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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Dongdaemun station was located near the hotel in 7 to 8 minutes for breakfast Linch went to eat. Bibimbap contains plenty of vegetables is healthy and it was delicious! I ordered gyoza that amount, so girls if bibimbap and dumplings, one of each then you would want to share. Are many kimchi and other prepared foods shop in the market, and many whips from tasting. Crabs preserved in the canjanseu! Eat in the dining room are more than fresh and delicious! You could take, including kimchi bought me packing tightly, so.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A great market! May and not very clean, but for Asian very normal! Don't be afraid to go into stores with fabrics, ask show silk fabrics, they are superb, the average price of 22'000-27'000 local won per meter and a width of 1.2 m. There are pillows with buckwheat and very good souvenirs, which are cheaper and more varied than on the street Insagon. Tissue and slow food flowing to souvenirs. As always many ginseng anti-pollutant treatments. To eat we loathe, but juice from sugar cane loved.
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  • August 17, 2017
    AB Yes bindaetteok with drugs is out for this family of rice so good that market mood by foreigners to think it's a funny experience-
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  • July 9, 2017
    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!
  • May 13, 2017
    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
  • July 11, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • July 13, 2017
    My favorite traditional market for street food and atmosphere. Definitely try the bindaeduk and makgeoli on a rainy day.

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