Kwangjang Market
Kwangjang Market
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Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Though known as a market for clothes, for those in-the-know, this market is actually a foodie’s dream. Gwangjang offers a cornucopia of cheap, traditional Korean snacks and “street foods.” Try the giant mung-bean pancakes for an authentic, affordable treat.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Jongno-gu
How to get there
  • Jongno 5-ga • 2 min walk
  • Euljiro 4-ga • 7 min walk
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  • tracyloveliving
    Hong Kong, China181 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Authentic markets that have been commercialized for tourists
    Inside the market, there are various types of food to try. The green bean pancakes are delicious, and the cold noodles and sticky rice sausages are also worth a try. Additionally, there are raw beef and raw octopus available. Some parts of the market also sell fresh fruits and vegetables, groceries, and quilts. Although it has been commercialized for tourists, you can still come and experience it. My IG: tracyloveliving 市場入面有好多唔同種類嘅嘢食,綠豆煎餅好食,冷麵、糯米腸亦值得一試,另外仲有生牛肉同生八爪魚,亦都有街市部分賣新鮮蔬果食物,雜貨店,賣棉被... 雖然... 係遊客化,不過都可以嚟體驗吓嘅~ IG: tracyloveliving
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • TRAVLINCOP
    Henderson, Nevada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eat & shop for sure
    Kwangjang / Gwangjang Market is a great place to try some really unusual food items. Literally over 100 vendors selling their specialty foods, There are many shops have home wares also. I tried 5 different dishes there over a few visits that I have never had before and quite enjoyed them all.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Journey07879607204
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bustling market, nothing special
    The market was busy and bustling with local vendors. Some.clothing on the outskirts amd mostly food in the centre. We had some dumplings pink ones and birmal yellow ones. Both were disappointing as they were tofu/vegetarian. Flavor ok if u like veggie ok, just not the meat i was expecting. Overall the vendors/ prices/ food quality was pretty ordinary. We left after a couple hrs tovfind more interesting areas of Seoul.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • tek_m_l
    Melbourne, Australia225 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist trap
    Gwanjang market was a traditional bustling market in the centre of Seoul however it has now turned into a tourist trap. Most of the stores are repeats of each other and the prices are more expensive compared to other markets. We tried tteobokki and bindaetok there and was not impressed. Do not recommend and would not revisit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 January 2024
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hive of life
    This covered market was absolutely thronging with life and action when we visited on a Sunday afternoon. There are a vast number of food stalls down the centre and edges cooking up all sorts of Korean treats, including fresh fish taken from tanks in front of the shops. Everywhere is noisy, colourful and full of sights. A great place to visit to grab a quick bite.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
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Gordonchef
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada1,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Not going to same the same as other reviewers but!!!
When you seat and eat they expect you to order per person. Can’t really share and order small amount.
For example this is for the sit in small table
We are 3 in the group we wanted to just sample the food so we can try other food.
Give you 3 order gimbap rice roll 3$ per order
3 fish cake 3$ each other
2 dumpling 5$ each order
But other she allowed 1 order like chicken feet
Written 22 November 2022
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tek_m_l
Melbourne, Australia225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Gwanjang market was a traditional bustling market in the centre of Seoul however it has now turned into a tourist trap. Most of the stores are repeats of each other and the prices are more expensive compared to other markets. We tried tteobokki and bindaetok there and was not impressed. Do not recommend and would not revisit.
Written 18 January 2024
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Joshua A
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Definitely a must visit for tourists in Seoul and the combination with cheap and delicious food is hard to beat. Loved the Hotteok (near the twisted donut place) with honey and cheese. Tried a mung bean pancake. And had a great dinner at one of the places for about 25,000 won for 2 people, including soju. Really nice to see prices and names of dishes before you sit down, and the food is served right in front of you. Later in the evening on weekdays it's not as crowded and definitely a nice place to meet up with friends and talk the night away over food and drinks.
Written 23 March 2023
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We came here one evening and enjoyed some very cheap food. We loved the fried omelettes and the twizzled donuts (1,000 WON!) and this filled our stomachs for a very cheap price. The market itself is very pretty inside and is very popular with the locals. Definitely worth visiting if nearby.
Written 9 January 2023
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Joseatstheworld
Beijing, China604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went on New Year’s Day so only the food stalls and a few snack and clothing stalls were open. The oil stench was strong from all the mug bean pancakes and there are dozens of stalls selling pretty much the same thing but we were too I adventurous to sit down especially when we have just had lunch an hour before that. The last thing you want is to horde a couple of seats and not consume enough.
Written 4 January 2020
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Travelove58
15,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Have been to countless markets in different cities in Korea but this one stands out differently. Main concentration here is food . Rows & rows of cooked food stalls selling delicious no frills homecook food, complimented by many others selling tasty looking snacks. Of course one still find the usual offerings found in other markets. Place is always very crowded with tourists. If you love to bring back delicious & authentic Korean side dishes, there are 2 big & long established shops ( next to each other) selling identical stuff - large varieties ( see photos). We have tried both over previous visits, both are good. They will vacuum packed your purchases for you to take back safely. Packed all into your luggage except Kimchi ( must be handcarried ). Caution: Some customs may ban bringing kimchi in though . We had ours confiscated last time. A must go market in Seoul
Written 11 December 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
I walked the area, bought a few souvenirs, and then tried some of the foods offered by two of eateries. The foodies were inexpensive, of reasonable quality, and tasty. I good area to walk for sightseeing, souvenir shopping, and food tasting.
Written 3 September 2022
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cat fong
Singapore, Singapore19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Be prepared for the crowd. Lots of food options not just to dine in but also to buy back souvenirs. If buying banchan they will vacum pack them for you. Prices are Similar most stalls. No hard selling. When eating there do take note they will require each person to order a dish at least. Food comes quick and you just pass them your dishes when done.
Written 8 November 2022
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TRAVLINCOP
Henderson, NV295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Kwangjang / Gwangjang Market is a great place to try some really unusual food items. Literally over 100 vendors selling their specialty foods, There are many shops have home wares also. I tried 5 different dishes there over a few visits that I have never had before and quite enjoyed them all.
Written 12 August 2023
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Explorers0816
Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Lots of stalls selling common street food. Extremely crowded and be prepared for lots of shoving and pushing. Found a stall selling fish shape pancake or waffles. The couple manning the stall were very organised and thoughtful. Their pancakes had only three types of fillings - red bean, custard or pizza. Tried all three and would personally recommend the custard filling. They were very generous with the filings.
Written 13 January 2020
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