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Dongdaemun Gate * *
Dongdaemun, originally called Heunginjimun (literally "Gate of Rising Benevolence"), is one of the eight gates of the city of Seoul. Heunginjimun was constructed during the fifth year of King Taejo's reign, 1398. It was renovated in 1453, and the current gate was built in 1869. Despite repairs in 1998, the roof was damaged by heavy rains in 2011.
Dongdaemun is closed tot he public, but the area is home to the massive Dongdaemun Market that features some 26 malls, with 30,000 vendors and 50,000 manufacturers.
While taking a walk along the Dongdaemum district, I saw this structure that looks like a palace... so I took a picture. Eventually, after reviewing the map, I found out that this is the major eastern gate that surrounds Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty. It’s more commonly called Dongdaemum than Heunginjimun, (maybe because Dongdaemum is easier to pronounce) being the prominent landmark in Seoul which means “Great East Gate”. It’s amazing that it’s just regarded as a major eastern gate but really, for me, looked like a palace. (yeah, I really can't believe that it's just a gate!)
After taking a picture, you can go ahead and head for shopping since the area is surrounded by shopping malls, markets, stalls, etc.…
For fashionable clothes, head to Doota Mall or Migliore. usually, the shopping malls are open until midnight.
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Dongdaemun History Museum and Culture Park
The Dongdaemun History Museum was established within the Dongdaemun History and culture Park to Preserve and show artifacts found from excavation work conducted during the park's construction. A total of 2,778 pieces comprising 2,575 artifacts were discovered from the site with occupation ievel ranging from the early Joseon Dynasty to modern times.
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Admission Times : 10am ~ 9pm ( year round )
Admission Fee : Free
The East Gate of Seoul
Dongdaemun is the east gate of Seoul. The original one was built in 14th century, but the existing one was built in 1869. This gate has seen a few renovations until today. The famous Dongdaemun Market is located in this area.
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Remaining Great Gate of Seoul
Originally called Heung-injimun ("Gate of Uplifting Mercy"), it once served as the main eastern gate in the wall surrounding Seoul. First built in 1397, it was rebuilt in 1869 in its present form. The Korean name "Dongdaemun" means "Great East Gate," and it was so named because it was the major eastern gate in the wall that surrounded Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty.
Since the South Gate (Namdaemun) was set on fire on
Located nearby are Dongdaemun Market (one of Korea's largest and most popular) and Dongdaemun Sports Stadium. Since the South Gate (Namdaemun) was set on fire on February 10, 2008, Dongdaemun is one of only two main gates that have survived, the other being the North Gate or Bukdaemun (more formally Sukjeongmun).
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Dongdaemun or Heunginjimun
The Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) has built fortresses and gates that surround Seoul to protect the city and Heunginjimun is one of them, located in the West. Widely known as Dongdaemun and built in 1398, it was repaired in 1453, and renovated in 1869 by King Gojong to its present form. Detailed decorations that are very weak and thin represent well the post-Joseon style of architecture. Another point where you can see the representation of Joseon dynasty style is ornamentation in pavilion. This gate has an outer wall which was used to defend the gate in battle and it is the 1st national treasure of Korea along with Sungnyemun.
During the day (after 11am) this area is bustling with energy. During all hours of the night especially after midnight (Friday/Saturday) you can shop here at the night market. It's set up along the street behind one of the stadiums.
There are two stadiums near the Dongdaemun (East gate), one of which is the old soccer stadium. If you go inside there is a flea market with an assortment of things (I think only during the day time it's open).
Pretty much you can shop in the underground shopping areas (Pyeongwha market) for goods such as material, yarn, buttons, hats, etc. This is where the wholesale for clothing takes place. You will spend hours here.
If you prefer shopping in a building you can go to Doota, Hello APm, or Migliore from 10/11am until 5am (I think) I do know that shopping is an all night event.
When you get hungry there are also many places to choose from...street food or restaurants (mostly all Korean foods)
The street food is always available also. Vendors all along both stadiums and also around a few streets are PACKED with ajummas who want you to sit in their tent. All of the food is reasonably priced and you can get a bottle of soju as you sit in the tent with the ajossis (old men) and their friends after a long days work.
If you walk north toward the Dongdaemun (East gate) you will run into the Cheonggyecheon (Cheonggye stream) you can stroll along that for a couple of miles either toward City Hall or in the opposite direction toward the Han river (not as scenic).
