In recent years, purchasing second-hand and vintage clothing has become more popular as a way to find unique pieces while being more environmentally conscious. Seoul has several great places to find your own unique vintage treasure but in this post, we present our favorite places to go thrifting in Seoul.
Vin Prime is a second-hand and vintage chain store in Seoul. The stores are usually located in or near subway stations in Seoul making them easily accessible. These stores have a great selection of second-hand and vintage clothing from the '70s, ’80s, and ’90s that have been sourced from Japan and Europe. Vin Prime offers both regular and brand name clothing. The non-brand clothing is usually priced fairly and by category. For example, all blazars cost 10.000 - 12.000 krw, shirts are 10.000 krw and jackets are 15-30.000 krw.
We recommend visiting the branch store located by exit 5 of Seolleung station. The store has 2 stories, one for men and one for women. The branch in Seolleung has a great selection of jackets, blazers, and shirts in all kinds of patterns and colors. All the pieces are different and unique so you will definitely be able to spend a long time in this store searching for gems.
Address: 802-40 Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
You can find the other branches here (Website is only available in Korean)
Monday - Sunday: 10 AM - 11 PM
Dongmyo Market (동묘벼룩시장)
Dongmyo is an outdoor market full of treasures varying from clothes and accessories to trinkets and electronics. The market is located by exit 3 of Dongmyo station and expands over a larger area of small streets and alleys. There are two main ways that people sell clothes and items in the market. The cheapest way to purchase clothes here is by digging through the piles of clothing that are put out along some of the streets. It can be a little straining as you have to dig through a lot of duds but there are some gems in there if you have the patience. The prices of clothing in the piles are usually 2-3.000 krw so you can really find some great steals here. If you go for the piles, we definitely recommend bringing gloves or masks and your own reusable bags. The other way to find clothing is in the small stores located throughout the market. Many small stores at the market are now run by young people that go out and find unique pieces to curate their own selection. It is easier and more convenient to look through the selection and the pieces are picked out so you will have an easier time finding some good clothes. However, they are a bit more pricey than digging through the piles. So whether you are a true treasure hunter or a casual thrift shopper, there is definitely something for you at Dongmyo Market.
The market starts near exit 3 by Dongmyo Station and expands over a larger area full of small streets and alleyways.
Dongmyo Market’s opening hours are not consistent and often depends on the individual vendors and sellers. The opening hours of the outdoor vendors can be subject to change depending on the weather.
Official opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 2 PM - 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Gwangjang Market (광장시장)
Gwangjang Market is mostly famous for being a traditional street food market but hidden away on the 2nd floor of the market is an abundance of small stalls selling all kinds of thrift and vintage clothing. The vintage market kind of resembles a labyrinth full of treasures and each stall has its own owner that handpicks the pieces themselves, guaranteeing that you will come across some unique finds while there. Because the market consists of independent sellers, there is not any specific price range. However, you can try to negotiate the prices if you want to get a better deal. Since the market is indoors it is a perfect place to visit if the weather is bad. After you have wandered through the vintage market, you can recharge your energy and satisfy your hunger by visiting the phenomenal street food market below.
The vintage market is located on the 2nd floor of the Gwangjang Market and the main entrance is located just around the corner when you come out from exit 11 of Jongno5(o)ga station. See the pictures below.
Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Beautiful Store (아름다운 가게)
The Beautiful store is a Korean charity shop full of donated clothes and home goods. The money generated at the store goes to different charities locally and abroad and all employees are volunteers. Their company promotes recycling and positive change in local communities. There are around 120 stores in 16 cities all over Korea. The stores not only have clothing and accessories but also home goods. So if you want to buy some cheap homeware it is a great place to stop by. You can also donate your own items at the store.
Monday - Saturday: 10.30 AM - 8 PM
(Closed on Sundays)
Seoul Folk Flea Market (서울풍물시장)
Seoul Folk Flea Market is the biggest flea market in Korea opened in 2008 where you can find unique souvenirs and goods. This market does not sell much clothing but focuses more on various vintage trinkets and items as well as street food so you can grab a bite while looking through the market. You can find the food on the second floor of the 2 stories indoor market. Since a lot of the vintage items are of Korean origins visiting the market feels like visiting a museum where you can see and even purchase traditional Korean objects. Even if you are not looking to purchase anything, it is a really interesting market to visit.
Address: 02586 21, Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
The Seoul Folk Flea Market is located close to exit 9 of Sinseol-dong station.
Monday - Sunday: 10 AM - 7 PM (closed every second and fourth Tuesday of the month)