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Seoul Street Markets: A Foodie's Paradise

Stephen Wagner

Apr 22, 2023

Discover the Top Three Markets for Food and Fun in the Heart of Seoul

Hello, fellow foodies!

(Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, Corée du Sud)

If you're in Seoul and looking for a fun and delicious way to experience the city's food culture, then you need to check out the street markets.

Street markets are an integral part of Korean food culture, and they offer a wide variety of delicious and affordable foods that you won't find anywhere else.

As a local expert in Seoul, I'm here to share with you the top three street markets for food and fun.

First up, we have Gwangjang Market (광장시장)- a food paradise for locals and tourists alike. Gwangjang Market is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in Seoul, and it's famous for its street food stalls. You can find everything from bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes) to tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) to sundae (Korean blood sausage). Make sure to try the bibimbap at one of the stalls - it's a must-try dish in Korea.


Next on the list is Myeong-dong (명동) Street Food Market - the perfect spot for foodies who want to try Korean street food in a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. Myeong-dong is known for its trendy fashion and cosmetics, but it's also a hub for street food. You can find everything from Korean-style hot dogs to fried chicken to egg bread. Don't forget to try the giant shrimp skewers - they're delicious!

(Myeong-dong at night)

Last but not least, we have the Tongin Market (통인시장) - a hidden gem in the heart of Seoul. Tongin Market is a traditional market that's famous for its dosirak (lunch boxes) program. You can purchase a set of coins and exchange them for different dishes at the market's food stalls. It's a unique way to try a variety of Korean foods without breaking the bank. Make sure to try the mandu (Korean dumplings) and the tteok (rice cakes) - they're some of the best in the city.

(Pre-1980’s Korean Lunchbox)

When visiting the street markets in Seoul, there are a few things to keep in mind...

  1. Bring cash as some vendors may not accept credit cards.

  2. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be walking a lot.

  3. Don't be afraid to try new things - Korean street food may seem intimidating at first, but it's delicious and worth trying.

So there you have it - the top three street markets in Seoul for food and fun. Whether you're a foodie or just looking for a fun way to experience Korean culture, these markets are not to be missed. So grab your friends, your appetite, and your camera, and get ready to embark on a food adventure in Seoul!

Here are my 10 Must-Try Korean street foods mentioned in the blog post!

PS: If you are looking for a fun video that highlights one of my favorite street food markets, then check out 'Eating Live Octopus & Netflix Korean Noodle Lady' [Korean Street Food Tour]

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