Dongdaemun (Great East Gate), Seoul
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.
Dong means East, Dae means big, Mun/Moon means gate--so you've got a Great East Gate. Dongdaynum has department-type stores (Hello apm and Galleria are big ones) that are more like indoor bazaars. Each of the 9-10 floors are made up of about 80 sellers of basically whatever you like (mostly clothes). There are other buildings housing home furnishings and other specialty shops (nice thing, they are all concentrated in one place, making shopping easier).
Outside there are many others hawking accessories, socks, toiletries (cheapest razors in Seoul, 1,000 won for 10...yes, less than US$0.10 each!), toys and food.
What to buy: Everything is here.
What to pay: Bargain everywhere. Never pay full price, always 10%-20% should come off. Never take your wallet out until you have the price firm. Never get too excited about an item. Always show flaws or make up some option or color you would prefer (one that they cannot give, thus should give you a discount for not having it). Always buy 2 or more items...should get a 20% discount at least for that. If you get 30%-35% off consider yourself a local.
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.
The Market that never sleeps! Don't really feel like partying tonight? Head over to Dongdaemoon! There are endless neon malls towering over you (Doota's the best-B1) and get your fakes in the stalls surrounding the two stadiums. Make sure to wonder around and find shoe alley! On Sundays the stadium is used for a Flea Market which has some interesting old stuff. You can even catch a movie if you're getting tired, but it's hard to tell what time it is with all the people, bright lights and even concerts before 12.
What to buy: Some cutting edge Korean designer fashion at cheaper prices. (ie) copies or knock- off adidias bags or Puma running shoes. You can get any kind of clothing, sometimes back home brands too. Although I've often gone and bought nothing, it's still fun to go. During the day you can also buy cheap fabric and I've heard rumors about beads and jewlery materials in the Fabric Mall
What to pay: prices range from 2$ t-shirt stands to $50 winter jackets to $100 purses.
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
Dongdaemun is a shopper's paradise. During the day, scower department stores such as Migliore, view the amazing selection of clothes for both men and women, and visit the many smaller stores, which house a variety of items. After midnight, Dongdaemun transforms into an anarchic open-air market (with some indoor wholesale areas). Bring as much won as you can afford to blow, and begin a shopping adventure of a lifetime. As far as clothing is concerned, pretty much any shape, style, brand, color, size, and article is available for the lowest price you will ever encounter. Famous brands, clothes, bags, belts, watches, and shoes are replicated freely; however, the quality of these replicas is stunning. Dongdaemun stretches on, seemingly, forever. I would definitely schedule repeat visits to cover more ground. Dongdaemun was truly an unforgettable shopping experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE- I have noticed many people on Virtual Tourist noting that Asian sizes are "different," but I have often found this untrue. Sometimes I bought Mediums, and they are were too big. You may encounter the problem, however, with shoes.
I have never seen better prices and selection. I found the main items of interest to be clothing. For guys, Dongdaemun department stores offer posh, quality clothing you will NEVER see in the US. I would say "metrosexual" is the reigning style, such as tight fitting wool, leather, suede, and velvet jackets, and amazing designer jeans that put Diesel to shame. One advantage of department stores is that you won't freeze during the winter, they are simple to navigate, and they have changing rooms. Of course, if you are a woman, multiply the selection by about 10 times.
What to buy: As far as street clothes, pick a designer label, and whatever you are after is there. Burberry polo shirts, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, pants, jackets (hard to find), scarves, cigarette cases, cell phone cases, hats, watches, shoes.... and that is just one brand. The quality of the clothing is amazing, and easily matches that of the original (even though there are cheaper knock-offs around that are, granted, ugly, and many of these knock-off items don't exist as originals). Also, don't be surprised if what you are buying is authentic, as lots of brand name clothing is made in Korea, and are just surplus or black marketed goods.
Other items of interest are designer bags and wallets (Coach, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, &c), designer watches (Rolex, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, &c) and Burberry scarfs; also, designer shoes (Puma, Dr. Martens, DSquared, Nike, Adidas, Gucci, Burberry, &c), designer lighters, Adidas jumpsuits and jackets, leather belts of all brands (Gucci, Cartier, Hermes), designer socks (Hermes, Polo, Armani, CK, &c) and an endless supply of pretty much any other brand name item I forgot to mention.
I found the department stores to be a much more vicious atmosphere. Almost nothing is priced. If you are an American, this is a huge disadvantage, because it is difficult to value the items, and Korean salesman are very smooth.
What to pay: One disadvantage is, as a rule, a lack of price tags. Generally, try to see what Koreans are spending; you should definitely learn Korean numbers for buying, as well as "ulma yeyo" to ask prices; rather than say "pissayo" for "too expensive," I would recommend instead just displaying a somber face for a few moments, and you will usually get a discount. Don't worry too much- everything is half as much as it is elsewhere in Seoul. If you can, bring a Korean speaker with you. OVERALL, BE POLITE.
In department stores, jackets are $50-$150 depending on length and quality; shirts go from $18-35 here. A NICE pair of designer jeans should go for $40. Burberry scarves, $10 ($5 in Myeongdong, $15 in Itaewon). Designer bags, as low as $15-20 each, avg. $30, and go up to $90. Shoes start $5-10 a pair; designer shoes are usually $25-35 for Nike, Adidas, Puma. Belts, $10. Socks, $1. Chanel wallets, $8-15. Jeans, $20. Shirts/ turtle-necks, $5-15. Watches- $15 for cheap, $50 for quality knock-offs.
