Basically, if you need to buy fabric or any kind of sewing supplies in Seoul, Dongdaemun is THE place to go. The indoor market is a mega 5 floors packed full of every kind of print, lace, ribbon and bead you could imagine. Personally I find it suuuuuper daunting and difficult to navigate, but it is amazing. Thread is on the basement level, trimmings on the first and top levels, and fabric everywhere in between.
You can get there by coming out of Dongadaemun subway station exit 8 or 9. The fabric market is inside the massive building behind the fancy new hotel which is right outside the station.
While we were in Dongdaemun we also had a look around Doota, which is a very popular store for designer fashion. There are a lot of different brands there, some of them more interesting than others. A lot of people like it, whatever.
Dongdaemun is full of fashion markets, including the ones that open all night, but many sell only cheap quality clothes. Shopping has always been a big reason for people to visit the area, but now of course there is also the Design Plaza, which is a pretty cool building to look around and they have some exhibitions and events there. You can also walk to/from Dongdaemun along either the Cheongye stream or the old fortress wall, which is nice.
Anyway this was a kind of half-hearted post for our half-hearted video! But if you are into sewing and making stuff, do go and check out Dongdaemun fabric market, because it's awesome :)