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[Seoul] Seoul’s Night Markets

Published Date : Oct. 24, 2017 / Edited Date : Feb. 13, 2019
Written and photographed by Robert Koehler

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Seoul’s Night Markets
 
Night markets offer culture, creativity and cuisine. Sundown is no time to stay indoors. A recent phenomenon, Seoul’s popular night markets are veritable block parties bringing young creatives, performers and chefs together in one space. SEOUL introduces just a few of the major ones to get you started.
 
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Yeoljeongdo’s night market Gongjang

Compared to hot spots such as Gyeongnidan, Yeonnam-dong and Seongsu-dong, Yeoljeongdo is virtually terra incognita. Surrounded by high-rise apartments, this small collection of old alleyways lined by hip restaurants, cafes and pubs is a bit tough to find, though but a short walk from Line 1’s Namyeong Station. What the neighborhood lacks in social media appreciation, however, it makes up for in youthful exuberance and urban cool.

Yeoljeongdo, or “Passion Island,” to which the name translates, was born in 2014, when two young entrepreneurs opened six shops in some empty printing factories vacated in the wake of a canceled redevelopment project. Other young shop owners soon joined them, transforming a gritty piece of old Yongsan into a space of creativity and renewal. Businesses now line not only Yeoljeongdo’s main street, but its back alleys as well.

To promote the neighborhood, Yeoljeongdo hosts a night market, “Gongjang,” on the second Saturday of the month. Gongjang means “factory,” a celebration of the neighborhood’s history, but using different Chinese characters, it could also mean “market in an empty space,” also an allusion to the area’s past as an abandoned industrial zone. Regardless of the translation, Gongjang is fun. The alleyway’s resident restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, all worth visiting in their own right, are joined by artisans, buskers and food trucks from around the country. The giant street party draws big crowds, including many locals from the surrounding apartments.

Yeoljeongdo’s dining scene is refreshingly unpretentious. If haute cuisine is what you’d like, look elsewhere. But if you’ve come for simple, honest eats, properly prepared and moderately priced, you’re in the right place. The local institutions include Chicken Revolution, renowned for its butter chilli fried chicken; Gamjajip, which serves beer and several manifestations of the potato; Yeoljeongdo Gogitjip, beloved for its tender grilled meats; and Yeoljeongdo Jjukkumi, a happening joint with a clumsy, handwritten sign that trades in webfoot octopus, served pan-fried and spicy. This writer really likes Coffee Banjeom, a Taiwanese cafe during the day and a pub at night. “Looks like Wong Kar Wai opened a coffee shop,” said one Instagram commenter, and with its classy, Chinese-style interior and a big neon sign in the window, the atmospheric eatery seems ripped from a scene in a Hong Kong film. The menu boasts excellent renditions of Chinese pub favorites and a selection of Chinese firewaters. Another good spot is Cafe In Station, a cafe that becomes Bar In Station at night.

More Info:
- Short walk from Namyeong Station (Line 1)
- Usually the last Saturday of the month, but can change

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DDP Youth Runway Market

Every Friday and Saturday, 6:00 to 11:00 If Yeoljeongdo’s Gongjang embraces Seoul’s past, the DDP Youth Runway Market revels in its future. Held every Friday and Saturday at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), one of the city’s most spectacular pieces of architecture, the DDP Youth Runway Market - part of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market series - is a celebration of fashion, style and design. It’s a night of music, dancing, commerce and great food – haute couture, food truck burritos and LED roses under the futuristic sweeps and curves of the DDP, the neon of the nearby shopping malls blazing above. Welcome to tomorrow.

The DDP Youth Runway Market embodies the themes of “dream,” “design” and “play.” There’s an open market where young artisans offer everything from handcrafted jewelry to dream catchers. This is a good place to find work by the design stars of the future. There’s a space for busking, performances by bands and DJ and dancing. You might catch a fashion show by young designers, too.

There’s plenty of food on hand, too. The food trucks are out in force, providing foodies with a wide range of delectables, from traditional favorites like Tteokbokki to offering from Thailand, Mexico and elsewhere. On this writer’s visit, there was even a food truck from far-off Pohang serving, of all things, poutine. One truck offered cotton candy spun around a LED light, an unusual take on a time-honored favorite, but one in harmony with the sci-fi surroundings.

