The Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market’s popularity of years past has seen it return this year having expanded with up to six locations. The Yeouido, Banpo and DDP locations will open as of March 30, with the Cheonggyecheon and Oil Tank Culture Park locations following in toe the next day, March 31. The Cheonggyecheon Market will operate as a seasonal market only, scheduled for opening in May.
The four premiere locations of last year’s night market, ① Yeouido Hangang Park (Cascade Plaza), ② Banpo Hangang Park (Moonlight Square) ③ DDP (Palgeori Plaza) and ④ Cheonggyecheon (Mojeongyo Bridge – Gwanggyo Bridge) will all make their return along with the ⑤ Oil Tank Culture Park (Culture Square), which had its trial opening last year, and the ⑤ Cheonggye Plaza Seasonal Market, scheduled for a May start, comprise the six market locations.
The 2018 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market brings together merchants from all over the world amid the night scenery, fountain shows, romantic yet artistic value with a Korean-style atmosphere. A colorful selection of culture programs featuring the unique characteristics of each location, such as traditional performances, art shows and acoustic performances, will be available for Seoul residents and visitors alike to enjoy themselves to the fullest.
|Yeouido Hangang Park
|World night market||Come to the Hangang River for a night of traveling the world||Every Friday, Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
|Banpo Hangang Park
|Romantic moonlight market||A market with night scenery, fountain shows, romantic & artistic value|
|Youth runway market||Design market featuring the artistic touch of youth|
(Mojeongyo Bridge – Gwanggyo Bridge)
|Time tour market||Tourist market draped in a Korean-style atmosphere smack-dab in the city||Every week
SAT 17:00 - 22:00
SUN 16:00 - 21:00
|Oil Tank Culture Park
|Forest picnic market||An enjoyable, restful picnic amid natural forest surroundings||Every Saturday, Sunday
16:00 - 21:00
|Cheonggye Plaza||Seasonal market||Seasonal Bamdokkaebi night market open during the months of May, August, September & October||Seasonal
FRI, SAT, SUN
18:00 - 23:00
The Yeouido location will hold busking performances three times a day at 20:30, 21:30 & 22:00. In addition, the World Music Festival, featuring Brazil’s passionate Samba genre and popular music native to Mexico, is a promotional concert scheduled to be held in line with a ‘world market’ concept along with world martial arts performances, global culture apparel, traditional folk games and much more!
Banpo will feature busking performances as well three times a day at 18:00, 19:00 & 21:30. Other performances with romantic classical music, jazz and indie bands will be featured at the venue, while during the first and third weeks of each month, the Bamdokkaebi Radio Program will help capture the various stories of market-goers amid a playlist of music. Seasonal lighting shows are also in the works!
The DDP will have busking performances for young artists every Saturday, three times a day, at 19:00, 20:00 & 21:00. Delicious Concert will also be specially featured every third Saturday of April, May, August and October. RSVPing with foodtruck services in advance will additionally provide visitors with on-site delivery directly to the performance area!
Cheonggyecheon will also be holding busking concerts under the title ‘Cheonggyecheon Melody,’ for artists around the community once a day on Saturday at 19:00 and Sunday at 19:30. Youth Night, a unique promotional event on the third Saturday of April, May, August and October, is scheduled to be featured, as well as the Memory Recall Project, which will be available throughout the market operation period to gather the memories and perspectives of market-goers residing in Seoul. April will also see the opening of a coin toss and other quaint games to be enjoyed by the public.
The Oil Tank Culture Park will be operating a ‘dishwashing campaign’ with visiting food truck businesses, promoting the use of dishware rather than disposable ware in line with the theme of creating a ‘space for regeneration.’ Participating visitors will also be able to make their very own natural detergent!
Food truck operations will feature a colorful array of world cuisine offered by both established popular brands and newcomers awaiting their first market customers. Menus vary from hand-made burgers, steaks, pasta and other western foods to Japanese classics such as sushi and takoyaki and Korean foods like bibimbap, bulgogi and more! Feel free to also feast out on simpler snacks including kabobs, desserts and a slew of unique beverages.
Regular merchants are comprised of those offering hand-made goods and those featuring hands-on activities. Visitors may peruse products made with care boasting of originality or try a hand at various activities available for a small fee and create their own goods!
As rain, worsening air quality and other factors may lead to the altering of event scheduling, please stay updated by visiting the official website (www.bamdokkaebi.org) for related announcements.