travelling there’s no better place to go to get a taste of local life than
visiting the local market. This is true in the Korean capital of Seoul
where you can discover the real life of Koreans – the older generations manning
their stands, ajummas (middle-aged Korean women) hunting for bargains, and
groups of young ladies giggling and having fun.
biggest and most popular markets in Seoul are the Dongdaemun Market visited
mostly by the young and fashionable and Namdaemun Market which has an almost
overwhelming variety of goods. Also worth a visit are the Gwangjang
Market popular for its ‘food market’ and the Gyeongdong Market which is full of
the true Korean market connoisseur, there’s also the large Noryangjin Fish
Market and the 24-hour Garak Market, bustling with vendors and customers all
year round. Whether you need to do some serious shopping or just want to look
around, a visit to one of these Korean marketplaces is a lot of fun.
a history of 600 years, Namdaemun Market is a well-established market that
offers over 1,700 different kinds of products including clothes, ceramics,
household goods, accessories, jewelry, kitchen items, electronic goods, wedding
goods, stationery, regional specialties and imported products. Though the
market is generally lauded for its vast selection and affordable prices, it is
particularly well-known for its traditional crafts (which make great souvenirs)
and its eyeglasses district. At the glasses section of the Namdaemun Market
customers can find a wide selection of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact
lenses sold at half the price of those in other retail stores.
Market started long ago as a traditional open-air market. In the 1970s, the
market became the heart of the Korean textile industry that drove the country's
economic growth. In subsequent years, it further developed to
become the centre of Korea's wholesale and retail fashion industries. In recent
years it has attracted a number of large-scale fashion shopping malls that have
further transformed Dongdaemun into a major shopping area.
market is a must-visit destination for anyone who has a keen interest in
fashion and/or dreams of making it big in the Korean or international fashion
world. In addition to international name brands, you’ll be able to purchase
unique creations from today’s Korean fashion leaders and young designers on
their way up. Though the market is open throughout the day, the night market is
particularly popular with people coming from all over the country to shop from
late evening to early morning. If you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to
catch one of the various fashion shows and festivals held in the market area.
Market was selected by visitors to Korea as their favourite market.
Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market established in Korea back in
1905 and is popular today with Koreans and visitors alike. Besides its
traditional Korean dress (hanbok shops) it is very well known for its ‘food
market’. The endless line of food vendors all along the market
pathways is quite unique and Koreans and visitors line up waiting to experience
each vendor’s mouthwatering delights. The market serves popular comfort foods
like bindaetteok (Korean-style pancake made of ground mung beans, pork or beef,
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is the nation's largest wholesale fish
market and boasts a history of more than eighty years. Though the market is
open and busy 24 hours a day, the already bustling marketplace really picks up
around dawn when the fish auctions begin. The market is connected to Noryangjin
Station (subway line 1) by a bridge, meaning that even first-time visitors to
Seoul shouldn’t have any trouble finding their way around.
the next time you visit Seoul make sure you spend some time in one of the
traditional markets of Seoul to enjoy a real feel and taste of traditional
Korea. Further information on the traditional markets of Seoul and around
the country can be found on the official tourism website for Korea: www.visitkorea.or.kr
26 March, 2013
information: Jennifer Doherty, PR/Marketing Manager, Korea Tourism
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 02)9252-4147/8