Hello! Today I wanted to take some time to talk about one of my favorite places in South Korea, the Gwangjang Market. Also known as the Kwangjang market, is a bustling hub of food, silk goods, linen, and handmade goods. The market is also popular for its unique vintage fashion and was the first permanently established market in Seoul that was open every day.
The market has become a famous tourist attraction because of its appearance on many websites and food documentaries. I learned about it through the documentary on Netflix called Street Food Asia which focused on the market for an episode. Cho Yonsoon’s stall in the market was prominently featured in the episode so her stall is always full of hungry people. Below I will include a picture of her stall as it’s one of my favorite places to eat. At first, it is slightly overwhelming as there are so many stalls and so much food it seems impossible to choose. However, after a few trips, I have figured out what some of my favorite items are. I love the kalguksu which is a traditional Korean meal made of knife-cut noodles. My favorite is to pair the noodles with dumplings which come at a great price. My second favorite meal has to be the bindaetteok which is a mung bean pancake that was also featured in the documentary making it a popular choice for tourists and also locals. All of the meals are usually served with banchan, which is Korean side dishes such as kimchi, a staple in Korea. However, there is so much food you could eat for hours such as gimbap, soondae, tteokbokki, and fresh seafood.
If you ever get a chance to visit Seoul I highly recommended the amazing Gwangjang market. See you next time!