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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. 


Guide to Exploring Dongdaemun History and Culture Park


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Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences £94
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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. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Doota Mall 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.

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    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 mile (2 km). Dongguk University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaksu Station is 13 minutes.

      LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong £49
      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.

        Grand Hyatt Seoul £173
        Grand Hyatt Seoul

        Grand Hyatt Seoul

        322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Yongsan-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.

          Hotel PJ Myeongdong £45
          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. Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.

            JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul £178
            JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

            JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

            279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Jongno, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Heunginjimun, Doota Mall and Migliore Mall. Pyounghwa Market and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun Station is only a 2-minute walk and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is 8 minutes.

              Hotel Skypark Kingstown Dongdaemun £55
              Hotel Skypark Kingstown Dongdaemun

              Hotel Skypark Kingstown Dongdaemun

              20, Jangchungdan-ro 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jongno, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hyundai City Outlet, Gwangjang Traditional Market and Naksan Park. Marronnier Park and Bukchon Hanok Village are also within 3 mi (5 km). Dongdaemun Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is 11 minutes.

                ibis Budget Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun £51
                ibis Budget Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun

                ibis Budget Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun

                334 Toegyero, Jung Gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  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 3-minute walk and Cheonggu Station is 11 minutes.