Gwangjang Market in Seoul

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Gwangjang Market is one of Korea’s largest traditional markets and is renowned for its quality silk goods, linen bedding and hand-made goods. These days, the vintage clothing arcade in the market has become a very popular attraction among young people and wholesalers searching for unique vintage fashion.

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Many of the stores in the area even have their own factories supplying fabrics to the Namdaemun Market, Pyoung Hwa Market, and even to some department stores. Even though the goods are not brand-name products, the wide selection of high quality goods at inexpensive prices makes it an enjoyable shopping experience.

Gwangjang Market has over 100 years of history. The origin of the market can be traced back to the establishment of the Gwangjang Corporation in 1905 which was created with the purpose of reclaiming Korean sovereignty during the period of Japanese occupation. At that time, traditional Korean markets were only temporary marketplaces that were periodically held every few days. Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market that was open everyday. In 1962 the market was divided into Dongdaemun Market and Gwangjang Market and modern buildings were constructed.

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The market continues to thrive today and is especially popular among young people for its vintage clothing arcade. The vintage arcade offers a variety of unusual, unique designs that attract many people including many famous Korean celebrities.

A visit to Gwangjang Market is a must for Korean couples planning their wedding and setting up their new home. Couples can purchase everything they need under one roof at good prices: home furnishings, bedding, yedan (wedding presents given by the bride to the groom’s family), hanbok (traditional Korean attire), silk, etc. 

Gwangjang Market is also famous for its abundance of street food.

Location

Gwangjang Market is located near by another famous market called Dongdaemun Market. It is considered to be one of the best shopping areas in Seoul. At Dongdaemun Market, shoppers can buy the latest fashion items at very low prices at both wholesale and retail stores. It is very interesting to see that many fashion wholesalers from all over the country come here ready to buy goods in bulk. Apart from great shopping, the market offers other attractions such as a street food section and movie theaters, making it a very popular tourist destination.

Gwangjang Market is also located near Cheonggyecheon Stream and the Cheonggyecheon Fashion Plaza (Wall of Culture) where there are beautiful murals on the walls alongside the stream.

Transportation

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Address: 03195  88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

Subway: Jongno 5(o)-ga Station (subway line 1) exit 7, roughly 15m away, Euljiro 4(sa)-ga Station (subway lines 2, 5) exit 4, roughly 150m away

Operating Hours

General stores: 08:30-18:00
Restaurants: 08:30-23:00
Clothing stores: 21:00-10:00 (Next day)

Closed
Restaurants & Vintage clothing shops: N/A (Open all year round)
All other stores: Sundays

Parking Facilities

1hr- free parking available for customers with parking tickets given by the stores in Gwangjang Market.

* Jongno 4(sa)-ga Jongmyo Parking Lot
1hr- free parking available for customers with parking tickets given by the stores in Gwangjang Market.

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