Shopping Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Seoul Folk Flea Market is special ?
Seoul Folk Flea Market is the largest flea market in Korea. The market sells typical Korean items, everyday goods, souvenirs, traditional goods and traditional food, allowing visitors to enjoy shopping and eating all under one roof. These days, the market has become one of the city's main attractions among local people as well as overseas visitors. Seoul Folk Flea Market is filled with Korean traditional goods and foods that reflect the simpler lifestyle of Koreans in times past.
Seoul Folk Flea Market opened in April 2008 and is a place alive with typical Korean folk items, souvenirs, traditional food and everyday goods that reveal the lifestyle of Koreans in times past. The market holds performances of "Pungmulpae" (pungmul band, traditional Korean percussion band) all year round. Regional specialties and traditional and modern crafts are also bought and sold here.
What to explore at Seoul Folk Flea Market?
In this two story building you will find vendors selling items including furniture, traditional crafts, fake purses, hiking gear, clothing and much more. The majority of good are used. Everywhere you look there is something new to discover. The market is overflowing with items. It is not a glamorous place, but then again few traditional markets are. The majority of the items being sold are folk items including paintings and furniture. Because it is mainly indoors it is a great place to come on a cold or rainy day to escape the weather. On weekends merchants spread along the surrounding streets as well. At the entrance there is a program for foreigners to create traditional crafts free of charge. During operating hours you simply can walk into the small trailer on your rightand a friendly volunteer will assist you with the daily program.
How to get to Seoul Folk Flea Market?
Subway: Line 1 Sinseol-dong Stn. Exit 9
Bus: Seoul Folk Flea Market
303, 370, 721 2221
- Nice place with good things
- A feast to the eyes
- Great shopping for arts
- Comfortable and friendly environment
- Great market, great service
Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tips for you
Lots of antique stuff but not traditional souvenirs. Better go to Insadong
I visited the flea market the second time I'd lived in Seoul and went there at least four times. It's nice, but not a place to visit on your first, second, or third trip to Seoul. It's a great way to blow a couple of hours in the afternoon - if you've seen all the palaces, temples, and better city markets. The flea market is quite big, and bigger on the weekend. On the weekend, there are vendors all around the building and in the streets. The quality of these goods is of dubious value. Look quickly, don't buy or pick anything up. If you don't speak the language, you could get harangued into buying something. Go inside the complex and look at the antique section on the right side of the first floor. The stuff is quite interesting and you might just pick up something you like. There are food stalls in the back that serve quite tasty treats (no western food at all - its all Korean). Walk around the other floors and you won't be disapointed. Honestly, its very similar to any flea market in America. A mix of "one man's treasure", knock-off clothing products, old stuff passing as treasure, and household goods being traded from one garage to another.