day, the city is conveniently organised into distinct areas that cater to specific groups of shoppers. Not only does this mean that comparing prices and products is much easier, it also saves time if you are targeting just one kind of item. It has to be noted that the areas in concern are rather large and requires a lot of walking between shops, so get your walking shoes on because you are really going to rack up those steps on your pedometer! Since South Korea understands its shopping vibe so well, almost all the major shopping areas are located near train stations for ease of access, and the stations provide lockers to store your purchases thus far so that you don’t have to lug them around the whole day. How cool is that!   Here are the top 10 places to shop in Seoul:   For Traditional Items and Souvenirs 1) Insadong Street    Picture credit -   You can’t visit Seoul without going back with souvenirs and local items for yourself and friends and family. The best place to get these is Insadong, a 700-meter long street that sells Korean tea, antiques, traditional clothing like the hanbok, pottery, folk craft, and more. You better have Google translate handy as all the signs are in Korean, even Starbucks!   Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm, Daily Address: Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Anguk Station, Exit 6 or Jonggak Station, Exit 3   2) Gwangjang Market    Picture Credit -   This bustling place is one of the oldest marketplaces and hence, one of the most quaint ones. Open for more than 110 years, Gwangjang Market is THE place Koreans go to purchase wedding wear and wedding food. Even if you don’t require any such items, it is worth visiting it just for the vibe – and they do sell local fabrics and food, amongst other items. Besides, how often do you get to visit such old marketplaces?   Opening hours: Clothing stores open 9 pm to 10 am the next day, Monday to Saturday General stores open 8:30 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Jongno 5-ga Station, Exit 8 or Euljiro 4-ga Station, Exit 4   For Local Designer Clothes   3) Common Ground    Picture credit -   Even though Seoul carries international brand names like H&M and Zara, if you are in South Korea, you should shop like a South Korean. They are known for their trendy fashion sense that is evident amongst the youth, and local designers have many opportunities to showcase and sell their items. Common Ground is a pop-up container mall that has an artsy vibe where you can find small shops set up by local designers with a range of items. An insider tip: Most locals look for the “Made in Korea” tag, not just because of their patriotism, but because they are of much better quality than imported Chinese items, even if they are a bit pricier.   Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily Address: 200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul Nearest Station: Konkuk University Station, Exit 6   4) Hongdae (Hongik University Street)    Picture Credit -   More of a cool hang-out area than a shopping one, Hongdae caters to the youth and is inspired by Hongik University. Even if you don’t want to purchase anything from the area, it is worth a visit as they have plenty of entertainment in the form of street performances and festivals by the students of Hongik University. There are plenty of fashion stores that are owned by local designers – Koreans label the area as where local retailers go “when they can’t afford to rent in Myeongdong”, but stores that once were in Myeongdong have also moved to Hongdae and blended in with the fun atmosphere, making this a great place to experience.   Opening hours: 11 am to midnight, Daily Address: Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Hongik University Station, Exit 8 or 9   For Street Fashion 5) Namdaemun Market    Picture Credit -   If you really want to experience street shopping in Seoul, Namdaemun Market is where you need to be. With a whole array of items – not just fashionable clothing – you can find things you didn’t even know you were looking for, at great prices. Namdaemun Market is where you go to find unique items as gifts and souvenirs, and where you can bargain to your heart’s content. Get lost amongst the rows of stalls to have a true shopping adventure!   Opening hours: 11 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Hoehyeon Station, Exit 5   6) Goto Mall (Gangnam Terminal Underground Shopping Centre)    Picture Credit -   While many subway stations are connected to underground malls, Goto Mall is the biggest and has some cheap shopping in Seoul. 800 meters of clothing, cosmetics and accessories, it is most popular amongst locals like Namdaemun is popular amongst tourists. They have the same quality stuff for even cheaper prices, so you might want to check this out first before heading out anywhere else.   Opening hours: 10am to 10pm Address: 128-4 Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Express Bus Terminal Station   For Cosmetics   7) Myeongdong    Picture Credit - //something else   With 1 million shoppers passing through daily, Myeondong used to be a local hotspot but is now a tourist favourite too. It is the largest shopping area in Seoul with some of the biggest department stores and malls housed here. Myeongdong is the perfect place to shop for cosmetics as every single make-up, cosmetics and skincare brand in Korea has at least one store here. So you are not left without a choice, and it is easy to compare prices when shopping in Korea, and you can decide which products and prices suit you best before making a purchase. Check out a Myeongdong shopping map to plan your route if you don’t want to be overwhelmed.   Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm, Daily Address: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Nearest stations: Myeongdong Station, Exits 5, 6, 7, or 8 or Euljiro 1 (ij-ga) Station, Exits 5 or 6   8) Lotte Department Store    Picture Credit -   A tourist’s favourite (and extremely convenient if you are staying at Lotte Hotel), one of the offers travel-friendly services Lotte Department Store offers is tax returns. If you show your passport and boarding pass while making a purchase, they also allow you to pick up your items directly at Incheon airport by showing your receipt there, instead of you having to carry it around. So if you have purchased cosmetics that are over 100ml, they are still allowed on the flight as they come in sealed bags. Lotte is home to some big brands, as well as plenty of sales, so it’s worth stopping by.   Opening Hours: 10:30 am to 8 pm, Daily Address: 30, Eulji-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea Nearest station: Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station   9) Ewha Women’s University Shopping Street    Picture Credit -   Catering to the university students, you will find discounted cosmetic items here in popular local brands. In addition to that, there are fun, trendy items like accessories and jewellery, and of course, street food. If you’re looking for cheap things to buy in Korea, check out Ewha Women’s University Shopping Street.   Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Daily Address: 52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Ewha Woman’s University Subway Station, Exit 2 or 3   For Snacks   10) E-Mart    Picture Credit -    While there are multiple places you can Korean snacks from in Seoul (Home Plus by Tesco being one, and Lotte Mart another) E-Mart is said to be cheaper and less crowded than the others, which is why it is the only one on our list. You need to bring your own plastic bags as the store does not provide any, but check the ingredients with Google Translate or look for a Halal sign before purchasing anything to make for Halal travel in Seoul!   Opening hours: 10 am to midnight, Daily Address: 55, Hangang-daero 23-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Nearest station: Yongsan Station, Exit 4   Seoul makes it easy to plan your shopping schedule and make the most of your day. So if you travel to Korea, take empty suitcases and a full wallet and shop till you drop!www ...

  • 10 of the Best Shopping Malls in Seoul

    Seoul has a strong shopping vibe in its busy districts. Amongst the hustle and bustle of regular life rise great shopping malls waiting to entice customers. Trendy fashions, bookstores, technology, home items and more, happy customers can spend hours roaming the paths hunting for the perfect gift or jackpot deal. Some malls offer thrift shopping, while others bask in their luxurious products. Many places host entertainment within their walls like aquariums, cinemas, art galleries, museums, theme parks and more – so that there is a little something for everyone, and to add more to your day. Most shopping complexes are located near railway stations, which makes for easy access, and certain malls offer specific conveniences that are hard to simply walk past.   Here is our guide to the must-go shopping spots in Korea for some Seoul shopping (pun intended): Credit   1) Lotte Department Store    Picture Credit -   This is probably the most popular store amongst visitors as it is directly connected to Lotte Hotel Seoul, so if you are booked with Lotte Hotel, this is the most convenient place to shop. The department store offers a wide range of products like jewellery, cosmetics, fashion, technology, sports equipment and more. It is also one of the best places to go shop for Korean fashion at reasonable prices, and they house an art gallery, food court with local and international delicacies, and a duty-free store. The best part about Lotte Department Store is that they offer to deliver your purchases to the airport to save you the trouble of trying to get it there – this is crucial especially if you have bought large items. Mall Address: 81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Daily 10:30 – 20:00       2) COEX Shopping Mall    Picture Credit -   This is not just any old mall. COEX Mall Seoul is the largest underground mall in Asia. You read that right! (Bet you didn’t expect any underground shopping malls in Seoul.) All the business is completely legal – it is situated in the basement of World Trade Centre after all – and it offers much more than just shopping. Starting from Samseong subway station at the south of Gangnam and going all the way till Bongeunsa temple in the north, you can find 260 stores in between with electronics, entertainment, beauty products and more. If you tire from shopping till you drop, relax at the food court, catch a movie at the cinema, take in the soothing sights of the 650 species of marine life at the COEX Aquarium, or learn a few new things at Kimchi Museum. There is even an events hall within the mall that holds mini-concerts, magic shows, and classical concerts weekly. Mall address: 159, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Daily 10:30 - 22:00     3) Mecenatpolis Mall    Picture Credit -   Similar to shopping streets in Seoul, only much prettier, Mecenatpolis Mall is an open-air shopping mall that allows you to enjoy the weather while you browse the offerings. Pretty as a picture, Mecenatpolis Mall is the perfect place to kill two birds with one stone – get your shopping done, and snap some gorgeous photos for your Instagram account. It has an outdoor garden and landscaped roof gardens, water features, glass bridges, and a ceiling of open umbrellas. Situated adjacent to Hapjeong train station, they offer a range of stores for retail therapy, as well as art exhibitions, music performances and cultural activities. That is something you don’t want to miss! The Mall also carries cafés, fast food chains, and restaurants. Mall address: 490, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Daily 09:00 – 17:00     4) Times Square Mall    Picture Credit -   If you are booked with Courtyard by Marriot Seoul Times Square, then