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Dongdaemun Market and Gate Tours

Once the easternmost of four main gates to the capital city, Seoul, the Dongdaemun Gate functions today as a tourist attraction and an iconic beacon for shoppers seeking the wares available at the nearby market and shopping complexes.

There have been imposing structures serving as gates on the site as far back as 1396. The current structure was built by King Gojong in 1869. The gate and connecting city wall weren't built for ornamental purposes only, as the lowland site of the main palace wasn't easy to defend from invaders. This is not to say that the structure is anything less than handsome. Despite the varying hues of stone used during numerous renovations over the years, the gate's facade is imposing. Joseon Period Japsang statues of animals adorn the eaves in an attempt to ward off evil spirits. Whether they are effective or not is questionable, but their aesthetic value is considerable. Guided tours of the structure and surrounding area come highly recommended.

The aforementioned market and shopping complexes are booming destinations popular with both Koreans and tourists. Situated along the famous Cheonggyecheon Stream and the Hwanghakgyo Bridge, the market is home to stalls offering standard wares, kitschy souvenirs, traditional Korean goods, folk items, and a wide array of traditional Korean and fusion cuisine. Cross the main street to the Dongdaemun shopping complexes to go shopping for clothing, accessories, and shoes until the wee hours of the night.

A stimulating mix of old and new, the Dongdaemun Gate and accompanying market are definitely worth a late afternoon or early evening, whether you live in and around Seoul or are just passing through.

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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul, Seoul, null
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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience Seoul after dark during this 4.5-hour guided night shopping tour. Partake in a little retail therapy in the the shopping-centric neighborhoods of ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.00
4-Hour Leisure Night and Street Food Tasting Tour in Seoul, Seoul, Shopping Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

4-Hour Leisure Night and Street Food Tasting Tour in Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Taste the flavors of Seoul on this 4-hour leisure night and Korean street food tasting tour led by a local guide. Sample authentic street food in Gwangjang ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Unique Shopping Tour to Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall and Itaewon, Seoul, Street Food Tours
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Unique Shopping Tour to Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall and Itaewon

This afternoon half-day tour allows you to visit the Northern and Southern part of Han River. Enjoy shopping at Goto Mall, the largest underground shopping ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Central Seoul Evening Tour including Deoksu Palace, Seoul Plaza and Dongdaemun Market, Seoul, ... 
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Central Seoul Evening Tour including Deoksu Palace, Seoul Plaza and Dongdaemun Market

On this 4-hour evening tour in central Seoul, you will visit Deoksu Palace, Seoul Plaza (City Hall) and the Dongdaemun market. This tour includes hotel pickup ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Seoul Night Tour: Sevit Some, Fountain, and North Seoul Tower, Seoul, Night Tours
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Seoul Night Tour: Sevit Some, Fountain, and North Seoul Tower

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

See the wonderful night lights of Seoul with a 5.5-hour guided tour. From Banpo Bridge, watch the beautiful rainbow fountain show; then take a walk on the ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.00
Seoul Shopping Tour in Dongdaemun and Myeongdong, Seoul, City Tours
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Seoul Shopping Tour in Dongdaemun and Myeongdong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Get ready to shop until you drop on this full day tour of Seoul’s premier shopping districts! You’ll hit three different districts – Paju, Dongdaemun and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.88
Seoul-Gyeonggi Small Group Customizable Full-Day Private Tour, Seoul, Shopping Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Seoul-Gyeonggi Small Group Customizable Full-Day Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a private and customizable tour in Seoul and Gyeonggi where you will have the freedom to go where you want, when you want, and at the pace that you ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $350.00
Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour, Seoul, Custom Private Tours
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Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Discover the history, culture and food of Seoul on a walking tour of this bustling metropolis. Journey back to the past and visit historic landmarks like ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Seoul City Sightseeing by Bike and Foot, Seoul, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Seoul City Sightseeing by Bike and Foot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Experience a full day of Seoul sightseeing on this combination bike and walking tour with a local guide. Biking for a total of two hours, pedal past Deoksu ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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