Thursday, March 22, 2012

Photo Walk through Dongmyo, Hwanghak-dong and the Seoul Folk Flea Market

 Dongmyo Shrine

I met a couchsurfer the other day to walk around town and take some photos. She said she wanted to see flea markets, so I figured what better place than my neighborhood? First stop was Dongmyo and the flea markets around there....

Used clothes in front of Dongmyo

 This whole backstreet sells only fabric

 Old school uniforms! Super cool!

From Dongmyo, it's only a 5 minute walk or so over to the Seoul Folk Flea Market. I've been here several times before, but it's always fun to have a fresh look. 

Military equipment and an old mail box


 Korean traditional masks, I think...

Old cameras and seriously old cameras

 Antiques for sale in Hwangakdong

Then we crossed the Cheonggyechon into Hwanghak-dong, my neighborhood. It's always fun to walk through the flea markets over here. You'll never know what you'll find. 

Is there anything you can't find in Hwanghak-dong?

Maybe a new watch tickles your fancy?

Or maybe you're more into digital nowadays..

 Down a side street from Jungang Market

 Our last stop was a stroll through Jungang Market where I do a lot of my grocery shopping. I hate taking too many photos here since I don't want the vendors to get to know me as "that annoying weigukin with the camera", but sometimes I'm able to get a few good shots.

I'd like to take more photo walks around Seoul. Nowadays I tend to have a lot of free time in the afternoons, so if any readers would like to join me for a photo walk around town, please send me a message and maybe we can meet up to snap a few photos!


  1. I need to get to check out those seriously old cameras! I love collecting them!
    It's great to see more of your neck of the woods! :)

  2. there are two things i'm wondering about, i noticed the fabric and old military equipment. i love searching for both patterned fabric and military stuff for art making purposes. is there a lot of both available in your area? would you like to do another tour of your area sometime?

  3. Hi Vegging, If you ever have time to make it down to my neighborhood when I'm home, I'd be happy to show you around. As far as military stuff, you never know what you might find in the flea markets... it's kind of hit or miss. There is an army surplus store, but I've noticed it's not always open, I'm not sure what their hours are. You could give it a shot. And as for fabric, my boyfriend, who works in the fabric industry suggests the dongdaemun fabric market rather than this one. I'm not sure exactly where it is, but he says it's between cheonggye-6-ga and jongno-6-ga somewhere. If you're really curious, I could get him to make you a map, or we could go venture together because that's not far from my work and I'm always looking for good photo opportunities for the blog. Feel free to shoot me an email, it's on the side bar in the "about me" section.

  4. You seriously have been to more places in Korea than I have. Where exactly was the antique shopping street?

  5. This is just around the corner from my house. It's near Dongmyo Station and Sinseoldong station. Best to go on a weekend when things get really crazy...