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Gwangjang Market, Seoul

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Eat your heart out at Gwangjang Market, a bustling destination offering a huge array of classic Korean fare and goods. Wander this thriving street market, one of the largest in the country, and browse the 5,000-plus shops and storefronts bursting with food grills, clothing collections, and more. Pick up some handicrafts as a memento, stock up on traditional herbs and medicines, or even take your pick from an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Despite all of these goods on offer, it's the freshly prepared meals that reigns supreme here. Make sure you taste the market's premier dish, a savory mung-bean pancake known as "bindaettok." Alternatively, you can opt for other well-known dishes, such as "bibimbap" (a rice bowl filled with meat and vegetables) or "mayak gimbap" (rice rolls with seaweed). For travelers who use our world travel planner, Seoul holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Gwangjang Market and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Became famous too. Chestnut House she once bad payment card to people passing by heard sounds. Bindaetteok 1st + 2nd course is always appealing meat, but since the main paper because to change primary drinking distilled is recommended.
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  • This is where the local shop. Tremendous place for clothes and food and food in the streets, restaurants, souvenirs and snacks, so I headed to yukho store and loved it. This is more than the local market, I can only find maps/signs in Korean.
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  • This is a great market in Seoul. You can basically enjoy a wide variety of Korean street foods in one place. It's not expensive and you get to see the most popular snacks in one place. The bindeteok i...  more »
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  • Love these tight spots with everything you need in front of you. Reasonable prices, but I wouldn't consider it cheap. Very easy and all in one place!
  • One of the most unique places I've visited in Seoul. I thought this was where the locals shop and get food but was informed by my Seoul friends that the market is more touristy than anything. Still, it was a very interesting experience to see the variety of foods they offer at the market. Mind you the aroma is quite pungent and be sure to arrive early before the tourists begin to flood in
  • the AC inside the market building is good but as for open market, not sure the safety of the food during summer time. Wish everyone a happy and safe visit.
  • We enjoyed our last day dinner at Gwangjang market. Everything similar same to each stalls. The ajuma very friendly & taste was just so so for us. Come & get experience sitting there with local native.
  • My favorite traditional market for street food and atmosphere. Definitely try the bindaeduk and makgeoli on a rainy day.

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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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