Dongdaemun Gate, Seoul, South Korea

Dongdaemun Gate (East Main Gate) in Seoul, South Korea, is one of the four main Seoul’s Gates. Dongdaemun Gate, also called by Koreans Heunginjimun, is National Treasure n. 1 and it was first built in 1396 by King Taejo; however, the structure as we see it today was built by King Gojong in 1869.

Dongdaemun Market, Seoul

Dongdaemun is famous for its market. Dongdaemun Market is in reality made up by several Dongdaemun Gate from a distancetraditional markets and a few modern shopping malls. In Dongdaemun Market customers can find wholesale shops and stalls as well as retailers, and you will be spoilt for choice, as the market has about 20 malls, 30,000 stores and 50,000 wholesalers. Goods sold at Dongdaemun Market include clothes, fabrics, yarns, fashion accessories and shoes and this market is famous for its cheap prices and for night shopping, many of its shops being open from 10am to 5am the following morning. In Dongdaemun Market there are thirteen traditional markets, which coexist with twenty modern malls, the most famous of which are Migliore, Doosan Tower and Freya Town. In Dongdaemun Market you can also find a lot of restaurants and food stalls, as well as entertainment facilities such as a multiplex cinema.

Dongdaemun Stadium, Seoul

Near Dongdaemun Market there is Dongdaemun Stadium. Dongdaemun Stadium was built in 1926 and used to be the main centre for sport events in Korea, before 1988 Summer Olympics when Seoul Sports Complex was built. Dongdaemun stadium has two sections: a soccer ground and a baseball field. The soccer field has a capacity of 30,000 seats and was used for a few football matches during 1988 Olympics. Nowadays, Dongdaemun Stadium football section is used as a flea market.

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