Dongdaemun Market

Coordinates: 37°34′13″N 127°00′32″E / 37.57041°N 127.00896°E / 37.57041; 127.00896
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dongdaemun Market
One of the main buildings of the market (2007)
LocationJongno District, Seoul, South Korea
Opening dateJuly 1905 (in English)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationDongdaemun Sijang
McCune–ReischauerTongdaemun Sijang

Dongdaemun Market (Korean동대문시장) or Dongdaemun (abbreviated DDM) is a large commercial district in Jongno District, Seoul, South Korea.[1] With traditional markets and shopping centers, it is a popular shopping and tourist destination that has been designated a “Special Tourism Zone” (관광특구) since 2002.[2]


Dongdaemun Market opened in July 1905 in Yeji-dong (예지동 ), whose name means "a neighborhood for learning politeness", so the market was originally called Baeugaejang (배우개장, "market for learning"). It was also called Gwangjang Market (광장시장) as a company of the same name was set up as market management.[1]

The market was set in a closed structure until the Korean War, when it was completely destroyed. It slowly rebuilt over the years and, in 1959, a building was constructed and the market was revived. In 1998 and 1999, large shopping malls such as Geopyeong Freya, Migliore, and Doosan Tower were built in the district, and the market was renovated with a modern atmosphere in the traditional market.[3]


Dongdaemun Market is near Dongdaemun from which it takes its name. The market is divided into five shopping districts—A, B, C, D and a shopping town,[4] with 26 shopping malls over 10 blocks, 30,000 speciality shops, and 50,000 manufacturers.

The market sells all types of goods but notably silks and fabric, clothes, shoes and leather goods, sporting goods, plumbing and electronics, office supplies, fortune tellers, toys and food areas specialising in Korean cuisine. It also has many pet shops.[5] It is on the Seoul list of “Asia's 10 greatest street food cities” for the Korean snack Soondae and mandu.[6]

DDM was traditionally a night market and wholesalers once operated from 1:00 am to 1:00 pm. Now, the area is open for 18.5 hours a day from 10:30 am to 5:00 am, with some stores open 24 hours a day, although most close on Sundays and holidays.[5]


Retail shops[edit]

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 the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park, the old site 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. They have facilities like money exchanges and information desks with English-speaking staff. Opening hours are aimed at general customers, from 10 am to 5 am the next day. Major shopping malls are Doosan Tower, Migliore, Freya Town and Hello apM.[7]

Wholesale shops[edit]

Shopping malls in Section 2 sell goods in wholesale and retail, but mainly sell in bulk. Malls here usually open at about 8 pm and close at 8 am or 5 pm the next day. The peak time comes late at night through early morning. Since most shops deal with wholesalers, there are no dressing rooms. Major shopping malls in Section 2 are Designer's Club, Migliore Valley, Nuzzon, Gwanghee Fashion Mall, Jeil Pyeonghwa, and Heungin Stardom. Among them, Jeil Pyeonghwa and Heungin Stardom attract customers in their thirties and forties. Teens and youth in their twenties usually visit Designer's Club, Migliore Valley, Nuzzon and Gwanghee Fashion Mall.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dongdaemun Market at Doosan Encyclopedia. (in Korean)
  2. ^ Dongdaemun becomes Special Tourism Zone, Maekyung, 20 May 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2010. (in Korean)
  3. ^ Dongdaemun Market Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine at Britannica Korea. (in Korean)
  4. ^ "50 must-visit traditional markets in Korea" Archived 13 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine CNN. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b Life in Korea: Dongdaemun Market Archived 29 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lina "Asia's 10 greatest street food cities" Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine CNN. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b Dongdaemun market Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Weekend 21. Retrieved 10 July 2010. (in Korean)

External links[edit]

37°34′13″N 127°00′32″E / 37.57041°N 127.00896°E / 37.57041; 127.00896