Must-visit Seomun Night Market in Daegu

Photos by Chihon Kim
Photos by Chihon Kim

Must-visit Seomun Night Market in Daegu

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

The Seomun Market, on Daegu’s west side, is the city’s largest night market, stretching 350 meters and featuring over 80 kiosks selling a variety of food and goods.

Finding the market is easy as its bright lights and big crowds are difficult to miss.  A hot spot for people-watching and entertainment, the market is known for its many fabric and textile shops. According to the market website, it also serves as a start-up incubator, helping to create a sort of old-meets-new atmosphere while young entrepreneurs try their hand at business.

Visitors to the market can sample a variety of street foods from different countries. Many of the market regulars know to line up early in front of their favorite stalls. Some do it even before the grill is heated! A variety of dishes ranging from Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisines tickle people’s palates at Seomun. No matter how picky you are, you’re sure to find something delicious here (from 2500~6000 KRW).

Among some of the treats you can get at the market, Tang Ho-lu, or sugar syrup-coated strawberries, are a popular sweet.  Also, while you’re here, try the “Yachae-ttungttaeng-samgyeopsal-mari,” a popular grilled vegetable and pork belly Korean dish (2,500KRW) you’re guaranteed to have to wait in line for.

As you make your way deeper into the market, you’ll find a performance stage which often features some type of musician or musical act. There is also a tent where you can sit and eat away from the chilly weather. Many of the shops change frequently, so there’s always something new to see. If you are visiting Daegu, Seomun Night Market is a place you definitely should not miss.

Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

- LINE3: Seomun market station Exit 2 or 3 (short walk from exits 2 and 3 of Seomun Market Station)
Operating hours:
* For the summer season, Every day,
Sunday: 7-11:30 p.m.,
Friday, Saturday: 7 p.m.-midnight
* For the winter season, Weekday,
Sunday: 7-10:30 p.m.,
Friday, Saturday: 7-11:30 p.m.


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