The tourist attractions included in this itinerary

Discover the latest trends and unique fashion at this iconic destination. Immerse yourself in the artistic atmosphere for an unforgettable experience.

The Route

This area is all walkable. Still, you can check the subway exits for each attraction in case you want to visit separately.

You can see major venues here. To the right from Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), you can see all the other markets in either modern buildings or conventional market type.

1. Gwangjang Market 광장 시장

A traditional market renowned for its fabric, hanbok, bedding, second-hand stores, and a variety of street food stalls offering delicious treats such as tteokbokki, gimbap, bindaetteok (Korean pancakes), beef tartare, and jokbal. Discover a vibrant traditional market known for its delicious street food and local products.

Gwangjang Market
  • Subway: Exit 7 and 8 of Jongno5ga Station, Line No.1
  • Opening hours:
    • Most shops 09:00 – 19: 00
    • Second-hand stores 10:00 – 19:00
    • Food Street 09:00 – 22: 00
  • Things to do: Shop at the stores that pique your interest and try the street food stalls.
  • Insider Tip: You can often negotiate prices at traditional markets, although it may not be possible for food items.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

2. Dongdaemun Design Plaza 동대문 디자인 플라자 / DDP

Marvel at the futuristic architecture and innovative design of this landmark, hosting exhibitions, events, and more.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
  • Subway: Exit 1 of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Line No. 2 and 4 (Sky blue and green line)
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour.
  • For more information, visit DDP homepage.

3. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park 동대문 역사 문화 공원

Immerse yourself in Seoul’s rich history and culture through fascinating exhibitions and interactive displays.

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
  • Subway: Exit 1 and 2 of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Line No. 2 and 4 (Sky blue and green line)
  • Information: You can explore the relics and artifacts from the Joseon Dynasty and old Seoul.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes.

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4. Dongdaemun Fashion Town or Dongdaemun Market 동대문 패션 타운 or 동대문 시장

Explore the fashion hub of Seoul with an array of retail and wholesale clothing shops and malls.

Dongdaemun Fashion Mall
  • Subway: Exit 14 of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Line No. 2 and 4 (Sky blue and green line)
  • Opening hours
    • Good Morning City: 10:30 – 01:00 (Night) / Closed on Tuesdays
    • Hello APM: 08:00 – 20:00 / Closed on Tuesdays
    • Migliore: 10:30 – 04:30 / Closed on Mondays
    • Doosan Tower: Mon-Sat 10:30 – 05:00, Sun 10:30 – 24:00 / Closed only on national holidays
  • Things to do: Enjoy shopping and consider exploring the area at night.
  • Insider Tip: While some say that haggling is not possible, you can still negotiate prices. If you find certain goods too expensive, try visiting other stores. If the clerks or owners are not friendly, simply move on to the next one.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour for men / 4 hours for women
  • For more information, visit the homepage.

5. Pyeonghwa Market 평화 시장

Experience the lively atmosphere of this traditional market, offering various goods, including fabrics and textiles.

Pyeonghwa Market
  • Subway: Exit 8 of Dongdaemun Station, Line No. 1 and 4
  • Opening hours: 22:00 – 18: 00 of next day / Closed days: Every Sunday, every Friday night (18:00 to the next day 09:00).
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour for men / 4 hours for women

6. Dongdaemun Shopping Complex 동대문 종합 시장

Shop ’til you drop in this bustling shopping complex offering a wide range of trendy fashion items.

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex
  • Subway: Exit 8 of Dongdaemun Station, line no.1(navy blue line) and 4 (sky blue line)
  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 19: 00
  • Things to do:Shop at the stores that interest you and try the street food stalls.
  • Information: Haggling is possible here.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour for men / 4 hours for women

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7. Dongdaemun (Heunginjimun) 동대문 (흥인지문)

Visit one of the historic Eight Gates of Seoul, part of the ancient Fortress Wall, and admire its architectural significance.

Dongdaemun or Heunginjimun
  • Subway: Exit 7 of Dongdaemun Station, Line No. 1 (Navy blue line)
  • Things to do: Capture the magnificent night view and take memorable pictures of this impressive gate.
  • Tip: After exploring Dongdaemun Market, you can start your Seoul Fortress Wall walking tour from here and continue up to Northern Haehwamun through Naksan Park.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes

8. Naksan Park 낙산 공원

Enjoy panoramic views of the city from this picturesque park, known for its scenic hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

Fun Fact: Naksan Park gets its name from its resemblance to a camel’s back (nak) and offers a spectacular view of Daehagno.

Naksan Park
Naksan Park
  • Subway: Exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, Line No. 4 (Sky blue), and a 15-minute walk
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour

9Iwha Maeul 이화 마을

Wander through the charming streets of Iwha Maeul, adorned with colorful murals and art installations.

