Specialty Markets, Seoul
Bangsan Market is actually located within Dongdaemun Market and offers a variety of products including materials for wrapping, print, and advertisement as well as home decorating-renovating shops (wrapping materials, vinyl, wall paper, paper material in wholesale, various prints, boxes, gravia/off-set printers, etc). But one of the main reasons expats go to Bangsan is Baker's Alley - a section of the market where one can find all kinds of baking supplies, products and decorating items.
Hours: 7AM to 7PM (that said not all shops open that early) - many of the shops also sell online (in Korean only) and deliver to your home for a small delivery fee (free delivery for larger orders often). See: www.bakeking.co.kr, www.bakingmall.com and www.happybaking.com.
Baking Section: From Jongno 5-ga Station (line No. 1, Stop 129), go out exit 7 and cross over the Cheonggye Stream. From there, you’ll see the arch for the Bangsan Market entrance (방산종 한시장).
To see home decorating/party/printing stores, etc before getting to Baker's Alley - Go from Euljiro 4-ga Station (line No. 2 or 5, stop 204 or 535), go out exit 4 and turn right at the first intersection. From there, you’ll walk until you see the sign for Bangsan Market (방산종 한시장).
Express Bus Terminal Flower Markets include the Hansan Flower Market in the underground shopping mall of the Terminal and the Gangnam Flower Market (tel. 595-0306) on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Daehae building next to the terminal building for the Youngdong and Honam (bus) lines.
Gangnam Flower Market: around 5AM to about 2PM
Hansam Flower Market: closes at about 9PM. Shops open anywhere from 9:30AM to Noon or later.
Closed: Underground market (Hansam) closed the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month
Directions: Express Bus Terminal, Lines 3, 7, 9 (orange line, stop 339,734 and 923). Hansam in in the underground shopping area (you don't leave the subway station). Easiest way to find Gangnam Flower Market is to go out exit 1, cross the parking lot between Shinsaegae Department Store and the Bus Terminal. Go into the bus terminal, turn right and look for the escalators. Go up, the flower market is in between two fabric floors.
Gyeong-dong Oriental Medicine Market has hundred of shops selling Asian medicine herbs and roots.
Many of the merchants grow the items themselves. A little beyond the herbal market is a fresh market, Jegidong Market.
Hours: Most stores are open from 9AM to 6PM. However, many shops don't open until closer to Noon and the hours are not consistent.
Closed on the first and third Sundays of each month.
Directions: Take the subway to Jegi-dong Station, Line 1 (dark blue line, stop 125) Seoul Line 1
Janganpyong Antique Market offers a wide range of curios, reproductions and genuine antiques. You can find furniture, paintings, ironware, chests, ironware and much more. The market consists of 3 buildings all within walking distance of each other. Once you find one, the merchants will direct you to the others. Two of them are side by side and the other further down the street.
Hours: 10AM to 8PM (although some open later).
Closed: second and fourth Sunday of the month.
Directions: Dapsimni Subway Station, Line 5 (purple line, stop 542)
Majang Meat Market, located in central Seoul, at the eastern end of Cheonggye Stream, it is the largest meat market in the country. The market is a cluster of a hundred or more butcher stalls, dealers and meat-processing shops. Only pork and beef are sold here. The freshness and the low prices are difficult to find anywhere else.
Hours: varies from one butcher stall to another, however many open as early as 5AM.
Directions: Take Subway line 5 to Majang Station, Stop 541, Exit 2. Go left at Majang-an Street and continue and you will find the market on your left.
Myeong-dong is full of shopping alleys, brand name stores and trendy products that appeal to young people...and the not-so-young. It's noisy with competing loud music blaring from individual stores and boutiques, and is full of coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants.
Hours: stores open and close at different times, but generally hours are around 10AM to 9PM
Directions: You can enter Myeong-dong from the Myeong-dong Subway Station, Line 4 (light blue line, stop 424) Exit #6 oria Exit 2 of Euljiro-1-ga Subway Station, Line 2 (green line, stop 202)
Nonhyeon Furniture Street is a great place to go for all kinds of furniture – modern to traditional, Western and Eastern, high and low end. There are over 100 showrooms in the area. The Street holds an annual festival during which time stores offer discounts of up to 40%.
