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Gyeongdong Market, Seoul

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Gyeongdong Market or Kyungdong Market, located in Dongdaemun District, Seoul, is one of the largest herbal medicine and ginseng markets of South Korea. Since its establishment in 1960, the market supplies 70 percent of the nation’s herbal medicine ingredients and has more than 1,000 related shops and oriental medicine clinics in the area. Gyeongdong Market also serves as a wholesale and retail markets selling agricultural products and fish in about 300,000 square meters, about five times the size of the Seoul Sangam World Cup Stadium.It is served by Seoul Subway's Jegi-dong Station on Line 1.
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  • I came here via the subway to Jegi-dong station. As you walk tap out of the gantry area, you will be mesmerized by all the different herbal medicine displayed in the station as you access Korea's trad...  more »
  • Overall it was a 5-star shopping experience for my family. The market was not too far from Jegi-dong subway station and selling variety kinds of herbs, from dried ones to fresh ones. We loved the gins...  more »
  • This was amazing place to visit so much to see. One of my favorites was the mushrooms there were so many varities.  more »

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