Gwangjang Market - From Street Food Alley to Hanbok Mecca

Out of  all attractions in the city, nothing offers more authentic cultural experience than the traditional market and none offers the quintessential of Seoul's experience like Gwangjang Market. Gwangjang Market is one of the oldest market in Korea. Its actually one of several market that can be found at Dongdaemun Area. This market has extensive vendors which are well known for the quality of its textile, hanbok, and of course its food selection.
국내 최초의 상설시장으로 1905년 을사조약 체결 후 일본인들이 동대문시장 등 서울의 상권을 장악하고, 경제침략 정책 등으로 조선의 경제를 위협하자 조선의 상인들이 이에 맞서 세운 시장이다. 광장 이란 뜻은 광교와 장교 사이에 있다하여 광장으로 명명한 것으로, 1905년시장의 명칭을  동대문 시장으로 확정했다가 나중에는 광장으로 이름을 바꿨다.



 
  This market have a corridors stuffed with booth and stalls offering various kind of street foods but among all of those mayak kimbab a.k.a drug kimbab, bindaetteok the mung bean pancake , sundae - the blood sausages  and yukhoe  or raw beef is the must recommended food to eat here.
분식파는집도 많아요왕순대 김밥,족발,튀집  등등 없는 분식이 없고 다 있어요~
광장시장 가면꼭 먹어봐야할 음식을 바로 마약 김밥빈대떡, 왕순대그리고 육회!









 I went there at Saturday at the lunch time and its quite difficult to found an empty seat. Not only with locals but also with foreigners, especially after featured several times in variety shows such as running man and 1 days 2 night.
전 토요일 점심대에 갔어서 사람이 너무 많고 걷기 힘들 정도로 사람이 많고  비우고있는 자리도 없고 줄이 엄정 길었네요 ㅠㅠ 광장시장 먹거리가 런닝맨이랑 1 2일에 나온후론 더 유명해져서 외국인도 많고 관광객 무지 많아졌어요







Other than its food alleys, Gwangjang Market also well known for Hanbok market. Hanbok market mostly located on the second floor of the market which made numerous stalls easily found. Most of the korean come here to have their own personalized hanbok with your own style, style and fabrics that they desired. They had diverse range of hanbok models from the simple traditional model to elegant, or modern styles with great deal compared to another place.
광장시장 하면 이불이랑 한복원단이 유명하다던데요,  2층에는 한복 맞추는곳이 많구요 1층에는 기성 한복 파는곳도 많아요다른대보단 광장시장은 퀄리티 좋은 한복이 저렴하게 살수 있는곳이랍니다시장 안쪽으로가면 폐백할때 쓰는 폐백음식 맞추는 곳도 있고 일반 시장처럼 없는거 없이 다있습니다. 






Directions:
Take subway line 1 stop at Jongno(5)ga and go to exit 7, 8, 9, or 11
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