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5 Top Street Markets in Seoul

Seoul's Most Popular Street Markets

Street markets in Seoul are great places to experience authentic Korean lifestyle, mingle with friendly locals, and browse through a vast range of reasonably-priced goods. Set within the city centre, most of these markets are open all year long and easily accessible via subway trains and buses.

These vibrant markets cater to locals and tourists with specific shopping needs; head to Dongdaemun Market for its trendy apparels, jewellery and accessories, Gwangjang Market for an extensive array of Korean comfort foods, and Noryangjin Fish Market is popular for its busy auctions and seafood that comes fresh from the ocean. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day of retail therapy or immerse yourself in the local culture, a visit to five of Seoul’s most popular street markets is a must for every first-time visitor.

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Namdaemun Market
Namdaemun Market

Operating since the early 1400s, Namdaemun Market is known as the largest traditional street market in Seoul. It is home to 10,000 stalls that offer an extensive range of items such as clothes, ceramics, household goods, accessories, jewellery, eyewear, household appliances, electronic devices, and stationery as well as regional and imported products. While Namdaemun Market is highly frequented for its vast selection and affordable prices, it is also particularly famous for its wholesale handicrafts and food sections. You can find numerous food stalls selling local delicacies such as sujebi (dough and shellfish soup), homemade kalguksu noodles, bibimbap (mixed rice, meat and vegetables), jokbal pork hock, pan-fried bindaetteok, and boiled hairtail stew.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 07:00 – 17:00 & 23:00 – 06:00
  • Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 753 2805
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Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market hosts 26 shopping malls (such as Doosan Tower, Designer’s Club, and Migliore), 30,000 speciality stores, and over 50,000 manufacturing outlets. Easily accessible via Seoul subway, it is South Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district where you can purchase fine silks and fabric, clothes, shoes, jewellery, accessories, beauty products, leather goods, sports equipment, as well as toys, electronics, and office supplies at reasonable prices. Dongdaemun Market is also a lively nightlife spot where various festivities, music performances, and fashion shows are held while the Mukja Golmok food alley offers an array of Korean street foods. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 00:00
  • MRT: Dongdaemun Station
  • Tel: +822 2236 9135
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Gwangjang Market
Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market was established in 1905, making it the first permanent street market in South Korea. While it is more known for its extensive selection of fabrics and textiles, visitors can also find kitchenware, imported products, fruits and vegetables, dried goods, and prayer items for Korean rituals. This traditional market also offers traditional wedding items such as hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) and pyebaek (wedding food that brides prepare for their future in-laws). Similar to most Seoul street markets, Gwangjang Market serves popular comfort foods like bindaetteok (Korean-style pancake made of ground mung beans, pork or beef, and kimchi), gimbap, bibimbap, and sundae (Korean sausage made with meat, tofu, and cellophane noodles).

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 00:00
  • Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 814 2211
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Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market

Open all year long, Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is just a 15-minute train ride from Seoul Station. The best time to visit this marketplace is around dawn where seafood auctions are held. Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of seafood delicacies here as everything sold at Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market comes fresh from the ocean. There are approximately 800 vendors selling fresh seafood at very affordable prices, and after purchasing your choice of seafood, you can take them to a nearby restaurant to have it sliced raw, grilled, or deep fried for a small fee (2,000-3,000 won per person).

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 00:00
  • Address: 688 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 2236 9135
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Gyeongdong Market
Gyeongdong Market

Set within Seoul’s Dongdaemun district, Gyeongdong Market has over 1,000 stalls selling homemade medicines, roots, herbs, and spices. This street market is especially popular amongst Chinese and Japanese tourists as ginseng, honey, cereals, and Asian medicinal products are available at affordable prices. The rich fragrances of these raw ingredients will immediately greet you as you enter the vicinity, leaving you feeling rejuvenated. Some of the most popular items sold here include red ginseng for restoring energy, maesil (plum) to improve blood pressure, and chrysanthemum flowers which are brewed to make refreshing drinks.

  • Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 09:00 – 19:00
  • Address: 1036 Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
  • Tel: +822 967 8721
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