While Seoul is the Asian capital for trendy fashion trends, the city also offers various unique locations for vintage shoppers. Here’s our list of the best vintage shops in Seoul.
Already running a popular vintage store in the Hongdae area, the owner of Lomit Vintage has also opened up a store in one of Seoul’s hidden it areas. Vintage Bonnie in Ikseon-dong is an up-and-coming destination for vintage lovers. The boutique does not only offer vintage clothing and accessories, but it is also home to items and toys from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage Bonnie is located right across from Sik Mool, the it cafe/bar that turned Ikseon-dong into the hip artist neighborhood it is today.
Located in Seoul’s Hongik University district, Page One is one of the city’s best vintage shops. Why? The staff makes sure to only offer high-quality items in great condition. Therefore, you will have reach a little deeper into your wallet. All items are carefully curated and well organized. If you are into Japanese vintage items, this shop will fulfill your desires. On top of that, it specializes in vintage bags that come in all shapes and sizes. If you pick up several pieces, you can usually expect to haggle a little bit and negotiate a good deal.
Step into Kyahaha, and you could almost believe you are on a different planet. The atmosphere is galactic, with strange and unique pieces hanging to the left and right side of the room. Everything seems as though it could be in a crazy designer’s home – and home is actually a pretty accurate description. In fact, you are only allowed to enter Kyahaha after removing your shoes and slipping into house shoes. The interior is quite impressive, as it features a beautiful heating stove in the middle of the main room. You’ll often see the owner sitting in one corner of the room working on her own creations of wild patterns and designs. No matter what shopping goal you had in mind, you’ll leave with something unique.
Storage & Co.
When Storage & Co. first opened, a group of friends set their goals to turn their passion for vintage into a business. They started out offering mostly workwear and denim items from Japan and the United States. Some of the items were extremely rare to find and dated back to the years prior to WWII. Today, they have created their own clothing line using cotton thread and vintage fabric and buttons. Stop by, and you can be sure to leave with a shopping bag.
The Beautiful Store
The Korean version of the Goodwill store, this small chain offers donated items at low prices. The revenue is then used to support the community through social programs. The goal of the Beautiful Store is to pass on the wonderful memories associated with a piece of clothing or accessory to someone new. The Beautiful Store has several locations across Seoul and even all over South Korea.
While this traditional market is mostly famous for the fresh seafood and Korean street food, it is also a wonderland for vintage lovers. The second floor of the market houses a wide selection of vintage items that range from clothing to army items. While you might not find vintage designer items hiding here, you can still pick up unique items to add to your wardrobe.