Before you start shopping in Busan, it is best if you visit first the Tourist Information Center located in various parts of the city since they can provide detailed information on the best places to go and ways to get there. Tourist Information Centers in Busan are located near the Busan Railway Station, Haeundae Beach, International Passenger Terminal and Busan International Travel Service Center. These information offices often provide tourists with maps and other useful information material for travelers.
With the place being the largest port in Korea, shopping in Busan Korea is one of the most exciting activities among tourists, with the abundant shopping opportunities offered for avid shoppers. From quaint street markets to sophisticated shopping malls, you can find practically anything you might want to buy. Whether you are searching for electronic stuff, fashionable clothes or handicrafts, you can find it easily with the numerous shopping places in Busan.
One place you should not miss when doing Busan shopping is Jagalchi Market, the biggest fish market in Northeast Asia and of course, the most famous among tourists in Busan. The main highlight in the market is the Jagalchi women, with their famous chant ‘Oiso! Boiso! Saiso!’ (Come! See! Buy!). With their thick wet hands, Jagalchi women are busily preparing fish everyday, throughout the year, regardless of the season.
In Jagalchi, a common practice is to taste a plate of raw fish and have fun in the exceptional maritime atmosphere. You can also buy local specialties of Gyeongnam and Busan such as seaweed, kelp, dried laver and dried fish. Dried anchovies and seaweed are the regarded as the highest quality product in Korea.
From seafoods, let’s now proceed to manufactured goods and everyday necessities. The counterpart of Seoul’s Namdaemum Market is Gukje Market in Busan. Close to Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market connects to Bupyeong Market, then connects to Kkangtong Market through the narrow alleys. Going along, you can find almost everything that you can think of in the small shops lining the narrow street. Shopping in Busan is amazing, what with the sheer number of items sold in the long stretch of the street. Adding the fun to shopping are the street food pleasures including pumpkin porridge, red bean porridge and the popular Busan odeng or fish cake.
Looking where to shop in Busan for clothes? Then better check Nampo-dong, as it is known for its wide assortment of shops. This commercial district is saturated with clothing stores selling not only popular upscale designer products but also bargain goods. However, the true highlight of shopping in Nampo-dong lies in the shops specializing in luxury goods. You can see various bags, fashion accessories, shoes, clothing, and the like that not only attract the youth but also young professionals.
Lastly, the leading commercial district and perhaps, the best place for shopping in Busan is the Seomyeon, which is also the center for logistics, finance, industry and transportation. The district has more than 600 shops and stores selling jewelry, clothes, shoes, books, electronic goods, and other items. It also has many restaurants, bookstores and multiplex theaters, all attracting thongs of tourists, both young and old, for pure shopping and entertainment. Once you exit the subway, visit the MiLeore Mall or Lotte Grand Department Store for the latest fashion trends.