10+ Best Offline Kpop Shops in Seoul (2023 Edition)

10+ Best Offline Kpop Shops in Seoul (2023 Edition)

Part of being a K-pop fan is buying merch: albums, photocards, plushies, etc. And part of going to Korea is getting these items in person. We’ve got you covered. Here are the best offline Kpop shops in Seoul.

Physical Stores

Seoul has so many physical K-pop stores, you might be wondering where to start. Worry no more and grab your phone or a notepad, because we have a lot of names for you!

Music Korea

A view inside Music Korea store with shoppers inside

Image Credits: Music Korea via Instagram

Based in Myeongdong (a certified K-pop hub, as we’ll soon see), Music Korea is the go-to for all your K-pop album needs. You can pre-order them online or buy them directly from the physical store, plus there are discounts on used albums. And if you’re not a K-pop fan, there are non-Korean/Western albums available. Music Korea also hosts idol video calls and fan signings – keep an eye on their Instagram for upcoming events!

Address: 3F, 52, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea

Ktown4u

Ktown4u store with neon lights and poster for "Vivid" comeback

Image Credits: Image via Ktown4u

Looking to buy a lightstick or add to your photocard collection? Ktown4u has you covered, with both offline and online stores. Besides fansigns and video calls, the offline store hosts other promotions and contests, including this month's Korea Invitation Event, where you could win a free trip to Korea. Definitely check it out if you’re looking to travel this year! (The deadline is June 30.) Follow their Instagram for more announcements.

Address: D281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Design Market B2 NO.7

Buruttrak

A woman walking past Buruttrak record store in Seoul

Image Credits: Image via Vinyl World

Also called “Buru’s Ddeurak” or “Ttrak of Bloo,” this store has been open since 1979. You’ll find CDs, DVDs, and even LPs at this spot. If you’re looking to get into older Korean music (think first gen K-pop and earlier), then Buruttrak is your best bet. However, you can also get merch from newer groups. Plus, they’ll be slightly cheaper than at other stores. You never know what you'll find – make Buruttrak a stop on your K-pop expedition!

A woman with long black hair, a pink shirt, and black pants standing beside shelves of K-pop albums

Image Credits: Rotem Elia via Google Maps

Address: 37-1 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Myeongdong Underground Shopping Center

A woman looking up between a stack of K-pop albums and posters featuring Kyuhyun

Image Credits: Image via Trazy

This underground shopping mall has a bevy of K-pop stores for fans looking to get quality merch at a discount price: clothes, plushies, pins, and of course albums. We especially recommend the “Myeongdong Character” store found in D-2. Watch our tour to see what treasures the Seoulteam found! 

Address: Seoul B 72, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu

M2U Record

M2U storefront in Sinchon, Seoul

Image Credits: Image via M2U Record

Let’s step out of Myeongdong for a bit and go to Sinchon-dong. Our next store offers a variety of music, from very new groups like BOYNEXTDOOR to older soloists like Jang Sa-Ik. M2U Record also offers lucky draw events and fan-signings exclusive to Korean fans. There are two other locations in Seoul: the Nuri Dream Mall and LOTTE Cinema.

Two hands holding blue cards inside an M2U Record store

Image Credits: Unnie in Manila via Instagram

Address: 87-12, Sinchon-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 6th floor

Kyobo HOTTRACKS

Bookcases with Kpop albums in Kyobo HOTTRACKSImage Credits: Andi Roselund via Quora

Kyobo HOTTRACKS has offline branches across the city and even across the country. You can find all kinds of stationary, books, and household items here. However, there are also K-pop items, like albums, photocards, and posters. If you were to visit one branch, we'd suggest the Gwanghwamun store, as you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for – as well as things you maybe don’t need but will probably buy anyway.

Address: 1 Jongno 1(il)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, etc.

withmuu

 Domed withmuu pop-up building with shoppers and rack of Kpop albums

Image Credits: 莉 via Instagram

We have good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ll find any kind of K-pop merch your heart desires: lightsticks, banners, clothing. The bad news is that you won’t know what to choose! The Hongdae branch has a café that you can visit if you’re still up to spending. And there are always special events going on, including a fansign and showcase for YENA’s upcoming album HATE XX (to be released on June 27).

Address: 2nd Floor, 173-12 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Idolllook/I Doll Look

Kpop doll display and "I DOLL" gold balloon letters

Image Credits: Courtesy of VisitKorea Travel via Korea Tourism Organization

We’ve now entered cuteness overload. IDOLLLOOK is a doll clothing store with adorable outfits that come in three different sizes, along with matching accessories. You can dress up your bias as a waffle, sheep, or even a flower. The offline stores also have photo zones where you can do photoshoots with your doll. If you’re not in Seoul, there’s also a branch in Busan.

