The old Hwanghak-dong market is the main flea market in Seoul for used items. It is also known as “The Monster Market” or “All-Things Market” due to the variety of goods ranging from antiques to interior furnishings. This flea market began to thrive and grow in the 1950s, and it hosts nowadays approximately 1,000 stores. It is regularly attended by foreign visitors who are looking for rare and unusual items that can’t be found elsewhere in Seoul.
The Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is divided into 5 alleys of stores and streets stalls that sell all kind of knick knacks, used books & DVDs, electric appliances, machinery, and especially antiques.
The Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is divided into five alleys of stores and streets stalls that sell all kind of knick knacks, used books & DVDs, electric appliances, machinery, and especially antiques. The first alley is a one-storey building holds a variety of shops selling old books, electronics, and videos. The second alleyway between Samil Apartments 15-dong and 16-dong near Cheonggyecheon 7-ga Street is known as the antique street. Electronic stores are gathered in the area behind Samil Apartment 13-dong and the Seongdong Technical High School all the way to Samil Apartment 17-dong, selling TVs, refrigerators, car stereos, air conditioners, video games, and more. Finally, the machinery stores are located on the second street of Jungang Market.
Antique stores at the Hwanghak-dong market are crammed with vintage items ranging from old grinder and mortars, to boilermaker, old cameras, phonographs, pipes, old coins, compass and various appliances such as televisions and refrigerators. The flea market is generally at specific times, with the exception of the electronics district which is open until 10 pm.
Price wise, the Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is generally 20-30% cheaper than other markets around Seoul. But it is always possible to haggle with merchants (beware nonetheless of unreasonable bidding…).