Known to be a place with the widest variety of food be it traditional food or modern food, the open street markets in Korea is the place you can never leave out in your itinerary. The open street markets in South Korea has everything you want to buy or try if you visit to Korea. Here is the must visit open street markets in South Korea.
1. Namdaemun Market 남대문 시장
Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional (전통) market in South Korea. It contains more than 10 thousand stores that is lined around the main southern gate (남대문) of the old city wall. There is literally everything to see there from wide varieties of food (음식), clothing (의류) and living essentials (생활 필수품). They also have traditional medicines (의학), imported (수입) drugs (약품) and snacks or even Hanbok (한복).
2. Gwangjang Market 광장 시장
Gwangjang Market was previously known as Dongdaemun Market (동대문시장). The name of this markets originates from the two bridges (다리) it was built between which is Gwangkyo (광교) and Jangkyo (장교) . This is also one of the oldest traditional street market (가장 오래된 전통 시장) in Korea. It has more than 5000 shops and around 20 thousands of employees.
3. Noryangjin Fish Market 노량진 수산시장
This market was opened in year 1927 next to Seoul Station. It is one of the largest seafood (해산물) markets in Korea. They handle around 50 percent of metropolitan (대주교) volume (용량) and trades (거래) around 300 tons of fishery products (수산물) every single day. Prices of the seafood are decided according to the quantity so it is highly recommended to check the bid (매기) online.
4. Mangwon Market 망원 시장
Mangwon Market has been around for over 40 years where it’s widely known for the wide variety of delicacies (미식) at extremely low prices. They also have many restaurants (식당) inside. Their dak-gang-jeong (닭강정) is honestly a must-try food. They have many restaurants to choose from and is near the Mangwon Hangang Park (망원 한강공원), making it more attractive to visit.
5. Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market 속초 관광 수산시장
Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market is located in Gangwon Province (강원도), it’s a quintessential (전형적인) Korean market. The specialties (특산품) there are fish (생선), chicken (닭) and fresh fruits (신선한 과일). It is the perfect place to grab your groceries and is very fun to stroll as well. They have aquatic critters (수산물) in large fish tanks making it feel like a free aquarium tour.
6. Jeju Dongmun Market 제주 동문시장
This market was established in year 1945. It is the representative (대표) market in Jeju island and of course it is the most famous market there. They always have lots of customers (손님) due to their wide variety (다양한 종류) of products sold there. It is very popular (인기 있는) for their fresh seafood (해산물) sold.