| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Plus Size Shopping In Korea: Where to Shop in Seoul!


So I get many questions all the time asking
if I get could find clothes in Korea, because Korea is infamous for having small size clothes.
Well…. today I’m going to take you shopping with me and we are in Dongdaemun right now.
Ahem…I am in the Dongdaemun History and Cultural Center, ahem… and Dongdaemun is
known for great shopping areas for really, really cheap prices. So we are going to see
if we find anything, and then we will going to head on to Itaewon, to the home of the
foreigner area. So we are going to go to…not a really department store…it’s a building
that houses a whole lot of different vendors, and these vendors usually sell similar products,
but….ahem…. you just have to shop around to find the right prices. So we are coming
up to one….right now! It looks like this is seven floors of clothing and shoes for
both men and women…so lets go and shop around. Cute! No… that is not gonna fit! Sometimes
you will unfortunately come across some shirts that have english on it, but I don’t really
think anyone knows what it means (chuckles) I think they only do it for style. Shopping
in the Dongdaemun market is almost endless with something for almost everyone and any occasion, you
can buy a whole bunch of stuff. Guys…I have not forgotten about you now…there is an
entire floor dedicated for guy clothing all the way from the casual up to the fancy dressy
stuff…yes, so…you guys can come down to Dongdaemun too. I was successful with my first
purchase. I bought three things…ahem…two shirts and an open cardigan. So tips…when
you go shopping in Dongdaemun. 1. Bring CASH because usually you’ll get a bigger discount
when you have cash on hand. So make sure you have a pile of cash. I would actually suggest
that you put your cash in different areas of your purse because you don’t want them
to see all the money you got…OK… you’re are trying to act broke. 2. SHOP around. to
shop at Dongdaemun I would spend all day here and really compare prices of the things that
you like. Find the best price and then haggle from there. 3. Just be open, because you can
find lots of things that are really not for plus size, but with how Korea style is right
now with the oversize trend, you can find a lot of different tops here. I have not actively
tried to purchase pants, or jeans, or shorts, or skirts or dresses. I have not tried to
purchase any of those from here, so I would not be able to tell you if it is a possibility
for plus size…ok. Now, you have to keep in mind that Korean body frame is much smaller,
it’s petite, and their hips are not that wide, so it’s going to be a size much smaller. Alright
you guys…I have already changed into the first new top that I purchased, which is this
nice button down white top with some lace detailing that goes all the way to the back…it’s
really cute, and yeah…Does anybody else does that? Like you buy something brand new,
and you just have to wear it that day. Ahhh…that is what I did. Anyways, we are now on to Itaewon.
Now one thing that you don’t want to do is….you do not want to sleep on these in station stores, because you can find some amazing deals here too. Like check this out… These are great
places to buy basic shirts that you can dress up….annyeonghaeseyo..so this is even cute…look at that! 5900…I would wear that. Ugh…Mickey Mouse again. Mickey mouse…. Mickey Mouse
(chuckles) HBA…I don’t know what that is… Mickey Mouse (chuckles). So we are here in Itaewon. Itaewon is perfect if you are looking to shop for western sizes, because Itaewon, a lot of shops cater towards the foreign market, so we are going to go one of the stores called OK BT which is known for their plus size. This is a place where you go if you are looking for jeans and bottoms. You may even find some familiar western brands here. However, I do find their prices more expensive…and you’re not going to haggle. Overall, the staff is
so nice and sweet… and I know that there is also a branch in Busan. So…I hope that helped you guys with hopefully shopping for bigger sizes here is Korea. I was kinda successful finding tops is definitely possible here in Korea… so don’t let that fear overwhelm you. Anyways…..thank you for watching! I’ll see you guys next Monday! Bye! Thank you guys so much for watching this video. I will be doing a part 2 series about my personal experience about being bigger here in Korea. If you have any direct questions that you want addressed please leave them down below, and I will answer them in my next video. Bye Guys!….

