South Korea Seoul Trip Part 7: Evening Scene in Dongdaemun

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I traveled to Seoul, South Korea, in early September. Although I was not blessed with weather at all, I enjoyed the trip as the food was delicious and people were kind. In this article, I will write about evening scene in Dongdaemun as part of Day 2. Dongdaemun is famous as “24/7” city, so the area became more vibrant in the evening.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Gimpo International Airport
* Day 1: Myeong-dong
* Day 1: Myeong-dong (Light-up)
* Day 2: National Museum of Korea
* Day 2: War Memorial of Korea
* Day 2: Dongdaemun
* Day 2: Dongdaemun (Light-up) [This Article]
* Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace
* Day 3: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art etc.
* Day 3: Seoul Station
* Day 3: Seoul Station (Light-up)
* Day 4: Coex Aquarium and Starfield Library
* Day 4: Lotte World
* Day 4: Lotte World (Light-up)
* Day 5: Paradise City
* Day 5: Return Home from Incheon Airport & Stay Overnight at Narita Airport

[Travel Date]

[Main Part]

Following the previous post, I will take photos of evening scene in Dongdaemun.

Heunginjimun (Dongdaemun)

I will start my strolling from “Heunginjimun”.Seoul Dongdaemun Heunginjimun1

“Heunginjimun” was built in 1396 during Joseon Dynasty to protect attacks from foreign enemies. “The Four Great Gates” were developed at the north, south, east, and west ends, and “Heunginjimun” was located in the east, so it was also called “Dongdaemun”, meaning “East Big Gate”.

“Heunginjimun” was lighted up in the evening.Seoul Dongdaemun Heunginjimun2

Trajectory with vehicles.Seoul Dongdaemun Heunginjimun3

Dongdaemun Market

There were several buildings where wholesale shops gathered.Seoul Dongdaemun Market1

A river ran around the area.Seoul Dongdaemun Market2

“Pyoung HWA Fashion Plaza” was composed of lots of clothing stores.Seoul Dongdaemun Market3

Dongdaemun Fashion Buildings

Down south a little, there were fashion buildings especially for young people.""

One of them was “DOOTA MALL”.Seoul Dongdaemun DOOTA MALL1

All fashion buildings were open until midnight and “DOOTA MALL” was opening until 5 a.m. except for Sunday.Seoul Dongdaemun DOOTA MALL2

I often saw “LINE FRIENDS” shops in Seoul.Seoul Dongdaemun LINE FRIENDS

“Hyundai City Outlets” was operated by “Hyundai” group, the largest car maker in South Korea.Seoul Dongdaemun Hyundai City Outlets


Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

I came to “Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)” again, which I visited in the daytime.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)1

An artistic object.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)2

On the opposite side, you can see fashion buildings including “LOTTE FITIN”.""

“Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)” was designed by Zaha Hadid, who is often referred to as “Queen of the curve”.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)3

Moving to the building.""

Looking back.""

I felt as if I were in outer space.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)4

There were also sofas where visitors can relax.""

Other snaps.""


A fancy cafe.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)5

Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)6

It rained sometimes, but overall I was able to avoid rain.""



The staircase was lighted up and many people took pictures.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)7

Finally, I took a photo of the entire building.Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)8

Then, I returned to the hotel by subway and the second day of my South Korea Seoul trip was over.""


That’s it for the article about evening scene in Dongdaemun as part of Day 2.

Dongdaemun is famous as “24/7” city, so there were lots of stores that start its operation from the evening and the area became more vibrant in the evening. In particular, if you like shopping and are confident in your physical strength, you will be able to enjoy Dongdaemun overnight 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Gyeongbokgung Palace as part of Day 3.


1. Heunginjimun (Dongdaemun)
2. Pyoung HWA Fashion Plaza
4. Hyundai City Outlets
6. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

[Related Link]
Visit Seoul – The Official Travel Guide to Seoul
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

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