See & Do
Located in Cheonggye 8-ga Street, Hwanghak-dong Flea Market is comprised of over 500 small stores. The first flea market in Korea, it opened during the early 1950s. Although the name "flea market" does not have anything to do with the insect, Koreans believe that the use of the word flea symbolizes the Hwanghak merchants busily moving across the country, even to the farthest remote areas, in an attempt to locate rare goods. As a consequence, you can see items, perhaps not antiques, but old nonetheless, which were used long ago in the remote countryside. Another nickname for Hwanghak-dong Market is Goblin Market, since obsolete, non-functioning items, no matter how old or broken, are reborn in the magic hands of the merchants here. There are many shops that have been in the flea-market trade for over four decades.