Where to buy western-sized winter clothes in Seoul
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 5:24 PM Last Post By: ecage
Dec 19, 2012 9:13 PM
Where to buy western-sized winter clothes in SeoulI heard yesterday that Seoul is experiencing it's coldest winter in 50+ years. Just in time for our arrival from mid-summer Sydney!
I'm looking for specific advice (names of shops or quite specific areas) on where in Seoul we'll be able to buy basic, inexpensive, but effective winter coats and boots. We will arrive as bundled as we can be but plan to shop on arrival for more appropriate gear. We are not concerned with being fashionable and would like to avoid sort of shopping around. I'd love to go one place, find what we need and be done with it.
I'm thinking something along the lines of parkas or the like. Coats that come to mid-thigh and have some sort of lined hood. We'd be happy with second-hand, like ex-military gear or the like. For boots I was thinking something like duck boots maybe - rubber around the foot with a good grip sole.
We are three men and one woman between 172cm/5'8" tall and 187cm/6'2" tall and of fairly average European-Australian builds - neither fat nor skinny.
Later in our trip we will be going to Harbin in NE China where it will be a lot colder so looking to get the right stuff in Seoul - as best we can.
We will be staying in Itaewon.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Dec 20, 2012 4:46 PM
1Itaewon. Well, it won't be cheap but you're guaranteed to find your sizes and it'll be decent quality.
I don't think there's many places where you can get cheap, warm and your size. Cheap and warm can be found in market areas; but it may be too small.
You can find stuff that's warm and your size in an area like Myeongdong which is a major shopping district. It's not very expensive (not designer), but it's not cheap. Uniqlo has good quality winter gear. A jacket may be around 100,000 won. There's also H&M etc there which will definitely have your size.
You can try one of the major grocery stores like Homeplus or E-Mart (should be easy to find). They sell clothing for cheap. Though, I can't vouch for the quality. They also sell outdoor gear, so you may want to have a look at that.
Also, pick up longjohns (thermal underwear). It's available everywhere. You folks should be sizes 100-110. Best to just get it at Homeplus/E-Mart.
One last thought it that I know Harbin is way colder than Seoul. I don't think you're going to find Harbin-appropriate clothing in Seoul without paying an arm and a leg.
Best of luck.
Dec 21, 2012 1:15 PM
2go to the UNIQLO Flagship Store on Myeongdong's Main Street...they have some cool stuff like their light weight Heat Tech coats which aren't bulky and won't take up space in your packs/luggage..they cost less than US$100...anything over that amount would be the down coats which are also great but probably not the best option for travel..
Dec 21, 2012 5:24 PM
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From US$129.10 per night
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