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Korea's unique local markets

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Exploring the local markets of a country is an enjoyable aspect of traveling.


The market offers a glimpse into everything from the country's street food to its lifestyle.


Today, I will introduce you to Korea’s unique local markets.




Let's begin😎



Gyeongdong Market is located in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, and is the largest traditional market in Korea. You can get a sense of the lives of ordinary Korean people here, where you can find a variety of food, daily necessities, and groceries. Recently, Gyeongdong Market has become a popular destination among young Koreans due to its excellent cost-effectiveness. In particular, Starbucks 1960, located in Gyeongdong Market, is a trendy space created by remodeling a movie theater! Be sure to visit.



Address: 3 Gosanja-ro 36-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul

Work: 9 AM–6 PM




Seoul Medicine Market is located next to Gyeongdong Market. The Seoul Medicine Market stands as the largest herbal medicine market in Korea, responsible for the distribution of 70% of herbal medicines in the country. Various medicinal herbs, such as ginseng and deer antler, are available here. Purchase a variety of medicinal herbs for your well-being! It also makes a great travel gift. You can also enjoy a foot bath at the Seoul K-medi Center located within the market.



Address: 10 Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul

Work: 8 AM–7 PM




Dongmyo Flea Market is a marketplace that offers a wide variety of items. This place sells clothing, shoes, electronics, records, and more at very affordable prices. It's so lively that you'll enjoy your trip simply by wandering around. In particular, many nostalgic items are sold here. You can also find cheap foods in this market. If you want to experience Korea's retro local vibe, be sure to visit this place!



Address: 102-8 Sungin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Work: 9 AM–8 PM




Tongin Market is located next to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Tongin Market has a very unique system where you purchase food using Yeopjeon, a traditional Korean coin. You can buy foods at various shops and eat it like a lunchbox in designated dining areas. Oil tteokbokki is a specialty of this market, so be sure to try it!


Address: 18 Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Work: 7 AM–9 PM




Are you looking for a place to try Korean street food? If so, visit Mangwon Market! Mangwon Market, with over 40 years of tradition, is Seoul's representative traditional market where you can enjoy delicious food even on a budget. Sweet and spicy Chicken Gangjeong(fried chicken), Hotteok sprinkled with cheese powder, and marshmallow ice cream are popular dishes. There is Hangang Park nearby, so it's a good idea to have a picnic with the food you purchased!



Address: 27 Poeun-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Work: 9 AM–9 PM



Jagalchi Market, located in Busan, is Korea's representative seafood market. This place, which sells fresh fish at affordable prices, is a popular tourist destination in Busan. This place, which sells a variety of seafood, is divided into a cozy traditional market area and a neat modern market area. This location also served as the filming site for the movie Black Panther. How about enjoying fresh raw fish or grilled fish and a glass of soju while listening to the sound of the waves?



Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan

Work: 5 AM–10 PM (Tue, Closed)




The 1913 Songjeong Station Market, located in Gwangju, is a market with a very long history. This market, where past and present coexist, is currently structured with a retro concept. This market, where young people create echoes of the past, has a unique charm. Inside the market, you can see various foods and charming souvenir shops. How about taking a trip down memory lane?



Address: 38 Songjeong-ro 16beon-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju

Work: 8:30 AM–10 PM(Tue, 8 AM–10 PM)




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