Flea markets and free markets are great places to look for unique souvenirs. Flea markets sell secondhand goods and antiques, while the vendors at free markets sell handmade products. Some markets take place all year round, while others are held on a weekly basis; free markets tend to take place on Saturdays. Flea markets and free markets are located throughout Seoul, with many happening in popular tourist districts such as Hongdae, Jongno-gu, and Gangnam.
Hwanghak-dong Flea Market LINK & Dongmyo Flea Market
- 【 Photo: Hwanghak-dong Flea Market 】
- 【 Photo: Dongmyo Flea Market (Credit: Time Out Seoul) 】
The Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is a special market located along Cheonggyecheon Stream that sells secondhand goods. It is popularly known as “Manmul (all-things) Market” due to its variety of goods and also as “Dokkaebi (goblin) Market” because the dark interior of the shops seems like a place where goblins might live. The flea market is comprised of the antique street, electronic appliance stores, machinery stores, and stalls out on the street with vendors selling old books and videos. The nearby Dongmyo Flea Market attracts those who love vintage fashion and is constantly busy on the weekends.
- Hwanghak-dong Flea Market
- Address: 11-7, Majang-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 마장로5길 11-7)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Sindang Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 11
- Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
* Hours and closed days vary by shop
- Dongmyo Flea Market
- Address: 84, Nangye-ro 27-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 난계로27길 84)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 3 min from Dongmyo Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 6), Exit 3
- Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
* Hours and closed days vary by shop
The Seoul Folk Flea Market sells specialty products from different regions of Korea. The market was formed by a group of Hwanghak-dong Flea Market vendors who had to move due to the Cheonggyecheon Stream restoration. The Seoul Folk Flea Market offers everyday goods, souvenirs, and folk items that shed light on the past lifestyles of Koreans. Each floor of the market is dedicated to different themes, selling miscellaneous goods, clothing, antiques and crafts, local specialties, souvenirs, and more. Visitors to the market can also enjoy a wide range of traditional Korean snacks and food at affordable prices.
- Seoul Folk Flea Market
- Address: 21, Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 동대문구 천호대로 4길 21)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 4 min from Sinseol-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2, Ui-Sinseol Line), Exit 9
- Operating hours: 10:00-19:00
* Restaurants close at 22:00 / Closed second & fourth Tuesdays of every month
- Website: pungmul.or.kr (Korean only)
Seocho Saturday Flea Market
The Seocho Saturday Flea Market was originally a place for selling used household items in an effort to combat the effects of the Asian economic crisis in 1997. Comprised of hundreds of stalls each week, the flea market is held on Saturdays, March through November from 10:30 to 14:30. The market is divided into different sections with goods for the general public, children and adolescents, nursery products, and seasonal items. The market also holds street concerts, creative arts programs, and other hands-on events for visitors. Unlike most markets, the Seocho Saturday Flea Market rotates location each week.
- Seocho Saturday Flea Market
* Closed December-February, Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holiday period, and during inclement weather
- Seoripul Culture Square
- Address: 148, Myeongdal-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 명달로 148)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Seocho Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3
- Operating schedule: 10:30-14:30 first Saturday of every month
- Banpo Sports Complex
- Address: 30, Sinbanpo-ro 16-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 신반포로16길 30)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Sinbanpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 4
- Operating schedule: 10:30-14:30 second Saturday of every month
- Bangbae-dong Bukgae Road
- Address: Area of 493-3, Bangbae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 방배동 493-3)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 1 min from Sadang Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4), Exit 11
- Operating schedule: 10:30-14:30 third Saturday of every month
- Yangjae Neighborhood Park
- Address: 311, Yangjae2-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 양재2동 311)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Station (Sinbundang Line), Exit 3
- Operating schedule: 10:30-14:30 fourth Saturday of every month
- Seocho Culture & Arts High School
- Address: 69, Nambusunhwan-ro 347-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 남부순환로347길 69)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Yangjae Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1
- Operating schedule: 10:30-14:30 fifth Saturday of every month
* Skipped in months with only four Saturdays
The Hongdae Free Market takes place on the neighborhood streets of Hongik University, more often referred to as Hongdae, allowing artists and visitors to interact and communicate in a public, open space. The market brings about 50 to 60 teams of different artists every Saturday who perform, sell, exchange, and exhibit their work. Commonly sold items include metal crafts, leatherworks, ceramic crafts, woodcrafts, glass works, and recycled art. In addition, visitors to the market can also enjoy entertainment prepared by free-spirited musicians and performers with the Afternoon Stage performance.
- Hongdae Free Market
- Address: 19-3, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 와우산로21길 19-3)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 9
- Operating hours: Saturdays 13:00-18:00 March-November
* Canceled in the case of rain
- Website: www.freemarket.or.kr (Korean, English)
Kondae Free Market
Kondae Culture & Art Space Free Market takes place in front of Konkuk Univ. Station, filled with local artists who proudly sell their handicrafts. The market organizers aim to provide a space where the vendors can easily communicate with consumers, rather than focusing on big sales. Items available at the market range from dolls to bags and pouches to leather accessories to handmade soaps and other small items.
- Kondae Culture & Art Space Free Market
- Address: Area of 4-17, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 광진구 화양동 4-17)
- Directions: Walk for approx. 3 min from Konkuk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 7), Exit 3
- Operating schedule: Saturdays
November: Hours vary each week
* Market closed December-February
As most flea and free markets accept cash only, it is advised to prepare cash in advance before visiting.
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