Last updated on January 20, 2020
The most affordable and fun way to buy fresh flowers in Seoul is to visit the express bus terminal flower market. It’s mainly for wholesale clients, but they also sell to customers like you and me. They open shop at midnight every day except on Sundays. Best time to visit is early in the morning (7 – 10 a.m.), and the shops close around 10 – 11 a.m.. A bouquet of cut roses runs about $8-10, and baby’s breath about $10-12.
If you have no idea how to arrange the flowers into a bouquet, you can find help at the market. Visit the bouquet shops on the right side of the market when facing it from the entrance. They can arrange the flowers you’ve purchased for $10. Look for the rolled-up ribbons on the walls or the signs “꽃다발 (flower bouquet)” or “꽃바구니 (flower basket)” to identify them.
Express bus terminal flower market: 3F of the Gyungbu-line (경부선) bus terminal building at Express Bus Terminal station (Lines 3, 7, 9). Fresh flowers section: 12 a.m. – 1 p.m., artificial flowers & home decor section: 12 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Sundays
Visit a couple ring cafe
Plan a visit with your boo on Valentine’s Day, or create a pair of rings as a surprise. The video below explains the process of crafting a ring. Expect to spend about two hours and $100 for two matching rings.
Banji cafe: 366-13 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul; 02-337-6464
If you’re a baker, Bangsan street market in Dongdaemun is where you want to be. At this enormous market, you’ll find thousands of baking ingredients (flour, vanilla extract, cocoa powder) and supplies (cake stands, pastry tips, measuring cups). And you don’t need to have an oven. Follow these simple, no-oven-required recipes and decoration ideas for your Valentine’s treats.
If you don’t want to bake but still fancy the idea of giving sweets, pick up any of the Instagram-famous desserts in Seoul. Alternatively, the basement floors of department stores (Hyundai, Shinsegae, Lotte, Galleria) offer some of the finest desserts.
Bangsan market: 251-1 Jugyo-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed on the first and third Sundays
Give the gift of fine dining
If you’re running out of Valentine’s gift ideas, why not give an experience? A fat girl’s food guide has the best restaurant recommendations. After dinner, grab a coffee at a pink cafe because nothing screams Valentine’s better than pink.
Take it up a notch with a Sweetbox seat
Cuddle up in one of these red double sofas. Check on CGV Cinema if any movies offer sweetbox seats.
Sweetbox seats are available at the following CGVs: Gangnam, Myeongdong, Yongsan, Cheongdam Cine City, Seongsin Women’s University, Yeongdeungpo, Gangbyeon, Mokdong, Guro, Mia, Garden 5 and Apgujeong, Wangsimni
Which of the Valentine’s Day gift ideas do you like the best? What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?