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Dongdaemun is good for retailers looking for cheap buys - lots of wholesalers selling mostly fashion and household goods. There's a street selling paper product, one selling children's toys. The buildings flanking the river are mostly fashion or household items "warehouses" - find shoes, clothes, accessories, curtains, bedsheets etc.
Go take lunch at one of the wholesale markets for a hearty, cheap meal of noodles or dumplings.
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Shop 'till you drop!
Dongdaemun is a very large shopping area, bustling with life any time of the day or night. Yup, it's any die hard shopper's dream: 24 hours of action! You can buy almost anything you dream up in this shopping district. There are 30 malls housing 27,000 shops, and hundreds of street vendors which come out mostly at night, starting at 10 p.m. You can find clothes, shoes, bags, belts,sun glasses, accessories, underwear, towels, bedsheets, second-hand books, yarn, fabric, household goods....get the picture? Enjoy the outdoor entertainment and fashion shows held at the stages located right outside the three bussiest malls: Doota, Migliore, and Freya Town.
Because different places are open at different times, your best bet would be to pick up your free Dongdaemun Market Shopping Guide from the Tourist Information office located right outside the Dongdaemun stadium.
The Pungmul Flea Market, located in the Dongdaemun stadium itself, is a very interesting Sunday afternoon outing. You can find anything from musical instruments to weapons to dildos (this last one is not a typo).
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Tongdaemun: The East Gate
Here is one of the centers of life in Seoul, the bustling market district around the East Gate, or Tongdaemun. Different sections have different merchandise--everything from clothes to electronics to housewares to you-name-it. These stores stay open almost all the time, so something is always going on here.
Also spelled Dongdaemun.
Dongdaemun Market ~ SHOES
The Great East Gate market. So whats really great about this market?
Well, lots ~ like all those who have been here. Its a mind boggling market selling anything from shoes to undergarments.
For me, its the SHOES!
I got my shoes from the shoes market (naturally). The price was soooooo good. A pair for 22000 won (after bargaining like a mad fool) which is about US$22.
You can easily get to this place by Subway
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Dongdaemun - Heunginjimun Gate
A landmark not to be missed.
You will see this upon exiting the Dongdaemun Subway station. You have to use the subway to get here.
You can be like the old couple in the background of this photo, fully appreciating its wonder and awe! And they are sweet!
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Shopping At Tongdaemun
Dongdaemun is a shopping area comprised of thousands of small shops. Some of them are the usual sidwalk affairs, but there are dozens of buildings with hundreds of stalls offering just about any kind of clothing you can think. Additionally, there is the largest fabric shop in the world where if you can think of a pattern, color, or material, it will likely be there and at a much reduced price. Most of the shops inside the buildings are closed on Sundays, but Sundays are the best time for the best bargains. If you come in at Dongdaemun Stadium station, you will exit near the stadium. Keep the stadium on your right until you are completely past it. Hang a right until you come to the street that is nearly blocked with sidewalk shops. There, you can buy a backpack for a dollar, a nice dress shirt for 2 or 3. Dresses that would cost 80-100 USD can be had for 10. Closeouts, overstocks, season changes will cut your clothing price by up to 90%.
You use the new river as a guide. Two years ago, this was a 6 lane highway. It was hidden underneath. When the officials decided the highway was overstressed, they decided to remove it and restore the river.
Do NOT sit down at any of the sidewalk eateries though. The food is good, safe, tasty and twice the price. Instead, orient towards the gate with the stadium at your back. Cross the street then go to the huge street by the gate (Chongno) and turn left. A few blocks down you will find restaurants in all of the little alleys.
Bargaining is expected in most places, but in the second large green building on the second floor where the leather goods are sold, there is little bargaining. It is mostly Russian, and they set a price and don't budge much. Interspersed along clothing shops that line the sidewalks, you will find watches, wallets, purses, notebooks, shoe polish, and too much else to list. Here, you can bargain. Bring cash, no credit cards accepted in most places-none at the sidewalk shops.
Great East Gate (Dongdaemun) (2 photos)
The original east gate for the walled city of Seoul was the Gate of Uplifting Mercy (coming in from our rural abode in Kangwando province, it centainly was merciful to us).The current structure dates from 1869. On top of the arch-shaped gate is a gatehouse. A circular surrounding wall protects against flooding. Today the gate is best known for being adjacent the huge East Gate Market with thousands of vendors.
Dongdaemun & Namdaemun
Dongdaemun (East City Gate) and Namdaemun (South City Gate). These two structurally similar gates are the ancient gates of Seoul and they are very impressive monuments. You can't miss them when you are at the Dongdaemun and Namdaemun areas (they are not exactly very near to each other).
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