What I love so much about Dongdaemun is the hidden Russian district that nobody really talks about. It’s pretty wild to think that Seoul would even have a Russian district but it exists. Seoul is becoming more and more global and it’s pretty awesome to say the least.
Although Dongdaemun’s main attractions such as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza are still worth checking out, do yourself a favor and walk a bit off the beaten track and it’ll lead you to an area with an interesting mixture of old Korea vibes and Central Asia. Dubbed “Little Russia,” it’s right South of Dongdaemun Market and home to migrants from Central Asian nations, particularly Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Mongolia.
You’ll find rows of hole in the wall ma and pa restaurants with the most bomb Kazakhastan dishes at affordable AF prices. There’s not much to really see aside from that, but it’s an interesting area that I’d recommend anyone to explore.
Aside from that, my second favorite part about Dongdaemun is the rooftops of the tall sky scrapper buildings you can sneak into for a bird’s eye view of the city. I love Seoul for having a good contrast of skyscrapers and lush mountains in the background that makes for an incredible view.
I still can’t believe this place is home. For now.