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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 2018-09-17 Sagar0111
Great Shopping Experience
Gwangjang market is good for ladies shopping. as variety of clothes specially ladies wear you can buy from there at reasonable price compared to other malls in Seoul. There are food stalls, one can...
5 2018-08-31 Simon H
Must do when in Seoul
Loved this place. Sights sounds and smells really make you come alive. The food was the main attraction for ourselves and this is in the centre of the market. Make time however, to take in the fish...
4 2018-08-26 TJCLeicester
Great street food with too much choice
Big food market, crowded with a confusion of sights, sounds and smells. I was wandering from my hotel looking for somewhere to eat on a sunday evening when many surrounding restaurants were closed...
5 2018-08-14 Umesh M
Great street food
Great place to try all the different Korean street food, not for the people on diets. Also lots of good Korean products
5 2018-08-08 Michael K
A must visit!
This is my favourite market on earth. A lot of delicious street food all over the market. It’s the true part of daily life in the city. I highly suggest visiting the market for a true local...