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Dongdaemun Market

This sizable commercial district is home to a staggering number of shopping malls, specialty stores and traditional Korean marketplaces. 

To cover Dongdaemun Market in a week, let alone a day, is virtually impossible. The commercial district is made up of about 26 malls, 30,000 stores and 50,000 manufacturers, all spread over 10 city blocks. You can find almost anything you need here, including fabrics and jewelry, sporting goods and toys. Discount fashion items are a specialty, and both locals and tourists come here to buy clothes.

A trip to Dongdaemun can be overwhelming, so pick up a map and get familiar with the layout. The complex is divided in two by the main street. Section 1 is on the same side as Doosan Tower. Here, the shopping malls are generally more geared to tourists. Money exchanges and English-speaking help desks are readily available, and items can be bought individually, rather than in bulk. Doosan Tower, Migliore and Hello apM are three of the major shopping malls.

Section 2 is focused more on wholesale items, though it’s still worth visiting if you have the time. Big fashion malls on this side of the street include Designer's Club, Migliore Valley and Nuzzon. Note, however, there are generally no fitting rooms, and refunds and exchanges may not be guaranteed.  

Booklovers should go to the first floor of Pyeonghwa Market, where it’s possible to buy secondhand and rare English language books. You can also expect decent discounts.

For good cuisine, head to Mukja Golmok, a street packed with restaurants serving soup, fishcakes and grilled fish. 

To get to Dongdaemun Market, take the subway to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, or to Dongdaemun. Most stores in Dongdaemun Market are open from mid-morning to late afternoon, although some are open 24 hours. The majority of outlets are closed Mondays and public holidays. 

Popular Activities at Dongdaemun Market

Give yourself lots of time at Dongdaemun Market. Here are some of the top activities:

Why not think about buying a City Shopping Tour or a Traditional Open Market Tour?

If you're after even more activities, peruse our Seoul things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Dongdaemun Market


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Hotel PJ Myeongdong

Hotel PJ Myeongdong

71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Namsan Park and Myeongdong Street are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.

    The Shilla Seoul CA $211
    The Shilla Seoul

    The Shilla Seoul

    249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun Market and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dongguk University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaksu Station is 13 minutes.

      Lotte Hotel Seoul CA $207
      Lotte Hotel Seoul

      Lotte Hotel Seoul

      30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.

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        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

        362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.

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          Tmark Hotel Myeongdong

          Tmark Hotel Myeongdong

          15, Chungmu-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences CA $173
            Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

            Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

            238 Euljiro, Jung Gu, Seoul, KR
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Goodmorning City. Doota Mall and Dongdaemun Market are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 5-minute walk and Euljiro 4-ga Station is 7 minutes.

              Hotel Venue G CA $54
              Hotel Venue G

              Hotel Venue G

              117, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon, Myeongdong Street, and Lotte Department Store. Jogyesa Temple and Seoul City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jongno 3-ga Station and Euljilo 3-ga Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun CA $127
                Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun

                Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun

                226, Jangchungdan-ro Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is steps from Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Heunginjimun is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 2-minute walk and Dongdaemun Station is 10 minutes.