Nagwon Arcade

15 Feb

I realized today that my blog is the number one authority for information relating to Nagwon Arcade, according to Google at least. Thus I feel I should provide some useful information.

Nagwon is a giant music mall located in Central Seoul and containing over 200 stores that sell instruments and recording gear of all varieties. Many stores also do repairs. You have the opportunity to bargain on the price of whatever you’re after. If the vendors won’t budge then just start to walk away and they’ll likely have a quick change of heart.

The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Jongno-3-ga. No matter what line you take you need to walk to the purple line (line 5) and make your way out of exit 4 or 5; they’re right next to each other. You should take the one with stairs, not the escalator. At the top of the stairs you’ll be on a street corner and an alley will be visible slightly off to your right. There’s a small sign pointing in the right direction that reads “Nagwon Arcade”, however there is no sign on the building. Once in the alley you will see a couple flights of stairs on your left side. Take them to the top and you’re in like Flynn.

Their hours are somewhat of a mystery to me, but I’m pretty sure it closes at 6 or 6:30 on weekdays, stays open a bit later (maybe eight) on Fridays and Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays and national holidays.

Edit (9.23.2012)

Still not sure on the exact hours, but I believe it closes at 6:30 M-R and is open a bit later on Saturday… Most of the stores are closed on Sunday. I was going to shoot a video showing directions to the place before I jump ship, but there’s a YouTube video available already that should suffice, though it’s got that annoying style of voice-over that older tourists are supposed to love.

As of my last visit a few months back, there’s no English sign to mark the place. All you get is that rectangular blue sign above the underpass reading “낙원악기상가.”


Posted by on February 15, 2008 in Seoul Days


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5 responses to “Nagwon Arcade

  1. Adicus Ryan Garton

    February 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    What time does it open?

  2. Ben

    February 28, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Most stores open at 10 and close between 7-8pm, though a few open by 9 am, and some close by 6pm. Also, while they are closed Sundays, some are open the 2nd Sunday of the month.

    With the current rate of exchange, their good prices are even better… a W2400 priced horn is only costing me $1600.

  3. rik

    June 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    thanks for the specifics on finding the building. i traveled from uijongbu on the trains to get there, only to wander around the city in the rain. no one i asked (in english) knew what i was talking about. my korean is very limited, so i was out of luck. i missed the part about exit 5 at the jongno ga station on a vid that was posted. bad oversight on my part. so, i had some lunch, got wet and went back home. fun day overall if not entirely successful. i’m sure i’ll find it next time with your directions. thanks again.

  4. darren

    July 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    if i take a cab what do i have to say to the taxi driver ?!?!?!


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