After we arrived at Myeongdong from our First Ski at Yongpyong Ski Resort, we decided that this is the right time for pasalubong hunting at Lotte Mart.
Lotte Mart is located at Cheongpa-ro, Bongnaedong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu which is just near the Seoul Station. The shop sells variety of grocery, daily essentials, home appliances and clothing and has different branches on Korea and other East Asian countries as well.
How to get to Lotte Mart Seoul
We visited Lotte Mart at Seoul station. From Myeongdong station Blue line, depart to Seoul station (2 stops). From Seoul station, walk towards station Exit 1 or just follow the tourist signage inside the station.
Upon entrance, what we found amusing is that the shopping carts here are for rent! Just find it weird as well since it is just free here in Manila. I just forgot how much is the fee per use probably just a few coins I guess.
Aside from the usual grocery and pasalubong items, the store also have discounted cosmetics products so if you don’t have the time to visit Myeongdong (the beauty haven), this is a good alternative.
Must try snacks in Lotte Mart
Here are the products that we have bought for pasalubong or just what we’ve got from the free taste inside the store:
- Binggrae Banana Flavored Milk – this product tastes just like milk with a hint of banana flavor. There are other flavors available as well like Strawberry, Light banana and Melon. The taste is really addicting, you must try it yourself! Good thing is that, the product is already available in Manila in tetra pack!
- Lotte Chocolate Coated Shrimp – it’s your ordinary shrimp flavored snack with a twist of chocolate. The salty taste of the shrimp snack blends well with the sweet taste of coated chocolate – perfect for sweet tooth too. Would love to bring this one home but I’m worried that the chocolate might just melt here in Manila.
- Lotte Pepero – This addictive snack are available in all stores in Korea. Even the convenience stores sell this in different flavors and in bundle. My personal favorite is the Pepero Almond – it is a biscuit sticks covered in chocolate syrup and rolled in Almonds bits. Yum! They are already available in convenience stores and supermarkets in Manila – goodbye cravings!
- Orion Market O Real Brownie – this individually wrapped homemade-style real chocolate brownies are like your to-go grocery brownies.
For the checkout, it’s up to you if you want to buy Lotte Grocery bag or just put it on a box for Pasalubong. If your total grocery amount reached KRW 30,000 or around PHP 1,405, you are eligible for a tax refund on the same counter as your checkout. Just tell the cashier staff and present your passport. Voila, your tax-free pasalubong are now ready!
432, Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 청파로 426 (봉래동2가,서울역(철도청))
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday
4F-6F: Parking lot
3F: Home appliances, homeware, stationeries, clothes, convenience facilities, parking lot
2F: Groceries & daily essentials, parking lot
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