Seoul is a city that will never bore you. The city is teeming with things to do and places to visit. You can’t miss the arrival of spring in Seoul. Every street in the city is awash in the wondrous colors of beautiful blossoms. During this time, you may want to refresh your living space or office with some bright blooms to welcome the new season and recharge your batteries. Although there are many flower shops in downtown Seoul, they are often quite expensive. For those who are hesitant and find it difficult to justify spending large sums of money on something that appears to be so fleeting, I’d like to introduce you to the freshest florals at a fraction of the price – flower markets.
These markets are where local florists and retailers get their supplies in Seoul, and luckily for you, they’re open to the public. You can buy directly from the merchants here, saving you a lot of money. If you prefer something a little different, you’ll enjoy these markets, which have a much larger selection as well as rare imports.
Yangjae Flower Market
Let us begin with Seoul’s largest flower market. The Yangjae flower market is a popular tourist destination and attraction for both locals and tourists. To give you an idea of how big this market is, the Yangjae flower market has 400 shops and generates 300 million KRW from their early morning auctions alone.
The space is large and may appear overwhelming at first, but it is organized in an easy-to-navigate manner. The structures include greenhouses, nurseries, an auction room, and retail stores. Yangjae Flower Market is in the Seocho-gu district. Though it may appear to be a little out of the way, it is the best place to find fresh florals for any occasion, all year. And it is irregularly closed on Sunday, please make sure to double check before you visit. For more information, click here.
Namdaemun Flower Market
The Namdaemun Flower Market is on the third floor of the Namdaemun wholesale market. The Namdaemun Flower Market is smaller and less crowded than the Yangjae Flower Market, but it still has a good selection of dry flowers, potted plants, artificial flowers, and pots.
Floral accessories and supplies such as cards, cellophane wrapping, ribbon, vases, and so on are also available. Many people prefer the calmer atmosphere of this flower market. Because the aisles are quite narrow, it’s ideal if you want to get flowers at wholesale prices without having to buy in bulk. The florals may be slightly more expensive, but they are still around 3-4 times cheaper than if you purchased them online or at other local flower retailers in the city. Click here for directions.
Jongno Flower Market
The Jongno Flower Market is 110 meters long and has approximately 150 stalls. It began as an effort to relocate vendors from Kwangjang Market into specialized alleys, resulting in less clutter and easier navigation. Smaller flowers, succulents, and trees of varying prices are sold by vendors. They also sell gardening supplies such as seeds and fertilizer. Though the selection is not as extensive as in Yangjae or Namdaemun Flower Market, the prices are comparable, and sellers are willing to negotiate. A lovely plant can be purchased for as little as 1,000 won here! The flower market opens on weekends too, but please double check before you visit!
Address: 267-1 Jong-ro, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul