There are popular antiques that pertain to Korea which are a must buy.
Silla: This includes paintings, ceramics, pottery, and metal craft work;
Goryeo: This is usually ceramics
Joseon: This includes rather heavy furniture like wooden chests and white celadon (pottery).
While purchasing any antique, make sure that the Korean Cultural Properties Preservation Law would permit you to take it as it forbids the exporting of designated “important cultural properties.” So take care when you purchase genuine antiques. It is always wise to get a certificate of authentication and when in doubt, go ahead and get the item assessed by the Art & Antiques Office (Tel: 02-662-0106 or 02-664-8997)
You will be amazed at what Koreans turn bamboo into. These products include beds, chairs, ladders, blinds, mats and even pillows. Bamboo mats serve as natural coolers when sitting directly on the ground by creating a small pocket of air between the person and ground.
Cloth & Clothing:
Different kinds of custom-made or ready-made clothes can be bought in Korea. Korean sizes are a little small for westerners; so a custom-made suit, that can be made in a couple of days as well as a hand-made shirt made within just about the same time span should really work as you might buy an extra large shirt, which might not be large enough for you. The wide variety of silks and fabrics is something that you could indulge in. Hand made traditional clothes can also be bought here.
Brush Paintings & Supplies:
One can purchase brushes of all different sizes inks of various colors, and traditional paper of many textures at specialty shops especially in Seoul’s Insadong area. Both the young and old have popular hobbies like calligraphy and brush painting.
Korea being a major exporter of electronic goods has a wide variety and great selection of products available from watches to computer to microwave ovens. Surprisingly the prices seem to be higher than in the US. This is mainly due to heavy government subsidies of exported products. You can obtain 30% cheaper prices at discount stores and the Yongsan electronics market. You might have to change the transformers depending on the country you will be taking them to since domestic products use 220 volts. The transformers with different power capacities from 220 to 110 and 110 to 220 can be found at most electronics stores. The after-sales service that they provide is excellent if you are using the product in Korea. Repairmen come to your doorstep to repair them and in case they are unable to do it on the spot, they pick it up and drop it to your door after repair. Yongsan Electronics Market in Seoul is the ideal place to purchase electronic goods
With the price of fur at specialty fur shops and duty free stores having the best bargains, you can almost fly to Korea just to buy your fur. The off season sale during the summer months make for a great buy.
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