Gwangjang Market (광장시장)
Market, Restaurant, Street Food, Korean, $$$
If you love Korean cuisine, don’t miss out on eating your way through Seoul’s century-old Gwangjang Market. As one of the oldest continually functioning markets in all of South Korea, it’s a great place to soak up the nation’s traditional culture and sample its gastronomic goodies, all in one place. Of all the foods the market is famous for, mayak kimbap has to be the crowd favorite. These sushi-like, seaweed-wrapped rolls are stuffed with carrot, pickled daikon radish, and rice seasoned with sesame oil, and are as addicting as their name (which literally means ‘narcotic rice roll’) suggests. Other Gwangjang specialties include bindaetteok, a savory pancake made from ground mung beans, various vegetables and meat, and makgeolli, an icy spirit made from rice.