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If you want to get a glimpse into the life of how local Koreans live, traditional market is a perfect place for you. At market, you can literally spend an entire day shopping, bargaining, eating and people watching. If your time is limited, one or two hours are also enough to experience local market.
Namdaemun Market (Seoul)
This is one of the oldest markets in Seoul, and anyone coming to Seoul should know this one. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as a wholesale markets. You can find a variety of clothes, glasses, kitchenware, toys, mountain gear, fishing equipment, stationery, fine arts, accessories, hats, carpets, flowers, ginseng, and imported goods in the market. Try to bargain with the storeowners, most of them are middle-age Korean women. They can not speak English, but try best to get each small business. That is real life, different with Korean drama which we saw on TV.
Seomun Market (Daegu)
It is situated only 300m from the West Gate of Daegu, so it was named Seomun Market, means ‘West Gate Market.’ It is also one of the country's oldest markets, and country’s biggest night market. Blankets, bedding, clothes, hanboks and other traditional Korean clothing, crafts, Ginseng products and many Korean street food can be found at Seomun Market. Seomun market is your one stop shop for a traditional Korean market experience. Make sure you bring enough spending money, as there is plenty of delicious street food and attractive goods.
Romantic Market (Chuncheon)
Chuncheon Romantic Market is a traditional market in Chuncheon that sells hanbok, bags, shoes, clothes, electronic appliances, jewelry, and food. The market became even more famous because of the Korean drama "Winter Sonata." Visitors from Japan and Southeast Asia come to see the market and to look around. The market also takes steps to attract more visitors by organizing various events and programs.
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In addition to the markets mentioned above, you can also visit other traditional markets in Seoul and other cities, such as Gwangjang Market (Seoul), Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market (Seoul), Garak Market (Seoul), Dongmun Traditional Market (Jeju), Gukje Market (Busan), Jagalchi Market (Busan), Nambu Traditional Market (Jeonju), Jungang Market (Gyeongju), Sinpo International Market (Incheon), Paldalmun Market (Suwon)…