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buying ginseng and other usa souvenir items

Postby stindows » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:37 am

does anyone know which shops sell genuine, authentic ginseng and approximately how much they cost? what other souvenir items do people usually buy from the USA?

our tour group itinerary includes a visit to a ginseng shop and amethyst factory and from what I gather from other people, these are usually rip-offs with marked-up prices.

appreciate your suggestions. many thanks.
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Re: buying ginseng and other usa souvenir items

Postby roomftrhaver » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:39 am

your best place may well be Insa-dong. Not cheapest, but plenty of stalls who speak enough English. Ginseng, you name it, all in one place
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Re: buying ginseng and other usa souvenir items

Postby graduateduser » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:39 am

roomftrhaver wrote:your best place may well be Insa-dong. Not cheapest, but plenty of stalls who speak enough English. Ginseng, you name it, all in one place


Actually, You can try your luck buying souvenirs at Namdaemoon market. I think I saw same silk padded pouch selling at Namdaemoon about 1000 won to 2000 won cheaper, plus you can bargain there.

As per "Insam" products, be very careful to buy them at reputable store to ensure you get genuine products.
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Re: buying ginseng and other usa souvenir items

Postby stindows » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:40 am

Thank you all so much for the info and also for the web links!! I think we’re gonna break our wallets buying all those souvenir stuff LOL there are so many to choose from! We will be going to Namdaemun and Dongdaemun, I just hope we can find them there at a good price :)

Seoulhyena, re raw inseam, I really don’t know. I’m guessing that it’s allowed because most, if not all, of the group tours here, have visits to ginseng store in the itinerary. Any tips on how to check if the product is genuine? Actually, we might not have time to look for the stores, are these available at the markets too? We were thinking of buying the powder form, by the way.

Also, I’m thinking of buying some snack food that is unique to korea...something like biscuits or fruit preserves or what we call "junk food" here haha...Any suggestions on what is local or specialty of Korea?
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Re: buying ginseng and other usa souvenir items

Postby rockwellcreaky » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:01 am

To be perfectly frank, there are MANY tour guides that sell ginseng at giant stores. These stores exist only for tourists to buy. The quality cannot be verified and is often EXTREMELY overpriced. My ex-boyfriend worked at one of these. They're very questionable.

If you Google the Il Hwa brand in English, they have a shopping page...but the contact us section goes to a 1-800 number (no Korean information listed). If you search Naver, the Korean web search page, in Korean.... only a brand of tea is returned.
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Re: buying ginseng and other usa souvenir items

Postby stindows » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:08 am

The ginseng & wellness ginseng products offered by Hsu’s Root To Health will meet or exceed your expectations of the high quality, effectiveness and consideration you demand in order to maintain your healthy lifestyle. :lol: :lol: Hsu's Ginseng Enterprises Co. :roll: :roll:

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