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Seoul Shopping

Favourite buys to look for are hand-tailored clothes, sweaters (plain, embroidered or beaded), silks, brocades, handbags, leatherwork, gold jewellery, topaz, amethyst, amber, jade and silver, ginseng, paintings, costume dolls, musical instruments, brassware, lacquerware, wood carvings, baskets, scrolls and screens.

Prices are fixed in department stores, but may be negotiated in arcades and markets.

Major cities have Foreigners duty-free shops where people can use foreign currency with a valid passport. Hotels will be able to tell guests the location.

Shopping hours: Mon-Fri 1030-1930 (department stores); 1030-2030 (markets and smaller shops).