If you want to experience life as a South Korean as well as their culture, then there is no place better than by visiting a street market.
Street markets are amazing places to experience authentic Korean lifestyle, mingle with friendly locals, and browse through a vast range of goods.
Literally everybody who ever lived or visited South Korea will come to these places. It is a way of life.
Many of these markets will be open all year round and are easily accessible via any trains, buses, or subway.
There are also many of these markets all around the city.
So how do you know which one you should go to?
Fortunately for you, that is where this post comes in handy.
We will be detailing the top 5 street markets everybody should be visiting if they are in Seoul.
So if you are ready, lets get started!
5 Street Markets You Must Visit In Seoul
Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the “Great South Gate,” which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.
It is here where you can find quality leather goods, clothing, crafts, imported goods, utensils, electronics, and traditional oriental medicines at really cheap and affordable prices.
Many locals will come here to do their regular shopping for groceries and household items as there will be many vendors who are selling these things.
Unlike many other street markets where you can find upscale items at high prices, Dongdaemun Market is the place to go if you are wanting to find some great deals on things.
The market consists of around 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops, and 50,000 manufacturers. It is also one of South Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping districts, with items for sale ranging from textiles, clothes, shoes, and jewelry, to leather goods, toys, electronics, and office supplies.
The area is a really popular place among locals especially at night where you can find all sorts of festivities, fashion shows, music and dance performances taking place year-round. Plus, it is also a great place for food as you can find a variety of delicious street food and snacks being sold from many vendors here.
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market
The Noryangjin Fish Market is one of the best places to visit in all of Seoul. It is a large and vibrant fish and seafood center located in the Noryangjin-dong neighborhood near the 63 Building and Han River. Basically think of an aquarium where you can actually eat the exhibits. However, it is different from other fish markets around the world as many of the fish are still alive in the tanks, which means everything is as fresh as it can be.
The market has over 800 vendors who sell these delicious seafood fresh from the ocean at very cheap and affordable prices. Plus, the upper levels of the market consists of many restaurants who serve many Korean and Japanese dishes.
This place is open 24 hours long and lets you buy all the seafood you can imagine. Simply go up to any vendor and buy whatever you like, then bring it to a table and start eating.
Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market in Seoul Korea. It has over 100 years of history to it making it one of the best places to visit. The market consists of more than 5,000 shops and 20,000 employees in an area of 42,000 square meters.
Here you can find many shops like traditional shops or clothing shops or even food stalls and restaurants where you can taste and enjoy some authentic Korean dishes.
In fact, many locals also come here to purchase prayer items for special Korean rituals as well as traditional wedding items like the “hanbok” and “pyebaek”.
It is a perfect place to visit if you are looking to entwine yourself with Korean culture.
Gyeongdong Market is a popular market that consists of over 1,000 stalls which specializes in selling homemade medicines, roots, herbs, and spices. In fact, many Chinese and Japanese tourists flock to this stall mainly for the herbs and medicinal products since they are really cheap.
Some of the most popular items here include red ginseng for restoring energy, maesil (plum) to improve blood pressure, and chrysanthemum flowers which are brewed to make refreshing drinks.
Definitely a place to visit if you are wanting to bring home some herbs and spices.
Overall, street markets in general are a really fun and entertaining place to visit.
I highly recommend anybody who is going to be visiting Seoul to definitely come check these markets out.
Also if you are wondering what things you can do in South Korea, I have some posts for you.
Things To Do List:
- 10 Best Nightlife Experiences To Do In Seoul
- 5 Amazing Street Markets You Need To Visit In Seoul
- 20 Fantastic Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea
Or you can check out all my South Korea posts by clicking here.
Other than that, hopefully you enjoyed this list and was able to find new places to go to when you ever visit this city.
Let me know how your trip goes!