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What to do in Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun Hotels

Dongdaemun is one of the most diverse and deeply fascinating districts of South Korea’s vast capital city of Seoul. The area is home to Dongdaemun Market, a huge, century-old traditional shopping sprawl composed of chic boutiques, glitzy mini malls, and hundreds of rustic stalls. Dongdaemun is also a great area for culture and history buffs, providing plenty of heritage sites mixed with cutting-edge contemporary architecture.

Things to see

Start you electrifying Dongdaemun morning by experiencing a slice of old-world city history at the Seoul Fortress Wall. Starting in Dongdaemun, this immense stone structure - composed of thousands of looming grey bricks - winds around the city, marking the 14th century city limits of the Joseon Dynasty. Of course, not all of the Fortress Wall still survives, but in Dongdaemun it remains in supreme condition. After, culture-fiends should head to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, an enormous sleek-silver half-dome shaped building covered in glittering panels. This stellar example of contemporary architecture - based in the green-washed Dongdaemun Culture and History Park - is home to a design museum, exhibition space, and performance areas. In the afternoon, spend a few hours searching through the rich and wonderful variety of stores in the Dongdaemun Market. Bargain-hunters can adventure through the maze-like streets, finding bright fabrics, hip vintage clothing, flashy electronics, and mouthwatering street food.

Hotels in Dongdaemun

There are plenty of affordable mid-range hotels in Dongdaemun, ideal for those travelling on a slightly tight budget, or those looking to spend their money on the market rather than high-end accommodation. The cheap and budget 2-star hotels in Dongdaemun are ideal for urban explorers, providing speedy free WiFi and tour and ticket assistance. For something a little fancier, stay in a 3-star hotel, and enjoy free parking, elegant in-house restaurants, and modern 24-hour fitness centres. For utter city luxury, there are a couple of fine 4-star hotels speckled in the nearby neighbourhoods.

Where to stay

Dongdaemun is a great neighbourhood for energetic families or culture-addicts, offering a true taste of Seoul’s diverse city living - with plenty of family-friendly activities, too. The colossal market - where the sounds of bartering locals resonate off the walls, and the sizzling smell of spicy street food fills the air - is a key draw, but Dongdaemun’s History and Culture Park is also a top area This sophisticated futuristic park lives in harmony with the Design Plaza - often running across the building’s roof - and makes for a great, tranquil relaxation space. As a central area, Dongdaemun also puts you within easy reach of Seoul’s top central sights.

How to get to Dongdaemun

Catch a flight to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, an immense, buzzing hub of worldwide aviation. You can take year-round direct flights from top cities in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed arriving at this mammoth airport - but don’t fear. You can take the 6002 bus, which departs from bus stop 5B, 12 A, on the first floor of the passenger terminal - this will take around 1 hour 30 minutes to Dongdaemun Station. Alternatively, take the Airport Rail subway to Seoul Station, and catch the connecting #4 to Dongdaemun - taking around 1 hour 10 minutes in total. Once there, you can easily get around by rail and bus.

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