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Off Base Shopping


Songtan is known for its numerous small shops and open air markets. Seoul also offers a variety of shopping areas such as East Gate (Tongdaemun), South Gate (Namdaemun), I'taewon, Lotte Shopping Center, and many others.

Ready made clothing, leather products, eel skin, purses, luggage, and brass are a good buy in Korea. American styles and sizes are available in communities surrounding most military bases. Jeans, T-shirts, sweaters, jackets, and athletic shoes are often sold at good prices. Many of the "name brands" are counterfeit; others are seconds. A few are merely factory overruns of legitimate items.

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