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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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  • Indulge in delicious local food with the locals. Indulge in shopping their local foodstuff and souvenir. This is definitely a great place to absorb the Korean culture.  more »
  • Great place to go as they have many street food along the market. The only problem is, they might not be able to speak English and will be hard to order (pricing is not listed well so better ask befor...  more »
  • You can discover in this market many Korean street food such as mandus, kimchi, gimbap (Korean rice rolls)...  more »
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  • 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
  • One of Korea's oldest and largest markets, enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Sit down at one of the stalls and order some delicious, local food for a cheap price. Great for getting a taste of authentic Korean food. The second-floor of the market contains tons of second-hand, vintage clothing.
  • Great place for quick food breaks. They serve primarily traditional street food, such as Korean Pancakes, kimbab, soondae, ddokbokki (rice cakes), etc. They're cheap, and there's loads of small stalls to sit and eat. The food usually comes out instantly because they're constantly cooking. It is hot and loud as it is an open space with tons of food. However, it's still a great place to eat and chat, or get things on the go.
  • Very traditional market selling local delicacies and a huge range of souvenirs and textiles. It's nice to explore this market and see how many locals live and start their day. The market is huge and very clean!
  • A great little market to visit with plenty of food and friendly faces everywhere. I even visited as it was closing for the evening and people were still lively and friendly.