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Gwangjang Market

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
As featured in 3 Days in Seoul and 2 other guides
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Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03195, South Korea
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09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Though known as a market for clothes, for those in-the-know, this market is...

Though known as a market for clothes, for those in-the-know, this market is actually a foodie’s dream. Gwangjang offers a cornucopia of cheap, traditional Korean snacks and “street foods.” Try the giant mung-bean pancakes for an authentic, affordable treat.

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I just couldn't say NO to the street food

I had some street food at Gwangjang Market in which I don't normally do because I have a bad stomach. The street food at Gwangjang was so tempting, I just couldn't say NO.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Come hungry. We had a one day stopover in Seoul and chose this market for lunch. So glad we did. Fortunately we had taken in a historical morning walk and palace tour before we arrived because we were ready for lunch. Note: Walk the whole food sections before you sit down to eat. There is a wide variety of stalls... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've had foreign friends visit this place multiple times and they have told me that nothing beat this experience. Especially the food here is very authentic as it is humble and can be a quite unique dining experience. It tends to get crowded and even for a person who hates being in crowded places can enjoy this place as it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had some street food at Gwangjang Market in which I don't normally do because I have a bad stomach. The street food at Gwangjang was so tempting, I just couldn't say NO.

1 Thank Quack H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Market was easy to locate and took my family to try some mung bean pancake. As the only person in tm family to understand and speak korean (even though I am not korean) we then went to some stalls as I took my family to try market food. Went to a stall that served spicy rice cakes, japchae, odeng and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place to be if you are feeling hungry near Dongdaemun. You will find lots of authentic korean food to fill your tummy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to try street style korean food. Many options, some are delicious. Cultural. Worth visiting at night time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the clothes section first and the stalls were already starting to close even though it was only around 6pm. Maybe it was because it was eve of Seollal. However, when we arrived at the market at ground floor, the place was bustling with activity. We enjoyed the street food and even sat down twice to enjoy pajeon and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stumbled on this market quite by coincidence while just roaming. I tried the Kyoja here. This place was interesting enough to come twice - once by chance, and the other time by design. The second time, I looked at the other wares sold there and bought a neck pillow that had a case made from traditional fabric. This place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

came to gwangjang market to eat and there are literally lots of food to eat. And they are all delicious! I tried tobboki (not sure how to write it) and gimbab.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ugh! As a Korean, I feel so bad foreigners come here and have to eat fake, dirty, over-priced food. The market seems big, but when you look around you will realize most sellers sell similar food with same price. If I must recommend one market for you, i will guide you to either Tongin Market near by Gyeongbok palace or... More 

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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