Visited Chungbu Market early in the morning for a glimpse of how a Korean marketplace looks like!
A little about Chungbu Market
Opened in 1957. Jungbu (Chungbu) Market is a market that specialises in dried fish and other dried products. A little over half of the dried fish traded in Korea goes though this market. Jungbu Market used to be a normal traditional market when it first opened but transformed into a dried fish specialty market when Garak-dong Agricultural Market was established in the mid 1980s. All of the goods sold in Jungbu market are delivered directly from their places of origin, ensuring competitive prices and high quality goods.
Euljiro 4-ga station, exit no. 6
Very clean floors and items are stacked neatly. Plus it’s not very smelly, unlike the markets in Singapore. Quite similar to the dried goods market near the Bugis area, just that their variety is way more than ours. The people there were rather polite too, inviting us to try out the side dishes before buying.
Ginseng galore! I think these are the non-expensive ones used for cooking in soups and such. Should have bought some home! #toolateforregrets
We took the subway to Dongdaemun to get started on some early shopping!
A little about Dongdaemun
Ever since its opening in 1905, Dongdaemun Market has been one of the major markets in Korea. Specialising in wholesale clothing, the market has grown large, having more than 20 shopping malls.
Seoul Subway Line 2 Dongdaemun Stadium Station, or Line 1 or 4 Dongdaemun Station
Section 1 – Retail Shops
Section 2 – Wholesale Shops
Walking along the streets, there were already some street stores open for business. Got really excited but when we checked it out, the stuff was quite ‘MEH’ and we didn’t get anything much.
There are a few major shopping malls in Dongdaemun. The first mall we visited was a wholesale mall by the name of Hello apM (헬로에이피엠). They operate from 10am-5am.
BUT we were so disappointed! The clothes are really old-fashioned!
They do sell quite a lot of basics though. Worth checking out but quite pricey.
After walking the entire apM mall and buying nothing much, we settled for a quick meal at the foodcourt on the top floor. This set only costs S$3! Quite yummy.
Decided that Dongdaemun is probably better for night time shopping, we headed to another shopping spot – Ewha Women’s University.
Quite happy that there are quite a lot of fashionable shops here, and prices were quite mostly affordable. I think they cater mostly to uni students so there’s a good mix of shops and cafes right in front of the university.
Got a little tired and tried out this cute looking cafe named ‘7gram’.
The coffee was decent but their signature honey bread with ice cream was basically just white bread with ice cream and honey syrup drizzled over. LOL.. Paid about S$20 for 2 pax.
We also spotted a minimart right outside the university. Stocked up on some cup noodles for midnight snacking!
Went back to the hotel for a short rest before going out again.
We attempted to shop at Dongdaemun again that night… it was really really bad idk why :(
Basically, Dongdaemun at night is split into 2 areas –> one area wholesale malls and the other area are consumer malls. The consumer malls are really expensive with clothing starting from $20+ and up. And the wholesale side didn’t want to sell to us even if we were willing to pay more. They’ve got retailers waiting to collect their goods and have no time for single purchases.
We did find a wholesale mall where some sellers are willing to sell to non-retailers. A little messy, but overall quite an interesting experience.
Headed back early as we’re off to Lotte World the next morning!