Dongdaemun Market



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Dongdaemun Gate is also known as the Great Eastern Gate.
The historical gate was built in the Joseon Dynasty.

We still have so much to share from our trip to Korea. On Pepero Day last year, K-popped! Trio ventured to Dongdaemun in Seoul.

Dongdaemun means “Great East Gate” and it was so named because it was a major eastern gate in the wall that surrounded Seoul way back in the Joseon Dynasty. Dongdaemun is a.k.a. Heunginhimun (Gate of Rising Benevolence). We were there at Dongdaemun one sunny autumn morning.

Besides being a major landmark in Central Seoul, Dongdaemun Market is also located here. You will find large wholesale market for shoes and textile in this area.

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The wholesale shoe market is a huge
attraction at Dongdaemun Market

On one side of Dongdaemun Station is a long row of shoe shops. Shoes ranging from women’s pumps and stilettos, men’s leather shoes, sport shoes to bright pink furry boots can be found here. The shoes are mostly made in Korea or China and are not the branded kind you find in high end department stores.

Price is reasonable and could be a steal if you have good bargaining skills. We didn’t dare try to bargain nor did we walk away with a single pair between the three of us. Although there were thousands of pairs displayed (or piled up in some cases), we didn’t find any that caught our attention.

The other side of Dongdaemun Station houses shops selling textile ranging from towels, quilts, blankets, bed sheets, hair accessories, yarn, ribbons, buttons etc. We also saw many stores selling fake fur in the shape of round furry balls or long fur stoles.


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Liz and Rooster checking out the fake fur shop

At the Dongdaemun Underground Shopping Center, you will find more shops. This is the place to order your tailor-made hanbok (Korean traditional dress) if you so feel inclined to bring it home with you.

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Order your hanbok from Dongdaemun Underground Shopping Center.
Many seamstresses wait to serve you at their little shops.

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Colourful accessories (scrunchie) for your hair.
It was so cheap! 10 of these for a mere KRW1,000 (around USD1). Ten!
In retrospect, i regret not bringing some back for family and friends.

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Kitchen hand towels (designed in Korea, made in China) on the left.
Fluffy bath towels on the right. You will find them aplenty at Dongdaemun.

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Buttons of every size, design and colour…

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Korean made sequined flowers and accessories at Dongdaemun Market


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