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Gwangjang Market

03195  88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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 Gwangjang Market is one of Korea's largest traditional markets and is renowned for its quality silk goods, linen bedding and hand-made goods. These days, the vintage clothing arcade in the market has become a very popular attraction among young people and wholesalers searching for unique vintage fashion. 
Gwangjang Market has over 100 years of history. The origin of the market can be traced back to the establishment of the Gwangjang Corporation in 1905 which was created with the purpose of reclaiming Korean sovereignty during the period of Japanese occupation. At that time, traditional Korean markets were only temporary marketplaces that were periodically held every few days. Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market that was open everyday. In 1962 the market was divided into Dongdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market and modern buildings were constructed.

The market continues to thrive today and is especially popular among young people for its vintage clothing arcade. The vintage arcade offers a variety of unusual, unique designs that attract many people including many famous Korean celebrities. 

A visit to Gwangjang Market is a must for Korean couples planning their wedding and setting up their new home. Couples can purchase everything they need under one roof at good prices: home furnishings, bedding, yedan (wedding presents given by the bride to the groom's family), hanbok (traditional Korean attire), silk, etc. 
Gwangjang Market is also famous for its abundance of street food.

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Address
03195  88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Jongno 5(o)-ga Station (subway line 1) exit 7, roughly 15m away
Euljiro 4(sa)-ga Station (subway lines 2, 5) exit 4, roughly 150m away

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 2203 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Kwangjang Market

  • Delicious
    Fantastic market with heaps of small street food stalls. Pretty big area covering the block, heaps of stalls to walk around and can sit down to each at eat. Heaps of variety, catering for truly...
    Rating:5 Granules20132019-08-20
  • Great market
    Gwangjang market is a traditional Korean / Asian market. Lots of stalls selling all kinds of edible products, some raw some cooked. A great Street food location or buying some fresh fruit.
    Rating:4 Jane C2019-08-14
  • Lots to eat
    You are spoilt for choice in the market for eateries. The centre food court has many small stalls that offer pancakes, noodles, rice rolls, live octopus, and more pancakes and more noodles. You can...
    Rating:4 ellycmc72019-08-12
  • Must visit for an authentic and cheap Korean meal
    Gwangjang market is the place to see the locals do their daily marketing. Besides the usual tteokbokki ( spicy ricecakes), you should try the fried mungbean pancakes, served with a delicious soy...
    Rating:5 Diana S2019-08-08
  • Shopping and eating and clean bathrooms!
    Lots of great shopping and a huge center food court. Great fun, clean, reasonable prices. Loved the clean bathrooms.
    Rating:5 GlobalMabel2019-08-07
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