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Looking for a place other than the typical tourist spots? Then check out the dozens of clothes and food trucks at Common Ground! Consisting of several blue containers, Common Ground is located near Konkuk University.

Many students come to Common Ground to hang out and enjoy the ‘hipster’ vibe, as the space is void of the mainstream brands you would typically see in busy shopping districts. The terrace on the third floor of the space has a restaurant perfect for those lazy summer nights, whereas other areas at Common Ground have spaces that host exhibitions, performances, and other events.


The Daehangno Filipino market is a small market that started in 1997 and has the specificity to be open only on Sunday. This market is a cozy little market tucked away into a cute corner of Hyehwa-dong. Sometimes called Little Manila, this market has everything you crave in the area of Filipino food. You can buy everything from staples to local delicacies. This is the place to buy hard to find products of the Philippines!


The area around Gongdeok Station is known for the quality of its food, and Gongdeok Market is no exception. Although the produce on sale here is much the same as any local market, the cooked food section is in a league of its own. That’s because Gongdeok Market is home to Jokbal Alley and Jeon Alley. Visit Gongdeok market for some of the best home-made Jokbal and Jeon!


This massive Mapo market is housed in a giant wholesale warehouse and offers a litany of deals under one roof. While many markets focus on one thing, this one offers everything from fruits and vegetables to prepared “banchan” (Korean side dishes) to fresh seafood.

Rest assured that these are wholesale prices. Small business owners around Seoul pull up in the early morning to stock up on wares, and you can get the same prices that they do – although you may have to buy 10 kgs of garlic to take advantage of some of the best deals!

Located across the street from Seoul’s World Cup Stadium, the Mapo Agricultural & Marine Products Market (could they have made the name any longer?) is a short walk from the subway station, making it easily accessible from line #6 (the light brown subway line).


Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the “Great South Gate,” which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.

The streets in which the market is located were built in a time when cars were not prevalent, so the market itself is not accessible by car.

Much of the market is outside, but there are also many stores which line the streets. Many retailers buy their items, particularly clothing, at wholesale prices at Namdaemun, to resell in their own stores in other cities.

The market is opening from Monday to Friday from 11 pm to 5 pm the next day. The Market is closed every Sunday. The opening hours can vary according to the shop.


Garak Fish Market or Garak-dong Agricultural Market is an extensive farmers fish market in the neighborhood of Garak-dong in Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea. In this wild setup, more than 100,000 people visit this market a day. There are different sections in the market for seafood, meat, fruits, and vegetables.


Dongdaemun Market is near Dongdaemun from which it takes its name. The market is divided into five shopping districts—A, B, C, D and a shopping town, with 26 shopping malls over 10 blocks, 30,000 speciality shops, and 50,000 manufacturers.

The market sells all types of goods but notably silks and fabric, clothes, shoes and leather goods, sporting goods, plumbing and electronics, office supplies, fortune tellers, toys and food areas specialising in Korean cuisine. It also has many pet shops.

It is on the Seoul list of ‘Asia’s 10 greatest street food cities’ for the Korean snack Sundae and Mandu.


Yongsan Electronics Market is a retail area in Seoul, South Korea. Comprising over 20 buildings, housing 5,000 stores that sell appliances, stereos, computers and peripherals, office equipment, telephones, lighting equipment, electronic games and software, videos and CD’s.

A variety of electronic components for constructing computers and other items can also be found.

Korean-made products generally cost 20% less here than other retail outlets, while imported items can be as much as 50% cheaper.

The market has a variety of stores, each with different operating procedures. Some stores operate like traditional retail shops, with set prices, name brands, and warranties. Other shops accept, or even expect, customers to bargain and may not have any posted prices for items.


Majang Meat Market is the largest meat market in Korea. It is equipped with Korea’s most modern and cleanest facilities. The butchers here are proud of the market’s size and hygienic facilities.

The market sells fresh meat arriving every hour from all over the country and from overseas. The prices are overtly marked for each meat along with the country and place of origin. For the market’s efforts to provide quality products, the market is recognized by the Korean Medical Association (KMA).

Traders are able to trade easily thanks to the market’s state of the art systems. At Majang Meat market, high quality meats are available at up to 30% less than at supermarket chains.

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Nagwon Instrument Arcade has traditionally been Korea’s largest collection of music stores and is very close to Insa-dong. The second and third floors of the Nagwon building has a few hundred music stores clustered together.

Wind instruments, string instruments, percussion, pianos, electric instruments, amps, speakers, karaoke machines, audio equipment, and other music equipment can be found there. Countless people are there to sell or repair instruments for beginners and experts alike.


Jagalchi Fish Market is a fish market in the neighborhood of Nampo-dong in Jung-gu, South Korea.

The market is located on the edge of Nampo Port (남포항), Busan. The name is said to have originated from jagal (자갈 gravel in Korean) because the market used to be surrounded by gravel. This is one of the ten landmarks of Busan, so many tourists visit there to shop.



Previously known as Dongdaemun Market, Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market in Korea. Gwangjang Market is filled with thousands of vendors selling groceries and souvenirs.

The second floor is filled with silk, satin, and linen bed-sheet stores. Be sure to check out the restaurants and food stalls that sell fresh, delicious, traditional Korean cuisine.

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Located in Dongjak-gu, Noryangjin Fish Market is one of Korea’s largest seafood markets. The market opened in 1927 and was at first located next to Seoul Station. It was only in 1971 that the market moved to the new location in Dongjak-gu.

Open day and night, the Noryangjin Fish Market is a visit appropriate for any time! Experience seafood auctions in the early morning hours and test indulge yourself in some very fresh fish at restaurants located above the market, you may order something that is still crawling on your plate!

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