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[Korea Quiz] Iconic goods at Seoul markets

By Korea Herald

Published : Oct. 25, 2023 - 08:31

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Although it is widely regarded as being one of the world's most technologically advanced cities, South Korea's capital has integrated traditional markets into its urban economy.

Local street markets, primarily frequented by elderly citizens and wholesale merchants, have evolved into captivating attractions offering cultural and culinary experiences not easily found elsewhere in Seoul.

While not all street markets are synonymous with specific products, some have gained a reputation for specializing in particular goods.

Situated in Seoul’s central Jongno-gu, the Dongdaemun Market represents the epitome of Korean street fashion, and it is the nation’s largest shopping market that both follows trends and cherishes the values of older styles. This expansive market caters to both wholesale and retail apparel, encompassing clothes, shoes and accessories.

Further east toward Jegi Station on subway Line No. 1 is Seoul Yangnyeongsi Market, South Korea’s premier medicinal herb market, boasting a vast array of herbs, roots, spices and plants to be used as ingredients for traditional medicines. The market handles around a 70 percent share of the nation's herbal medicine trade.

Nestled in Dongjak-gu, Noryangjin Market is a bustling fish market offering a diverse range of seafood options around the clock. Housing both retail and wholesale vendors, the market conducts wholesale seafood auctions daily, and provides visitors with the freshest seafood in town.

The Majang Market in Seongdong-gu is a prominent meat market that supplies 60 percent of fresh meat and meat by-products to Seoul. Renowned as the city's best venue to purchase fresh meat at reasonable prices, particularly high-end hanwoo beef, this major meat market showcases quality cuts and parts.

For those seeking antiques and second-hand goods, the Seoul Folk Flea Market, also known as the Pungmul Flea Market in Dongdaemun-gu, or Dongmyo Market near its namesake subway station, are the markets to go to.

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