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Gwangjang Market

03195  88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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About

 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 2167 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwangjang Market

  • Ideal for local street food tasting
    If you want to taste local street food easily, Gwangjang market should be one of your stop in Seoul. Easy, tasty and cheap.
    Rating:4 laurentre132019-06-23
  • Must visited place on Seoul
    I went there with my korean friend and we tried raw beef dish and korean pancake, which is the popular dish of Gwangjang market. Both were delicious especially korean pancake. I loved it really. It...
    Rating:5 litlux2019-06-22
  • Authentic Local Food
    It is really just a market solely focused on FOOD! Wonderfully authentic and delicious Korean Food! The shop keepers are very friendly and welcoming and can speak a multitude of languages ranging...
    Rating:4 Speh67892019-06-17
  • Nice concept
    It's like a food market where you can buy street food and walk along the street to find more food. Nothing special unless there is a specific food stall that you want here.
    Rating:4 lynnnnn1112019-06-15
  • Food food food!
    If you love traditional Korean food, this is your heaven. Don’t miss the kalguksu stall owned and operated by Yoonsun Cho, covered in Netflix’s Street Food. Yum!
    Rating:5 oneredbowl2019-06-14
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