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24 Best South Korea Souvenirs We Hunted Down on Our Trip

From yummy snacks to fashionable pieces, here’s our list of the best pasalubong (souvenirs) from Korea. We decided not to buy the usual keychains and ref magnets on our Korea winter trip and Korea spring trip. Instead, we hunted down these unique and cheap South Korea souvenirs, some of which cost only ₩1,000 or less than ₱50 (US$1). Can you believe it?

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Best South Korea souvenirs as food items

1. Korean instant ramen

best pasalubong from korea
Photo credit: SSG Global

Our friend specifically requested us to buy this Korean instant ramen or noodles. While you can easily buy this from Korean grocery stores, we believe it is still one of the best food souvenirs from Korea. It’s cheap and handy. Plus, nothing beats the thought of eating something that came straight from South Korea. A popular Korean instant ramen is Ottogi Jin Ramen, which comes in mild and spicy flavour.

Where to buy: Lotte Mart; Shopee
Price: ₩3,000 (~₱126 / US$2.3) per 4-piece pack

2. Pepero

pepero korean snacks
Photo credit: Pepero Philippines

Do you know that Korea celebrates Pepero Day every November 11? The date 11/11 signifies the Pepero sticks. It is like Valentine’s Day where people exchange Pepero snacks to show love and appreciation. Express your love to family and friends any time of the year by bringing home these choco-dipped Korean snacks.

Where to buy: Lotte Mart; Shopee
Price: ₩1,000 (~₱42 / US$0.78) per box

3. Dragon’s beard candy

dragons beard candy
Photo credit: Richard Lai

This Korean candy tastes so much better than it looks. We only learned about it when our Airbnb host introduced it to us. What’s so special about this Korean snack is not the look nor the taste, but the amazingly meticulous way of preparation.

Where to buy: Insadong; Myeongdong
Price: ₩5,000-7,000 (~₱210-300 / US$4-5) per box

4. Korean jellies and candies

Korean jellies
Korean jellies | © Chill and Travel

Buy these Korean treats for your pamangkins (nephews and nieces) and sweet tooth friends.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩2,000-5,000 (~₱84-210 / US$1.50-4) per pack

5. Korean pastries

korean pasalubong
Pastries we bought in Insadong | © Chill and Travel

Because we are pastry lovers, we couldn’t help but buy some Korean pastries from this random bakeshop in Insadong. You could pick assorted pieces of 3 for ₩1,500.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩1,500 (~₱63 / US$1) for 3 pieces

Unique Korean souvenirs as keepsakes

6. Personalized stone stamps

korean stone stamps
Stone stamps | © Chill and Travel

At first, we didn’t know what these cute stones are. We later found out that they are personalized stone stamps. You can request to have your signature or any symbol carved just like a normal stamp. These Korean pasalubong items may not be cheap, but the craftsmanship makes up for it.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩20,000-30,000 (~₱840-1,260 / US$15-23) per piece

7. NAMANE Card

NAMANE CARD is one of the best Korea souvenirs
Photo credit: NAMANE CARD Official Website

Speaking of personalized items, do you know that you can actually have your Korea travel card customized?  Yes, if you get a NAMANE Card, you can design it with photos of your trip or even your K-pop or K-drama idols. Quite a cool and functional Korean souvenir, don’t you think?

Where to buy: Klook
Price: ₩7,000 (~₱301 / US$5.25) per card

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8. Lucky charms

pasalubong from korea
Different lucky charms | © Chill and Travel

If you believe in lucky charms, then buy one as pasalubong from Korea. You can find some random stalls selling these in any street in Korea. But we found a wide selection of Korean lucky charms in Insadong area.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩5,000-7,000 (~₱210-300 / US$4-5) per piece

9. Paper products

pasalubong from korea
Korean paper products | © Chill and Travel

Paper bags, paper fans, and stationeries — take your pick from any of these Korean paper products. These are the best souvenirs from Korea for your friends who love arts and crafts.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩2,500-3,500 (~₱105-150 / US$2-3) per piece

10. Bookmarks

Korean bookmarks
Cute bookmarks | © Chill and Travel

For your bookworm friends, get these unique bookmarks. Pick a design that best suits your friends’ personality. They’d appreciate the thoughtfulness for sure!

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩2,000 (~₱84 / US$1.5) per piece

11. Journals

Korean journals and notebooks
Notebooks and journals | © Chill and Travel

Why not keep a travel journal and start documenting your adventures on paper? There are a number of bookstores selling these journals, but we suggest that you buy the ones sold on the streets. See the many cute and colourful designs? We bet you’ll have a hard time picking one.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩10,000-20,000 (~₱420-840 / US$7.8-15) per piece

12. Stuffed toys

buy these stuffed toys as pasalubong from korea
Cute plushies | © Chill and Travel

Aren’t they adorable? These are cute South Korea souvenirs for your pamankins (nephews and nieces) and inaanaks (godchildren).

