Shopping in Gyeongju is rather laidback compared to major cities in South Korea. The town may not have trendy malls and huge shopping districts, but there are still many places to shop for a variety of things, such as local crafts, art pieces, teas, antiques, and textiles.

    Make sure you plan your shopping trips in advance by researching about what to buy and where to shop in Gyeongju. A good tip to remember: carry cash as some stores, especially local markets, don’t accept credit cards. For ideas on where to shop during your stay, check out this guide on the best places to go shopping in Gyeongju. 


    Jungang Market

    Jungang Market (lit. Central Market) in Gyeongju is rich in history and a favorite among locals who refer to it as The Lower Market. It's located in the middle of Gyeongju, and due to its proximity to the nearby intercity bus terminal, it's frequented by locals from the outskirts of the city. The market is home to more than 700 shops that deal in everything from household goods to clothing, fabrics, miscellaneous goods, food, marine products, meat and rice cakes. In the early morning, a fruit and vegetable wholesale auction opens up, where you can buy in bulk at low prices. The night market, which opens at 6 pm, is popular with tourists. You can try many types of interesting food while sitting at a table in the middle of the market. Locals here favor the ox-head soup and rice (Someori gukbap).

    Location: 295 Geumseong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 12 am

    photo by Chelsea Marie Hicks (CC BY 2.0) modified


    Gyeongju Seongdong Market

    The Gyeongju Seongdong Market is one of the city's largest traditional markets. Founded in 1971, it has over 300 vendors and stores selling a variety of goods – making it one of the best places to go shopping in Gyeongju. 

    Locals often visit the market in the early morning to shop for fresh produce, fruits, and seafood which are sourced from Gyeongju and surrounding areas. The Gyeongju Seongdong Market is just across the road from Gyeongju station. 

    Location: 11, Wonhwa-ro 281beon-gil, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82-54-772-4226


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    Angang 5-Day Market

    Gyeongju is home to many 5-day markets. Some of the most well-known include Gampo Market, Bulguksa Market, Yangnam Market, Hwangseong Market and Seomyeon Market, some of which have become permanent. The Angang 5-Day Market opens around existing shopping malls on dates ending in a 4 or 9. At 5-day markets, you can find fresh, inexpensive produce grown locally and seafood from nearby Pohang. The Angang market is particularly famous for having many sesame oil shops. It's sought after by many frugal people looking to derive their own sesame oil and perilla oil or grind red peppers and perilla seeds.


    Downtown Shopping District

    The area between Taejong-ro and Hwarang-ro is a shopping district with a large variety of shops. It also connects Gyeongju Station to Jungang Market. It is conveniently located near Daereungwon Tomb Complex. Lots of clothing shops, pharmacies, bookstores, convenience stores and restaurants can be found here. Fashion Street, which is considered the main attraction, is vehicle-free outside of 9 am to 11 am, so you can walk around comfortably and shop without worrying about automobile traffic. Plus, the shops are grouped together by the type of item for sale, such as women's wear, young casual wear, children's clothing, baby goods and outdoor goods. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes throughout the shopping district, so check any one of them out if you need a break during your day of shopping.


    Hwang Nam Bbang

    Hwangnam bread is one of the many specialties you’ll find in Gyeongju. This artisan bread is a red bean pastry that was first baked by Young-hwa Choi in Gyeongju back in 1939, and is now available throughout the country.

    The best place to buy Hwangnam bread is at Hwang Nam Bbang, which is run by the Choi family. It’s located at the Hwango Intersection, about 1 km northeast of Geyongju Express Terminal.  

    Location: 783, Taejong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +82-54-749-7000

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    Gyeongju Folk Craft Village

    The Gyeongju Folk Craft Village consists of 40 hanok (Korean wooden homes), where local artisans produce traditional arts and folk crafts. Here, you’ll be able to see how traditional Korean handicrafts are made. Some stores offer hands-on workshops at reasonable prices. 

    Among the many things you can buy here include pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry, and embroidery – prices are usually cheaper compared to most places in Daegu. Make sure you look around for the products of your choice and negotiate for the right price.

    Location: 230, Bobul-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm (extended hours apply in summer and spring)

    Phone: +82-54-746-0618


    photo by Steve46814 (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified

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