Shopping Seoul

Seoul’s wholesale flower markets

There are certain places in Seoul, where you can enjoy beautiful flowers and plants free of charge (almost) every day and in all seasons. Do you know these places? I don’t mean any parks or botanical gardens, but the wholesale flower markets.

Paradise of colors and fragrances in Seoul

Among these colorful bright blooms and their wonderful fragrances of so many kinds, you will be overwhelm. I always have a blast when I come to the flower markets, not only to have a look, but also to purchase some home to refresh my home. It’s real paradise for floral enthusiasts in Seoul.

Namdaemun flower market

I’m sure you have heard and been to Namdaemun. But do you know that the wholesale flower market is located there as well?

Flower artist is creating a bouquet in Namdaemun flower market

How to find it?

  • Address: 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul – 3rd floor
  • Closest subway station: Hoehyeon Station, Metrolinie 4, Exit 5
  • Operating hours: Mon – Thu: 3:00am ~ 3:00pm, Fri – Sat: 03:00am ~ 4pm; Closed on Sunday; On national holidays open until noon

About the market

Namdaemun flower market is neat and quieter, compared to other wholesale markets. Along small alleys, around 20 stores offer many kinds of pretty fresh flowers for relatively low price. An ideal place to visit and buy flowers quickly if you don’t have much time, or if you go there anyway for other household and clothes.

Beside the all-season blossoms, such as roses, various seasonal flowers, for example tulip in spring, lilies in summer, anemones in fall and chrysanthemum in winter, are available in all markets.

Looking for a gift? You can buy a freshly made bouquet or basket with mixed fresh flowers as well.

Besides, in the same area, few shops also sell dry flowers, plants and other decorative items.

Beautiful dry flowers in Namdaemun market

Wholesale market at Express bus terminal

The Express bus terminal is quite well-known among travelers because many long-distance busses depart from here. Surprisingly, it’s also the location of a big wholesale flower market, which is on the 3rd floor.

How to find it?

  • Address: 194, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul – 3rd floor
  • Closest subway station: Express Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, 7 and 9, Exit 7
  • Operating hours: Mon – Sat, cut flowers hall: 11:00pm – noon; other areas: midnight – 6:00pm; closed on Sunday.

About the market

The market in the Express Bus Terminal is about 3-4 times as big as the one in Namdaemun and contains two main parts on the same floor. One part sells only fresh cut flowers, while the other offers plants, artificial and dry flowers, as well as many decorative items. Of course, the selections are much larger than in Namdaemun and it’s also busier.

Huge decoration area in Express bus terminal flower market

It depends on what you are looking for, but usually I can spend about 2-3 hours to browse around this market.

Yangjae flower city

The in the south located wholesale flower market of Yangjae is the biggest one in Seoul. The market spreads across a huge area with many different glasshouses and buildings that focus on various themes.

Sweet plants and flowers in Yangjae’s glasshouse

How to find it?

  • Address: 27, Gangnam-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul
  • Closest subway station: Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Station, Shinbundang line, Exit 4
  • Operating hours: cut flowers: Mon – Sat, 11:30pm – 1:00pm, closed on Sunday; other areas: Mon – Sun, 7:00am – 7pm

More information can be found on Yangjae flower city’s homepage (only in Korean).

About the market

Since Yangjae market is huge, you can easily spend a whole day there. Start with the fresh cut flower area in the morning, because it will be closed at 1 pm, then continue visiting green houses and decoration halls. In general, everything that is related to plants, flowers and seeds can be purchased here.

It’s a real paradise for plants and floral enthusiast. No matter what kind you are looking for, you will find it for sure in Yangjae flower city.

You can easily spend a whole day in this flower city

The price at Yangjae is even a bit cheaper than in other flower markets.

If you are interested in flower arranging classes, you can attend classes in the event center. I could join a class organized by the Itaewon Global Village Center two years ago and become more confident with my arranging skills now 🙃.

Flower arranging class in Yangjae market

Insider tips for shopping at wholesale flower markets

  • Spend time wandering around and check the price before you buy. Many stores sell the same kind of goods, but some vendors are less pricey than others.
  • Prepare cash before you come to the market. Paying with card sometimes may be more expensive, depending on the vendors.
  • When you buy many flowers or plants at one store, don’t forget to negotiate kindly. The vendor will give you either some discount, or some gifts as “Service” – 서비스.
  • Keep the receipt when you buy vases or flower pots. You can exchange the goods within few days in case any quality issues occur.
  • Home delivery is included (free of charge) in most cases, when you purchase big plants. And it only takes few hours!
  • If you visit the markets by car, don’t forget to ask for a parking voucher from the vendor after purchasing.

Wishing you a great time visiting the markets!

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🇻🇳 Mai Nguyen

Global citizen, engineer, traveler, blogger, rock climber, photographer and Korea lover. Hope you will enjoy this country as much as I do. Find me on Instagram @mydaysinkorea