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Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market

Jeju’s oldest permanent market has something for everyone.

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Dongmun Market Entrance

Dongmun Market is the oldest permanent traditional market on Jeju. It’s situated in a large venue in the city’s old town in an area known for its shopping.

The market is entirely indoors, making it suitable for trips on rainy days, and it sells a variety of products, both those targeted at tourists and the Jeju locals who use the market for their shopping.

This includes a huge variety of items, from produce grown in local fields to fish and seafood caught in the seas around Jeju. It also has meat, clothing, snacks, and of course, Jeju mandarins (so many Jeju mandarins). All this means the market is a fun place to spend some time exploring on your trip to the island.

The downtown region of of Jeju is one of the best areas to stay in Jeju, meaning it’s an easy visit for many tourists.

Dongmun Traditional Market opening hours

Dongmun Market is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. There’s also a night market section that opens around 5 (some sellers come earlier) and stays open until 9 p.m.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Dongmun-ro 16

What to buy in Dongmun Market?

Jeju Mandarin Dongmun Market
Photo: Mandarin oranges at Dongmun Traditional Market

The market is split into several different areas, making it easy to find what you are looking for. The section at gate 3 is where you’ll find souvenirs and goods aimed at tourists.

Here you’ll find a ton of Jeju mandarins, the exact varieties of which will depend on what is in season at the time of your visit. Look out for large Hallabong mandarins with their distinctive bump near the stalk or super sweet and juicy hwangguem-hyang mandarins. This area also has a large variety of Jeju souvenirs, such as chocolates, tarts, cakes, juices, hats, and more.

Dongmun Market dried fish
Photo: Dried fish at Dongmun Traditional Market

Next up is the seafood section. Here you’ll see a large variety of fresh and dried fish. Keep an eye out for the long, silver shape of cutlassfish, a Jeju specialty. These can easily grow more than a foot in length. It’s also possible to buy freshly sliced raw fish to take away.

The seafood section soon blends into the produce section. Here you’ll see a large variety of fresh vegetables, meat, and plenty of aromatic Korean side dishes. You may not have many chances to buy and prepare these items if you’re staying in a hotel, but your senses will thank you for the experience.

Don’t forget Dongmun Night Market

Dongmun Night Market Lobster
Photo: Lobster and crab at Dongmun Night Market

Tucked away at the back of the market is Dongmun Night Market, an area filled with food truck-style sellers preparing a variety of interesting dishes.

The food here is a mix of traditional Korean-style street food like gangjeong chicken, which is fried chicken covered in a sweet and spicy sauce, and interesting new innovations such as lobster with cheese, black pork kebabs, and blowtorched wraps filled with vegetables and meat. You can either eat this food on-site or buy it to take away.

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Where to next?

Dongmun Market is sat right in the center of old Jeju City, meaning there are plenty of places to explore nearby.

Chilseong-ro Shopping Center

Chilseong-ro shopping center
Photo: Chilseong-ro Shopping Street

Continue your day shopping on Jeju by heading to Chilseong-ro Shopping Center. There’s an underground mall filled mostly with smaller clothing and beauty stores and an above-ground area with larger shops. Just head west after leaving the market, and you’ll see both of these areas, if you didn’t already see them on the way in.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Ildo1dong 1296-5

Arario Museum

Arario Museum
Photo: The distinctive red exterior of Arario Museum Tapdong Motel

The area around Dongmun Market is home to three art galleries called Arario Museum. These are, noticeable due to their bright red exterior. The main museum, built in an old movie theatre, is called Tapdong Cinema and is situated near the coast.

The other two are known as Dongmun Motel 1 and Dongmun Motel 2, respectively, and are named because they are situated in renovated motels. Each museum keeps elements of the original building’s architecture, ensuring a unique art experience. Head to the museum’s website to find out more about the current exhibitions. All three museums are open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Tapdong Cinema Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Tapdong-ro 14

Dongmun Motel 1 Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Sanji-ro 37-5

Dongmun Motel 2 Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Sanji-ro 23

Jeju Black Pork Street

Black Pork Street
Photo: The entrance to Jeju’s Black Pork Street

Jeju black pork street is a small street filled with black pork barbecue restaurants. If you didn’t fill yourself up with treats at the market, then a visit to the area is a good chance to try Jeju’s most famous food.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Ildo1dong 1492-1

Sanjicheon Stream

Sanjjicheon Stream
Photo: Sanjjicheon Stream on a sunny day.

Sanjicheon Stream is a stream with a walking path that starts outside Dongmun Market entrance 3 and goes down to the harbor.

You’ll pass places to sit and relax and an outdoor stage. The road parallel to the stream is home to cafes, a delicious homemade gelato spot called Brava Gelato, and Arario Museum’s Dongmun Motel 2.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Ildo1dong 1146-22

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Duncan Elder

Duncan first came to Jeju in 2011. The plan was to stay for six months. 11 years later, he's still here and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island on Inside Jeju.