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Enjoy the sights, sounds and, most importantly, the tastes of traditional South Korean life at the lively Gwangjang Traditional Market. Pick up everything from souvenirs to fine fabrics at this multi-level market, one of the oldest in Seoul. Arrive with an empty stomach, as by far the most tempting items on sale here are the edible ones.
Though this is less well known than some other nearby markets, it is still very popular, drawing crowds of thousands each day. The market’s good reputation has endured for over 100 years, since it was established in 1905. Visit today and see how it has grown into a thriving hub of activity, where about 20,000 employees work across the 5,000 stores and stalls.
Step into the market and your senses will be overwhelmed. The bottom floor of the building has street food, the market’s major attraction. Listen to vendors calling out as you walk past their stalls. Be sure that you enter with a strong will, as some vendors can be very convincing and do not want to take no for an answer. When you have found something that you want to try, eat on the go or sit down on the chairs or benches around the stalls to relax. Sample classic local treats such as bindaetteok, a fried mung bean pancake made with kimchi and peppers, or try the spicy rice cake dish known as tteokbokki, alongside a wide range of other foods including noodles and sashimi.
Head to the other levels of the market to browse for non-food items. Explore the huge selection of fabrics and second-hand clothes available on the second floor of the market. Take away fine silks, beautiful bed linens and other unique souvenirs, such as traditional Korean outfits.
Most of the stalls and stores in Gwangjang Traditional Market are open every day except Sunday. Hours vary, but many stores close in the early evening. Reach the market by taking the subway to Jongno 5-g station.
Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Goodmorning City. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Doota Mall are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 5-minute walk and Euljiro 4-ga Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dongguk University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaksu Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple, Sejong Cultural Center, and Gwanghwamun Plaza. Cheonggye Plaza and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 15 minutes. Jonggak Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gangwhamun Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.
Located in the center of Seoul, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seoul Finance Center, U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Korea, and Gwanghwamun. Seoul City Hall and Deoksugung Palace are also within 15 minutes. Gwanghwamun Station and Gangwhamun Station are within a 5-minute walk.