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Markets have been since centuries a great tool to entertain and feed people. In Medieval Europe it was always a great moment, when the market came into town. I figured trade in general means even a bigger deal to Asians. There are 5 huge markets in Seoul, if it comes to size and goods. The most outstanding one, in my view, was Dongdaemun market which you could reach through the likewise named underground station (Dongdaemun station). This market is not only on the streets, but on a former football stadium. We couldn’t believe it in the beginning, but that is what they made out of the football-temple: a shopping-temple. The green field vanished and is a parking lot now and the interior is completely filled with stands and booths. And they offer a whole lot. From antiques and cookies that are made in front of your eyes with an ancient machine, to dildos. There are also sharlatans selling health. I am not so much a shopper, but Seoul is the place for me. I never did so much shopping in my life. And this mainly due to two reasons: 1. Koreans really have style and good taste if it comes to fashion 2. Koreans are small. And I am small = local sizes fit my tender body I was looking for ages for a trench coat in my size, but failed because of the high second hand prices in Europe and because they were really never close to my size. I was so happy to find one on this market. For about 25 euros I got a classic one and now witness myself jumping in front of the mirror showing it. The market is packed everyday and something really special to the visitor. Much cooler than the department stores, because you get odd second hand products and a feeling what a market can be. And architecturally you see how pragmatic the Koreans use their old unused buildings and just give it a new meaning. I suppose that only happens in countries where you have few space and you have to use it wisely.

wil6ka This photo was shot on film. Taken by wil6ka with a Lomo LC-A+ (available in our Online Shop) loaded with Kodak Elitechrome EB (Expired) film in Seoul, Korea, Republic Of. These tags describe this photo: cross, south-korea, seoul, people, baseball, shopping, and market. This photo can also be found in the album KoreaKross.

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