Truly indigenous treasures gleam amid the buzzing throngs of bargain-hunting buyers, hawking vendors and innocent bystanders. If you can withstand the rush and a few devil-may-care elbows, they’re yours. You may need help, of course, and that’s why we’ve given you a field map of the eclectic and extraordinary places Dongdaemun has tucked away. So steel yourself and navigate its labyrinth of markets and alleyways; you’ll be rewarded with endless bounty (for a small fee, of course).
There are many small-scale factories still operating in the massive complexes of Dongdaemun, and they’re populated with people from around the world. The restaurants that cater to these hard-working, value-conscious laborers are excellent dining options for adventurous shoppers in the know.