If there’s one thing that Koreans love, it’s shopping. Markets and mega malls abound across the country as do places producing attractive crafts such as pottery and hanji (handmade paper). Seoul, in particular, is blessed with markets; don’t miss the sprawling general ones at Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, both of which remain active around the clock. Also worth checking out is the Dapsimni Antiques Market. Myeong-dong is Seoul’s premier shopping district its streets lined with barking vendors and hung with dazzling neon. For a more serene retail experience explore the twisting byways of Insa-dong, Bukchon, Samcheong-dong and Tongui-dong – the areas around the royal palaces; here you can browse for traditional crafts and contemporary art pieces. Seoul also has a herbal medicine market but an equally large and famous one is located in Daegu.