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Given that Jeju-do is such a major tourist destination, there is no shortage of shops or shopping areas. You can buy local products in specialty shops and traditional markets, or shop for jewelry or high-end fashion at department stores and duty-free shops. If you can time it right, try and visit the 5-day markets, so-called because they're held every 5 days at the same location. For more information, see the "Markets" section, below.

Some of Jeju-do's offerings include products inlaid with mother-of-pearl, black coral pipes (and other things made of coral), sculptures and souvenirs made from lava rock, shells, and locally made shawls and sweaters. You can also take home a jar of the famous Jeju honey (made from local mandarin orange or clover flowers).

Markets -- These traditional markets are mostly good for looking (how are you going to take 10 pounds of seafood on the plane with you?). They are still a fun way to experience the flavor of the island. Although there are O-il Jang ("5-Day" Markets) in Sehwa, Hamdeok, Hallim, Goseong, Daejeong, Seongsan, and Pyoseon, I've listed only the ones in the major areas. Those markets not listed as 5-day open daily.

Best Shopping Areas

One of the major shopping areas in Jeju-si is Tap-dong, which is located in the center of the city. There is an underground shopping center there, dedicated mostly to women's fashions. Another, newer shopping area is the Ildo District in Jeju-si, where there are some great places to eat too. The oldest shopping area in Jeju-si is the Chilseong-lo area, which used to be the center of town under Japanese occupation. There are still many shops here and the addition of bars and game rooms has revitalized the area.

In Seogwipo-si, the streets of Jungjeong-lo are filled with shops great for browsing, including the Dongmyeon Department Store and the Maeil ("Everyday") Market. The area is located between Jungjang-dong and Jeongbang-dong. The department store has more expensive and name-brand merchandise. The rest of the Maeil Market is bustling with small vendors selling their wares on the street. Most of them specialize in women's clothing.

More diverse and unpredictable are the O-il Jang ("5-Day" Markets), which happen every 5 days (of course) in fixed locations throughout the island. There are markets in Jeju city, Seogwipo, Hallim, Jungmoon, Sehwa, Hamdeok, Goseong, Daejeong, Seongsan, and Yeoseon. They sell everything from seafood, agricultural goods (such as Jeju's famous mandarins when they are in season), clothes, and household goods.

For inexpensive and large-scale shopping, try the Hanaro Mart in Seogwipo or the E-Mart in Tap-dong.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.