Everything you need to know about Seoul’s thrift stores, vintage stores and flea markets

What is Seoul famous for? Most locals and tourists would answer: cafes, day tours, skincare, and no doubt… shopping.

When it comes to shopping, Seoul might be more well-known for quirky socks, ribbed oversized t-shirts and knitted overwear. But maybe it’s time to look at the shopping industry’s less-explored territory — thrifting. When you’re thrifting in Seoul, you can find unique apparels as cheap as $1 at the flea markets, vintage clothes that are no longer on the shelves of mainstream brands, and luxury items that are 50% off.

Here are 11 thrift stores in Seoul we have shopped at before, and deemed worthy to be added in your Seoul itinerary.

Where are the best thrift stores in Seoul?

Dongmyo Flea Market thrift stores
1. Flea market area — thrifting in its truest essence with clothes piled up on the floor from ₩1,000 per piece
2. Seoul Vintage — interesting and unique reworked apparels
3. Ppogeuri Vintage — curated vintage at an affordable price (editor’s choice)
4. Vintori — one of the largest thrift stores in Seoul

Hongdae affordable thrift stores
5. Wow! Vintage — affordable thrift store with some reworked apparels
6. Ropa Usada Hongdae — a wide variety of everything
7. Yuko Vintage — thrift store for women’s apparel
8. Hi! Vintage — the occasional ₩5,000 vintage t-shirt sale

Gangnam vintage shopping
9. Soobak Vintage — quality curated vintage finds
10. Second Street — also one of the biggest thrift stores in the city

Gwangjang Market thrift stores
11. Kuki Shoes — second-hand shoe store

1. Thrift stores in Dongymo Flea Market

Vintage wilson, Champion and Majestic windbreakers from Vintori Dongmyo, a thrift store near Dongmyo Flea Market
Old-school collection. Image credit: @vintori_dongmyo / Instagram

For cheap thrills, we recommend thrifting at Dongmyo Flea Market

As the name suggests, this area embodies the essence of thrifting. Clothes go from as low as ₩1,000 and you can even find branded vintage apparels like NBA windbreakers, Champion hoodies and Ralph Lauren pullovers from ₩5,000.

The pay-off is that the clothes are piled up on a floor mat, and you would have to dig through the pile to find the hidden gems.

Some may consider it a fun activity. But if you’re simply looking for new snazzy clothes to add to your repertoire, you could simply shop at the curated thrift stores in the neighbourhood. CEMT and The Old Vintage are the most accessible, located right outside Exit 5 of Dongmyo Station. However, we recommend checking of Ppogeuri Vintage, Vintori, and DM Vintage for vintage clothes at a more reasonable price.

In addition, if you’re interested in reworked clothes, such as embroidered Burberry pullovers, reworked Carhatt jackets and cropped North Face puffer jackets, Seoul Vintage would be the ultimate choice in the area.

Curated thrift stores in Dongmyo Flea Market

1. Ppogeuri Vintage — 서울 종로구 지봉로 12
2. Vintori — 서울 종로구 지봉로4길 28, Instagram
3. DM Vintage — 서울 종로구 난계로27길 72 1층, Instagram
4. Seoul Vintage (Dongmyo) — 서울 종로구 종로 358 1,2층, Instagram

2. Thrift stores in Hongdae

Affordable secondhand goods at one of the best thrift stores in Hongdae, Seoul
Wow! Vintage’s affordable curations, including Carhartt and varsity jackets

While Dongmyo might be the cheapest area in Seoul for thrifting, Hongdae is inarguably the best area for thrifting.

Renowned for its youthful ambience and artistic expression, its streets are littered with cafes, art galleries and fashion outlets that comprises of high-end brands and local boutiques.

The vintage thrift stores in Hongdae have the perfect balance of curated and affordability. You’ll find typical thrift store brands such as Carhartt and Ralph Lauren, which range from ₩10,000 to ₩30,000, as well as varsity jackets and pullovers from American universities.

Wow! Vintage and Ropa Usada Hongdae have the biggest range of apparels and brands. They also have the most reasonable prices, with a Burberry polo t-shirt with a nova-checked collar for ₩30,000 and a Carhartt re-worked tote bag for ₩50,000.

If you’re lucky, you might also find steals on their discount racks that start from ₩5,000.

Meanwhile, Today’s Vintage and Yuko Vintage have more curated, hence, pricier apparels.

Where to shop in Hongdae?

1. Wow! Vintage — 서울 마포구 홍익로 1 지하1층, Instagram
2. Ropa Usada Hongdae — 서울 마포구 와우산로 110, Instagram
3. Yuko Vintage — 서울 마포구 와우산로27길 62 지하1층, Instagram
4. Hi! Vintage — 서울 마포구 어울마당로 131-1 지하1층, Instagram

3. Thrift stores in Gangnam

Affordable vintage clothes at Soobaak Vintage, a thrift store at Gangnam Seoul
40/50s French Moleskin work jacket (left), 80s Barbour jacket (right). Image credit: @soobaak_vintage/Instagram

If Hongdae is notorious for its underground culture, Gangnam is recognised for its posh and high-end brands.

You’ll find luxury apparels like Massimo Duty, Yves Saint Lauren, Gucci, Comme de Garcon, Louis Vuiton — just to name a few — in these curated thrift stores.

With three floors, Second Street houses the largest collection preloved apparels.

Prices start from ₩50,000 for the aforementioned brands and more, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to get something off their discount rack at ₩20,000.

Meanwhile, Soobaak Vintage, also known as Watermelon Vintage, has a smaller collection, but a heavier emphasis on ‘vintage’.

The folks there aren’t just procuring second-hand clothing. Instead, you’ll find actual vintage clothes that are out-of-production, with a price range between ₩50,000 to ₩200,000. A red and green striped from Ralph Lauren that was made in Korea in the 90s was priced at ₩60,000.

Where to shop in Gangnam?

1. Soobaak Vintage — 서울 강남구 도산대로17길 36 지하 1층, Instagram
2. Second Street — 서울 강남구 논현로153길 61 1층, Instagram

4. Thrift stores in Gwangjang Market

Secondhand shoes at Kuky Shoes, with leather shoes, converse and vans sneakers, located at the famous Gwangjang Market
Kuki Shoes is located near one of the exits of Gwangjang Market

Meanwhile, Gwangjang Market only has one thrift store, but it’s the best place to go to if you’re looking for affordable shoes.

Shoppers can expect sandals, running shoes, sneakers and boots and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the shop owner is more than happy to recommend.

Doc Marten 1461 Round Toe Lace-up Shoes and a high-cut Converse Chuck 70 were only priced at ₩50,000 and ₩45,000 respectively. Both were in pristine condition. 

Where to shop at Gwangjang Market?

1. Kuki Shoes — 228 Gwangjang Market

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