Dongdaemun Shopping Complex

Shopping Dongdaemun Shijang, 266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015

08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Apparel & Accessories
Food & Spirits
2.00 USD

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Dongdaemun Shopping Complex was opened in 1970, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is the largest single market in Asia as well as one of the oldest with over 40 years of history.

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Why Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is special ?

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex was opened in 1970, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is the largest single market in Asia as well as one of the oldest with over 40 years of history. In 1985 Dongdaemun Shopping Town was added to the complex bringing the total to four buildings altogether (A, B, C and Shopping Town). This traditional market houses many wholesale and retail stores specializing in various fabrics, materials, accessories, and wedding products. As much as eighty percent of all the fabric traded in Korea goes through here, allowing for goods to be sold at reasonable prices.

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex first opened with over 5,000 shops crammed into three separate buildings. Recently the market was extensively refurbished and extended to include outlets selling quilts, corsages and handmade toys.


What to explore at Dongdaemun Shopping Complex?

Visiting Dongdaemun Shopping Complex, you can admire the old market in Seoul. There are many different kinds of terms you can buy with the reasonable price. There are lot of malls around selling things like clothings, shoes, bags, accessories and many more. Lots of styles to choose from but some of the products are quite pricey. Think and choose carefully before buying. It is possible to bargain on the price. Some of the retailers can speak english, chinese and japanese, so it is easy to communicate. At there, many restaurant is so good, you can try and relax after shopping time.

How to get to Dongdaemun Shopping Complex?


Line 4 Dongdaemun Stn. Exit 9. Walk 450 meters.

Line 1 Dongdaemun Stn. Exit 9. Walk 450 meters.

Line 1 Jongno 5(o)-ga Stn. Exit 5 or 6. Walk 150 meters.

Bus Jongno 6(yuk)-ga

101, 103, 260, 262, 270, 271, 370, 407, 720, 721


Selling points

  • Fashion Heaven
  • Tons of shopping for various age groups
  • Very affordable shopping place
  • Good place to get handicraft supply
  • Great Shopping Choice

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1.0 day
6.40 USD
Total travel distance
Number of places
5 places




Dongdaemun Shijang, 266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Tips for you

  • Toilet is available.
  • If you need to refuel, the major streets are teeming with street food carts, selling all manner of dishes.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • You should bring cashes in case the market does not pay by Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • Only the marriage supply stores are opened on Sunday.
  • This place is closed during summer vacation, Korean Thanksgiving Day, Lunar New Year and New Year's Day.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You should save your individual materials carefully because this place is very crowded.
  • You should not exchange money in this crowded place.
  • You can visit its website to get more information about the mall.
  • Many clothing stores do not have a changing room. Try to research your Korean size beforehand.
  • Some sellers are willing to negotiate prices with you, but only if you pay in cash.
  • Parking is available.


FourSquare View more

Great shopping area if u are patient to searching for the best styles & prices. Can try asking for discount but nowadays so many tourists are here they don't like to bargain anymore.

TripAdvisor View more

Dongdaemun is a huge area with many buildings selling mainly clothes for ladies. The few buildings often visited by travelers are: 1. Lotte FITIN: my favorite, it even provides free wifi. You can process your Global Tax Refund on 8th floor, that will save you some time in the airport. 2. Good Morning City: not many shops open. There is a popular Korea sauna/spa called Sparex which is worth visiting. Try the body scrub. 3. Hello apM 4. Migliore: good shopping 5. Doosan Tower: Korean local designers clothes, merchandise here are more expensive -Typical operating hours: 10:30am - 5am, best to visit after wholesale market opens full swing at night, from ~10pm. Some places are closed on Mon/Tue. - Quality of the clothes vary. Compare prices before buying as you may see some clothes repeated at other shops. Bargaining in expected (up to 20%), also ask if there is discount if you pay cash. Note that some shops don’t allow trying. - There are many eateries/street stalls selling. Try 1 of the grilled meat joints, specialty for Korea. - Dongdaemun Design Plaza, DDP is a unique architecture designed by world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, DDP. Check out if you have time. With so many places to visit, you can easily spend days and still not able to cover all.

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