100 Comments

Isa Harris

Nov 11, 2016, 4:33 pm Reply

Thank you for sharing your experience I will be in Seoul for three week and while packing for my trip I realized I probably would be able to find clothes to fit me there and wondered how I could take enough winter clothes for my trip. Can you find shoes I also have a wide foot and usually have to by 9 1/2 or 10 Thank again you saved me some worry.

Marlow West

Nov 11, 2016, 11:04 pm Reply

love this my husband stay there please check me out Write,Plan,Do James 2:17 Faith without works is dead please share and like marlow west team work make the dream work.

Zayabel Draga

Dec 12, 2016, 8:04 pm Reply

so shop like I'm in senegal…ok got it :3

cocolicious dolls

Dec 12, 2016, 9:47 am Reply

you got a new subcriber love your videos

kpopandfood 07

Dec 12, 2016, 2:00 am Reply

i was wondering how do u change American money to korean money.

akilah zackery

Jan 1, 2017, 3:44 am Reply

Hello!
I loved this video! Do you know any k-fashion online shops that deliver to both Korea and America? (Especially plus size)

Luna Sims

Jan 1, 2017, 9:31 pm Reply

This with the English words on t shirts is the same in non English speaking countries in Europe xD

SpaceCoven

Jan 1, 2017, 11:10 pm Reply

Burst out laughing with the wanker t-shirt ??

Kicoka Kicoka

Jan 1, 2017, 3:23 am Reply

7 floors?! I would go broke in Korea!!

Naturally_me

Jan 1, 2017, 6:08 pm Reply

Too many people have some staring problems oml

Christina C

Jan 1, 2017, 4:31 pm Reply

Hope the oversized shirts stay in style when and while I am there!

laovy2

Jan 1, 2017, 9:41 pm Reply

Love love love your personality very optimistic and you carry yourself gracefully and fierce. Which in my eyes is hard to pull off. Thinking of visiting Korea and your tips have really helped with convincing me to go. Thank you for posting videos on important things to know when in Korea. Lots of Love and best wishes. May your channel flourish. 😀

Joselyn Viveros

Jan 1, 2017, 12:48 am Reply

Oml I freaking LOVE how you just ignored the stares and didn't even glance back at the people. I wish I could have your confidence?

Dina C

Jan 1, 2017, 5:15 pm Reply

lol the guy at 2:45 ? ?

Maria Avalon

Jan 1, 2017, 3:36 am Reply

Did you say Busan!? Where it's almost inevitable to hear the men speak in super deep voices mmmmmmm T.T

박수연

Jan 1, 2017, 3:57 am Reply

I thought I would have to lose wait before I go to Korea.

Uyen Nguyen

Jan 1, 2017, 4:49 am Reply

I hate it how when you walk pass them, they turn around and keep on staring at you..?

woori duri

Jan 1, 2017, 6:59 am Reply

I am Korean. Usually those rude, older people are fucking annoyin when it comes to staring. If ur pretty they will stare at u with smile if ur big they will give u the dirty look. If y wear something exposing ur skin too much they will stare. If you speak some other languages they will stare. They will stare for literally EVERYTHING unless ur tasteless in fasion and not wearing any makeup. You gotta be what Koreans consider 'average' to avoid that fucking stare so here is my advice. IGNORE them. lol

nirel dimaunahan

Jan 1, 2017, 11:35 am Reply

are you able to try the clothes on in korea outside stalls/mini shops?

-GalaxyIrwin

Jan 1, 2017, 2:51 pm Reply

Now I want to go shopping in Korea ?

Beneyagyei1020 1020

Jan 1, 2017, 7:39 pm Reply

Can u do a video speaking korean

?? PANDA??

Jan 1, 2017, 5:10 am Reply

Go to Itaewon and shot at OKBT, the Korean lady who owns it is a plus size woman and she sells a lot of plus size clothing. That's where I used to buy all my clothes when I lived in Korea.
Edit: just realized you showed there… it's nice to see they repaired their shop after the big fire in 2013. It was a nice store and I loved the owner when I was there. She always gave me the best deals on clothing.

