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Overwhelming Dongdaemun Market in Seoul

If I'm honest about Dongdaemun Market, both Linh and I were a little disappointed. It was our first destination on our first full day in Seoul and if the initial downpour of heavy rain didn't damper our enthusiasm, the goods did.

Dongdaemun-Mannequins

Dongdaemun Market is a huge market area encompassing several large, high-rise malls and the surrounding, marketing-packed streets.

Dongdaemun-Outer-Cafe

Dongdaemun-Fruit-Stall

Upon arriving at Dongdaemun Stadium metro station, we covered the fashion and clothing floors of places like the Migliore Mall and the Doota Mall, and settled for lunch at one of the upper floors of the latter.

Dongdaemun-Stream-Family

Our initial impressions came from the clothing on offer. The booths in the malls we visited, each manned by different vendors, ranged from basic in design to refined in style.

Dongdaemun-Cloth-Mall-Red

Dongdaemun-Cloth-Mall-Green

The basic stalls piled clothes high and sold them cheap. Every inch was typically utilised and lighting was frequently fluorescent and cold. I found that the typography on this "Fashion Town" banner said it all! If I had to describe what we saw, I could perhaps sum it up as a "local" style.

Dongdaemun-Linh-Fashion-Town

The Doota mall boasted better interiors featuring retailers with higher price goods and a greater visual shopping experience. But still, nothing stuck out for us, although Linh did buy these pink work out gloves in a nearby street market.

Dongdaemun-Linh-Pink-Gloves

The sheer volume of mini outlets probably didn't help as the overwhelming factor just didn't seem to allow us consideration and time to spend on any particular vendor. We were left with an unfulfilled shopping hunger!

Dongdaemun-Dessert-Linh

Taking to the streets around Dongdaemun, we came across a lane full of restaurants.

Dongdaemun-Restaurants

Quite a few of them were serving this red concoction. Anyone know what it is?

Dongdaemun-Restaurants-Red-Meat

More restaurants...

Dongdaemun-Restaurant-Chicken

Dongdaemun-Restaurant-Buns

Dongdaemun-Red-Shop

Dongdaemun-Restaurant-Cafe

Dongdaemun-Inner-Cafe

There was also a street dedicated to printing stamps.

Dongdaemun-Stamps

Signposted with these giant stamps outside one shop, we initially thought they were bowling pins of some kind...

Dongdaemun-Stamps-Signs

Dongdaemun-Stamps-Window

In other areas of Seoul, we came across more stamps, with the marble ones being particularly popular for tourists to get their names made up on.

Dongdaemun-Motorbikes

In another high-rise mall, the upper levels were clearly still in development and I took the opportunity to shoot these mannequins. Whether they've been discarded or prepared for a forthcoming booth I don't know.

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Dongdaemun-Quiet-Jade

More photos of Dondaemun Market on Flickr.

Dongdaemun-View-From-Doota


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