The real star of the DDP Youth Runway Market, however, is the DDP itself. Likened, perhaps uncharitably, to a giant spaceship that has crashed in the middle of the Dongdaemun Market, the undulating mass of concrete and steel is, arguably, Seoul’s most iconic piece of modern architecture, and certainly one of its most photographed if Instagram is anything to go by.
Designed by the late British architect Zaha Hadid, the first women to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, the DDP is a multi-use complex with exhibit spaces, a design market and leisure facilities. It even manages to incorporate a section of Seoul’s old city wall.

An engine of Seoul’s burgeoning fashion and design industry, the center plays host to Seoul Fashion Week twice a year. It also hosts design-related exhibits throughout the year, including parts of the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and Seoul Design Week.

A popular Instagram attraction is the LED Rose Garden, a field of 25,550 electronic roses in a field behind the building. It’s an inspiring sight at night, when the electric blossoms light up like a sea of fireflies.
 
More Info
- Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Line 2, 4 or 5), Exit 1 or 2
- Every Friday and Saturday, 6:00 to 11:00

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Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market

Also part of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market program, the Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market bills itself as “the most Korean” of the series. Held in the heart of Seoul’s historical downtown along the banks of the equally historical - albeit recently restored - Cheonggyecheon Stream, the market embraces its location, charming visitors with its unique combination of heritage, nature and urban grandeur. It’s a heady mix of art, business, food and water, flanked by the glass, steel and fluorescent lights of downtown’s skyscrapers, looming overhead like the walls of a canyon.

The dokkaebi is a goblin of Korean yore, a fearsome creature of great strength who carries a magical club, which it uses as a summoning tool like a magic wand. An ubiquitous presence in folk tales, the dokkaebi is frequently mischievous, albeit rarely maliciously so, but they often help people, too, sometimes unwittingly. The Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market aims to get on the goblin’s good side, encouraging visitors to write letters to the creature, imploring it to grant their loved ones peace, health and prosperity. The letters are posted above one of the Cheonggyecheon’s bridges, presumably for the spirit to read at its own leisure. Want to really impress the dokkaebi, though? Try the so-called “Bottle Flip” game. Take a plastic bottle with a tokkaebi’s club inside, toss it, and if it lands upright, you win. You’ll get a gift certificate to one of the market’s food trucks for your effort, too.

PRO TIP: If you ever do come across an actual dokkaebi on the way home from work, they’re likely to ask you to wrestle, dokkaebi being notorious wrestling fiends. While insanely strong, the goblins are vulnerable on their right side. Never say this magazine skimps on practical information.

The highlight of the market is the Pungdeung Parade. Participants carry a wish lantern, or pungdeung, along the Cheonggyecheon, bathing the stream in warm golden light. The parade is held on Saturday at 7:30 and 8:30.
 
Like other night markets, the Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market has a great many food trucks, all lined up along the Cheonggyecheon. The offering include garlic beef with pineapple, homemade Greek yogurt with granola and Cuban sandwiches, but this is just scratching the surface. You’ll find plenty of stalls selling handmade goods, too, including dried flowers, accessories and Talk To Me dolls, plush toys made by migrant women from upcycled materials.
 
More Info
- Jonggak Station (Line 1), Exit 5
- Saturday, 4:30-10:30. Sunday, 4:00-9:00
 
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Season Market and Culture Oil Tank Forest Picnic Market

In addition to the regular Time Slip Market, the Cheonggyecheon also hosts a Season Market four times a year - one in spring, one in summer and two in autumn. 2017’s theme is “Bling,” as in “bling-bling.” Accordingly, you’ll find plenty of jewelry, accessories, bags and interior design goods on sale. There are booths where artisans display their handmade crafts and food trucks waiting to take your hard-earned won in exchange for exquisitely prepared cuisine, albeit with far less selection than the other markets. There’s also busking and games for the kids. You can collect stamps at the booths, too - collect four, and a professional photographer will take your photo for a souvenir. It’s a fun night out and, if nothing else, an excuse to get out of the house and explore the old downtown. The last Season Market for 2017 takes place on Oct. 13, 14 and 15.

