Visiting a traditional market is a must-do on a visit to South Korea, if only to experience their chaotic yet charming atmosphere. From street food to vintage clothing to oriental medicine, there’s a market for just about everyone and every need. Check out our compilation of the country’s best below.
Seoul Folk Flea Market
Looking for a unique souvenir to remind you of your travels in Korea? The Seoul Folk Flea Market might just be the place to find it. Housed in the spacious yet chaotic warehouse is a vast assortment of merchandise, including vintage furniture, vinyl records, tableware, sports apparel and jewelry. Don’t expect neatly organized shop spaces here – things get hectic, especially on the weekends, and the market’s patrons are known to be a bit pushy. Even if you’re not in the mood to shop, it’s a great place to browse or eat, as it hosts a bustling food court on the first floor.
21 Cheonho-daero 4-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82-2-2232-3367
Situated just to the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace is the charming Tongin Market. While it may seem like a regular old market at first glance, it’s actually a hotspot for the popular Korean dish tteokbokki, chewy rice cakes in a spicy chili sauce. The market is also a piece of Korean history in itself, as it was established for Japanese residents in 1941 when Korea was under Japanese rule. Don’t miss the Doshirak Cafe, where for just a few bucks you can get a lunchbox to fill with whichever market snacks you’d like.
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