Seoul has several small and large traditional markets, ranging from markets with a long history of 100 years to markets that offer many things to see such as a medicine market and pungmul markets.
Gwangjang Market has been situated in the center of Seoul for more than 100 years. The market was started with the establishment of Gwangjang Co. in order to restore Korea’s national sovereignty, which was lost due to the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1905.
Dongdaemun Market began as the largest market in the East in December 1970, and has been for more than 40 years. It has now grown to be a famous international fashion place and is frequented by many tourists.
Namdaemun Market is Korea’s largest and oldest traditional market, which is visited by 500,000 people daily.
In 2008, the Seoul Folk Flea Market was opened near Cheonggyecheon Stream. The market sells folk items, daily essentials, souvenirs, traditional goods, and food, which allows visitors to enjoy shopping and eating all under one roof.
The Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is the best place in downtown Seoul to get fresh seafood. It is located near Noryangjin Station of Subway Line No. 1.
Yangnyeong Market has been designated as a specialized medicinal herb industry zone. The market was formed in the late 1960s as herbal shops started to flock to the current market place one by one. Along with economic development, the market has qualitatively and quantitatively grown bigger.