Dongdaemun Market

Shopping 253, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Published on: 13-11-2015

10:00 AM - 05:00 AM
Food & Spirits
Local souvenir
2.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Dongdaemun Market or Tongdaemun (abbreviated DDM) is a large commercial district comprising traditional markets and shopping centers in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

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Why Dongdaemun Market is special ?

Dongdaemun Market or Tongdaemun (abbreviated DDM) is a large commercial district comprising traditional markets and shopping centers in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. A popular shopping and tourist destination, it has been designated a Special Tourism Zone (관광특구) since 2002.

Dongdaemun Market opened in July 1905 in Yeji-dong (예지동 禮智洞), whose name means "a neighborhood for learning politeness", so the market was originally called Baeugaejang (배우개장, "market for learning"). The market was also called Gwangjang Market (광장시장) as a company of the same name was set up as market management.

The market was set in a closed structure until the Korean War, when the market was completely destroyed. The market slowly rebuilt over the years, and in 1959 a building was constructed and the market was revived. In 1998 and 1999, large shopping malls such as Geopyeong Freya, Migliore, and Doosan Tower were built in the district and the market was renovated with a modern atmosphere among the traditional market.


What to explore at Dongdaemun Market?

Going to Dongdaemun Market, you can find many different kinds of terms what you like. Within the ten blocks of the market area, you can find silks, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, plumbing and electrical supplies, electronics, office supplies, toys and just about everything else imaginable. The area around Dongdaemun is more than just a great shopping venue; it’s the perfect place to experience some of the fun that the city has to offer. You can get and shop comfortably.

How to get to Dongdaemun Market?


Line 4 Dongdaemun Stn. Exit 8. Walk 5 minutes.

Line 4 Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Stn. Exit 1 or 14

Bus: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park

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Selling points

  • Shopping paradise
  • Loves to Shop Great Place To Go Around
  • Great shopping for arts and crafts
  • Good deals, chaotic shops, good eats
  • A feast to the eyes and mouth

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253, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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Tips for you

  • There are plenty of great street food stalls that stay open until morning all around the area.
  • Toilet is available.
  • You should save your individual materials carefully because this place is very crowded.
  • You should not exchange money in this crowded place.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • Some of the shopping complexes offer coupons and vouchers that you can print and show at their respective customer service counters for additional discounts and goodies.
  • Engaging in midnight shopping is an extremely popular activity for locals and tourists alike, as many of the shops stay open until 4 or 5am.
  • Not all stores will negotiate prices, but if they do, they will only do so if you are paying with cash.
  • Visit several shops to compare prices for specific items. Shops that have the same appearance are located everywhere, so it is helpful to write down the shop number (every shop has its own number.) to find it later.
  • Exchange is allowed, but refunds are not guaranteed. Also, shops mostly dealing with the wholesalers do not provide a dressing room. Make sure to check the quality and size carefully before you pay.
  • You might get 10% discount by bargaining, but many shops fix prices.
  • Parking is available.


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It's the place were you must go if you are studying fashion. Mega huge and you will find everything you want for your cloth.

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This Market is indeed most impressive. Huge malls could be found here. We arrived at about 9 pm. The side stalls were not open yet. So, we visited the Lotte Fitin, Hello apM, Doota and found them too high end. We ended up at Miglore (9 floors) which was rather crowded. It was amazing! Never expected to see so many clothing stalls all squeezed together. Many stalls sold the same clothing. Prices vary, so it's best to walk a few more stalls before deciding. Haggling is possible too. On the upper floors, accessories, bags, anything to do with ladies could be found. Somewhere around the far corner of the 2nd floor, we discovered a pretty and friendly lady who was selling some tropical fashion clothes. What a delightful surprise! My daughter was so happy she bought 3 out of the 4 available (limited choice as it was winter). The lowest price we managed was KRW45,000 per piece. That was fine, since we didn't see any at all at the other stalls or shops. We also found some very cute hair-pieces at discount prices. After shopping at Miglore, we found that the side stalls had opened. However,they were a disappointment. The goods sold there were not cheap and the stall-keepers weren't very friendly. Yes, like in other streets in Seoul, the street food was delicious here. We had our favourite pancake (dong pang) with red bean filling and hotteok. If ever we visit Seoul again, we'd surely spend more time here.

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