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Dongdaemun is best known as Seoul’s shopping district, with its plethora of malls, shops, and outdoor markets. Just like Namdaemun Market, you can find almost anything you want and need at Dongdaemun, most especially if you are looking for fashion items like fabric, leather, clothes, shoes, etc.
But for families traveling with children, they go to Dongdaemun for a different reason: the Changsin-dong or more commonly referred to as Dongdaemun Toy Wholesale Market.
I don’t know if maybe we were just looking at the wrong places, or maybe we didn’t spend much time inside a shopping mall, but my husband and I had noticed that there’s a serious shortage of good toy stores in Seoul. The biggest we were able to find was at Lotte Outlets in Seoul Station but even that disappointed us.
So a trip to Dongdaemun Market was in order for our last day in Seoul.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take note of which exit is the closest to Toy Street so we ended up instead on the other side of Dongdaemun Market. It worked out well anyway, giving us the opportunity to explore the other side of the market for a bit.
We passed by the Gwangjang Market, famous for its food stalls selling mayak gimbap and mung bean pancakes. I guess we came in early because I was surprised to see that most of the stalls have only begun setting up and some are even closed. I was expecting it to be full of wandering tourists and locals but I think the real action starts in the afternoon.
A quick look at the Heungginjimun Gate (East Gate). You can see on the left side of the gate on an uphill road which is actually the Dongdaemun Seonggwak Park. We never went to the park but I’ve read that the night views from the park are amazing!
Oh, in case you didn’t know, Dongdaemun is also popular for its night market. Thousands of shops in the shopping block are open until the wee hours of the morning, so you can definitely add this in your itinerary as a night activity. Surely, you’ll find the latest Korean trends in fashion and products by young and up-and-coming local designers.
So anyway, we had a quick lunch at Seoul’s version of Mcdonald’s, Lotteria, and quickly asked a local for the directions.
Just a couple of blocks away is the entrance to Toy Street. You can’t miss it!
Rows and rows of toys in every color are spread out in front of the toy stores in Changsin-dong. And I can already spot a few other tourists with toddlers and kids in tow looking for the best deals in toys. There are a lot of affordable toys and of course, the branded ones tend to be pricier.
This shop, I believe, is the most popular shop in the area and probably the largest too. It is a 2-story shop with toys on display at every corner. My little girl’s current obsession is Paw Patrol and we were keen on looking for a small toy for her to take home but sadly, there weren’t that many options. We did buy her a Super Wings action figure, a train set and some slime (she loves playing with those too) so she still came out of the store very happy.
Part of Changsin-dong is dedicated to stationery and paper supplies but we never went to any of the stores. I wish we did, but I think I already made enough damage to my husband’s wallet. Lol!
After paying for our goods, we headed back to Myeongdong to pick up our luggage. But of course, we couldn’t leave Seoul without eating some bing-su.
Chocolate Brownie Bingsu is the sweetest ending to our family vacation!
The bus station is just a 5-minute walk from the guesthouse. We took the Airport Bus 6015 which is the most convenient form of transportation between Central Seoul and the airport.
I will forever hold Seoul close to my heart and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of this vibrant city. Thank you Seoul and we’ll see you again!
Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Seoul Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.
4G Wifi Rental (Airport Pick up)
Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
AREX Incheon Airport Express Train to Seoul Station (One Way)
Discover Seoul Pass
T-Money Card (Pre-loaded with KRW5,000)
Korean Rail Pass
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