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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

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Traveler Rating평점:4.0 (Based on 2086 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwangjang Market

  • If you have been to Gwangjang, you have seen the entire Korea
    Basically a market that has everything you need to see, to buy and to eat. All under one roof. A good stop before heading home. Buy all you need, pack and say see you again Seoul!
    평점:4 ZeyenNg2019-03-20
  • One of the Best in the World
    I love markets, and have been to many all over the world. This one might be my favorite. Spend an hour browsing, then pick the spot to eat that you think looks best. Order some food and Soju. You...
    평점:5 mstickler2019-03-19
  • Mind blowing
    The two markets I visited in Seoul were Namdaemun and Gwangjang, both on a Saturday. I enjoyed Gwangjang the most. It was more crowded, especially in the afternoon. The street food style eating is...
    평점:5 ScubaDLT2019-03-16
  • Yummy food and people
    Abundance of food, price very reasonable. this market also sells clothing and household stuff. Must go!
    평점:5 Fluffy07082019-03-12
  • Gwangjang Market - All under one roof
    The market is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in South Korea, with more than 5000 shops built around 1957 and 1959. Sells all food, house hold products at a very reasonable price.
    평점:4 821adrianyong2019-03-11
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