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5 Traditional Markets In Korea That You MUST Visit!

As the theme of this month’s CULTURE box is TRAVEL, we are having a closer look at all the amazing things that South Korea has to offer. This time we are focusing on the nation’s trendy markets! These are amazing snippets into Korea’s history, and we love that they are still thriving in the current metropolitan society. Here are just a few of the main markets that are dotted all over South Korea, and we hope you like our choices!


  1. Tongin Market, Seoul

Interested in experiencing old style Korea? Then you should definitely pay this market a visit! Upon arrival you exchange 5000 won for 10 brass tokens as well as a tray. As you walk around the market, you can use these tokens to pay for any foods you see. These can be anything from classic kimbap to tteokbokki to much, much more!

  1. Gukje Market, Busan

The bustling city of Busan is bursting with markets! With so many to choose from, why not start at the main market, known as Gukje, or International, Market? It is absolutely PACKED with stalls selling pretty much anything you could want. It also connects to smaller markets such as Bupyeong Market and Kkangtong Market, if you can even find them that is!


  1. Sorae Fish Market, Incheon

With many harbours and ports dotted around this city, it’s no wonder that they have one of the best fish markets! The Sorae Fish Market sells all different types of seafood, from blue crabs straight off the boat to fresh fishes. This market is open all year round and has been renovated so that no matter the weather, you’ll still have a great experience.


  1. Namdaemun Market, Seoul

We couldn’t make a list of markets without mentioning Korea’s biggest traditional market! Located in the heart of the capital, you can find anything and everything here. Clothes, toys, stationery, fine art – you name it, they probably have it! Although it is usually known as the ‘day market’, with Dongdaemun being the ‘night market’, it now opens from 11pm-4am as well for late night shoppers.

  1. Seomun Market, Daegu

Starting out as one of the main markets of the Joseon era, Seomun Market has now flourished! If you’re more of a daytime shopper, then there are a variety of stalls open for you selling textiles, clothing and other wares. However, if you prefer the night time, then the new night time version of the market is for you! Enjoy the delicious food, bright lights and of course the live entertainment that is playing throughout.

That’s all from us! We hope that you’ll be able to visit at least one of these markets on your travels.

Image Sources: © Inspire Me Korea, 12.06.17,

Natalie Mierswa

Writer and dreamer. German mind, American heart and Asian soul. Member of Kim Jongdae Appreciation Society and proud donator to the Park Jimin Jams Fund.



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