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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 Rating평점:4.0 (Based on 2034 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwangjang Market

  • Freaky food
    Loved this market where you can get chicken feet and octopus:) The vendors were nice and it was tasty.
    평점:5 FoodyInstinct2019-01-11
  • Foods everywhere!
    I like this place! You can try many local foods here with affordable price. My recommendation is Dakbal (boneless chicken feet) it’s VERY delicious! Ah, and a little bit spicy but not too much 😊
    평점:4 merylcarmia2019-01-06
  • Affordable street food and snacks
    Took bus from MyeongDong to market for lunch and bought Korean snacks e.g. rice crispies mixed with honey and nuts, fresh rice cakes. Ate gimbap, raw octopus, crispy fried pancakes in one of the...
    평점:4 FamilyfourSG2018-12-29
  • Wonderful food. Awesome atlosohrre
    Excitement in the air as this place is bustling with lots of activities. Good food as well! Highly recommend this place. A stall with a sign that says ‘Best Millet pancake in Korea’. Got to try...
    평점:4 ShufenC272018-12-26
  • Great experience for any foodie!
    Absolutely loved our experience here. So many food options including dumplings, mung bean pancakes fish, doughnuts, red bean crepes, soups and everything in between. Go hungry! Would highly recommend
    평점:5 elysedunn2018-12-25
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