We venture to Dongdaemun one of the days on our trip to Korea. A dear Korean friend who had just moved back to Suwon just outside of Seoul was our guide.
We bought comforters, matching pillowcases, and the pads (thin blankets) that go on top of a Korean yo (mattress) at Dongdaemun. They delivered it all to our hotel for free. We also got a cash discount.
We ate the most WONDERFUL mung bean pancakes (Bindaetteok) and a meat version…so good! I could have eaten my body weight in them. Here is a recipe for them from The Kimchi Chronicles: http://www.kimchichronicles.tv/recipes/mrs-rhee’s-bindaetteok-mung-bean-pancakes/
Because of the sheer volume of people, you pay first, they bring your food to the table and then when you are done you just leave. Once again I was glad we had a guide as we might never have figured out the protocol for ordering. The pancake arrive on foil-covered trays, and everyone eats family-style from the tray. So very, very tasty! Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Korea food? Well, I do. I could eat it everyday. Yummy!
The photos of the adult hanbok stores were taken at the shops inside the subway on line 1 (red line ?) right by exit #10 (exits are all numbered) at the jongro5ga stop where we met my friend. They were beautiful hanboks!
Wikipedia’s entry about Dongdaemun Market: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dongdaemun_Market