HORROR UNLIMITED

Jan 1, 2017, 10:19 pm Reply

that wanker tshirt, lol HAHAHAHA

KydSyster

Jan 1, 2017, 3:27 am Reply

Wow…..is vlogging not popular in Korea….its like its weird to see someone holding a camera and talking? New subscriber and enjoying your videos.

Llama Bean

Jan 1, 2017, 11:07 pm Reply

what were the prices like at okbt?

adorkable.jelly

Jan 1, 2017, 2:02 am Reply

I'm only into the video for 44 seconds and those stares are already depleting my confidence

Gina P

Jan 1, 2017, 3:19 am Reply

I need that shirt!!

Mariah Peete

Jan 1, 2017, 3:55 am Reply

Idk what your size is but I was curious what the largest size you've seen in Korea. Like 3x I'm American size, smaller than that or maybe even bigger.

Jalia J.Wagner

Jan 1, 2017, 5:29 am Reply

that staring was driving me up the wall!! i would have a horrible attitude in asia lol i imagine u get used to it

Waterlilly 1

Jan 1, 2017, 6:08 pm Reply

def.helpful ! ? i always have to wash new clothes before wearing , and i hate that i'm like that ?

McCammalot

Jan 1, 2017, 10:59 am Reply

I love that woman waving at the end

lydia asantewaa

Jan 1, 2017, 3:07 am Reply

Lolling at everyone complaining about the looks ur getting without thinking of the fact ur talking to urself, whilst holding a camera.
Don't be so quick to judge if ur wanting to move to Korea guys

Night Angel

Jan 1, 2017, 8:22 am Reply

They had some beautiful pieces, but I'd be so scared to buy anything.

D Nogitsune

Jan 1, 2017, 10:33 am Reply

Are you still in Korea?

babs for breakfast

Jan 1, 2017, 2:55 am Reply

Wow! You are very inspirational! ❤️ Bless you! Thanks for the tips and where to shop at!

cheerio2010

Jan 1, 2017, 10:14 am Reply

How were you able to fine the stores where you shop for clothes?

Ahnestie Rider

Feb 2, 2017, 3:53 am Reply

i wonder what it is like being tall in korea..

Loretta Knoelk

Mar 3, 2017, 3:10 am Reply

Thier idea of plus size looks like regular here

Andrea Arzate

Mar 3, 2017, 12:30 pm Reply

Do you get hit on in the club or is that only for the thr skinny women?(:

bluecandies

Mar 3, 2017, 2:06 pm Reply

HAHAHAH OMG THE WANKER TSHIRT I need that

Taryn Possible

Apr 4, 2017, 6:31 am Reply

Aw im glad they have a market for us there. that's awesome!

danielle hm c

Apr 4, 2017, 10:23 pm Reply

do you ever shop on gmarket for jeans?

J M

Apr 4, 2017, 5:20 am Reply

I went to korea and shopped at dongdaemun. For pants/jeans at a department store, I'm a size 27 in america and that was the 2nd to largest size jeans in korea, and the length was too short. The shorts were super tiny, and the skirts were not meant for girls with a butt, i couldn't wear any of the bottoms

The clothes especially dresses were made for the korean slim look and not the curvy look. I would ask the lady in korean if it would fit me, and she glanced at me and said "barely, but i think it will."
Not even the large jackets would fit over my chest or my broad shoulders. I think the mens clothing were more my size lol.

I can't wait to go back to korea. I just wished they had clothes for more sizes like in america.
The underground subway venders was a very unique experience lol.

Haggling was fun, but my friend who didn't speak korea was taken advantaged of. My korean isn't perfect, but it was good enough for them to give me the "discount" for koreans versus the "discount" for foreigners.
One lady was like "item is 60$" to my friend, when the korean sign said "item was 30" lmao.

