Tips & Information
Most sizes are measured in centimeters except for the waist size, which is measured in inches. Shoe sizes are measured in millimeters.
• Table of Size Measurements
<Men’s shoe sizes>
<Women’s shoe sizes>
Shops with “Tax Free Shopping” signs will provide you with duty-free shopping and information about tax refunds.
Duty-Free Shops: June – August, December – February
Department Stores: January, April, July, October, and December
Other large shopping malls hold sales around the same time as the department stores do. Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Market, and other major markets have sale events around early July and mid-January. Summer and winter sale events give customers the biggest discounts: 20-30% off of current items and more than 50% off of items more than 2 or 3 years old.
Except for duty-free shops or shops in Itaewon, you may run into communication problems while shopping. If you know a few Korean shopping expressions, you’ll find your shopping experience more enjoyable and you may even be able to bargain for lower prices!