Traditional markets are a true magnet attracting shopping and culture lovers. And there is no exception when it comes to these marketplaces in Seoul.
The city has 15 grand traditional markets to please its fans. Many locals still stick to their favorite markets and rely on them as trustworthy friends who have reasonably-priced products and good food.
Here is a list of merchandise that one can always find at Seoul markets: clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, houseware, kitchenware, fabrics, jewelry, toys, flowers, electronics, souvenirs and knick-knacks.
Seoul traditional markets reflect the character of the city. It can be seen vividly in the ways people do the trading, the language, the product display, and the vibrant atmosphere. There is no better way to sip at the soul of Seoul than to taste its classic vibe at an old market.
Some of the markets in Seoul are older than the republic itself. Visit these history and culture narrators and get the most interesting stories about Seoul in the old days from them.
Appealing food and cheap merchandise are things that give the whole package a beautiful finish.
Best traditional markets in Seoul
Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in South Korea. It is easy to get lost amid its 10,000 shops and stalls. A wide range of products is available and Korean ginseng is one of them. The market is open 24 hours a day and wholesale shopping happens around midnight.
If you want to buy your own hanbok, come to Gwangjang Market. It is a textile and fabric market, but people usually visit it for another reason: Food. Find your way to the food stalls at the middle of the market and enjoy a genuine Korean market dining experience. Korean pancake, gimbap and bibimbap are the highlights of the show.
Dongdaemun Market is the place to go for Korean fashion. It is well known as a fashion hub that supplies clothes and fabrics to the whole city. Expect to have the most updated designs at reasonable prices there.