4. Dongdaemun, Daehagno and nearby

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The route

 

4. Dongdaemun, Daehagno and nearby

In this itinerary the places included are

  • Gwangjang Market: conventional market, well-known for Korean food located in Yejidong
  • Dongdaemun Apparel Malls: big shopping malls mainly for clothing and accessories
  • Dongdaemun Shopping Complex: Korea’s biggest fabric and clothing material market
  • Dongdaemun (Heunginjimun): the big east gate
  • Pyeonghwa Market: clothing wholesale market selling underwear, socks, clothing, etc.
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza: Dongdaemun’s iconic landmark where you can find hundreds of trendy design goods
  • Naksan Park: a pretty park with a good view overlooking Daehagno
  • Ihwa Maeul: a village of murals on the hillside of Daehagno
  • Hanyang Doeseong(Seoul City Wall): fortress wall of Seoul
  • Daehagno Street: the centre of performance culture with over 150 small theaters
  • Marronier Park: A small park where marronnier tree was planted

 

Why Kimchiman recommends

Dongdaemun Market is Seoul’s most iconic fashion town with numerous retail and wholesale clothing shops and malls. Don’t forget to check out the artistic area, too.

 

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

1. Gwangjang Market

A conventional market well-known for fabric, hanbok, bedding, second-hand stores and eatery alley: cheap street foods, ttekbokki, gimbap, bindaetteok (Korean pancakes), and jokboal.

Gwangjang-Market
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 you are interested in. Try street foods at stalls.

Tip: You can always haggle at conventional markets. But probably not with foods.

 

2. Dongdaemun Apparel Malls

Shopping malls that offer fashion apparel and accessories.

Dongdaemun-fashion-mall
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 on national holidays only

Things to do: Shopping and night shopping 😉

Tip: Some say you cannot haggle but you actually can. If you think that certain goods are too expensive, then just leave and find the same item at another store. If the clerks or owners are not friendly, just ignore them and move on to another one.

 

3. Dongdaemun Shopping Complex

World’s largest fabric and clothing material market. Accessories, bedding, and Hanbok are also available.

Dongdaemun-shopping-complex
Dongdaemun Shopping Complex

Subway: Exit 8 of Dongdaemun Station, line no.1 and 4

Opening hours: 08:00 – 19: 00

Things to do: Shop at the stores you are interested in. Try street foods at stalls.

Info: You can haggle.

 

4. Dongdaemun (Heunginjimun)

One of The Eight Gates of Seoul in the Fortress Wall of Seoul

Dongdaemun or Heunginjimun
Dongdaemun

Subway: exit 7 of Dongdaemun Station, line no.1 and 4

Things to do: The night view is great. Don’t forget to get some pictures of this big gate.

Tip: After looking around Dongdaemun Market, you can start your Seoul Fortress Wall walking tour from here to up to Northern Haehwamun through Naksan Park.

 

5. Pyeonghwa Market

A clothing wholesale market with 50 years of history: Over 2,000 stores selling underwear, socks, clothing, and more.

Pyeonghwa-Market
Pyeonghwa Market

Subway: exit 8 of Dongdaemun Station, line no.1 and 4

Opening hours:

  • 22:00 – 18: 00 of next day
  • Closed on Saturdays

 

6. Dongdaemun Design Plaza

A new landmark with 40,000 aluminum panels in Dongdaemun designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Exhibition space, a design museum, sky lounge, rest area and souvenir shops.

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

 

7. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

A park where you can see both old and new Seoul; relics and historical findings

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

Info: You can see the old relics and artifacts of Joseon and old Seoul has left.

 

8. Naksan Park

Named for a camel’s back, this park offers a spectacular view of Daehagno.

Naksan Park
Naksan Park

Subway: exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, line no. 4, sky blue and walk 15 minutes

 

9. Iwha Maeul

A village of murals on the hillside of Daehagno

Mural at Iwha Maeul
Mural at Iwha Maeul

Subway: exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, line no. 4, sky blue and walk 15 minutes

 

10. Hanyandoeseong, Seoul City Wall

An 18.6km-long fortress wall built around Seoul with the beginning of Joseon Dynasty

Hanyandoeseong, Seoul City Wall
Hanyandoeseong, Seoul City Wall

Things to do: Find hidden guard towers and gates.

Tip: You can start your journey from Dongdaemun, Naksan Park or the north part of Catholic University when you plan on visiting this area

 

11. Daehagno (Daehag Street)

The center of performance culture with over 150 small theaters

Daehagno
Daehagno

Subway: exit 1 of Hyehwa Station, line no. 4, sky blue

Things to do: Enjoy theaters, improvised performances on the streets and in small theaters. Try restaurants, galleries and movie theaters in between the theaters.

 

12. Morronnier Park

A small park where marronnier tree was planted, once was part of Seoul National University serves as an outdoor stage for street artists and young musicians.

Morronnier Park
Morronnier Park

Subway: exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, line no. 4, sky blue

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