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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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Phone Number: 02-2267-0291
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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We came to Korea from tropical Saipan in December, inconveniently lacking winter clothes. Hit up the secondhand market area and got ourselves some warm, funky clothes on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Heaps of stalls, cheap food. It ranges from the confrontational live octopus kind to straightforward vegetarian friendly options. Its cooked fresh, the locals are happy to squeeze up and make room for you, nobody minds if you don't speak Korean. I had a ball.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In the three-month summer holiday vacation, I travelled to Seoul, which is the capital of Korea. Korea is a country that gathers different kinds of snacks and food. This time my friend takes me to a traditional market of Korea which called Gwangjang Market. We go there by subway. Gwangjang Market is a local market for people to seek the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to Korea from tropical Saipan in December, inconveniently lacking winter clothes. Hit up the secondhand market area and got ourselves some warm, funky clothes on the cheap, followed up with a great little lunch. Much better prices here than in the more touristy areas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Metro stop for Gwangjang market is Euljiro 4. Once you enter street level, head N. After one block, you'll be crossing an intersection which is a bridge across a narrow stream below. Before the next major intersection, there will be entrances to the market on the E side of the street. For the food zone entrance, head E (right) at... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This market gives you a taste of the local culture in Seoul. For a unique local experience, have your lunch or dinner here. Avoid weekends at nights as it can get extremely crowded.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were many food stands, household items, and clothing. Almost anything can be found here. The food stands looked really good as they cooked much of the food in front of you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

weird when shopping here but worth. what i mean shopping at here is you can buy a lot snacks from here with retail price ! believe me, cheaper than other places. regret never buy a lot. Great food here and crowded !

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This food stall market is a nice attraction for an hour or so. There is plenty of food to buy, but you'll see the same food being sold in stall after stall, e.g. rice cakes, mung bean pancakes (I bought one from the stall with the longest line - and wasn't impressed at all), etc. I also tried the dumplings... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here via metro line 1 (Jongno 5-ga station) and walked a short while to the market. So it is quite accessible. Its southern side is flanked by the Cheongyecheon river, so a nice place for a walk after eating & exploring in the market. It is a very busy place. There is a wet and dry section of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An average market. Plenty of local food available. However, personally I don't like the taste. If you have limited time in Seoul, you may skip this place.

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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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