After spending the afternoon in Chinatown, I had ran back home to get ready for the super cold night ahead of me. However it was not long until I hopped on the subway and took the 40 minute subway ride to the lively market. Located just off exit 9 at Jongno 5-ga station on line one, it is in a very convenient location at the heart of the city.
Walking into the market can seem a bit chaotic with people and food stands spread out everywhere within the market.
Of course the market also has fish. What Korean market doesn’t have fish!?
Seoyoon and I had spent some time exploring the market and looking around for a good place to eat. It was hard to choose one because there were so many options! Sometimes passing through the stands was a tight squeeze like this one pictured above.
There was many lights and things to see!
The market was so lively and filled with excitement, the food vendors would talk to their customers and everyone would have a great time. Everyone was eating fresh warm food on such a cold February evening.
Seoyoon and I had eventually found a food vendor that we wanted to eat at. This was the lady that had spoke with us and barked at us to come eat her food cart. She claimed that she had the best spicy rice-cake (the red soup dish pictured above) within the market. So we had to get it a try!
I snapped this quick picture of the lady handing me my fresh plate of tteokbokki (spicy rice-cake). It truly was an amazing dish!
Enjoying some of the local rice brewed spirit known as Soju.
It was a great time and we both were really enjoying the time at the market!
This was another very famous dish that is served at the Gwangjang Market. It is called Bindaetteok which is a sweet bean pancake. After dinner and a quick snack, I was too fully to try this street food treat. So I am definitely going to make a second trip to try this famous Gwangjang market dish!
Nearby the Market there was a lightly-used clothing market. It was a very large room the size of a supermarket which was was home to a countless number of small privately owned clothing shops. Here there were numerous unique clothes from every brand you could think of.
Each clothing stall was completely packed filled with clothes all waiting to be purchased. Each one without a price tag and open of bartering.
After spending the evening eating mounds of food and walking all around the market shopping. It was getting late and time to head home. Until next time Gwangjang Market! If you are in Seoul, this is definitely a place to stop and check out!