Tasty Korean street food at Gwangjang Market

Photos by Hyemin Lee
Photos by Hyemin Lee

Tasty Korean street food at Gwangjang Market

by Hyemin Lee
Stripes Korea

Gwangjang Market is one of the largest and most famous in Korea. Located about 10 minutes away from Dongdaemun Fashion Town, it’s a great place to grab a snack after shopping.

You can sample all kinds of Korean street food here and also shop for Hanbok and vintage clothing. This is a popular destination for foreigners because it’s a great example of a Korean traditional market and the atmosphere really gives off a local flavor, and I mean that literally.

If you really want to get your fill, check out Mukja Golmok, a famous street food alley with so many types of delicious Korea food. The prices are low and it’s just so much fun testing all the goodies with your family and friends.

- Purchase food at places that show prices on the menu or have price tags. 
- Don’t finish your meal in one place. Try snacking at least two different places or more. That’s the best part of this tour! 
- You’ll see a few places with a lot of people standing in long lines. They are obviously good places to try, but that doesn’t mean they are the only good places. All the food in the alley is really good, so don’t feel like you always have to wait in line.

Things to know
- Address: Line 1 Jongro 5ga station exit 8, Naver Map
- Food Market (1F): 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Every day)
- Hanbok Market (1F-2F): 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon-Sat)
- Vintage Shops (2F): 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Sun)

Speakin' Korea
Mukja Golmok(먹자골목) is a Korean phrase that literally means “Let’s Eat Alley”.

• Mukja (먹자): Let’s eat
• Golmok (골목): alley

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