Dapsimni Antiques Market is located just one block away from Dapsimni Station, Seoul.
The antique shops are located in many buildings in the area but nearly all of them are concentrated into three main buildings called 2-Dong Town, 5-Dong Town, and 6-Dong Town. Here you can pick up a variety of unique and interesting antique and vintage items with prices ranging on average from 10,000 Won for smaller items to the most expensive in the millions of Won. Like other markets, Dapsimni has a lot to offer. Inside the buildings are dozens of stores and you can easily wander from one shop to another. The hallways are packed with overflowing merchandise. Some of the shops sold true antiques, while others had reproductions or refurbished furniture. Some shops specialized in ceramics, while others mainly had trunks and baskets. We saw old locks, drums, statues, rice stamps, and bound manuscripts, just to name a few. If you’re looking for something specific, it’s probably there. The antiques are mainly from South Korea, North Korea, China or Japan but items from all around the world can be found. There are more than 150 antique and thrift stores in the area located near Dapsimni station with more than 300,000 items for sale.
The shopkeepers were all older and friendly. They were open to talking and explaining what things were for and shared information of when and where everything came from. Most spoke a little English and the language barrier was not much of an issue. It’s helpful if you know your Korean numbers in denominations of 10’s and most shopkeepers were open to some friendly minimal bartering on their prices. Even if you aren’t looking to buy any Korean antiques, the shopkeepers will add to your cultural experience here. Some shopkeepers accept only local currency while others take credit cards. So it’s best to bring both.
If you’re hungry or thirsty, next to the Dapsimni Station are two coffee shops, Ediya and Starbucks, several local Korean restaurants, and my favorite, Pho102, a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant on the 2nd floor just a couple of doors down from Starbucks. Pho102 Vietnamese Thai Cuisine
10:00 am – 19:00 pm. Closed on Sundays and Holidays.
How to get to Dapsimni Antique Shopping Market:
Take line 5 to Dapsimni Station and leave exit 1 or 2. Main stores are located in 3 buildings just one block off the main street.
Bus: 121, 130, 145, 262, 303, 370, 420, 463, 720, 721, 1218, 1227, 2015, 2112, 2221, 2233, 3216, 3220
Address: 동대문구 답십리동 530
530 Dapsimni-dong Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea