There are many famous shopping areas in Seoul, like Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, Hongdae, and Namdaemun Market where tourists can have fun buying and browsing. Budding interior designers, trendy fashionistas, vintage-lovers, and DIY-makers will find a wealth of places to visit and enjoy in the city. From Euljiro to Dongdaemun and Sinseoldong check out three of Seoul's special markets.
The streets of Euljiro are full of cool and interesting markets and shops to visit. One such market is Seoul's Lighting District. It is located here between Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station (exit 2) and Euljiro 4(sa)-ga Station; both stations are located on subway line 2. Spend some time in the Lighting District to see incredible lights, light fixtures, tiles, and furniture. Goods are offered at wholesale prices, and styles range from vintage to trendy. With a wide range of styles and items, the district is especially popular with shoppers looking to decorate their homes. Nearby is Bangsan Market, which is the best place in Seoul to go for baking supplies, candle and fragrance-making supplies, and packaging and wrapping. It's a one-stop shopping destination for DIY supplies.
Euljiro is full of cool cafes and bars to visit.
This cafe is decorated in the style of an old school cafe from the Japanese colonial period and they roast their own coffee beans.
16-6 Samil-daero 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Monday ~ Friday 10:00~22:00 / Saturday 11:00~22:00 / Sunday 11:00~20:00
Hotel Soosunhwa is not a hotel, but rather a workshop, showroom, cafe, and bar that is run by three designers.
302-18 Euljiro 3(sam)ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Tuesday ~ Saturday 12:00 ~24:000 / Sunday 12:00~23:00
Owned and operated by artists, this dreamy bar is a hip and fun watering hole.
31 Eulji-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Monday ~ Thursday 19:00~01:00 / Friday ~ Saturday 19:00~02:00 / Sunday 07:00~24:00
Doota is located just across the street from the famed Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), within Doosan Tower. Doota is a well-known shopping destination that offers the best in fashion and design. In total, Doota consists of 6 floors above ground and 2 underground levels. Visitors can browse amazing foreign and Korean designs, as well as indulge in some duty free shopping. On the 1st floor there is a curated store called GENERAL IDEA. The store is owned by the designer Choi Bumsuk and it features items from mid-level designers. GENERAL IDEA featured on a Chinese TV variety program and it's become a particularly popular stop in Doota. There are many other shops on the 1st floor that offer items from top designer brands. Make sure to visit eyeye, owned by designer Kye Hanhee, FAYEWOO, and the studio K during a trip to Doota. On the B1 level, shoppers will find sports clothes, and the B2 level offers men's clothing and accessories. Everything from men's suits to casual wear is available. In addition to great shopping, the dining options are plentiful at Doota. On the B2 level, diners can choose from seven noodle shops, with each offering a different type of noodles, in the Myun Myun food court. Doota is a tourist attraction as well as a shopping mecca, and there is much to browse, buy, and eat at Doota.
Doosan Tower, 275 Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Monday ~ Sunday 10:30~24:00
The Seoul Folk Flea Market is one of Seoul's tourist attractions, and visitors can find antique goods as well as modern items here. The 1st floor features home living goods, electronics, and antique handmade goods. The 2nd floor has leisure, sports, and home living goods as well as regional specialties. The 2nd floor also has a themed section called Youth Avenue and it features a reproduction of a Seoul street with stores as they looked in the 1960s. Soak in the atmosphere and visit a 1960s-era comic book store or coffee shop. There is even a dress-up photo studio where visitors can borrow 1960s-era school uniforms and have a fun photo shoot. Youth Avenue also offers great indie shopping and the stalls that are operated by young designers and sellers. Check out modernized hanbok, handmade ceramics, accessories, are some of the items for sale at Youth Avenue. Shop for antiques, modern items, and tasty food at the Seoul Folk Flea Market!
21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
10:00~19:00 (Restaurants are open until 22:00) / Closed on Tuesdays
Visit cafes and restaurants with fantastic atmosphere.
This charming cafe is decorated with vintage items of all kinds.
36-8 Nangye-ro 30-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Monday ~ Friday 09:00~17:00 / Saturday ~ Sunday 11:00~17:00
Yukjeon is famed for their whole chicken samgye-tang (chicken soup) and the restaurant has appeared on numerous TV broadcasts.
16 Nangye-ro 30-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Monday ~ Thursday, Sunday 11:00~22:00 / Friday ~ Saturday 11:00~23:00 (Break-time 15:00~16:00)