Where to buy: Insadong; Myeongdong
Price: ₩15,000-25,000 (~₱630-1,000 / US$12-19) per piece

Useful Korean souvenirs for your home

13. Ceramic items

pasalubong from korea
Ceramics | © Chill and Travel

These useful Korean souvenirs are fragile but worth keeping. Make sure you keep these ceramic items in a secure container if you buy them as part of your home collection of South Korea souvenirs.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: from ₩4,000 (~₱168 / US$3) per piece

14. Wooden utensils

korean pasalubong
Kitchen utensils | © Chill and Travel

These are the best Korean souvenirs for your parents and grandparents who love to cook! Need we say more?

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩5,000-10,000 (~₱210-420 / US$4-8) per piece

15. Hand fans

Korean hand fans pasalubong
Hand fans | © Chill and Travel

Your moms and grannies will love these hand fans as your souvenirs from Korea. Time to change their old hand fans with these elegant ones from South Korea.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩16,000-24,000 (~₱670-1,000 / US$12-19) per piece

Best pasalubong from Korea as everyday items

16. Character socks

Korea socks
Cool Korean character socks | © Chill and Travel

These Korean socks are the best alternatives to the usual keychains and ref magnets. They are cheap, light, and so cute. The best value for money Korea souvenirs if you’d ask us.

Where to buy: Insadong; Myeongdong Underground Shopping Centre
Price: ₩1,000 (~₱42 / US$0.78) per piece

17. Knitted caps

knitted caps from Korea
Knitted caps | © Chill and Travel

These are trendy and something you can’t easily find at home. If your friends or loved ones are planning a winter holiday soon, this is the best pasalubong from Korea for them.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩5,000-10,000 (~₱210-420 / US$4-8) per piece

18. Scarves

korean scarves
Scarves | © Chill and Travel

Another winter apparel to invest for yourself or for your loved ones. They don’t come cheap at home so might as well buy while you’re in Korea.

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩5,000 (~₱210 / US$4) per piece

19. Bucket hats

bucket hats korea
Korean bucket hats | © Chill and Travel

Want something you can wear everyday? These trendy bucket hats are perfect. Buy these as your Korean souvenirs for your fashionista friends.

Where to buy: Hongdae
Price: ₩5,000-10,000 (~₱210-420 / US$4-8) per piece

20. Bags

korean bags
Affordable bags | © Chill and Travel

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw that these hand bags cost only ₩10,000. They are of good quality, and come in many designs and colours. You’d surely be spoilt for choice!

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩10,000 (~₱420 / US$7.8) per piece

Best souvenirs from Korea for personal care

21. Clothes

Myeongdong shop
Apparel shop in Myeongdong Station | © Chill and Travel

We were also delighted to find affordable clothes in Korea. We passed by this random shop in Myeongdong Station selling blouses and pants for only ₩10,000. They’re quite a steal! Time to buy a Korean pasalubong for yourself, maybe?

Where to buy: Myeongdong Station
Price: ₩10,000 (~₱420 / US$7.8) per piece

22. Hand mirrors

Korean hand mirrors
Hand mirrors | © Chill and Travel

These are the best Korean souvenirs for your vain friends! 😉

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩3,000 (~₱126 / US$2.3) per piece

23. Earrings

Korean earrings
Elegant accessories | © Chill and Travel

We saw a crowd of ladies in one of the stores, so we got curious and entered to check what’s going on. To our surprise, the ladies were gushing over these cute Korean earrings. Can’t blame them!

Where to buy: Insadong
Price: ₩3,000-5,000 (~₱126-210 / US$2.3-4) per piece

24. Korean skincare products

Korean skincare products
Korean skincare products | © Chill and Travel

Koreans are obsessed with skincare and cosmetics. If you are like them, then try the Korean skincare products, and see the effects yourself.  Myeongdong is definitely the best place to sample and buy skincare products such as face masks, body creams, lotions, and a lot more!

Where to buy: Myeongdong
Face mask prices: ₩1,000-5,000 (~₱42-210 / US$0.78-4) per piece
Body cream prices: ₩15,000-30,000 (~₱646-1,300 / US$12-23) per set

Now you know what South Korea souvenirs to buy on your trip soon. Make sure you have enough baggage allowance for all these pasalubong from Korea. Happy shopping!

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