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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 2179 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Kwangjang Market

  • very disappointed
    Went with my brother to have a good experience as seen online. One of the food stall owners was very pushy and persuaded us to sit down after saying she'd give us "service" (free food). We ate some...
    Rating:1 Jee-Yun M2019-07-10
  • Great Market Place to experience local culture
    Great Market Place to experience local culture & food. Many tastes of local Korean food like the Korean pancake, noodles, kimchi, gimbap, seafood & etc. Dry preserved seafood can also be found...
    Rating:4 chris2pherL1E2019-07-07
  • The best food
    Tried all the 3 shops that were featured on Netflix. Loved the experience. Netflix 1 Dimsums @ 5000 KRW were delicious 2: The raw crab in soya (very expensive 20000 KRW) for a small crab. 3. Pan...
    Rating:5 BeingReal1232019-07-04
  • Traditional market
    This one of Korea’s largest traditional markets, with one section selling authentic Korean street food. It is crowded with tourists as well as locals along the narrow alleys. For some stalls, there...
    Rating:4 LG_Kay2019-07-03
  • Souvenirs, food, something for everyone
    No, this is not an upscale, ultra-clean chain department store where credit cards are king -- it is a market with numerous food stalls are centered along the walkways and sellers of fish, produce...
    Rating:4 Linda K2019-06-26
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