Seoul is one of our favourite travel destinations because there's an awesome balance of sightseeing, yummy food and of course, SHOPPING! If you're always on the lookout for quirky finds or if you want to shop like the locals do, these are 5 street markets you shouldn't miss!
1. Seocho Saturday Flea Market
What to expect: You can find almost anything under the sun at this flea market, from clothing to books and household products. It is one of the biggest flea markets in Seoul and is definitely a less touristy experience you can't miss!
Opening Hours: 9 am - 3 pm (Sat)
Address: Between Isu and Sadang Station
How to get there: Subway Line 2 or Line 4 to Sadang Station (Exit 14) | Turn to the left and continue straight until you reach the market which runs down the entire street.
2. Bling & Platoon Night Flea Market
What to expect: With great music and awesome shopping, The Bling Night Flea Market is the hottest night flea market in town. Hosted by a club culture magazine, you can expect to find the trendiest shoes, bags, clothes and accessories!
Opening Hours: 5 pm - 9 pm
How to get there: https://www.facebook.com/theblingmagazine/timeline (Venue changes)
3. Seoul Folk Flea Market
What to expect: Seoul Folk Flea Market is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs! An established flea market that sells all things traditional, you'll find all types of traditional Korean crafts. Definitely the best souvenir to remember your trip! :)
Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm, daily
Address: 109-5 Sinseol-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
How to get there: Subway Line 1 or 2 to Sinseoldong station (Exit 9)
4. Gwangjang Vintage Market
What to expect: Even if you're not a vintage junkie, you'll fall in love with the beautiful and affordable vintage pieces! Most products are imported from the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Payment: Cash only
Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm (Mon-Sat)
Address: Level 2 of Gwangjang Market
How to get there: Subway Line 1 to Jongono 5-ga Station (Exit 7 & 8)
5. Hongdae Free Market
What to expect: A unique experience of interacting with artists from all over Korea and appreciating all the crafts and performances! You'll find lots of handmade products and beautiful jewellery too!
Opening Hours: 1 pm - 6 pm (Sat) | Appears in March to November only
Address: Hongdae Children’s Park
How to get there: Take line 2 to Hongdae Station (Hongik University Station) (Exit 9) | Take the first right and go straight until you come to a T-junction with Hongik University in front of you | Turn right and head straight for about 20 metres and the park is on your right.
P.S. Want to find halal food near these shopping areas? Download the #HHWT Travel Planner mobile app and you can plan your trip to Seoul easily by finding halal food and prayer spaces near attractions!
Do share with us if you have any must-buys or must-visit shopping areas in Seoul in the comments because we're secretly shopaholics too :P And of course, if you're wondering where to try authentic halal Korean food, check out our food guide and list of cafes you must not miss!