Make Your Own Lunch Box at Tongin Market Dosirak Cafe 통인시장 내맘때로 도시락카페

Visiting Korean market always fun things to do for me because every Korean market had their own character and specialization. Out of all the traditional market in Seoul Tongin market  (통인시장) is the unique one. There are more than 70 stalls and most of them are the Dosirak Cafe's Seller. 

한국에 있는  전통시장을 시장마다 다른 매력이 있기 때문에 언제 가도 즐겨고 재미있었다. 서울에 있는 전통시장중에서  통인시장은 참 이색하고 매력적인 곳입니다. 시장 안에 약 70개의 점포가 형상 되어있고 대부분은 도시락 카페를 운영하고 있다.

Dosirak Cafe is the DIY-concept of lunchbox packing activity that introduced by Tongin Market. Here the visitors pay cash in exchange of korean traditional brass coins Yeopjeon  (엽전)  which will be used for purchasing food at the stalls that participate in the market. Each yeopjeon worth 500 krw and is bundled in 10 or 5000 krw. When you exchange the yeopjeon you will get the money along with the empty tray. If you want to take out u'r meal don't forget to ask for the lid at the exchange stall and say po jang hal kae yo or simply show them 포장할게요. 
통인시장 입구에서 파는 옆전을 구입한 뒤에 도시락통을 들고  가맹점에서 지불하면 시장내  음식을 뷔페처럼 맘때로 이용하며 도시락에 담아 먹을 수 있다. 엽전은 개당 500원이고  노끈꾸러미가 10개로 해서 5000원입니다. 포장하려면 엽전 구입할때 말슴해주시면 두껑과 비닐봉투를 드릴겁니다. 

Not every stalls at the market participate in the dosirak cafe, so you need to find this Gamaengjom -가맹점 sign at their stalls. Price of the foods are varied from 1-3 coins but if you runs out of coins or if the vendors are not included  you can still purchase the food with money. 
도시락카페 가맹점표시가 있는 곳에서 엽전으로 음식을 구입할 수 있는데 만약 엽점이 모 자라면 그냥 현금으로 구매하셔서 사드시면 됩니다.


The must try foods here is Gireum Tteokbokki 기름떡볶이 or Oil Fried Rice Cake and This special type of ricecake cant be get elsewhere except in tongin market. Another favorite dish that you need to try are tteokgalbi - 떡갈비 (grilled patty stuffed with rice cake), jaeyukbokkeum 재육볶음 (spicy pork stew), egg chicken donkatsu 에그돈카즈 and gamjajeon 감자전 (potato pancake).
통인시장 꼭 먹어봐야할 음식은 기름떡볶이, 떡갈비, 재육볶음, 에그 돈가즈, 그리고 감자전입니다.

After finish purchasing ur meal, 2nd floor at the Community Center is the place where you can seat and take ur lunch. If you want to eat rice and soup it also available at there for 1000 krw each. 
고객만족센터에서 2층 도시락 카페으로 가면 밥과 국물 각각 1000원씩 살 수 있고 식사도 저기에 할 수 있다. 

I went there in the weekend and so many people in the community center at that time so i decided to ate it at home. I like all of the food that i bought that day it, and if you are searching for korean homemade food with affordable price but at the good quality and portion this is the recommended place to visit. I suggest you to come here at weekdays and make sure to prepare enough cash because soon after you enter the market you will feel like want to buy all of it >.<
주말에 사람이 너무 많아서 평일에 가면 더 좋을 것 같습니다. 요긴 카드 안 되서 현금을 꼭 챙겨와 야 됩니다. 가격대비 만족하고  홀륭한 퀄리티의 도시락 찾고 있는 분들에게 추천합니다

Take Subway to Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3) exit 2 walk straight around 10 minutes and you will find the coin exchange stall at the front of the market. 
경복궁역 2번 출구 나오셔서 십분정도 쭉 내려오시면 됩니다.

Contact Details: 
Tongin Market  Dosirak Cafe 
서울 종로구 자하문로 15길 18 (통인동)
18, Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
market map (english, chinese, japanese)

Operating Time:
Monday-Saturday 11.00-17.00 (coin exchange until 4pm)
closed at the third week of the month, dosirak cafe closed on monday
이용시간 화-일요일 11.00-17.00 (엽전판매 오후 16.00까지)
매주 월요일, 매월 세째 주 일요일 휴무

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