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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 ¥4,567
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 Hotel Seoul ¥19,470
    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.

      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun ¥12,107
      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.

        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong ¥11,265
        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.

          Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1 ¥6,429
          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 History and Culture Park 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.

            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong ¥7,131
            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

            48, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
               
              3.0 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.

              The Shilla Seoul ¥18,543
              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 History and Culture Park 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.

                Hotel PJ Myeongdong ¥8,069
                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.