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
Like Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Market is located near its namesake of Dongdaemun (Great East Gate). Korea's largest wholesale and retail shopping district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers.
We spent a lot of time at the AM/PM and Migliore buildings. On the whole, area stays open from 10am to 5am with most stalls closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Dongdaemun is a famous shopping area near the Dongdaemun -- or Great East Gate. It has sporting goods, clothing, used books, carpets, and many other things at great prices.
We spent about three hours here one afternoon and we saw just a quarter of the market or less. We looked at clothes, military surplus items, books, jewelry, kitchen supplies, food, metal products and much more. While here, we purchased some steel rice bowls with matching lids. We also had a great lunch of haemul jjigae, a hearty stew made of the entire fish plus veggies in a thick broth.
Dongdaemun Market opened in July 1905.
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 Market covers a large area with many shopping malls with multi-layers of product diversity. You can find everything you need here such as clothing, accessories, bags, shoes, textile and fabrics. Ask the price and bargain before you get anything. If you came to Seoul for shopping, you shouldn't miss here.
What to buy: Clothing
What to pay: Always Bargain !!!
The Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is one of Korea’s most representative markets and was founded on December 23, 1970 as the largest of its kind in Asia. In December of 1985, the Dongdaemun Shopping Town was established, and now the area encompasses five buildings in total (A, B, C, D, and the Shopping Town). There are over 5,000 shops located in this district, selling various fabrics, materials, accessories, wedding products, and more. The fabric and clothing here are of the latest fashion trends in the world. Inventory is imported and exported in real time, making Dongdaemun a must-visit fashion market for everyone.
What to buy: Fashion Shops / Fabrics, fashion accessories, clothing materials, wedding products, household goods, and more.
Dongdaemun Market is said to be Asia's largest shopping district. There are 30 shopping malls which houses about 27,000 retail and wholesale outlets. Dongdaemun is known to have the largest apparel shopping areas especially targeted for young Korean women. The most popular malls are Migliore (my favorite!), Doosan Tower and Freya Town. Indeed, for fashionistas, this is the place to be!
March-Oct open from 9am -10pm
Nov-Feb open from 9am to 9pm
What to buy: mostly clothes, clothes, clothes in all sizes!
I'm in LOVE with Dongdaemun!! Floors and floors of great fashion buys! lol. Every girls dream! I swear one stop shop for sure. For yourself, for your friends and family. You can spoil yourself in this fabolous shopping place. Wear comfortable shoes and get an early start. Because you really need one day to shop around the entire place! hahaha. I like it how you start from the bottom and work your way up. Ninth and last floor is the food court. So you can eat after your done your shopping madness!
There's like three or more floors of Women's Clothing, there's two to three floors for men's and unisex. Accessories and Shoes. Halleluyah! halleluyah!!
Cheap clothing and I must say you must explore and bargain hard. But its good to do it with a smile and be very polite. Add some "annyohaseyo" and "eol mayayo?" and they mite be very impressed with you, and give you a better price.
What to buy: Dongdaemun has everything to complete a great outfit. Good gifts for friends and family and a great place to spoil yourself rotten!
What to pay: Good to bargain and compare prices. Mostly each stand over the same stuff! You mite get lost and not find that stand anymore. So its best to look hard for it, trace your steps or just buy it! lol
K-Pop sensation is making a big hit in Asia. Aside from the music, the fashion statement from the Korean celebrities is another thing that influences the people.
There's a souvenir shop at the 4th floor (as I can remember) that sells "I love Korea" shirts, keychains, magnets, even some stuffs with the faces of their local celebrities, and many more.
I recommend you to buy your souvenir items here instead in Insadong since the stuffs being sold in Doota Mall are cheaper. In Doota Mall, the "I love Korea" shirts colored white, gray and black has only 1 price- 5000KW while in Insadong, the shirts' prices vary from the color. The whites and grays cost 5000KW while the black 6000KW. A set of refrigerator magnets in Insadong cost 10000KW while in Doota Mall 8000KW. I found out about the price differences after I bought some in Doota Mall then I realized that I had to buy additional souvenir items in Insadong. Good thing is that I have a good memory especially when it comes to prices, haha.
The disadvantage in Doota is that you can't bargain. All items are on fixed price.
When you use credit card as payment, you will have to pay for the tax in using the credit card. But you can have the refund on the 5th floor. You must bring your passport with you so that the lady in the tax refund counter can give you a tax refund envelope. You'll have to write down you complete name in the official receipts. The receipts must be put inside the envelope then outside, you'll have to write down the address you wish to receive the refund. You have to drop the tax refund envelope in the airport before your flight departure. There's a written instructions posted outside the tax refund counter but it's not like what it says. The posted instructions says that you can have the cash refund right away, but when I double checked it with the lady, she said that after the customs confirmed stamps on the receipts, the envelope will be dropped on a box, then wait for about 2-4weeks to receive the cash refund.
Unfortunately, after doing all the steps for the tax refund, I forgot to go to the customs.
(sigh...) It was too late to go in the customs since I slid my tax refund envelope inside my bag which was already checked-in.
(No worries, I already scolded myself)
What to buy: For people who love Korean Fashion, the Doota Mall can provide you with all the things you need.
This mall doesn't look like an ordinary department store because every store has its own touch of style though sometimes only a curtain separate each store from the other.
It offers a variety of dresses/apparels, fancy jewelries, souvenir stuffs, boots/shoes, all available for both genders.
What to pay: All the stores/shops accept credit card.
blouses/dresses cost 35,000KW-80,000KW, the items are a bit expensive but I believe the price wouldn't matter if you really like something.