this is your mall. Times Square Mall Seoul is home to local and international brands, so you might spot some familiar names like Swarovski, Timberland, Zara and Adidas. In addition to a large number of stores, the mall offers a movie theatre that only has the world’s largest cinema screen, bookstores, a games centre, a multi-performance centre, and of course, places to eat. Times Square Mall in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, also appeals to nature lovers with their outdoor spaces like rooftop gardens and Ecology Park, and soothing fountains to end the day in a peaceful manner. Mall address: 15, Yeongjung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, SeoulMall timings: Daily 10:30 - 22:00     5) Doota (Doosan Tower)   Picture Credit -   Are you a ‘shop all day every day’ kind of person? The Doosan Tower is the mall for you! Open from 10:30 am to 5 am the next day – not kidding – Doosan Tower is the place to go if you forgot to get those last minute gifts before you head to the airport or the place to simply spend the whole day and night in. With over 600 stores to pick from, you won’t be at a loss for choice. You’ll spot familiar names like Calvin Klein, Charles & Keith, and Reebok, but local designers can also give you an idea of what to buy in Seoul, as the top 40 are selected annually at the Doota Venture Designer Conference. Besides finding women's clothing in Seoul, you will also spot sportswear, menswear, luxury vintage items, and souvenirs. The mall offers alterations in clothes as well as tax refunds for visitors, so you can relax in their rooftop garden as you bask in that knowledge. Mall address: 275, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Mon – Sat 10:30 – 05:00, Sun 10:30 – 00:00     6) I’Park Mall    Picture Credit -   One of the biggest malls in Seoul, I’Park Mall offers a guided tour to its main events, features and stores due to its immense square area. With over 100 restaurants and cafés, as well as a food court, this mall has one of the widest selections of food if you want to gorge. The mall is divided into three main areas to make your shopping experience more convenient: the I’Park Department Store, Digital Shopping Centre and Event Park; and are connected to the Yongsan Subway Station and KTX Train Station for easy access. In addition to offering a selection of electronics, games equipment, sportswear, menswear, ladies fashion and more, the 11 storeys of the largest shopping mall in South Korea also houses a bookstore, an outdoor garden, an arcade centre, a movie theatre, and South Korea’s biggest discount mall: E-Mart. Mall address: 55, Hangang-daero 23-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Mon – Fri 10:30 – 21:00, Sat - Sun 10:30 – 21:30     7) Lotte Young Plaza   Picture Credit -   If you’re looking for places to shop for fashion-conscious young adults in Seoul, South Korea, Lotte Young Plaza boasts six storeys of casual and trendy items by local designers, as well as imported Japanese brands – UNIQLO being the most popular. Lotte Young Plaza also has pop-up stores that you can buy unique clothing items and accessories like handbags and more by up-and-coming Korean designers. As always, you can end your day by enjoying a sunset view of Seoul at Hanuel Rooftop Garden with a bite to eat from their array of fast-food chains and cafés. You can find Lotte Young Plaza right next to Lotte Department Store. Mall address: 15 Sail-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Daily 11:30 - 21:30     8) D-Cube City Mall    Picture Credit -   Like a world on its own, D-Cube City Mall is connected to Sindorim Station –which means it is easily accessible to Seoul’s main cities of Anson, Incheon, Suwon and Bucheon – and is a part of the 42-storey cultural complex which houses the five-star Sheraton D-Cube City Hotel, an arts centre and a massive outdoor park. Enjoy luxury shopping with familiar brands like H&M, Zara, Fossil and New Balance, and balance it out with some street culture at the Korean Street Market which offers Korean delicacies, street-style. Mall address: 662, Gyeongin-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Mon - Fri 11:00 – 21:30, Sat - Sun 11:00 – 22:00     9) Noon Square    Picture Credit-   Another place that you can find popular international is Noon Square, a shopping mall that is a ten-minute walk away from Myeongdong Nanta Theatre and Myeongdong Cathedral. A female shopper’s paradise, the mall features brands like Mango, Jessica Simpson, Steve Madden, H&M and Zara, and is a haven for cosmetics, fashion, accessories and apparel. Its outdoor elevator is the first of its kind in Seoul and allows shoppers a glimpse into the outside world while they are lost in theirs. Mall address: 14, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Mall timings: Daily 11:00 – 22:00     10) Migliore Mall   Picture Credit-   The one place where you can find cheap shopping in Korea in a mall, Migliore Mall is a clothing fashion mall that is home to inexpensive fashion stores and wholesale outlets. You can find a whole range of casual wear, maternity wear, toys, bags, shoes and souvenirs for about 40 percent lesser than regular stores – and store owners are open to bargaining; but note that since the client base is mostly young adult, the range of sizes is limited. Mall address: 18-145 Euljiro 6-ga, Dongdaemun, Seoul Mall timings: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 – 05:00   Halal travel to Seoul is made easy with malls that are connected to hotels and train stations – to shorten your travelling time between them and plan your day with more convenience. If you are a Muslim travelling to Seoul, let us know through the Halal Trip App what you thought of these malls, which one you preferred, if you found specific stores where you can buy Muslimah-wear in Seoul from, and Halal food places or vegetarian options that you would like to recommend to the Halal Trip community. ...