Seomun Market is the largest traditional street market in Daegu. With stores individually operated by over 20,000 merchants, you will surely find something you fancy in this huge market from textiles, exotic food, traditional Korean cuisine, hanbok, sikhye, etc. Think of it as their version of our Divisoria in The Philippines.
The name “Seomun” means “west gate,” and refers to the location of the market just outside the old west gate of Daegu Castle, which was demolished in 1907. It is also one of the country’s oldest markets, dating to a 5-day market held in the area in the late Joseon Dynasty. In the final years of Joseon, Seomun market was one of the country’s three largest markets. The market was constituted in its present form in 1920.
Although portions of the market are in the open air or small buildings, most of the shops are in large buildings holding hundreds or thousands of individual shops. The largest of these buildings was Building 2, which was destroyed by fire in late December 2005. Plans for the reconstruction of Building 2, which held the majority of the market’s fabric shops, are still being made. There are four other building complexes, and two other large shopping areas. Side streets in the market area also feature a large number of indoor and outdoor food stalls with fish and traditional dishes.