I hope you have a good sense of direction! One can easily get lost in the Gukje Market. But if you look carefully you'll see signs that tell you where you are. And if you find a shop you like, note it's address on the little circular sign outside the door. Otherwise you might have a hard time finding it again. One can get great deals on merchandise here. Haggling is acceptable, but only if you really intend to buy and don't insult the shop owner with your opening offer. Many will say "no discount" at first, but if they see you're serious about making a purchase they'll go along for a while. Please have fun with this aspect of the shopping experience, and be honest with the shop keeper. Look around at other shops with similar items first, find the one with the best price, and then start the game. Be complimentary, smile, have fun, then buy! We found great prices at one particular shop and paid full price for our items. The shop keeper gave us some trinkets to take with us because we spent so much time in her store. The next day we went back to get more trinkets for friends and family back home. Recognizing us the shop keeper was very friendly and continued to offer us great deals, even when we didn't ask. In another store we intended to buy summer blankets for our daughters. At first the owner didn't want to offer any discount, but we made an offer anyway. She jumped right in and started haggling. When she made her "final" offer we made it known we were going to buy THREE blankets... she got excited and came down a little more! Find a little convenience store and buy some small yogurt drinks to take with you. You can share them with the store owners as a thank you for the fun!
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