Hours: Most stores state that their hours are from 9AM to 8PM - however, best to come closer to 10 or 11AM for many.
By Subway: Sinsa- Seoul Line 3 (orange line, stop 337) is the closest. Go out exit #3 and walk straight for about 150 metres. You'll see a street sign, in both Korean and English, for Nonhyeon-dong Furniture Street. Another option: Nonhyeon Station Line 7 (olive line) Exit #1, Walk straight 5-10 minutes.
Buses: for specific buses from your area to Sinsa Station, see below for interactive bus map.
Techno Mart (electronics) is a super-size shopping center holding a shopping mall, various discount stores, and a total of more than 2,000 electronic shops from the 1st to 8th floor. Customers frequent this mall to shop for consumer electronic products, computers, sound systems, communication equipment, CDs, DVDs, and more. The B2 floor of Techno Mart houses a bookstore store and discount store offering clothes, groceries, home appliances, and food and snacks at discounted prices.
Gangbyeon CGV is located on the 10th floor Techno Mart also offers arcades, equipped with various multi-simulation and virtual experience game machines.
Transportation in the Techno Mart area proves to be convenient as it is located next to the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. Guides are also available on the B1 floor entrance to provide you with a variety of services in your native language.
9F (Restaurants) 10:00am ~ 10:00pm
2F ~ 8F 10:00am ~ 8:00pm
Weekdays 1F – 8F 10:00am ~ 8:00pm
Weekdays & Holidays B1 ~ 1F 10:00am ~ 9:00pm
Closed: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
Subway: Gangbyeon Station, Line 2 (green line, stop 214). Exits #1 and #2 are directly connected to B1 of Techno Mart.
Bus: many buses stop at Gangbyeon Station, see interactive bus map below.
Website is Korean only.
Yangjae Flower Market is located in Yangjae-dong in Seocho-gu. Anything you want from gardening supplies, to flowers to plants to trees – real and artificial – can be found here. Both wholesale and retail vendors operate here. Most will deliver, often free of charge. This market is a combination of greenhouses, indoor and outdoor vendors. This is the place to go if you are a serious gardener or if you want more than cut flowers and small plants.
Hours: Open from 5AM to 3PM. Closed Sundays.
Directions: Go to Yangjae Station (line 3, stop 342). From exit 7 you can either take a taxi or a bus. Green buses: 4312, 4421, 4422, 424, 5411 / Blue buses: 140, 400, 470, 471 / Shuttle 20 - Tell the driver you want Yangjae Flower Market (Korean sounds like:Yangjae Kot Shijang)
Yongsan Electronics Market, located in the Yongsan area not far from Itaewon, is the number one place to go for all your computer and electronics needs. Hundreds of shops are located in over 20 buildings in the market. The shops, located indoors - this is not an outdoor market - sell
appliances, stereos, computers and peripherals, office equipment, telephones, lighting equipment, electronic games and software, and videos and CDs. Many of the shops also carry transformers of all sizes. Korean-made products generally cost 20% less here than other retail outlets, while imported items can be as much as 50% cheaper. Transformers of varying sizes can be found at many shops. The 5,000 (approx) vendors are independent and lease their space, so be careful of those who may be temporary tenants. Not all of them put sticker prices on their products and although the prices are 20 to 50% lower than in many other locations, foreign buyers are still likely to be charged more than locals. the hours and closing days do vary from one building to another.
The major stores are open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and are closed the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.
Following is specific information on some of the stores:
Najin Shopping Center/Seonin Shopping Center/Wonhyo Shopping Center- 09:30 ~ 19:30
Electronic Land- 10:00 ~ 19:30
Terminal Shopping Center- 10:00 ~ 20:00
Space 9 Shopping Center- 10:00 ~ 20:00
Najin/Seonin/Wonhyo/Terminal Shopping Center- first and third Sundays
Electronic Land, Space 9 Shopping Center- first and third Tuesdays.
Directions: Subway line 1, Yongsan Station. Shuttle bus #3 (starts at the Hyatt Hotel) goes to Yongsan Electronics Market.
The market does not have its own English website.
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Photo: Gyeong-dong Oriental Medicine Market, lifeinkorea.com
Last Updated on 2014-02-17
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