This is a little grab of some of the things Sjaak came home with from our Global Geek Tour of China this week. This pile has 5 little breadboard, 5 LCD/OLED breakout boards for plastic ribbon FPC connectors, 2 shiny LiPo batteries with a capacity of 800mAh, and a spool of black thin wire. We […]
Our geek tour of China started with Apliu Street, Hong Kong’s version of Akihabara. It has a few well-stocked electronics stores with online prices, but it’s not big enough to be a global geek destination on its own. A store with a big HAKKO sign had a nice range of irons and soldering stuff. Here’s […]
We’ve scarcely been back for 3 hours, but already Sjaak and Ian are in IRC unboxing their toys from Hua Qiang Bei. First, the big lesson we learned. For years we’ve heard about SEG Market and the component shops, but it’s actually part of a whole neighborhood of electronics distributor complexes much like Akihabara or […]
All our market scores carefully packed in dirty socks and underwear. Unlike previous trips we did have to buy extra bags and pay for excess baggage on the way back.
We’re on the way back with tons of film and goodies to give away. Sjaak and Ian return tomorrow and the posts and giveaways will begin. We met a ton of suppliers with great stuff we’re going to try to get into the Seeed shop. Here’s a quick picture to give you a preview. There’s […]
Guys over at Seeed wrote about their neighborhood, the Hua Qiang Bei District located in Shenzhen China. This is arguably the largest electronics market in the world. Covering several city blocks populated by ten story buildings all blistering with electronics shops. This will be our next Global Geek Tour which we’ll be visiting in April. […]
Global Geek Tour Seoul, South Korea roundup: Scouting the markets in Seoul, South Korea Overview of Yongsan electronics market Yongsan computer parts stores in Seonin Plaza Yongsan electronic component store Visit Hacker Space Seoul Map of Cheonggyecheon electronics market Cheonggycheon surface mount components in ‘building A’ Cheonggyecheon arcade game repair and restoration in ‘building B’ […]
In the very last hour of scouting we stumbled into surface mount part heaven, the place we have always been looking for. Feet tired, batteries dead, and SD cards full – we almost didn’t bother to climb yet another flight of stairs. On the third and four floors of “building A“* there are dozens of […]
Building B has an entire floor, running half the length of Cheonggyecheon, with arcade game restoration shops. There were buttons and replacement part shops, repair shops, and old arcade games everywhere. This isn’t a retail outlet like Super Potato in Akihabara. You can definitely pick up spare parts for your own restoration, but there’s no […]
Retail is only a small part of Cheonggyecheon, there’s a ton of work going on too. On one block there’s a dozen laser cutting shops. In another area there’s metal working, and even a cluster of glass blowers making neon and lab glass.
Building C on the Cheonggyecheon map has a bunch of through-hole parts shops and distributors. Asekakorea.co.kr is printed on the building but it’s not a valid address. This shop counter has examples to test, and you can buy the bulk bags stocked on the shelves.
Kwang Jang Market is at the far end of the Cheonggyecheon area. It’s the perfect place to take a break from your tour and grab some lunch. We included this on the Cheonggyecheon map and our Google Map layer.
Materials and tools for making are everywhere in Cheonggyecheon. This shop sells hand tools and light equipment like air compressors. We also spotted a dozen stands selling nothing but rivets, bolts, washers, or other fasteners. More materials shops below.
The northwest quarter is primarily through-hole electronics parts, switches, probes and sensors – all our favorite market stuff. Pathways snake by stands and shops the size of garages. Like at Yongsan, most shops have a product display in the window, and orders are filled from big bags. We guess this part is bigger than the […]
Yongsan was cool, but if that was the end of the trip we’d go home disappointed. There were some good component stores, and a world-class computer market, but it was mostly cameras, TVs, netbooks, cellphones, and other consumer electronics. Thankfully Hacker Space Seoul and a few commenters turned us onto Cheonggyecheon, Seoul’s hidden geek paradise. […]
Hacker Space Seoul is nondescript on the outside, but inside it’s the nicest Hacker Space we’ve ever seen. Clean, newly renovated, well organized, and lots of tools and parts. Only a week ago they moved into this building on the edge of Seoul’s urban electronic part market called Cheonggyecheon. They may be the only hacker […]
The computer parts market in Seonin Plaza is awe inspiring. There’s a flea market of vendors surround the building, and inside there’s more than a hundred shops on multiple floors selling mother boards, graphics cards, memory, hard drives, monitors, cases, MODer bling, and more. Most stores in Yongsan sell the same kind of consumer electronics that […]
We’re computer geeks and gadget freaks like anyone else, but we always make a beeline for the component stores. It’s the stuff with the most serious geek factor, and the kind of thing we don’t have at home. The basement floor of ETLand is a maze with 50 or 60 component shops. All were in […]
Yongsan is probably Seoul’s best known electronics market. The market is made up of a sprawling group of 5-6 floor buildings around Yongsan station, as well as temporary stands and flea markets outside. Each area has hundreds of small electronics retailers, as well as a heavy presence of fried Korean street food. You’ll find a […]
Fly thirty hours round trip to spend 48 hours scouting electronics markets in Seoul? Yeah, we did that. Seoul isn’t known for its markets like Tokyo or Shenzhen – that’s right, markets, we discovered more than one – but with electronics giants like Samsung based here there’s a huge and thriving scene. It’s totally different […]