Dongdaemun Fashion Market Seoul
Traditionally, Dongdaemun wholesalers operated from 1:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and retailers were open from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Buyers came from all over Korea to take advantage of the cheap wholesale prices during the wee hours of the morning, creating an unusual nightlife in the area
Now, the area stays open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., allowing shoppers to do their thing almost any time the mood strikes them. Most stores close on Mondays and holidays
Dongdaemun Market Seoul - South Korea
Dongdaemun Wholesale & Retail Fashion Shopping Mecca in Seoul South Korea's largest wholesale and retail shopping district has 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers
Within the ten blocks of the market area, you can find silks, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, plumbing and electrical supplies, electronics, office supplies, toys and just about everything else imaginable
Ever since its opening in 1905, Dongdaemun Market has been one of the major markets in Korea, specializing in wholesale clothing
Dongdaemun Market - Fashion Retail Shops
The main street divides Dongdaemun Market into two sections. Section 1 is on the side where Doosan Tower is found, and Section 2 is on the side of Dongdaemun Stadium. Huge shopping malls in Section 1 basically sell wholesale and retail goods, but mostly deal with general customers and tourists at retail prices. Thus, they have convenient facilities like money exchanges and information desks with English speaking staff. Opening hours are also aimed at general customers, opening from 10 am to 5 am the next day.
With a pleasant interior, and rhythmical music played all day long, shopping malls in Section 1 draw many young people everyday. Various events organized by these shopping malls (7 or 8 pm) are also delightful. Sometimes you will get to see youth come up on the stage in front of the mall, dancing or singing. Major shopping malls are Doosan Tower, Migliore, Freya Town and Hello apM.