Mural at Iwha Maeul
Mural at Iwha Maeul
  • Subway: An 18.6km-long fortress wall built during the Joseon Dynasty, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, Line No. 4 (Sky blue), and a 15-minute walk
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 2 hours

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10. Hanyandoeseong, Seoul City Wall 서울시 한양 도성

Take a walk along the ancient Seoul City Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and soak in the historical ambiance.

Hanyandoeseong, Seoul City Wall
Hanyandoeseong, Seoul City Wall
  • Highlights: Discover hidden guard towers and gates along the wall.
  • Tip: Start your journey from Dongdaemun, Naksan Park, or the northern part of Catholic University for convenient access to this area.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: Approximately 2 hours.

11. Daehagno (Daehag Street) 대학로

Experience the vibrant energy of Daehagno, a bustling street renowned for its theaters, cafes, and lively atmosphere, with over 150 small theaters.

  • Subway: Exit 1 of Hyehwa Station, Line No. 4 (Sky blue)
  • Highlights: Enjoy theater performances, improvised shows on the streets, and in small theaters. Explore the variety of restaurants, galleries, and movie theaters scattered between the theaters.
  • Estimated Time for this activity:Approximately 2 hours.
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12. Morronnier Park 마로니에 공원

Escape to the tranquility of Morronnier Park, a serene oasis featuring beautiful gardens and green spaces, ideal for relaxation and unwinding.

Fun Fact: Morronnier Park was once part of Seoul National University and now serves as an outdoor stage for street artists and young musicians, adding to its vibrant atmosphere.

Morronnier Park
Morronnier Park
  • Highlights: Enjoy a leisurely stroll, find a quiet spot to sit and read, or simply take in the natural beauty of the park.
  • Subway: Exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, Line No. 4 (Sky blue)
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hours

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FAQ about Dongdaemun

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Dongdaemun Market is known for being one of the largest and most popular shopping destinations in Seoul, South Korea. It is renowned for its vibrant fashion scene, offering a wide range of clothing, accessories, textiles, and fabrics. The market is particularly famous for its night markets, where visitors can shop until late hours and explore a vast selection of affordable and trendy fashion items. Additionally, Dongdaemun Market is a hub for wholesale shopping, attracting both locals and tourists seeking great deals and unique fashion finds.

Is Dongdaemun good for shopping?

Yes, Dongdaemun is excellent for shopping, particularly for fashion enthusiasts. The market offers a diverse range of shopping experiences, including shopping malls, department stores, and countless individual shops and stalls. Whether you’re looking for the latest trends, unique fashion pieces, or affordable clothing options, Dongdaemun has it all. It is renowned for its extensive selection of clothing, accessories, fabrics, and textiles, catering to various styles and budgets. The market’s bustling atmosphere and the abundance of options make it a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.

What to do in Dongdaemun history and culture?

In Dongdaemun, there are several attractions and activities that showcase the history and culture of the area. Here are some recommendations:
1. Visit Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP): Explore the iconic DDP, an architectural marvel designed by Zaha Hadid. It hosts various exhibitions, events, and fashion shows, highlighting the intersection of design, culture, and innovation.
2. Discover the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park: This park is built on the site of the ancient Dongdaemun Gate. It features historic relics, including sections of the original city wall and the restored Heunginjimun Gate. You can also find cultural exhibitions and performances in the park.
3. Explore Dongdaemun Seonggwak Park: This small park preserves the remains of the Seoul City Wall and offers a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. Take a walk along the ancient wall and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.
4. Visit the Dongdaemun History Museum: Located near Dongdaemun Station, this museum provides insights into the history and development of Dongdaemun. Learn about the area’s transformation over time through interactive exhibits and artifacts.
5. Shop at Dongdaemun Market: While known for its fashion scene, Dongdaemun Market also offers a glimpse into Korean culture. Explore the market’s various sections, such as the fabric market, traditional market, and wholesale market, where you can find traditional crafts, souvenirs, and local delicacies.
6. Experience the Night Market: Dongdaemun is famous for its vibrant night market scene. Stroll through the lively streets lined with food stalls, street performances, and shopping opportunities. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.
These activities provide a mix of history, culture, and shopping experiences, allowing you to delve into the unique charm of Dongdaemun.

What is the English of Dongdaemun?

The English translation of “동대문” (Dongdaemun) is “East Gate.” It refers to the historic gate that once stood as part of the Seoul City Wall. The surrounding area, known as Dongdaemun, has developed into a bustling commercial district, featuring markets, shopping centers, and cultural attractions.

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