Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate, Seoul

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    Shopping MECCA

    by kls67 Written Oct 27, 2005

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    Across from the Dongdaemun Stadium are the Doosan Tower and Migliore - both towers full of shopping. Great deals abound!! Each floor is full of stalls selling everything from wigs to sunglasses to jewelry to CD's to flowers to toiletries.

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  • High quality- Low Price-Fake but doesn't look like

    by lovekaty Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    You can buy many kinds of luxury products fake and authentic in a low price. Dong Dae Moon top 2 places are DOO TA TOWER and MILLIORE TOWER >

    Doo TA Tower B2 , is famous for it and
    if you focus on buying bags, 7 or 8 floor .

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    Dongdaemun

    by imstress Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Dongdaemun

    Dongdaemun is Korea's largest wholesale and retail shopping district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers.

    You can buy silks, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, plumbing and electrical supplies, electronics, office supplies, toys and just about almost everything.

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    Dongdaemun Shopping madness

    by andrew_in_ilbon Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    Dongdaemun is often described as the largest market in Asia, but its not. Its a whole city district, filled with seemingly innumerable specialist bazaars, multi-level shopping centres, and crowds 24 hours a day. Its one of Seoul`s absolute highlights.

    Dongdaemun means "The East Gate" - named after the historic relic you see standing at the entrance. Its stood, been bombed, torn down, reconstructed, damaged, bickered over, and now photographed, for hundreds of years. A true city icon. Stretching behind it is the vast labyrinth of Dongdaemun.

    My tips: the lovely Sunday flower market

    The pet market :iguanas and occassionally
    god-knows-whats.

    The stationery market : frilly, girly writing pads,
    sparkly pens and stickers

    The magazine market : old and new Japanese, Korean and
    European fashion magazines.

    There are two malls called APM. The main one is so-so, but the slightly hidden smaller one is a rough diamond . Its behind the stadium and open only at night( dont arrive before 10pm!!!) . Come here first to get an idea of prices and the latest designs -you`ll often see the same clothes recycled in other malls for double the price ! Its a rough, no-frills place but as an added bonus the shop owners and customers comprise many of Seoul`s hottest young dudes..another kind of "shopping"....hehehe

    Of the big centres, Doota is my pick. It operates 24 hours and is packed all night.Head for the retro and recycled floor. On a sidestreet behind the centre are the bizarre "zipper" and "chain" markets peddling their specialized goods.

    Pick up a map.You` ll need one. And check out my shopping advice in the dangers section - ESSENTIAL reading!

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    Shopping at Dongdaemun

    by emilytyc Written Nov 15, 2004

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    Shopping at Dongdaemun

    We met up with Jamison at Dongdaemun and started out hunt for souvenirs and good deals. We spent a good 3 hours in Dongdaemun.

    There are many shops and stalls selling all types of souvenirs. You will find that some stalls will allow bargaining. So, just try your skill at bargaining for a fair price!

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    The Street Markets are great !!!!!!

    by randy655 Written Feb 14, 2004

    Any trip to Seoul is not complete without a visit to the street markets. Dongdaemun and Namdaemun are the biggest and most popular. You can buy most anything here that is offered in the stores, but at a very reduced price. You can always ask for a cheaper price also, if you enjoy that.

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    Dongdaemun (Tongdaemun) - Great Eastern Gate

    by Hmmmm Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Dongdaemun Gate by Night. Pic: Aaron Irving

    Dongdaemun Gate, Originally called Heung-injimun ("Gate of Uplifting Mercy") used to served as the main eastern gate in the wall surrounding Seoul. First built in 1397. The present Dong-daemun Gate was completely rebuilt when Daewongun (father of King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty) was in power (in 1863). The present gate is slightly larger than the original one. The architectural structure is similar to that of Namdaemun Gate. But Dongdaemun, which was constructed in the late era the Joseon Dynasty, is excessively detailed.

    Dongdaemun is distinguished from other gates by a half-moon outer baffle wall, built in a semicircle to entrap enemies who tried to enter the gate.The base is a granite structure with a single arch, above which is wooden superstructure in the form of a two-storied pavilion, five-gan (a measure of the distance between two pillars) wide and two-gan deep, with a hipped roof. There is much ornamentation in the pavilion design, displaying the skill of the Joseon Dynasty-era artisans. The tongue-shaped ornamentation atop the columns is typical of the wooden architecture of the late Joseon period.

    Located nearby are Dongdaemun Market (one of Korea's largest and most popular) and Dongdaemun Sports Stadium.

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    Dongdaemun Markets (East Gate Market)

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dongdaemun Market presents all kinds of goods ranging from small accessories to shoes and men's and women's wear at discounts of up to 20~30%. Since most stores are open all night long, the area is bustling with shoppers who cannot sleep at night. As the area is one of the most jammed areas in Seoul, using public transportation, bus or subway is recommended. Shopkeepers of larger shopping centers can communicate in English or Japanese.

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    Dongdaemun Market

    by victorwkf Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Nightime at Dongdaemun, Seoul
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    In Seoul, the two most famous markets are the Namdaemun (South City Gate) market and the Dongdaemun (East City Gate) market. The Dongdaemun market is the biggest wholesale area in Seoul and therefore you may get items at a cheaper price. If you have time, you should explore the interesting side lanes, especially those selling Korean food.

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    Shopping at DONGDAEMUN (Great...

    by leonik Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Shopping at DONGDAEMUN (Great East Gate)!
    Most shops open 24 hours!
    It's more happening and flamboyant at night!

    Check out Doosan Tower, Migliore and Freya Town!
    There are several shops which are set up by entrepreneurial youths selling stuff from trendy, unique clothes to knick knacks...

    Even though they are inexpensively priced, do remember to Bargain! But don't overdo it though as some are only students hoping to make extra pocket money... :)

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    Shopping!

    by mignonne Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Shopping in Korea is great, especially if you're shopping for winter clothes.
    In Dongdaemun you can find the famous and big DOOSAN TOWER which has more than 8 levels of shops for you to do your shopping.They sell practically everything tangible which is on earth:-)You can also find good restaurants as well as fast food restaurants like KFC(Kentucky Fried Chicken) and MacDonald's here.

    In Namdaemun Market,it has many many streets selling almost anything you want:-) Goods ranges from small spoons and kitchen utensils to Furniture:-) Clothes and accessories are also included!

    Myong Dong was once the centre for cultural and art activities.In Myong Dong are gathered diverse shops dealing in clothing,shoes,accessories and cosmetics as well as major departmental stores.About 1 million visitors everyday visit this fashion district.Myong Dong is linked by underground passges with Namdaemun market and Sogong Underground Arcades.

    You can go to several great places for shopping in Seoul, which include the famous Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun, It'aewon and Myong Dong.

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    You can see the fashion style...

    by happytrip Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You can see the fashion style of Korea in Dondaemoon Market. In fact, it would not so important to travelers: if you don't like the crowded place, it must be worst place to you. But you can see and meet various young people there.

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    Dongdae-mum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Nov 29, 2007

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    The east gate is the second largest of the city gates and rivals Namdae-mum for beauty. It was built in 1397.

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    Dongdaemun

    by iwys Updated May 2, 2006

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    Looks remarkably like Nandaemun, huh?
    The Great East Gate of Seoul fortress was originally built in 1397, but rebuilt in 1863.
    Nearby is Dongdaemun Market.

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    Dongdaemun Market

    by peemapat Written Mar 28, 2006

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    A long street that have variety stores there. Also a lot of department stores. So, this shopping zone is great for shoppers.

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