Attraction 광장시장 88 Changgyeonggung-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 06:00 PM|
Gwangjang Market is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Gwangjang Market is special ?
Gwangjang Market is one of Korea's largest traditional markets and is renowned for its quality silk goods, linen bedding and hand-made goods. These days, the vintage clothing arcade in the market has become a very popular attraction among young people and wholesalers searching for unique vintage fashion.
Gwangjang Market has over 100 years of history. The origin of the market can be traced back to the establishment of the Gwangjang Corporation in 1905 which was created with the purpose of reclaiming Korean sovereignty during the period of Japanese occupation. At that time, traditional Korean markets were only temporary marketplaces that were periodically held every few days. Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market that was open everyday. In 1962 the market was divided into Dongdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market and modern buildings were constructed.
What to explore at Gwangjang Market?
Going to the market, you can see the crowds of people. This multi-level market has about 5,000 shops and it’s a market that you can find everything, from snacks, traditional Korean food, bags, shoes, Kimchi, exotic seafood to the high-end silk, linen and the legendary Hanbok.
Right at the heart of this market lies the food section that is bursting with activity and loud noise. The steam-filled alley contains countless number of food stalls that offers a vast selections of Korean food like Japchae (당면 sesame oil noodle), Kimbap (김밥 rice roll), Sundae (순대 blood sausage roll), Jokbal (족발 braised pig trotter), Patjuk (팥죽 red bean porridge), and the very well known item in Gwangjang market – Bindaetteok (빈대떡 Mung bean pancake).
Among the food stalls, the one that stood out was those that are selling Bindaetteok, with stacks of towering golden-brown crispy pancakes that are freshly fried and served piping hot.
How to get to Gwangjang Market?
Jongno 5-ga station (subway line 1), exit 8
Eujiro 5-ga station (subway line 2,4), exit 4
- Hanbok heaven and great food
- Traditional foods galore
- Amusing market with yummy pancakes
- A market for local food at reasonable price
- Gwangjang Market traditional tourist market
광장시장 88 Changgyeonggung-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea
Tips for you
Lots of good food options at Gwangjang Sijang. However, since everyone is making the same items, need to do some research to find the original or really good food stall.
It's quite a large place, so I suggest that, when it comes to food, you walk through the whole place at least once, before deciding what you want to eat. Basically, you have 5-6 main sections/areas, determined by what food the stalls are selling (in a specific area, all the stalls would be selling the same things, such as the stalls selling fried pancakes will be located next to each other, while the stalls serving live octopus and fresh seafood sashimi are located together etc). Eventhough most of the stall owners don't speak English, they'll serve you with great enthusiasm. The seafood served here is very fresh - and if you're not squirmish about swallowing a still-wriggling tentacle of a baby octopus, it really doesn't get any fresher than that! And of course, they are well-known for their famous fried pancakes. These come in various varieties, such as the ones made with only mung beans, another made with mung beans and pork and yet another from mung beans and seafood. Served freshly fried and piping hot, with sliced onions in a dark vinergary dipping sauce, this is a tasty snack that will fill you up quite a bit. And then of course, for pork lovers, you'll find lots of that here for you to tuck into, everything from 1 end of the pig to another, both as hot and cold dishes. Besides the food stalls, you'll find many other stalls and shops at Gwang Jang Market selling a plethora of things, from all sorts of kimchi, other pickled items, dried fish and seafood, to handmade bags and shoes; from fresh vegetables, fruits and fish, to ginseng, seaweed, cookies and traditional hangboks. It's an enjoyable experience while visiting Seoul - especially for trigger-happy photography enthusiasts! But take note that it can get very crowded, so it's always a good idea to watch you belongings at all times. Always better to be safe than sorry.