Seoul Folk Flea Market

 

 

Seoul Folk Flea Market
Beautiful pieces of furniture on display throughout the market

 

Seoul’s  Folk Flea Market

 The Folk Flea Market is an immense flea market located in the heart of Seoul close to the Cheonggyecheon stream. This market’s aim is to “preserve the culture of the traditional Korean marketplace and draw in visitors with a range of folk items that embody the unique charm of Korea.”

In this two story building you will find vendors selling items including furniture, traditional crafts, fake purses, hiking gear, clothing and much more. The majority of goods are used. Everywhere you look there is something new to discover. The market is overflowing with items. It is not a glamorous place, but then again few traditional markets are.

Endless rows of treasures
Endless rows of treasures

The majority of the items being sold are folk items including paintings and furniture. Because it is mainly indoors it is a great place to come on a cold or rainy day to escape the weather. On weekends merchants spread out along the surrounding streets as well.

The entrance of the Market
The entrance of the Market

 

At the entrance there is a program for foreigners to create Korean crafts free of charge. During operating hours you can simply walk into the small trailer on your right hand side and a friendly volunteer will assist you with the daily program.

I came to the market with my sister. We started our time there by utilizing the craft station. The day we visited they were making Korean mask magnets. A volunteer showed us what to do and we spent about an hour painting our magnets. It was a fun activity and a great souvenir to take home.

Seoul Folk Flea Market
Seoul Folk Flea Market

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Our craft project before painting

My sister is an interior designer so I wanted to bring her here to help me find a few pieces of furniture that I could use to decorate my apartment and then ship home once I leave Korea. We wandered around the maze of dealers looking up, down and all around at the thousands of items on display.

There were so many beautiful pieces it was hard to choose. After a few hours walking around both floors, we found several pieces that stood out. We went back to each merchant and inquired about them. The majority of vendors do not speak English but they are able to communicate through showing prices on paper or a calculator.  It is common to barter for a final price.

Seoul Folk Flea Market Screen

 

I’ve been to the market now several times.  The merchants are always getting new items.  I am still in search of a Korean screen I can bring home with me but the ones for sale were out of my price range.  I will have to visit again.

Seoul Folk Flea Market
Seoul Folk Flea Market

Thousands of statues

In the end I chose three pieces of Korean style furniture: a trunk, nightstand and shelf. Everything including a metal Buddha statue cost me around $400. The merchant also arranged a deliveryman to bring the furniture to my home on the spot.   The delivery fee (including a free ride home with my furniture) cost me $20.00.

If you are looking for some great Korean used goods I highly recommend a trip the Folk Flea Market. Even if you are not interested in making a purchase it is still a fun place for browsing.   The market also has a small food court with many traditional Korean dishes. There is an ATM on site.  I am happy to say that now, no matter where I end up, my home will always have a piece of Korea in it.

 

Endless rows of treasures
Endless rows of treasures
Folk Trunk
Seoul Folk Flea Market

 

Facilities:

  • 2 story indoor folk flea market
  •   Food Court
  •     Public Bathrooms
  •      ATM

Hours: Everyday 10am- 6:30 pm Closed every second and fourth Tuesday

 

Address 21, Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Subway Line 1 Sinseol-dong Stn. Exit 9

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A visual artist by profession and a sightseer at heart, I spent a year as a commercial photographer before letting my urge to Travel ELSEwHERE take over. After receiving a job offer that lead me to a sleepy town high in the Tuscan mountains, my travel adventure began. Since that time my travels have lead me to visit over 60 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, move intercontinentally seven times and to create temporary homes in four continents! Through my travels, I’ve held many suitcases packed for adventures as a journalist, blogger, philanthropist, teacher, army-wife, magazine director, photographer, barmaid, but mainly just an adventurer. With each new experience, elsewhere, I endeavor to live sensibly while exploring a new culture, living sustainably, and giving back whenever possible. I aspire to make this travel blog help those starting a new life elsewhere or just passing through…