Yangjae Flower Market
By Micky Miranda
Walk down any neighborhood in Seoul and you're bound to walk past at least one flower shop. Where do all these flowers come from? Who supplies these shops? Well, the supplier is not in a top-secret location. It's located in south Seoul, in an area called Yangjae.
The Yangjae Flower Market opened in 1991. Originally, it was just open to bidders who would bid during daily flower auctions. Over time, the market has grown and now houses multiple buildings, shops, and greenhouses.
The building that most individuals will want to go to is 'Potflower Shop' (as marked on the signs). This building sells an assortment of flowers on the first floor. Most flowers are sold in large quantities. However, some vendors are willing to sell smaller amounts.
Most vendors have a standard selection of tulips, daisies, roses, eucalyptus and seasonals. There are also a bunch of flowers that I've never heard of (but are quite beautiful). If you are looking to buy some flowers for your girlfriend, try to stay away from white Chrysanthemums---they are bought for funerals in Korea.
Since the flowers are bought directly on-site and are sold by wholesalers, the prices are heavily discounted. If you are buying a large amount of flowers (for a wedding or a party) then Yangjae Flower Market should be your only destination.
Some of the vendors do speak English. If you are looking to strike a deal, you should arrive with cash. Most importantly, don't come there with a stuffed nose. The best part of the market is the pleasant scents that fill the air.
The second floor is dedicated to artificial flowers, vases, wreaths, and other artificial goods.
For those who are looking for Christmas decorations, there is a shop called 'Oh-Happy Day (오해피데이)' within the flower city complex. It is visible from the 'Potflower Shop'. They carry large lawn ornaments, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and other goods.
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Saturday: The flower market opens at midnight and closes at 1:00 p.m.
- Monday and Wednesday: These two days feature a flower auction.
Although it does open at midnight, if you arrive anytime before 9:00 a.m. you should be able to find what you are looking for. I have even arrived at 11:00 a.m. and had no trouble acquiring what I needed.
The shops that sell artificial goods follow more traditional business hours.
Yangjae Flower Market Around The Web
To see more photos, check out the Yangjae Flower Market photo album.
How To Get There
Yangjae Citizen's Forest (Shinbundang Line):
-Walk out of exit 4. Walk straight for 100 meters. You will see a 'Flower City' sign to your right. Take a right and walk on through. Follow signs for 'Potflower Shop'.
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