Hi guys! Hope you liked my previous #KoreaTrip post about Myeongdong! 🙂 Today I’ll share about another of my favorite places to visit in Korea called LOTTE Mart.
LOTTE Mart is a huge hypermarket selling things from clothes, toys to cosmetics and food. To get to LOTTE Mart you would have to take the subway to Seoul Station. Seoul station is also the place where you can take the KTX, the high speed rail to other parts of Korea. One popular destination to travel to would be Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. They are well known for their scenic landscape and beautiful beaches. Recently many people I know have been travelling to Busan, after the hit movie “Train to Busan”. For those of you who have never heard of the movie, it is about a father and daughter duo running away from a zombie apocalypse by taking the Train to Busan. The movie is really popular and you guys should check it out if you haven’t already!
Okay back to LOTTE mart haha, every time I visit Korea, LOTTE Mart is a must go for me. I love shopping for ramyeon (anyone feel me?), snacks and other food that I am unable to get in Singapore, or I can get but at a higher price. It’s so easy to overbuy when you see the row of shelves full of goodies! The only thing pulling me back is my flight baggage weight limit 😦 . As much as I would love to get condiments like sesame oil and rice syrup (it’s so much cheaper there), it’s so heavy and I always end up putting it back on the shelves…
BUT for those of you who really want to buy items from LOTTE mart and ship home, there is actually an EMS service station. The station is located near the cashiers if I’m not wrong, but do check with the staff to confirm. EMS is an express mail service and you can ship your items home and the delivery is actually quite fast. However, I do avoid this as EMS prices are generally quite high (in my opinion) and it also depends on the total weight of your items. For those of you whose baggage limit has already been hit, it is a good alternative to consider 🙂
There are also some small food stalls on the first floor of LOTTE Mart, perfect for those who needs to grab a bite whilst shopping. On weekends there are also food tasting carts where they let you try the food they are promoting. If you’re hungry you can just hop from cart to cart and try all of them!
The interesting characteristic of LOTTE Mart which I love is that instead of plastic bags, they provide free carton boxes for you to pack your goods (plastic bags are available for a price). These carton boxes are reused, and you can choose from a pile and use the scotch tape provided at the tables to tape the box together. It’s really fun to choose the “best carton box” as they come in different shapes and sizes. For us tourists, it’s really convenient as you can just check in these carton boxes instead of unpacking them and repacking them into your luggage. I would have to admit my baggage usually consists of half luggage half carton boxes 🙂
And… that’s all I have to share about LOTTE Mart! I’m sorry that I didn’t take many pictures of the interior and surroundings but I really hope you found this blog useful. Please do look out for more of my #KoreaTrip posts and if you liked this post do give it a “like”! I would really, really appreciate it if you follow me here and on my instagram @whiskoflife! If you already did then thank you so much! xoxo ❤