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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.

[Jan. 01, 2016 01:54  Input / Jul. 16, 2014 00:00  Publish]


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03195  88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
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Gwangjang Market is located near by another famous market called Dongdaemun Market. It is considered to be one of the best shopping areas in Seoul. At Dongdaemun Market, shoppers can buy the latest fashion items at very low prices at both wholesale and retail stores. It is very interesting to see that many fashion wholesalers from all over the country come here ready to buy goods in bulk. Apart from great shopping, the market offers other attractions such as a street food section and movie theaters, making it a very popular tourist destination.

Gwangjang Market is also located near Cheonggyecheon Stream and the Cheonggyecheon Fashion Plaza (Wall of Culture) where there are beautiful murals on the walls alongside the stream.

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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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Latest 5 reviews of Gwangjang Market

5 2018-07-19 4K4K
Large Food Portions
Very nice visit; however, I wish I knew how to tell the street food ladies to only give a half portion or small portion. Many were confused when we were just sampling different foods and not...
3 2018-07-12 MarieJanine7
Eat with the locals
Gwangjang Market Is known to be one of the first permanent markets in Korea and is a popular tourist destination. The market is famous for its textiles; there are hundreds of stores that sell silk...
2 2018-07-06 Jo L
Over rated
This is probably the biggest and best food market according to the media, went there 1st thing in the morning, very disappointed. Lots of stalls but majority are the same food. Tried to cover each...
3 2018-06-29 doofvfood
Not as impressive the second time round
Visited Gwangjang 2 years ago and really liked it and went back this year. It didn't seem as impressive as before and the stalls were quite repetitive. We had some bibimbap at a stall then had some...
3 2018-06-26 Peter_Bomberg
So so overall with the occasional gem
It's a big market (or really collection of markets as there are other markets in the area) and there are some really great bargains to be found. There are tons of food stalls, but sadly they seem to...