Also part of the Season Market program is the Culture Oil Tank Forest Picnic Market at the newly opened Oil Tank Culture Park near World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu. Embracing the themes of the environment and rebirth, this market has a decidedly “indie” feel to it - less cube steak, more organic veggies and vegan desserts. Artisans not only sell their crafts, but also conduct classes, and there are plenty of hands-on programs for the kids. Sadly, the last Forest Picnic Market of 2017 was in September, but that’s no reason to miss experiencing Oil Tank Culture Park, an inspired piece of architectural reuse. Originally home to a strategically sensitive and strictly off-limits oil depot, built in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, the park consists of five disused oil tanks, renovated for use as exhibit spaces and stages for performing arts. Visitors can also picnic on its green spaces or hike in the surrounding hills, which offer views of the tanks and World Cup Stadium.
 
More Info
- Cheonggyecheon: Jonggak Station (Line 1), Exit 5
- Oil Tank Culture Park: World Cup Stadium Station (Line 6), Exit 2
 
 
 
 
 
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#Night Markets #Shopping #Namyeong Station #Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station #DDP Youth Runway Market #Yeoljeongdo #Season Market #Gongjang Night Market #Jonggak Station #Food #Seoul #DDP #Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market

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  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
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예약 전 안내사항

  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 덕수궁의 경우 복지카드를 지참한 관광객에 한하여 무료입장이 가능합니다.
    ※ 중증(1~3급) 동반인 포함 2명 무료
    ※ 경증(4~6급) 장애인 본인 1인만 무료
  • 본 프로그램은 수화해설 중심으로 진행되며, 수화가 불가능한 경우 이용이 불가합니다.
  • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.
    (최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)

예약 전 안내사항

  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 본 코스는 보행약자(거동이 불편한 고령자, 장애인, 유모차 이용자 등)를 위한 코스입니다.
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    희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.(최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
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  • Reservation shall be made at least 3 days before the tour day.
  • Reservation for the next month is available after 15th of the previous month.
  • Reservation may be closed early during weekend, holiday, and peak season in spring and fall.
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  • Reservation for unaccompanied tourist under 14 will be canceled on site.
  • All reservations are canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour is unavailable due to Particulate Matter Reduction Measure or other weather conditions (heat wave, typhoon, heavy rain). (As of the date before the tour day)

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  • Reservation shall be made at least 1 week before the tour day.
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    ※ In case of electric assisting device users (electric wheelchair, electric scooter users), one assistant may accompany up to 4 tourists with mobility problem
  • Reservation may be canceled when a guide is unavailable on the desired date and course.
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    (At least 5 days~1 month before tour day) Reservation may be canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office cannot reach you for more than 3 times.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
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  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局と
    ソウル文化観光解説士は責任を負いません。
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  • 微細ホコリの非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
    観光日前日基準)

予約前の案内事項

  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも1週間前まで可能です。
  • 本コースは、移動弱者(移動が不自由な高齢者、障害者、ベビーカー利用者など)のためのコースです。
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      ※歩行弱者1人当たり少なくとも1人以上の補助人を伴う
      ※電動補助具(電動車椅子、電動スクーターなど)使用者の場合、補助人1当たり歩行弱者最大4人まで同伴可能
  • ご希望の日付及びコースに活動可能な解説士がいない場合、予約はキャンセルされることがあります。
  • 予約を確認するため、徒歩観光事務局(02-6925-0777)で確認のための連絡が行われます。
    (少なくとも5日~1ヶ月前)3回以上電話が通じない場合、予約が取り消されることがあります。
  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は
    責任を負いません。
  • 微細ホコリの非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
      徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
     (観光日前日基準)

预约前说明事项

  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前月15日开始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的预约可早期结束。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光
    解说员概不负责。
  • 未伴随保护者的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消观光。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)

预约前说明事项

  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)

預約前說明事項

  • 觀光日基準最少3日前方可進行預約。
  • 下個月的預約可從前月15日開始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的預約可早期結束。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
  • 未伴隨保護者的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消觀光。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。(觀光前日基準)

預約前說明事項

  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)