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Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun / Sindangdong
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Address: Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Interesting place!

Not bad to just walk around and shop around. Prices are average, not the cheapest place to shop in South Korea. DDP and a few other attractions are nearby so it's nice to just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 February 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Not bad to just walk around and shop around. Prices are average, not the cheapest place to shop in South Korea. DDP and a few other attractions are nearby so it's nice to just walk around. Many things to see and feel in the market as well. I believe the pictures uploaded by other reviewers are good enough to show... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

It's filled with goods lining along the entire street. It's probably better visited in the evening or night. We were there in the morning and the whole market still feels sleepy. As it's winter, most of the goods were thick warm blankets of different sorts, warm jackets, gloves, beanies etc. It's not bad just to take in the local culture,... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Quite festive "especially in the evening", this area around the big intersection of Eulji-ro & Jangchungdan-ro (with the interesting-shaped Dongdaemun Design Plaza on one side of the intersection) is where this "generally-termed" market is which can actually be divided into its indoor part and the outdoor part: the indoor part is the big department stores such as Lotte World, Doota... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

I'm not much of a shopper, but you must come through one of these markets for yummy eats. I had a breakfast bowl of dumpling soup -- glorious! Fresh and pickled vegetables piled into the broth, enormous dumplings packed with shrimp and vegetables. Stands everywhere in the morning. Nice older women run them, and I cannot speak Korean, but smiles... More 

2 Thank Jesse F
Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Lot of shopping and variety all over this area. Right by the Mariott hotel and the subway station. Cheap clothing can be found.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Who on earth comes here at 4 in the morning to buy socks or any of the merchandise on sale here: clothes, electronics, homeware etc. Floor after floor, corridor after corridor, building after building, filled with millions of goods. And it's open from 10am until 5am. We arrived just after 11pm just to check it out (shopping is kryptonite to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

It is less busy as before and lesser china tourists this season. But the place is huge and if you want to spent the night browsing all the apparels for woman, man, teens and children. Sports and casual and winter, shoes and bags. This is another place not to be missed. But note : Korean size is smaller than usual... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

It's good to try exploring the underground market as well the shopping malls nearby. And the Dongdaemun Design Plaza is just walking distance. You can find some cheap finds here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A typical market where locals shop for their daily groceries and herbs like gingseng. Great for those who likes to experience localized lifestyle and do not mind smell & wet feet. If keen can even grab some fresh & cheap fruits on the go, its strawberry, mandarine oranges and persimmons season in Nov/Dec. Not suitable for baby stroller and too... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Dongdaemun also know as Heunginjimun or literally "Gate of Rising Benevolence", is one of The Eight Gates of Seoul in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, a prominent landmark in central Seoul, South Korea. Around the Dongdaemun District, there are thousand of shopping malls to attract tourists shopping. Most of the tourists would buy makeup products because South Korea is famous... More 

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Dongdaemun / Sindangdong
For shopping enthusiasts, Dongdaemun is a must visit. Enormous shopping centres – stacked with multiple levels of boutique and independent shops – offer the latest in Korean fashion, cosmetics, accessories, and other goods while prices are relatively low. The night shopping (between late night and early morning) is particularly well known here, making Dongdaemun a place where you can literally shop until you drop. If fashion isn't what you’re looking for, the long-running wholesale markets nearby sell everything from cloth to utensils at lower prices. The rows of food stalls that set up at night ensure shoppers get refueled, and foodies will enjoy checking out nearby Sindang-dong’s Tteokbokki Town as well as some non-Korean offerings from the Central Asian Village near Dongdaemun.
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