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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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Latest 5 reviews of Gwangjang Market

  • Just a local market
    Just another local market selling all kinds of stuff. Clothes, textile and local food. You see tourist and locals hanging around here.
    3 onedaythreetimes2018-11-16
  • Street food paradise
    Tons of street food stall selling similar traditional korean street food. Full of tourist during my visit. You can also find some shops selling clothes, snack, ginseng etc... in the area. But food is...
    4 Yoke Hein K2018-11-15
  • So glad to be back again!
    If you are in Seoul, this is the place you must visit! Such a variety of food is available for your tastebud! Pa-jeon, Nok-du-jeon, bin-dae-ddeok, ma-yak-gim-bap, etc. Oh, and inner side of the...
    5 WandererDY2018-11-15
  • Nostalgia Walk
    Nice to walk around the market place for city folks, but food wise nothing fantastic. Most stores sell almost the same food under the same section.
    3 jasonl5002018-11-14
  • Busy Food Market
    This is a bustling market with may stall selling traditional South Korean dishes. It was a good experience. I realized though that the price per order are no cheaper than eating on the other...
    4 SummerDaysPh2018-11-13
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