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Located in Seoul, South Korea, Gwangjang Market is a paradise for food lovers and antique shoppers. It is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Korea, offering an authentic shopping experience, a wide array of street food, and the warm hospitality of the vendors.

History Established in 1905, Gwangjang Market has a rich history linked to the culture and heritage of Korea. It was originally named Dongdaemun Market before its designation changed in 1960. Today, it is recognized as a market of significant historical and cultural value with over 5000 stalls attracting both locals and tourists alike.

How to Get There The Market is easily accessible via Seoul’s public transportation. The nearest subway station is Jongno 5-ga on Line 1. After alighting at the station, Exit 7 or 8 will lead you directly into the bustling heart of Gwangjang Market.

List of Attractions

  1. Food Stalls: Taste regional delicacies such as bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), bibimbap (mixed rice), and the daring sundae (blood sausage).
  2. Shopping: Offers a broad range of goods from clothing and textiles to kitchenware and vintage items.
  3. Millenary Street: Known for meticulous handmade hanbok (traditional Korean dress).

Ticket Information: Gwangjang Market is an open-air market with no entry fee. However, each stall, restaurant, or shop sets its prices for goods and foods.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Visit the market hungry – the variety of food you can sample is enormous and appetizing.
  2. Carry cash – while some stalls may accept credit cards, the majority of transactions are done in cash.
  3. Respect local customs – for example, it is common to eat standing at the food stalls.
  4. Try a bit of everything – from the food to the shopping, embracing the variety is part of the Gwangjang experience.
  5. Don’t be afraid to haggle when buying goods, it is part of market culture in Korea.
  6. Visiting during weekdays is recommended to avoid larger crowds of the weekend.
  7. Be prepared for a lively, bustling environment as this is part of the market’s charm.

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