Traditional Markets / Shopping Districts

Gwangjang Market

The Kwang Jang Market is the nations first market and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today. The second floor of the market provides all of your silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores, which are the largest and most famous in Seoul. 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.
Subway Line 1 Jongno 5(oh)-ga Station
Subway Line 2, 5 Euljiro 4(sa)-ga Station take a bus and get off at Euljiro 5(oh)-ga Station
Business hours : Closed every Sunday, operating Hours are 7:00am ~ 7:00pm

Gyeongdong Market

This is an agricultural product market established in 1960. After the Korean War, agricultural products from the northern part of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do began to gather around Cheongnyangni Station, and a market spontaneously came into being. In the 1980s, various Oriental medicines began to be traded back and forth. Today, there is a separate section within the market specializing in Oriental medicine. To many people nowadays, Oriental medicine automatically brings to mind Gyeongdong Medicine Market. Along with Daegu Oriental Medicine market, it is now considered one of Korea's major markets for Oriental medicine. Just looking at various Oriental medicinal herbs, such as ginseng, danggwi (Angelicae Gigantis Radix), and hwanggwi ( Astragalus membranaceus), is a unique and interesting experience. Recently, modern shopping malls specializing in Oriental medicine have been built within the market district.
Take Seoul Subway Line 1 and get off at Jegidong Station (Exit 2)
Business hours : (1) Medicine market - Mon.~Sat. 09:00 ~ 19:00 Closed: Sundays & holidays (some stores are open)
(2) Traditional market (dried fish and vegetables) - Mon.~Sun. 04:00 ~ 19:00 (stores vary), Closed: Lunar New Year's Day & Chuseok (Thanksgiving)