If you are really into shopping (like some people need a cigarette), then when you are in Seoul, you just have to go to Dongdaemun. It is one of the largest shopping districts in the world and has just about anything the heart could ever want.
Built in 1905, the market consists of 30 shopping centers and about 30,000 stores, and more than 50,000 manufacturing companies joined together to trade textiles, clothes, shoes, sports goods, stationery, toys, household goods, and accessories.
What makes this place really special is it is where most of the other shopping areas in Korea get their products. So you can come here and cut out the various middlemen and get the best deal on just about anything.
As an example, I purchased a Timberland-type Gortex parka here for $40 that would have cost me $250.00 easily in a retail outlet in the US. I got snow suits for my girls for only $20 (and they had to use them in the Korean and Nebraska winters).
Also, this market is literally open 24 hours. The retail portion is open from 10am to 6pm and the wholesalers portion is open from 8pm to 9am (so the early bird really does get the worm here)
What to buy: As I said, just about everything. There is even a pretty cool pet section that sells everything from chipmunks to chimpanzees (I even saw some resus monkeys for sale there once).
What to pay: It depends on how well you haggle and how much you buy if buying in bulk.
Dongdaemun Market is the main clothes market in Seoul. As well as the numerous market stalls selling cheap t-shirts, jeans, shoes etc, there are 30 shopping malls with more than 27,000 shops. Souvenir t-shirts with hangeul (Korean) lettering on are cheaper here than anywhere else. Migliore Shopping Mall is the place to buy the latest designer clothes.
Inside the old baseball stadium (where Korea's first professional baseball game was played in 1982) there is the Pungmutsijang flea market selling everything, from furniture to perfume, but mainly specializing in used electrical equipment. This is a good place to shop if you are trying to furnish an apartment on a limited budget.
Dongdaemun Market is open late into the night.
This Dongdaemun Market is the good shoping place of Seoul. good item styles of four season Clothes, creative and originative fashion Accessorys, good quality and price footgear and.... best price and select the best one. there are more satisfaction for your shoping and enjoyable look around market place. every days and every times open market.
What to buy: Men's Clothes
All leather item
2. I hwa University general hospital
3. Dongdaemun general market
4. Hotel Eastern
5. Dongdaemun shoes wholesale market
6. Pyunghwa market
7. Donghwa market
8. Freya town
9. Doosan tower
11. New Pyeunghwa market
12. Nam Pyeunghwa market
13. Heung -in stardom
14. Duckun market
15. Jae-il Pyunghwa market
16. Gwang-hi market
18. Dong Pyunghwa market
19. Art Plaza
20. Hye-yang market
21. Techno market
22. Chung Pyunghwa market
23. Dongdaemun Football Stadium
24. Dongdaemun Baseball Stadium
25. Milreore valley
26. Golden town
28. Designer club
you can get all sorts of stuff here. it's not really a shop but an area. there's a few big dept type stores...they're more like indoor swap meet type stalls. you used to be able to bargain with these people but now they set the prices so you can't. i found that if you venture outside and around the streets outside, you can get a lot of the same stuff cheaper. it's always good to be able to speak some korean but if not, just bring a calculator with you so you can punch in the price you want to pay... =)
Dongdaemun Market offers a wide range of clothing goods to meet any budget. It?s also a great place to shop, especially if you didn?t had enough at Namdaemun market. It is easily reachable by the metro. Dongdaemun Market has the East Gate nearby, which is well worth a visit while you're there. There is no entry to the gate, but you can still admire it and take pics. This market not only offers a vast array of shopping potential, but also has many restaurants to appease your stomach. I ate delicious vegetable rice for dinner.
DongDaeMun (East Gate) is the place to go for relatively cheap shopping. There are huge fashion mall/department stores like Migliore, Freya Town
This is a major local market selling all kind of goods no matter wet or dry. It is also very interesting site of local people watching about their daily life too