Dongdaemun Market refers to a large area in Seoul with several different markets and malls that sell a variety of different things, but what Dongdaemun Market is most well known for is the wholesale fashion night market. The wholesale fashion market is where all the tiny shops scattered throughout the country will source their fashion. And while the wholesale markets are cheaper than the retail malls, they won’t sell to you if you’re only buying one item. Go shopping with a friend and buy the same item to get the cheap wholesale prices. Right next to the wholesale markets are the retail malls that are open 24 hours as well where you can haggle your way to good prices.
Dongdaemun doesn’t just have fashion. There are also other markets nearby such as the shoe market, leather market, pet market, underwear and socks market and used book market.
Of course, if you’re at Dongdaemun Market, you can’t miss the amazing neofuturistic structure that stands across from most of the retails malls, Dongdaemun Design Plaza. It’s the center for the Korean fashion industry, and the structure itself is a site to behold. Be sure to check it out.