Jemma J

Apr 4, 2017, 11:00 pm Reply

ur face looks very orange compared to ur neck, maybe change the foundation

kyeoptawerk93

Apr 4, 2017, 7:02 am Reply

I'm headed to seoul at the end of the week and although I'm not plus sized, i am a little taller than average and hippy so i was concerned I'd only be able to get men's wear.i already do shop men's clothing in the u.s. but korean womens wear is so cute! Thanks for the tips too! how does haggling there work? like around how low can i go before they want to shoo me away haha

Pinoy Ako

Apr 4, 2017, 10:44 am Reply

What is the average weight and waistline for girls their in Korea? I'm curios because their waist is so tiny.. thank you in advance

K

May 5, 2017, 10:12 pm Reply

looooooooooooooool at the wanker shirt >.<

advika medha achar

May 5, 2017, 4:06 pm Reply

Nat, u r just amazing and such an inspiration to many girls like me!! love the way how u are so confident about everything, which makes u beautiful not only from outside but also from inside!! keep doing the good work Nat, love you! hwaiting!!!!

Hopefulbond

Jun 6, 2017, 11:32 pm Reply

So is it like a flea market

Hopefulbond

Jun 6, 2017, 11:36 pm Reply

Lol it says big size really

Mr. Snuggles

Jul 7, 2017, 2:21 pm Reply

If most of the people are skinny why make clothes for bigger people? Seems like bad business

xXx Nina xXx

Jul 7, 2017, 9:52 pm Reply

I'm an 8 in us would the bottoms fit me?

em0girLx

Jul 7, 2017, 1:37 am Reply

THE HEAD TURNING BRUHHHH

thesunwillshineonme

Aug 8, 2017, 10:46 pm Reply

You are so beautiful, remind me so much of myself!!! love your videos BTW

Chanel Cupcake

Aug 8, 2017, 4:05 pm Reply

I work near an Asian community in nyc I was told they stare because I'm so tall
No idea how true that is but I think it's pretty funny

Tia Walls

Aug 8, 2017, 1:27 am Reply

what's the deal with money? is it more cheaper

Googoo Goondall

Aug 8, 2017, 6:12 am Reply

What does korea smell like??? Their food stinks …..

got no namJAMS

Aug 8, 2017, 10:49 pm Reply

Woah, there was actually a shirt that said "WANKER" I'm dead ??

Azurin N.M.

Sep 9, 2017, 6:57 pm Reply

Have you ever found pants that fit you here? Where at, if so?

Deborah Anau

Nov 11, 2017, 12:49 am Reply

4:38 – 4:46 I do that too girrrrrl! It's a MUST for me!

Stacey Vidler

Nov 11, 2017, 6:44 am Reply

Wanker is used in Australia ?? it's a real word!

JADEtheLEEder

Dec 12, 2017, 1:33 pm Reply

lol omg everybody is breaking their neck At you ??

min yoongi

Jan 1, 2018, 6:34 am Reply

Isn't it embarrassing holding a camera around in public talking to yourself

Charmanda Diaries

Jan 1, 2018, 10:14 pm Reply

That one guy waving at 2:45 XD

Christine Park

Feb 2, 2018, 10:13 am Reply

There is an online place called hotping and they have a lot of clothes there too they have reviews too and a lot of sizes they have an app too and an app called zigzag has a lot of online stores too

Shirohana0w0

Mar 3, 2018, 9:44 am Reply

You give me hope , like honestly when I watch your videos my confidence boosts because im 15 and im on the chubby side, but you give me hope to just be comfortable in my own skin cause you can relate to hate from people as well, thank you girll 🙂 ???

Chang Lee Nielsen

Mar 3, 2018, 9:07 am Reply

You can also by oversizes clothing outside Seoul in Songtan.

blu x jaemin

Apr 4, 2018, 8:31 am Reply

The guy at 2:45 is so cute lol

tnt nug

Apr 4, 2018, 8:31 am Reply

Haha wanker

Amaya

May 5, 2018, 9:32 pm Reply

Anybody notice the two guys that gave her a double take ?

Kyla

May 5, 2018, 4:57 pm Reply

The guy posing at 2:45 lol

Ari Wanders

Jun 6, 2018, 3:05 am Reply

Great tips girl!!

