The Korean traditional market has long been a cultural heritage which signifies the traditional lifestyle and
history of the Koreans. As it often appears in movies, it provided homeless people after the wars a chance to revive their economy.
Not only that, it is a place in which the commoners’ sorrows and hope coexist. However, due to the rise of large discount stores,
traditional markets have lost their competitive edge. That, in combination with rapid urbanization, the younger generation is
turning away from traditional markets, and the value of traditional markets is becoming dramatically forgotten. However,
traditional markets provide high-quality products at a low price. But apart from that, the traditional markets hold the sentiments
of the Koreans. Taking a look at the Korean traditional markets will allow you to understand some of the local features of Korea.
- Gwangjang Market (광장시장)
Open hours: 7:00AM ~7:00 PM, but food stalls are usually open till 11:00 PM
Suggestions: Bindaetteok, barley bibimbap
Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
2. Tongin Market (통인시장)
Open hours: 7:00AM ~ 9:00 PM
Suggestions: Traditional Dosiraks (도시락)
Address: 18 Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea