The Gwangjang Market is the nation’s first market and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today. The second floor of the market provides all of your silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores, which are the largest and most famous in Seoul.
I have read that it’s a place if you want to experience eating Korean food with the locals. A place in Seoul where you’ll find both tourists and Koreans, all enjoying the same delicious food.
So we decided to have lunch here and experience the culture. When we arrived the market was full of stalls of food vendors. The set up is like an indoor street food court. After roaming around and deciding which stall to eat we decided the one with lots of vegetables. lol. trying to be healthy eh? haha.
We ordered Bibimbap. It’s not the typical bibimbap we all know. It’s has more vegetables and in my opinion more delicious than what we typically know what a bibimbap is.
We also ordered dumplings.
after eating lunch we roamed around the market and when you’re walking around you’ll come across stalls selling clothes, fresh vegetables, and some random other market goods.
There are also souvenir shops located at the market. A perfect place to buy pasalubong for your friends and family. It’s cheaper here than in most tourist spots.
After buying some souvenirs we went to Namdaemun Market to buy more souvenirs. haha!
Opened in 1964, Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods.
All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets. It’s like the Divisoria of Korea. So be ready to bargain. Let your tawad skills work here, mine did. haha.
I bought a traditional mask wall Deco at a cheaper price.
If you’re in for a cheap shopping experience for souvenirs for all the kamaganaks this place is perfect.
Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88 (예지동)
How to get there: Jongno-5 station and take either Exit 9 or 8 which will lead you right to the entrance of the market.
Address 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 남대문시장4길 21 (남창동)
How to get there: Take the train to Seoul Station before switching to another train to Hoehyeon Station on Line 4. Walk out of Exit 5 to get to Namdaemun Market.