39, Bongyang 7-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Jeongseon Arirang Market was a leader in agricultural markets across the country, drawing in close to 130,000 visitors per year in the early 1980s. However, with the rapid industrialization and migration of youth to the cities, the number of farmers have declined in recent years. Despite this decrease in workers, the stalls here still manage to sell all kinds of vegetables from Korean chili peppers to bellflower root to potatoes, garlic and more. Most of the produces for sale was harvested directly by the seller, providing fresh ingredients at low prices. Jeongseon Arirang Market is famous for medicinal herbs, with many tourists coming a long way to purchase these products. While many stalls are open throughout the week, the market becomes full and robust on official market days, taking place on all days ending in a 2 or 7. Korail operates the A-Train, a special tourist train that departs for Jeongseon from Cheongnyangni Station on market days.
11-5, Uhyeon-ro 49beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
Located in Sinpo-dong, Incheon, Sinpo Market (3,300㎡) dates back to the late 19th century when vendors began selling fresh vegetables to the Japanese, Chinese, and Westerners who settled in the area. Sinpo Market was officially registered as a market in 1970 and now boasts over 140 stores.
An increasing number of tourists and international merchants have visited Incheon by ferries and cruise ships, turning the local market into an international shopping area over the past few decades. The information desk and office at the market even provide a variety of services (translation services, trade and shopping information, etc.) for tourists and merchants from home and abroad.
The most famous item of the market is dakgangjeong, a Korean dish of crispy fried chicken coated in a sweet and spicy sauce. Other popular dishes include yuni jjajang, egg tart, freshwater fish jeon, mandu, and jjolmyeon (chewy noodles).
13-1, Jukdosijang 13-gil, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Pohang Jukdo Market first started as a small gathering of local vendors who sold their wares at the large fields of reeds in Pohang Inner Harbor. Now, over five decades later, the market has become one of the largest traditional markets in the Gyeongsangbuk-do area.
Along with the Pohang Jukdo Market, visitors will also find the Jukdo Fish Market, only 500m away from Ogeori (the heart of Pohang). The largest open-run market in the east, the seafood wholesale market is made up of 200 raw fish stores, offering the area’s best catches. Nearby restaurants sell quality hoe (sliced raw fish) dishes at incredibly low prices. The market is famous nationwide for mulhoe (raw fish in cold broth), served with seasonal catches, and jeonbok juk (abalone rice porridge). In the wintertime visitors can get a taste of gwamegi, a local specialty of the Pohang area.
38, Songjeong-ro 16beon-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Songjeong Station Market was opened in 1913 in connection with the opening of Gwangju-Songjeong Station. For many years, the market was the go-to-place for necessary items and produce, but with the increase of large marts in the 1990s, people began to visit traditional markets less and less. In order to increase the liveliness of Songjeong Station Market and showcase the difference between large marts and a traditional market, the entire space was redesigned around the theme of time.
The newly redesigned 1913 Songjeong Station Market, located just across the street from Gwangju-Songjeong KTX Station, has a bright appearance with modern-styled architecture and signboards detailing the history of the various shops. Visitors can enjoy all the classic market foods here, such as hotteok (hot griddle cakes), gyeran bap (rice with egg), and eomuk (fisk cake).
88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Unlike many other traditional markets, Kwangjang Market has preserved its rich history and maintained the feel of a traditional market, shying away from modernization. Operated by kind-hearted merchants that embody the warmth of the Korean people, the market is a great place to eat delicious food and purchase various items at inexpensive prices.
Hanbok shops in Kwangjang Market focus on traditional hanbok rather than modernized hanbok, which are said to be more practical than their traditional counterpart. Beautiful hanbok are available at 30% off their average asking price.
176, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Famille Station is comprised of three floors: nationally and internationally tasty restaurants on the first floor, and beauty salons and cafes on the second and third floors. “Famille” means ‘family’ in French so its name has the meaning of ‘Departure station for taste and beauty with precious people like family”.
59, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Lie Sang Bong collections offer exquisite women's clothing that maximizes women's curves and, consequently, each woman's overall beauty. The collections often feature red and purple, as these colors are believed to reflect the nature of women.
10-12, Suwoncheon-ro 258beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Motgol Market features a variety of shops selling side dishes and ingredients ranging from fresh and dried fish to meat, vegetables, rice cake, and more. The sells make great efforts in promoting trust between merchant and customer, providing their products at the lowest prices with a friendly smile. The market is a representative culture market throughout the nation, thanks to the convinence in shopping and the affordable products.
19-3, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hongdae Free Market is an open space between diverse artists and visitors to communicate with each other and consume culture. Visitors will find creative items reflecting distinctive tastes of artists at the market . Anyone is welcome to participate in the market as an artist. Hongdae Free Market does not offer used goods, but only creative items made by the artists.
37, Yeonanbudu-ro 33beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
Incheon Complex Fish Market is located at the coastal wharf, which is a major tourist attraction in Incheon City. The market sells fresh marine products caught by local fishermen from the coast near the Yellow Sea.
1133, Jeonggwan-ro, Gijang-gun, Busan
Shinsegae Simon opened their first Korean Premium Outlets in 2013 in Gijang-gun, Busan. The outlet is close to the expressway, making it easy to visit. The outlet offers over 180 shops from various famous international and domestic brands, with products for all ages and genders.
2, Gonghang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Tailored to the needs of domestic and international tourists, JDC Duty Free offers a variety of luxury brand items, alcoholic beverages, and cigarettes. Customers can also place orders at JDC Duty Free before their visit. A wide range of currencies (KRW, USD, JPY and more), credit cards, and traveler's checks are welcomed. The JDC Duty Free shop is especially perfect for travelers who have plenty of time before their departure.