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Gwangjang Market

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
As featured in 3 Days in Seoul and 2 other guides
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Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03195, South Korea
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+82 2-2267-0291
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Though known as a market for clothes, for those in-the-know, this market is...

Though known as a market for clothes, for those in-the-know, this market is actually a foodie’s dream. Gwangjang offers a cornucopia of cheap, traditional Korean snacks and “street foods.” Try the giant mung-bean pancakes for an authentic, affordable treat.

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Market food like the olden days

A traditional market with almost anything you want to live seafood. At first I was wanting to visit this place as it was featured on many tv programs. Got there and was greeted... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A traditional market with almost anything you want to live seafood. At first I was wanting to visit this place as it was featured on many tv programs. Got there and was greeted with a full stench of seafood market and crowds of people gathering in the middle eating trotter or some type of offals. then in the middle of... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get everything from hanboks to the most authentic Korean street foods such as jokbal, soondae and bindaeddeok. it's a wonderful throw back to the marketplace lifestyle that's been largely gentrified now in Seoul.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Go early in the morning before the crowds appear! You will not be disappointed. It was originally a market for clothings and related materials etc, but in the centre of the market is the food stalls. There are so many choices. Go to whichever one you fancy, sit on the bench in front of the stall and order. Eat with... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is an everyday market where you can enjoy food, fashion and everything at reasonable price. It is open almost all day long, usually from 9am to 23pm. Famous dishes include Soonhee's Bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) and mayak gimbap (mini Korean sushi rolls).

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

3-5 mins walk from subway (Jongno 5-ga Station-Line 1), Exit 8. The food very nice and not expensive, as it considers street food varieties. You can see a lot of fruits, hanbok, cooking utensils, etc over here. There is a big stall selling all snacks, candy just at the entrance of the market.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went there for an evening meal after doing the Stream. The traditional mung bean cakes (Bindaetteock) are a must if you have tried them before. We sampled other pancakes as well but did not match the valour of the Bindaetteock. As other commenters have said there are arguments with some people but it would not be a market without... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When I reached there about 4-5PM, almost shops were closed. so, I go directly to the food zone. Local food shops are available and so crowded.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A long street of items, mostly food stalls, selling more or less the same items here and there. Pick a store of your liking and eat with the locals over there. Some stores are more popular as they may have feature in blogs before, thus you may have to wait for a short period of time. If not, you are... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went with my European friend who visited Korea for the first time to show him a Korean local market food. As soon as we got in the food section. people were luring us very loudly and kept forcing us to order. That was also quite annoying for us to decide the shop. My friend asked me a name of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A lot of traditional Korean food in the market with low price. There are three main streets in the market and lot of food trunks line up in the market. I like this place and go for food hunting every single time I go to Seoul. The "ahchuma" (the ladies in food trunk) are good enough to feed you.

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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