Dongdaemun Market in Seoul is one of two popular traditional markets that were set up in the early 20th Century. The other one is Namdaemun Market, and both are situated near an old fortress wall gate. The open-air Namdaemun Market remains very traditional, while Dongdaemun has gone through urban changes that made it more a modern high-rise department store than a traditional market. Some of the stores, though, have decided to maintain their old traditional look. Fortunately, however, Dongdaemun has maintained one important feature of a traditional Korean market – bargain sale.
“Dongdaemun” is Korea for “east gate”. Dongdaemun Market first opened sometime in 1905. It became a permanent feature in Seoul’s city and economic landscape, and in the 1970s played a major role in developing the country’s textile industry. In the 1990s, major [Read more…]