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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. 

Make the most of your time at Dongdaemun Market. Here is a list of some of the top things to do:

Your next big adventure has been waiting for you! You may want to try a City Shopping Tour or a Traditional Open Market Tour.

If you're after more options, have a look at our Seoul things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Dongdaemun History and Culture Park


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Hotel Venue G ¥4,958
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.

    Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong ¥11,112
    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.

      Lotte Hotel Seoul ¥18,932
      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.

        Hotel PJ Myeongdong ¥8,875
        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.

          Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun ¥12,804
          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.

            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong ¥8,215
            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

            48, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Lotte Department Store. Namsan Park and Seoul City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 6 minutes.

              Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1 ¥6,210
              Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1

              Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1

              73, 2GA GWANGHUI-DONG, JUNG-GU, Seoul, ICN
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Dongdaemun Market and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cheonggu Station is 10 minutes.

                HOTEL Migliore Seoul ¥7,276
                HOTEL Migliore Seoul

                HOTEL Migliore Seoul

                14F Migliore 263, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jongno, this hotel is steps from Doota Mall, Dongdaemun Market, and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Cheonggyecheon are also within 5 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station and Dongdaemun Station are within a 5-minute walk.