Sillaacs03

Jun 6, 2018, 5:12 am Reply

Omgosh thanks you thank a Y-OU !!! Cuz I thought I wouldn’t find any place !! My trip planning got even better !! Hollllllaaaaa!! Yeah!! What what !! Can’t wait until I go ???

Nins Ferrer

Jun 6, 2018, 2:36 pm Reply

There’s a shop in lotte young plaza, myeongdong called Romi story. It’s full of nice designs in plus size!

lex !

Jun 6, 2018, 5:50 am Reply

girl your not the only one who gets stares from Korea me too I went to Africa with my mom in December to go see my family there but people still looked at me because of the way I dressed and I’m from America too but I just didn’t understand at the time but now I know.

xobtsnct straykidateex

Jul 7, 2018, 3:25 am Reply

Lol… your expression and everything is good???

Kiwi got no jams

Aug 8, 2018, 2:55 pm Reply

I saw you got a few stares.
Like 0:31

Bunny LeBunny

Aug 8, 2018, 2:04 am Reply

My problem would be finding shoes than clothes (although I'm chubby). My feet are extremely HUGE for an Asian. Even now in the US, I have sometimes problem finding shoes.
How do you find big woman shoes there? My size is US 11.

butterfry90

Sep 9, 2018, 1:19 pm Reply

Omg thank you for this video! I jus bought tix to seoul but im worried about getting clothes there. U gave me hope!

ItsABriMoment

Sep 9, 2018, 1:09 pm Reply

The guy at 2:45 is so cute XD

Stephanie s

Sep 9, 2018, 12:38 am Reply

I typically stare back and speak I also let them know there is no need to stare just speak they look away QUICK

Stephanie s

Nov 11, 2018, 12:42 am Reply

Hey lady where are the best places to shop in gangnam, I'm of course tall about 5'10 with an athletic build

Ashley 2.0

Dec 12, 2018, 3:14 pm Reply

I love how she was just walking and ignoring all those people ?

MARIA RAINYOCTOBER

Dec 12, 2018, 6:45 pm Reply

I don’t know why the fuck they keep looking at her like the first time they see a black girl walking holding a camera ? ??

Nancy David

Dec 12, 2018, 7:56 pm Reply

You are so beautiful and funny?

Miss TanTan

Feb 2, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

Wanker loool
????

Payge

Mar 3, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

I’m a size 12 in England will it be hard for me to find clothes in Korea?

Payge

Mar 3, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

Is it only me that didn’t notice people staring? All the comments are just about everyone staring and whilst I saw some people give a second glance, for me it seems to be because she is a foreigner speaking English into a camera walking around rather than anything else

Aileen Brazeau

Apr 4, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

I love your vibe. I love shopping. Thank you for sharing. You are so cool and down to earth.

jean Germain

Apr 4, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

Your shirt matches with your skin tone sister, even the white as well, I really like it.

Hill Tran

May 5, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

I can’t help but see everyone fucking staring ugh

Hill Tran

May 5, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

SEVEN FUCKING FLOORS WHAT THE !!?!?!?!?!?!?

Sasha Reinwald Albrecht

May 5, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

Bless you for this video.

It’s Me Brianna

Jun 6, 2019, 4:23 am Reply

would a size XL be a plus size in Korea

Ynej Ray

Jul 7, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

I have question the cloths gunna be expensive no 1 dollar cloth or 4 ?

KadijaKaramel

Aug 8, 2019, 3:49 am Reply

Thanks for this I was struggling here for a size 12 in Seoul. What about for big feet.

David Oleary

Aug 8, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

Please do a video about all the backhanded compliments that they use. I bet some are very clever

Lauren Simmen

Aug 8, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

2:24 just don’t come to England wearing that

anna bae

Sep 9, 2019, 11:00 am Reply

I am your big fan l watch every video you make .

anna bae

Sep 9, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

I want you to make a video about how you got to live in korea . PLZ

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