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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 RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 2219 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Kwangjang Market

  • Kalguksu and mung bean pancakes!
    Came here for the knife cut noodles and mung bean pancakes. Loads of shops selling hanboks, traditional decorations and snacks.
    Rating:4 Kennister272019-09-22
  • The "Soul of Seoul"
    Street food markets always represent the beating heart of a country. Here, in Gwangjang Market, you can find the true traditional korean food. There is a lot of attractive food; try as much as you...
    Rating:4 Luca C2019-09-10
  • Just as good on a second visit
    Street food in abundance. Live fish for sale and local delicacies (unidentifiable to me). Sitting at a stall or one of the rooms is probably better than getting a take-away as the 'to go' option...
    Rating:5 TJCLeicester2019-09-08
  • it’s good for tourist to come but the food here is not good
    Full of foreigners. Good place to walk around, see different foods, get the market atmosphere, but I wouldn't eat here. obviously it's pricey and targeted tourists. street food in Korea be like plus...
    Rating:3 AliLeeKai2019-09-05
  • interesting place to visit
    worth a visit to check out the food. didn’t spend that much time here but my favourite stall was the kalguksu (knife-cut wheat flour noodles in soup) and mandu (dumplings) stall made famous by the...
    Rating:4 tcheriset2019-09-04
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