238, Cheonbyeonjwa-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju
Yangdong Market started in the 1910s as a traditional market held on dates ending in 2 and 7 of every month on the white sand beach under Gwangjugyo Bridge. The market has a long history and local citizens have many sayings referring to the multitude of items available here. During the May 18th Democratic Uprising, both Yangdong and Daein Markets were a grand venue where the citizens of Gwangju gathered together to rally for democratization of the nation. Merchants of the markets provided food, beverages, and medicine to the protestors and participated in the movement alongside their fellow citizens.
Yangdong Market is an outstanding traditional market among all markets throughout the nation. The market has upgraded with the times to include modern conveniences, including a consolidated market logo, online shopping mall, and merchant education classes.
1305-56, Jungang-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Lafesta is a shopping mall located in the center of Ilsan's pedestrian-friendly business district. It was the first mall-type shopping space in Korea, spread over a large area. The mall is divided into six separate buildings over a 300-meter-long avenue, with each block having its own bright and vibrant design. The mall has everything from beauty shops to a food court to an eight-theater cinema. There is also a cultural space suitable to live concerts and large performances.
20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market was established after the liberation in 1945. Due to a large fire that broke out in March 1954, the whole market and the nearby area was reduced to ashes. The market was then moved to its current location, keeping the original name. As one of the most popular traditional markets in Jeju, Dongmun has served countless customers, selling diverse items at inexpensive prices. As the representative traditional market of Jeju, the market is popular for fresh seafood.
24, Jeongbalsan-ro, Ilsan-Dogu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Western Dom is one of the most popular places in Ilsan along with Lafesta, an open street shopping mall. The mall houses over 500 shops offering international food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics; it also boasts the Multiplex Cinema with one IMAX screen and the Western Tower, a luxury office town.
Introducing the concept of “Modern-style Traditional Market,” Western Dom offers diverse items by themes, displayed at over 100 stalls. The building is designed to ease the flow of foot traffic and is decorated with a wide array of works by local artists. Its ceiling showcases colorful lighting at night and its spacious main square offers exciting events and performances year-round. Nearby attractions include more shopping malls, a lake park, Migwan Square, and Jeongbalsan Park.
6, Suwoncheon-ro 255beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
The neighborhood around Paldalmun Gate serves as the main business district of Suwon, where more than 300 stores and stalls are joined to make a large market. The atmosphere and the physical surroundings help to both keep traditions alive and move into the modern age, which is one of the main aspects of this market that draws in more visitors each year. Since 1917 when the market first opened to the public, the vendors here have specialized in traditional garments, including hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) and accessories. Among 300 stores, 40 stores feature finished hanbok, another 40 stores sell fabric, 70 stores are general clothing store, and the remaining stores sell daily goods, accessories, agricultural and stockbreeding products. In the past, the market was the largest market south of the metropolitan area so people from Suwon, Pyeongtaek, Hwaseong, and Osan frequently visited. An on-going maintenance project to keep the originality of the market began in 2002 and the market now features modernized facilities.
77, Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
The Gimpo Airport branch of Lotte Mall is Korea’s first and largest lifestyle shopping complex with shops, accommodation, entertainment facilities, and a theme park all in one place. It has 5 basement floors and 9 above-ground stories built on a large 195,000 ㎡ field. The complex is surrounded Sky Park, a natural ecological park. On top of the complex is an observatory from which people can see airplanes landing or taking off at the Gimpo Airport. The mall is easily accessed by public transportation, being connected to Seoul Subway Lines 5 and 9, and the Airport Railroad (AREX).
Sehwapogu Port, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Bellongjang Market is a local flea market open to visitors and the local community that takes place in the small village of Sehwa-ri. The flea market takes place on Saturdays from 11:00 to 13:00, except on the 5th,10th,15th, 20th, 25th and 30th of the month, when the Fifth-Day Market opens. Bellongjang's name originated from Jeju Island's expression "bellong," which means a light shining from the distance.
Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Itaewon Shopping Street is a 1.4-kilometer-long road located near Itaewon Station. There is an enormous variety of shops, entertainment venues, and restaurants lined along both sides of the street. As the neighborhood has a reputation as a mini melting pot in Seoul where languages other than Korean are widely spoken, it is one of the most visited places by international visitors. It has become a gateway for many international visitors to receive services and information on basic tourist needs such as accommodations, shopping, tourist attractions, and more.
55, Jimak 1-gil, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do
Located at the foot of Baegunsan Mountain with water of Seomjingang River flowing nearby, Gwangyang Cheong Maesil Farm offers the perfect setting for visitors to enjoy the scenery and locally produced maesil (plum). With various maesil related food products including side dishes as well as jam, jelly and traditional foods, visitors can buy freshly made products on-site or order online or by phone.
88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market in Korea and continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today. The name Gwangjang means "to gather from afar and keep altogether." The market began as a small trading center that brought in goods from nearby regions, but has now grown into a large wholesale market selling a variety of goods, including upholstery, imported goods, groceries, dried fish, traditional goods, and more. The most popular section of the market is the food street connected to the East Gate, North Gate 2, and South Gate 1. The food street caters to a wide range of patrons due to the plethora of menus available. It is also one of the most recommended tourist attraction for international travelers.
674, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Opened in 1927 on Uiju-ro Street next to Seoul Station, Noryangjin Fishery Market is one of Korea's largest seafood markets. It was moved to the newly constructed building in 1971 in Noryangjin with the Fisheries Cooperative Association taking over the market to promote the fishing industry as well as increase fishing income in 2002. In addition, they started modernizing projects that made Noryangjin Fishery Market a leading fishery market in Korea. The market handles about 50% of metropolitan volume and trades 250 to 300 tons of fishery products every day. The prices of fishery products are decided according to quantity so one is recommended to visit the official website to check the bid. General retail prices are 10 to 20% higher than the auction prices. The market is a mix of wholesale and retail stores and has a lively atmosphere, especially in the early morning from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., when the live fish auction takes place.
513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Starfield COEX Mall, located at the center of Seoul, leads in trend and culture. Combining fashion, food, culture and entertainment, the mall provides everything the visitors need. The Starfield Library offers a space to rest while providing books and magazines.