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＃Dongdaemun Shoe Market
Where do you buy your shoes in Korea? In addition to the well-known brand shoes stores, you might also want to pay a visit to the "Dongdaemun Shoes Market."
If anyone tells you that Dongdaemun is not a good place for shopping, don't believe them. Where else can you get a pair of shoes at ₩10,000？Just try out the Dongdaemun Shoes Market, and you'll find yourself in another universe of shopping.
Dongdaemun Shoes Market
- Locartion：307, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (서울 종로구 청계천로 307)
- Transportation：Seoul Metro Line 1&4 Dongdaemun Station Exit 7 (동대문역)；Dongdaemun Underground Market Exit 1
- Opening Hours：02:00 to 15:00（Each store has different opening hours, so better to come in the morning and leave at around 17:00）
When you get out from Exit 7 of Dongdaemun Station, walk towards the back of the exit. When you arrive at Cheonggyecheon, you'll find Daiso next to Exit 1 of Dongdaemun Underground Market. You will see the entrance to Dongdaemun Shoes Market.
Before stepping into the Dongdaemun Shoes Market, there are some precautions that you need to be aware of.
Dongdaemun Shoes Market Instructions
- The prices that you get are mostly the price when you pay in cash
- If not necessary, don't try it on. If you try something on, the owner will think that you'll buy it
- The Korean shoes size is in 3 digits ; like 260 for example
- In most cases, the stores will be selling seasonal footwear
- For large quantity purchases, go to the next building
If you really want to enjoy your time shopping at Dongdaemun Shoes Market, bring along enough cash and you're sure to have a good time.
Actually I visited Dongdaemun Shoes Market wondering whether this place would be alright to have a look at shoes. Well I was immediately fascinated by the mountains of shoes all piled up there.
Men's shoes, women's shoes, leather shoes, sandals, sports shoes, children's shoes. etc... Dongdaemun Shoes Market literally has all kinds of shoes.
You'll really find shoes of all styles and ages. However, please remember that you may not be able to try it on. If you try it on, the owner may think that you want to buy it. Better to ask the owner before trying it on.
The entire Dongdaemun Shoes Market is a good place for tourists to visit. It's like a passage way where hundreds of stores are all gathered together. Basically, all the stores have the items, so if you've seen a pair of shoes at one store, you're likely to find it at the next store also.
It's actually a good option for parents when they're looking for children's shoes. Since it's a whole lot cheaper, you won't have to worry about your child growing up too fast.
The Dongdaemun Shoes Market being the biggest market with the biggest shoes collection in Korea, it's more than likely that the unbranded shoes that you see in other market places, underground markets and stores all come from here.
Although the shops may look quite old, the owners are still very sensitive to the latest trends and the shoes are all up to date. As I mentioned, the shoes that are priced at around 19,000 are sent elsewhere to be repriced at 39,000. So it's a good idea to buy them here.
Seasons change gradually, shouldn't you have a pair of beautiful sandals? If you're not thinking of buying shoes of famous brand names, you might as well come to Dongdaemun Shoes Market, buy a pair of good looking and cheap shoes.
No, you aren't mistaken. If you see a pair of shoes at ₩ 10,000 in the underground street, you might think it's cheap. In the Dongdaemun Shoes Market however, you can get it at half price. Isn't it much better?
You need good looking shoes, but you also need a variety of shoes. For those who want to collect shoes in variety following the trend, Dongdaemun Shoes Market is your answer.
If you find shoes of famous brands here, I can guarantee that it's fake. It's up to you whether you'll buy it or not.
Aren't these collections adorable? Whoever said that Dongdaemun is not a good place for shopping? If you want to buy something, you've got to choose the right place to buy at the right price and style.
You can find all kinds of sandals at 10,000 won. You can see them all here, and if you know the price, the next store will have similar collections, meaning that it will be easy for you to compare the price.
Once you visit the place, you'll notice that everybody here is having a good time. Even if you're not buying anything, you'll still have a good half an hour visit before moving on to the Dongdaemun main district.
The opening hours here is from 15:00 to late in the morning. I took the photos at 11:00am. The other day, I visited at 18:00, and it was too crowded. Best be safe and visit in the morning to avoid the crowd.
Want to buy cheap shoes? Want to buy good looking shoes? Don't say that Dongdaemun is expensive. If you go shopping in the Dongdaemun Shoes Market, you will definitely buy at a bargain.
So, see you next time!
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