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Markets in South Korea Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Culture

Everyone knows about outdoor markets like Dongdaemun and Namdaemun, but did you know there are other outdoor markets in South Korea? Seongdong Market (성동시장) is one of the largest traditional outdoor markets in the city of Gyeongju (경주), which is located in Gyeongsangbuk Province (경상북도). It’s just like the fruits, vegetables and seafood that you can find in supermarkets, but cheaper.

Jagalchi Fish Market (자갈치시장) is a popular fish market in Busan (부산). The Jagalchi Fish Market is near a large port, which is why the Jagalchi Fish Market is supplied with fresh fish and seafood on a daily basis. There are also small outdoor, tented restaurants on wheels that prepare delicious seafood dishes within the market. So not only can you see and buy seafood, you can eat it too!

Seomun Market (서문시장) is the largest traditional Korean market in Daegu (대구). The Seomun Market is especially known for its cloth, textile and tailoring services. There are many small shops that provide one of a kind pieces that are handmade. These shops are great because you can request a special outfit tailored to your specific wants, that no manufactured clothing company will have on stock!

Hwanghak Dong Flea Market (황학동 벼룩시장) is located in Jong Gu (중구), which is a district in Seoul (서울). This Flea Market sells quality second hand items that range from electronics to clothes. One of the advantages of buying in a market such as this is that vendors compete with each other to sell you their goods. This means that you can get a cheaper price for goods from the vendors vying for your attention.

You can never get tired of going to fish markets in Korea, especially the Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장) in Seoul. You will find anything and everything related to fish and seafood in the Noryangjin Fish Market. They have stall after stall of seafood that range from the rare and unusual, to the fish that you see in an everyday supermarket.


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