It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for some trendy new glasses or a way to keep you from bumping into walls, Seoul is the perfect place to buy new glasses. Prescription eyeglasses in Seoul are fairly cheap and various compared to other countries around the world. There are two ideal spots for purchasing eyeglasses in Korea: Namdaemun and Myeongdong. However, there are countless other places that are good for buying eyeglasses including Itaewon.
The process for getting glasses, prescription or otherwise, is fairly easy. The great thing about these eye shops is that many of them have an optician on hand who will do an eye exam for you for free. You don’t have to grow through the hassle of going to a big university hospital in order to get one done. It makes the process go a lot easier although a lot times the opticians will be able to use prescription slip previously done out of country.
Another great thing about the eyeglasses shop is that it only takes a short while for them to get the glasses made. You might have to wait as little as 20 minutes. However, at times, it can take more than that, so a great way to plan your day is to stop in at the eye shop in the morning and then explore the shopping centers and street food in the surrounding areas of Namdaemun and Myeongdon. Sometimes the eye clinic will even mail you your glasses straight to your house if you can’t wait around for them. However, they may charge you a shipping fee. You can get in contact with the optician to see what your options are.
For a list of high-quality, reliable opticians and eye-glass sellers, click here.
For some shopping for glasses tips from the official Korea tourist organization, click here.