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Dongdaemun Shopping Complex
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$75.00*
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Seoul City Sightseeing by Bike and Foot
Ranked #89 of 797 things to do in Seoul
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Owner description: The largest single market in Asia, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is made up of four buildings that house various shops offering fashion products as well as fabrics and materials at incredible prices.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great place to buy local designed fashion items, wife purchased a bit within the shopping complex. You could shop all day, caters for everyone of all ages. Products are priced well, don't expect the major brands like LV etc....

3  Thank Lamjo
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"big area"
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"night market"
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"doota"
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"clothing"
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"fashion"
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

After I went to some places, I found out that this place sold souvenirs the cheapest one. There were 2 main souvenir shops at level 5 inside the mall. The seller amazingly could speak Bahasa. Maybe because many Indonesia or Malay people also shop there. No need to bargain but in the end, the cashier would give directly a discount.

4  Thank EkaterinaKG
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Went to Doota which is recommended even by the korean tourism board. I had expected that since it is more upmarket and it boasts to be a designer-wear complex, i would get value-for-money kind of clothing. I didn't mind paying if it's a designer-wear. Hence, I paid krw $89000 for a dress. However to my surprise, I saw the same dress made with the same material but with a different label going for just krw $65000 1 floor below. Oh my gosh! So much for a tourist complex that boast of designer-wears and do not allow bargaining! It felt more like mass-production. The consolation was that the salesgirl was willing to give us back the price difference between the 2 shops: something that probably would not happen in other places.
By the way, the same dress was selling for krw $50000 in the building just across the busy main road.
Lesson to be learnt: Do try to look around and compare prices before buying clothes in the area. You are bound to find the same piece going for different prices. And don't be tricked by the word 'designer-wear'.

3  Thank cocojen
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

I am Korean by descent. I have never felt so embarrassed about my own people and culture. The sellers push you to try things on but when you don't buy, they get pissed. Some shops don't even let you try things on! They claim it will stretch out. In addition, everything is one/free size. Unless you are size 0/2, forget buying anything here. You think you are getting a bargain? Think twice. Doota is a shopping Mecca for many tourists. It might have been a bargain at one point in history but not anymore. They cater to tourists that flock to Korea to shop. They have raised their prices. I can get better prices in the US at the TJ Maxx, Marshall's or Last Call Neiman Marcus. Everything in Korea is made of polyester. I do think the workmanship is good but not the material used. If you want anything leather, prepare to pay. Most shoes I tried on below 10,000 won were not leather and they were made in China. I'm sorry but don't waste your time. You pay for quality. Anything I liked were well over 10,000 won. The floor I liked the most was the basement floor with the small local designer shops. Still pricey but at least you got unique one of a kind items. If you still insist on visiting, good luck! Take cash, you can bargain with cash and do not expect customer service if you are just going to browse.

13  Thank Mimimi2
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This place is the one to go if you want fabric for traditional costumes or just fabric in general. Make sure to go with someone who knows as it can be a bit difficult to locate. The little instant food shops in this market are well known for the pancakes.

1  Thank vamsally
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