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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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).
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... :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The east gate is the second largest of the city gates and rivals Namdae-mum for beauty. It was built in 1397.
A long street that have variety stores there. Also a lot of department stores. So, this shopping zone is great for shoppers.
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.