Address: 74, Hongik-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

SM TOWN Stardium

Interior of SM TOWN store with white displays, posters, and shoes

Image Credits: Image via Hello Vacation

Calling all EXO-Ls, E.L.Fs, S♡NEs, and other fans of SM groups: this next store is for you! You'll find merch of all kinds for your favorite groups, including mugs and bracelets. Here, you can also buy a personalized T-shirt with your initials or a handwritten message printed on it. This particular branch is located in the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, but you can find other locations in Seoul.

Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

Everline Music&Cafe

Interior of Everline music store and cafe

Image Credits: Images via Everline

Both an online and offline store, Everline has something for everyone: K-pop merch, delicious coffee and desserts, and events like sales and fansigns. What sets this store apart, however, are the pop-ups and collabs it does for artist comebacks. Guess which event this photo was taken at!

Chairs draped with orange fabric inside an enclosure with ATEEZ posters

Image Credits: ㅈㅇㅇ via Instagram

Address: 9-15, Gaehwadong-ro 17-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul

SP Factory

A row of book case of dolls with white tablecloths and balloons overhead

Image Credits: VisitKorea Travel via Korea Tourism Organization

We couldn’t help ourselves. Here’s another idol doll store, specifically for EXO-Ls! There are hanboks, outfits from EXO’s iconic music videos, and animal costumes. Like Idolllook, the dolls themselves aren’t for sale. Clothing is available in two different sizes. Have fun styling!

Three plush dolls in yellow, pink, and black on a shelf

Image Credits: jq via Twitter

Address: 6F, 31, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Line Friends Hongdae Flagship Store

Blue stairs with BT21 characters, BT21 mural, and frog life-sized figure in the back and glass display cases

Image Credits: Nina Kwon via Instagram

From EXO to BTS, or specifically BT21. At this flagship store, you can find merch with Kooky, Chimmy, Tata, and the other characters, including stickers, shirts, and everyone's favorite stuffies. There are also life-sized statues you can pose with, making it the perfect place for an ARMY photoshoot.

Address: 160-5 1-2층, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Pop-up Stores

Besides permanent stores, you can also find temporary K-pop pop-up stores for comebacks and anniversaries. We visited a BTS & SEVENTEEN “In the SOOP” pop-up store a few years ago at The Hyundai Seoul and filmed a vlog just for you!

The downside about pop-up stores is that you don’t know when they’ll appear, and when they do, it’s only for a few days or weeks. LE SSERAFIM’s pop-up in Seongsu-dong, for example, was only open from April 26-May 7, 2023. FEARNOTs and other K-pop fans were able to buy clothing, accessories, albums, and even desserts and drinks for a limited time.

Exterior of LE SSERAFIM pop-up store with mannequins visible inside

Image Credits: hiromi via Instagram

Are any of our Atiny Seoulmates currently in Seoul? To celebrate ATEEZ’s comeback, you can visit pop-up stores located in several parts of the city, including The Hyundai Seoul (until June 21, below) and Everline (until June 25 at the Yeonnam location and June 21 at the others). We highly recommend you check them out before they’re gone!

A set-up of ATEEZ wanted posters for "BOUNCY" comeback

Image Credits: Chloe/cyouinseoul via TikTok

If you’re looking to catch a pop-up in the future, then follow The Hyundai Seoul's and Everline's websites and your favorite artists' social media. You might be lucky next time! 

Seoulbox: K-pop, Snacks, and More!

Of course, if you can’t make it to these stores in person, you can search up websites like KPOPTOWN, KPOPMART, and KPOP REPUBLIC. However, you can also find K-pop merch boxes or individual items in snack boxes, including our Seoulboxes!

Our snack boxes come with one piece of merch, which in the past have included BT21 socks and BLACKPINK Oreos. And our current Seoulbox Life is K-pop-themed! Seoulbox Life Ultimate K-popper’s Box includes a BTS shirt, NewJeans badges, and Stray Kids stickers. Order one today to start or enhance your K-pop journey!

Photo of opened Seoulzine, plushies, cards, and other Kpop merch items

Image Credits: Julie W via Seoulbox

We hope you get the chance to explore these stores. Keep an eye out in your city or region – maybe there’s a K-pop store close to you. Good luck!

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