Flea & Free Markets

Flea & Free Markets

Among some of Seoul’s major tourist sites are unique flea markets selling all kinds of secondhand goods and antiques. Some markets take place all year round, while others are held on a weekly, yearly, or seasonal basis. With handmade goods, food, artwork, secondhand clothing, household appliances, musical instruments, and other unique items available for sale, the sheer diversity of goods is enough to warrant a visit to any of Seoul’s major flea markets located in the popular and accessible neighborhoods of Hongdae, Myeong-dong, Gangnam, and Itaewon Special Tourist Zone.

Hwanghak-dong Flea Market (Dokkaebi Market / Manmul Market) & Dongmyo Flea Market LINK

  • Photo: Hwanghak-dong Flea Market & Dongmyo Flea Market (Right credit: Time Out Seoul)
  • Photo: Hwanghak-dong Flea Market & Dongmyo Flea Market (Right credit: Time Out Seoul)
【 Photo: Hwanghak-dong Flea Market & Dongmyo Flea Market (Right credit: Time Out Seoul) 】

The Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is a special market located along the Cheonggyecheon Stream that sells secondhand goods. It is also popularly known as “Manmul (all-things) Market” due to its variety of goods and “Dokkaebi (a Korean goblin) Market” as the dark interior of the shops stacked high with antiques makes one think of a place where goblins might live. The flea market is comprised of street vendors selling old books and videos, the antique street, electronic appliance stores, machinery stores, and stalls out on the street. In particular, the nearby Dongmyo Flea Market becomes packed every weekend with youths who love vintage fashion.

Address

  • Hwanghak-dong Flea Market: 20, Majang-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Dongmyo Flea Market: Dongmyo Park area nearby 84, Nangye-ro 27-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Directions

  • Hwanghak-dong Flea Market: Sindang Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 11. Walk approx.8 min.
  • Dongmyo Flea Market: Dongmyo Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 6), Exit 3. Area nearby Dongmyo Park.

Operating hours

  • Hwanghak-dong Flea Market: 09:00-18:00 / Schedule varies by store
  • Dongmyo Flea Market: 09:00-18:00 / Schedule varies by store
  • * Street market expands on weekends

Seoul Folk Flea Market LINK

  • Seoul Folk Flea Market
  • Seoul Folk Flea Market

The Seoul Folk Flea Market sells specialty products from different regions in Korea. The market was formed by gathering the former shops and vendors of Hwanghak-dong Flea Market (Dokkaebi Market), who lost their shop locations during the restoration of the Cheonggyecheon Stream. The Seoul Folk Flea Market offers everyday goods, souvenirs, and folk items that shed light on the past lifestyles of Koreans. The market floor is divided into sections selling miscellaneous goods, clothing, antiques and crafts, local specialties, tourism souvenirs, and more. Visitors to the market can also enjoy a wide range of traditional Korean snacks and food at affordable prices.

  • Address: 21, Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
  • Directions: Sinseol-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2, Ui Sinseol Lrt), Exit 9. Walk approx. 7 min.
  • Operating hours: 10:00-19:00
    • * Restaurants close at 22:00 / Closed 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
  • Website: pungmul.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)

Insa-dong’s Ssamziegil LINK

  • Insa-dong’s Ssamziegil
  • Insa-dong’s Ssamziegil

Ssamziegil, an arts and crafts shopping mall on the famous Insa-dong Street, offers diverse collection of Korean handicrafts and designer goods. The shopping mall has four above ground levels which are connected by a walkway that wraps around the mall’s atrium. The shopping center offers plenty of attractions as exhibitions along with performances and events that take place in its courtyard. In addition, nearby Insa-dong Art Street and the many galleries, traditional teahouses, and restaurants lining Insa-dong Street allow visitors to experience traditional Korean culture in the heart of Seoul.

  • Address: 44, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk approx. 7 min.
  • Operating hours: 11:00-21:00 / Closed Seollal (Korean New Year’s Day)and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)

Hongdae Free Market LINK

  • Credit: Free Market in front  of Hongik University
  • Credit: Free Market in front  of Hongik University
【 Credit: Free Market in front of Hongik University 】

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 over a 50 to 60 teams of different artists every Saturday who freely perform, sell, exchange, and exhibit their work. Hongdae Free Market sets itself apart from flea markets that deal with secondhand goods by providing an environment for artists to express their creativity through interaction and trading. 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.

  • Address: Hongik Children’s Park, 19-3, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Directions: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9. Walk approx. 10 min.
  • Operating hours: Saturdays 13:00*18:00 / Canceled in case of rainfall and closed in winter (December-February)
  • Website: www.freemarket.or.kr (Korean, English)

Seocho Saturday Flea Market

  • Credit: Seocho-gu Office
  • Credit: Seocho-gu Office
【 Credit: Seocho-gu Office 】

The Seocho Saturday Flea Market has been held was originally a place for selling used household items in an effort to combat the effects of Asian economic crisis in 1997. Comprised of hundreds of stalls each week, the flea market will open until end of November on Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:30 in 2017. 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.

Address: Varies by week
  • Yongheori Neighborhood Park (Week 1): 1324-1, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
  • Banpo Sports Complex (Week 2): 15-2, Banpo 2-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
  • Bangbae-dong Bokgae Road (Week 3): 2089, Nambusunhwan-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Seocho Cultural Arts Park (Week 4): 40, Baumoe-ro 12-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Directions

  • Yongheori Neighborhood Park (Week 1): Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 6, Shinbundang Line), Exit 6. Walk approx. 9 min.
  • Banpo Sports Complex (Week 2): Sinbanpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 4. Walk approx. 5 min.
  • Bangbae-dong Bokgae Road (Week 3): Sadang Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4), Exit 11, 13.
  • Seocho Cultural Arts Park (Week 4): Take a taxi from Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Park (Seoul Subway Shinbundang Line) for approx. 5 min.
  • Operating hours: April-November, Saturdays 09:00-14:30 / Canceled in case of rain
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

As most flea and free markets accept cash only, it is advised to prepare cash in advance before visiting.

This page was last updated on October 24, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.