What Souvenirs to buy from South Korea? 9 Souvenirs to get from South Korean Supermarkets!


While planning your South Korea Travel Itinerary, you must be thinking “Hm…what souvenirs can I buy from South Korean?”. Fret not! As you know, there are several mega supermarket chains such as E-mart, Hanaro Mart, Lotte Mart, Mega Mart and Homeplus in South Korea.In this post, we’ll uncover the 9 souvenirs you should consider from these South Korean Supermarkets to bring back for your loved ones back in Singapore!

Souvenirs to buy from South Korea – 1. Flavoured Makgeolli (Korean Rice Wine)

For Korean food lovers, you must have tried makgeolli (Korean rice wine) that goes perfectly with dishes such as galbi and jjimdak. One of our first few experiences with makgeolli was at Big Mama Korean Restaurant at Kim Tian Road where the experience was simply unforgettable. But wait! You must thinking, “chey, makgeolli, Singapore also have what, what’s so special?” Well…this is the reason…

Flavoured Makgeolli (Sweet Potato, Chestnut, Banana and even Cheese) from Korean Supermarket as Souvenirs!
Our favourite Makgeolli flavour is chest nut!
Our favourite Makgeolli flavour is chest nut!

Flavoured Makgeolli! There are flavours such as sweet potato, chest nut, banana and even cheese makgeolli that can be bought at relatively cheap prices from South Korea. At only 2,200krw per bottle of 500ml, they’re relatively inexpensive but serves as an unique souvenir from South Korea!

Souvenirs to buy from South Korea – 2. Beef and Pork Marinade/Sauces

This sounds very “aunty” (Singlish for typical things that mothers do for the family such as couponing…) but…

Pork and Beef Marinade as souvenirs from South Korea
Pork and Beef Marinade as souvenirs from South Korea

Where do you think you can get the most authentic South Korean marinade at the most competitive prices? Well, South Korean supermarkets of course. We were also told that some brands are only sold in South Korea (yeah, the best sauces are still kept in South Korea!). At only 3,300krw per bottle for that special galbi or bulgogi marinade, mothers (and mothers-in-law) would find it hard to reject such a thoughtful souvenir from South Korea!

Souvenirs to buy from South Korea – 3. Chocopie

Although you can only get the Pablo x Chocopie from Pablo Cheese Tart stores in Japan, you’ll be happy to find a variety of Chocopie as souvenirs from South Korean Supermarkets!

Variety of Chocopie as souvenirs from South Korea such as green tea and banana flavoured ones
Variety of Chocopie as souvenirs from South Korea such as green tea and banana flavoured ones

For 6,000krw, you can get a box of 18 chocopie that comes in unique flavours such as green tea, banana and even chocolate chip! While you’re at it, don’t forget to get some for us as well…won’t you? -_-”

Souvenirs to buy from South Korea – 4. South Korean Instant Noodles

Although there are already several South Korean supermarkets such as Shine and Koryo in Singapore, there are still LOADS of instant noodles that you can take home from South Korea as gifts for your loved ones!

South Korean Instant Noodles as Souvenirs
South Korean Instant Noodles as Souvenirs

Unique flavours such as cheese ramyun and spicy stir fried instant noodles can be found along the isles of Korean Supermarkets for 4,000krw for a pack of 5.

What Souvenirs to get from South Korea Supermarkets – 5. Korean Soybean Paste

Korean Soybean Paste as souvenirs from South Korea
Korean Soybean Paste as souvenirs from South Korea
How about the spicy version?
How about the spicy version?

A huge tub of authentic Korean Soybean Paste goes for 10,000krw. Perfect for those dips or korean-styled steam boats!

What Souvenirs to get from South Korea Supermarkets – 6. Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Soup) Pre-Packed Ingredients

Pre-packed Korean Ginseng Soup Ingredients as souvenirs from South Korea
Pre-packed Korean Ginseng Soup Ingredients as souvenirs from South Korea

If weight is an issue, we’ve found the perfect gift for you to bring back from South Korea – Korean Ginseng Soup ingredients, pre-packed! All you have to do is just add the chicken and water. Voila! Korean Ginseng Soup (Samgyetang) right in your own home. Best of all, these thoughtful packets are light for several packets to be bought at one go!

What Souvenirs to get from South Korea Supermarkets – 7. Face Masks

As the beauty capital of the world, South Korea is one of the cheapest places (on earth) to get face masks at a fraction of prices in Singapore…

Face Masks as souvenirs from South Korea
Face Masks as souvenirs from South Korea

Slime! A girl’s best friend! However, we have to caveat that when shops such as Innisfree have their 50% discounts, those are pretty hard to beat. Nonetheless, for a venue where you can get all your souvenir shopping done at one go, supermarket chains such as E-mart and Homeplus would be the place to do just that.

What Souvenirs to get from South Korea Supermarkets – 8. Ryo Shampoo

Ryo Shampoos as souvenirs from South Korean Supermarkets
Ryo Shampoos as souvenirs from South Korean Supermarkets

While we’re still on beauty products, the Ryo series of shampoo are getting popular in Singapore. Damage care shampoo and hair strengthener shampoo goes for 15,000krw per bottle.

What Souvenirs to get from South Korea Supermarkets – 9. On the Body X Kakao Friends Products

On the Body X Kakao Friends products from South Korea Souvenirs
On the Body X Kakao Friends products from South Korea Souvenirs

We have saved the best for last. Kakao friends x On the Body products! Aren’t they just irresistibly cute? To protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, you can choose from the series that includes products such as sun block and lip balm. Your friends will definitely love having Ryan as a companion while having a day out at the beach!

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