Gwangjang Market has been well-known for more than 100 years as a market with many textile wholesale and retail vendors such as hanbok fabrics, clothing clothing, hardcover paper, curtains, and bedding.
Times have changed and traditional markets have gradually declined.
Gwangjang Market was also a declining traditional market.
Then, as the food sold at Gwangjang Market became popular, visitors increased rapidly, and thereafter, it continued to be popular with overseas travelers.
In other words, it would be hard to consider Gwangjang Market as a traditional market in Korea, but it would be good to visit it thinking that it is a place where you can eat Korean food cheaply.
The photos below were taken in March 2013, when the food sold in Gwangjang Market began to gain explosive popularity.
In 2013, overseas travelers did not visit the Gwangjang Market.
Before the coronavirus, Gwangjang Market was crowded with tourists from abroad.
The types of famous foods in Gwangjang Market are the same as they are now, so you can refer to them.
Gwangjang Market has many entrances.
It doesn’t matter where you go.
When you enter Gwangjang Market, you can’t see many people.
However, even from the place where food is sold, there is a huge crowd.
This is a place where Daegutang and Sangtae maeuntang restaurants are gathered.
Daegutang (Spicy cod fish stew) and Sangtae maeuntang (Spicy undried and uniced pollack fish stew) are delicious here.
Even when many foreign tourists visited, it was a place where most Koreans visited.
It’s a good food to drink with soju, but it’s hard for foreigners to eat.
It’s a really crowded place from here.
There are almost all the places that sell popular foods in Gwangjang Market.
There were a lot of people waiting for Mayak gimbap. I had to wait in a long line.
Mayak means drugs.
The name was given to the meaning that once you eat it, you will continue to eat it.
Mayak Gimbap costs 3,000 won.
This place sells Son-Kalguksu (handmade knife-cut noodle soup).
Son-Kalguksu is popular among children because it is not spicy.
This place sells Boribap (Barely Rice).
Soybean paste soup boiling in a large pot
In Korea, Boribap does not simply mean barley rice.
It means mixing a large number of vegetables and barley rice with red pepper paste.
And soybean paste soup comes out.
Add vegetables like this and mix them together.
Personally, it is my favorite food in Gwangjang Market and I recommend it to overseas travelers.
The price is surprisingly low at 5,000 won.
At $4.4, you can have a full meal.
It is Nokdu-jeon (Mung Bean Pancake), which is as popular as Mayak kimbap in Gwangjang Market.
There is a long line of people waiting for Nokdu-jeon.
I waited for a long time and came into the restaurant where I ate Nokdu-jeon.
And I also ordered makgeolli that goes well with Nokdu-jeon.
This place is full of people, too.
The Nokdu-jeon in Gwangjang Market is not popular because it tastes better than other Nokdu-jeon.
This is because Nokdu-jeon is quite large at a price of 4,000 won.
Of course, the taste is a bit lacking, but the size makes up for it.
This place is where yukhoe restaurants are gathered.
This restaurant is full of people, too.
Now, the price of Yukhoe has increased by 15,000 won.
This is what yukhoe looks like.
You can just mix it and eat it.
Sogogi Muguk (Beef Radish Soup) is also served.
Yukhoe is also a great food to eat with soju.
One side is trimming the beef like this.
Gwangjang Market is
When overseas travelers resume their trip to Korea, travelers will visit Gwangjang Market as before.
As mentioned above, Gwangjang Market is now a market where Korean food can be eaten cheaper than traditional markets.
If you are in Seoul, I recommend you to visit Gwangjang Market.
Boribap, Nokdu-jeon, and Mayak gimbap are not spicy, so I recommend you to try them.
One good way would be to eat Boribap and Nokdu-jeon and Mayak kimbap.
Gwangjang Market Official Website : http://www.kwangjangmarket.co.kr/en/
Also Check TripAdvisor’s review of Gwangjang Market.