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Nagwon Instrument Arcade
Nagwon Instrument Arcade

Nagwon Instrument Arcade

Nagwon Instrument Arcade offers some of the best retail therapy opportunities for music lovers in the South Korean capital. This collection of some 300 tiny shops spread across two floors of the building sells a dazzling array of musical instruments and equipment, while the fourth floor houses a cinema for independent and specialty films.

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428 Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

The Basics

A stop on some city tours, but mostly explored independently, the Nagwon Instrument Arcade is the ideal place to pick up an extra set of strings, get your instrument repaired, or buy a new karaoke machine. As one of the largest collections of instrument shops in the world, it’s the ideal place to chat to the locals about their craft and admire the guitars, pianos, and more—regardless of your musical talents or lack thereof.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nagwon Instrument Arcade is a quirky attraction for music lovers.

  • The instrument shops can be found on the second and third floors of the building.

  • Haggling is part of the shopping experience at this market, especially if you’re buying used instruments.

  • Quality can vary significantly from one shop to the next, so do your homework if you plan to make any major purchases.

  • The Nagwon Instrument Arcade may not be entirely accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

To reach the arcade, take Seoul Subway line 5 to Jongno 3-ga Station and leave through exit 5, or take line 1 to Jongno 3-ga Station and leave through exit 1. A few public buses stop at the nearby Jongno Sauna and Nakwon Market stops.

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Trip ideas

When to Get There

Nagwon Arcade is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 8pm. Some shops remain open on Sundays. Arrive early for a quieter browsing experience, but keep in mind that there's no real bad time to stop by.

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What’s Nearby

If you’re in the area shopping for musical wares, be sure to leave yourself some time to explore the nearby Insadong neighborhood. This trendy Seoul district is known for its street vendors, art galleries, chic cafés, craft shops, and traditional Korean teahouses.

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