Korean snacks. Mask. Cosmetic. Clothes. etc.. There are plenty of things to buy when travelling to Seoul, South Korea. Whether your favourite lean towards food category or fashion category, there’s always something that fit your purchase.
One day before leaving Seoul, we visited one of the leading supermarkets in Korea- Lotte Mart. How to go to Lotte Mart Seoul Station? Align at MTR Seoul Station (Line 1, 4) Exit 1 and follow the signboard to reach. Lotte Mart branch in Seoul Station is directly connected to the subway, considered a convenient one-stop-store in a strategic location for groceries, apparels, electronic appliances and other goods.
Some visitors in Lotte Mart buy a lot. They grab dozens of seaweed, shampoo, biscuits, chocolates, and so forth, filling up the trolley to almost overflow. We wonder are they buying these for own use, or as souvenirs.#shrug. Speaking about difficulties to carry them back to hotel? No worries. There are many paper boxes after the payment counter, where you can have them for FREE. Pick the size you want, and pack accordingly. Otherwise, save the hassle and proceed to EMS international shipping counter. You can courier them back to your own country with affordable delivery fees.
We went straight to the food section, browsing through countless types of packaged products. Glad that most items we bought taste really food, and regret not buying more. They are double (some triple) in price when selling in Malaysia.
1) Market O Chocolate Brownie
“You must buy, it is super nice.” Our friends have been reminding us to buy Market O brownie. At that time we were like: “brownie in a box, how special it can be?”. Upon trying, we both agree that the chocolate brownie is real good stuff. Moist, dense, chocolate. Summergirl had 4 brownies at one time.
2) Market O Biscuits
Biscuit coated with chocolate – not all brands manage to put these two things together into delicious match, but yes for Market O. Summergirl bought only one box of this, two packets inside. She ate one, found that it tasted much better than she initially thought of. She ended up keeping the other packet and refuse to finish it.
3) Market O Real Cheese Chip
Savoury crackers, addictive till the last piece. Crispy, laced with mild cheesiness from cheddar and camembert cheese.
4) Korean Ramyun Instant Noodles, Korean Cup Noodles
Summerkid never like Shin Ramyun when in Malaysia. He had one in Seoul, and said he loved it. We bought a few packets and compare with those in Malaysia supermarket, and realize they are actually different, from the packaging, and in fact, to the taste.
5) Yuzu Tea
This is must-buy. In Malaysia, we only see them in glass bottle. But Lotte Mart Korea offers Yuzu Tea concentration in different style. We like the one in capsule. One at a time, add water, just nice.
6) Banana Milk
We drink this at least 2 times a day in Seoul, breakfast and supper, sometimes before dinner. Available in strawberry, light and honey lemon flavours too.
7) Petitzel Sweety Sweet Pudding
Mascarpone Cheese & Cream Sweet Pudding, Tropical Red Musk Melon and Caramel Milk & Egg. We prefer the third one.
8) Mini Coffee Stick
Bought a few boxes for friends as souvenirs. These instant coffee (Americano) is packed in mini stick. Just add hot water and ready to drink.
9) Honey Tong Tong
This snack goes wild among Summergirl’s colleague. We couldn’t figure out why Honey Tong Tong is so popular actually. Decent chips to munch on, but not exceptionally mind-blowing as mentioned by many.
Get your favourite Korean banchan here. Didn’t buy any because minimum purchase is at least 1KG.
11) Lime Cracker
A tangy twist to your cracker. Why not?
12) Samgyetang Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup Ready Pack
13) Chocolate Pie with Marshmallow
Also another must buy in Lotte Mart. We first tried this when our friends gave us as souvenir. Lovely sponge cake, layered with chewy sweet marshmallow in between.
14) Fish Shape Moist & Chewy Cake
16) Soup Base Packet
17) Cham Grain Biscuit
Spot the Cham Grain on middle right, our favourite biscuit too.
18) Korean Corn Tea, Lotus Root Tea
For purchases of 30,000won or more, you are entitled to VAT tax refund. Do take note that Lotte Mart Seoul is closed on second and forth Sunday of each month.
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Lotte Mart Seoul Station
426 Cheongpar, Jung-gu, Seoul
(122,bongnae-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul)
Opening Hours: 10:00am ~ 12:00am
**Mall closed on the second and forth Sunday of each month
How to go Lotte Mart?
Align at subway Seoul Station, follow Exit 1
Summary of Our 6D5N Trip
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6|
|Eat||Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari|
SamCheong-Dong Mukshidonna One Pot Cheese Ramen Tteokbokki
KyoChon Fried Chicken 橋村炸雞
|Red Piggy Bank Korean Stone Grill BBQ Restaurant|
|MyeongDong Yi Pin Xiang Jajangmyeon|
MyeongDong Milky Bee Rose Ice Cream
|Myeongdong Wangbijib Traditional Korean Restaurant|
Beans Bin Cafe Waffle
|Sinchon Chun Cheon Dakgalbi |
Shin Seon Seolnongtang
|See||Dong Dae Mun Design Plaza|
|Bukchon Village 8 Views|
Sam Cheong Dong
Hong Dae Night Life
|MyeongDong Milky Bee Rose Ice Cream|
Ehwa Woman University
|N Seoul Tower |
LINE Friends Store & Cafe Sinsadong
Hongdae KT&G Sangsangmadang
Hongdae 1300k Stationary Shop
|HyeHwa Station Ihwa Art Mural Streets |
Seoul Station LOTTE Duty Free Mart
|Sleep||Hongdae Hostel Room+Plus||Hongdae Hostel Room+Plus||Hongdae Hostel Room+Plus||Hongdae Hostel Room+Plus||Hongdae Hostel Room+Plus||Hongdae Hostel Room+Plus|