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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 2130 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwangjang Market

  • Food will blow your mind
    I came here for some souvenir shopping which was very successful, but my mind was blown by the food court. I wish I had been as careful as I was with the souvenir shops, not buying at the first store...
    Rating:5 848AndreaF2019-05-18
  • Various food for all day
    Local market full with various local food. Price is not cheap but not expensive. Reccommend to walk around before make your decision because almost shops there have same food but some different menu...
    Rating:4 Daoaksorn2019-05-07
  • #imightseoulyou food trip
    Lot’s of good food and too crowded also its one of korea’s old market thats why its a landmark tourist must visit when they go to seoul south korea.
    Rating:5 Unnie21882019-05-03
  • Bad
    Good for street food but way too crowded. The markets in Japan are so much better and well organized. Worth the visit tho for the food. Try blood sausages and pig foot.
    Rating:2 LEO_thetraveler6132019-05-03
  • Good food, try a few things
    The market is full of snacks and other items that can be great souvenirs. It also has things for the home if your living in Korea. The best thing about it is its delicious traditional Korean food...
    Rating:4 dkshirah2019-04-30
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