Visit the 100-year old Kwangjang Market in South Korea


Kwangjang Market is one of South Korea’s oldest permanent markets. It is Korea’s first permanent market that is over a 100 years old. It was founded in 1905.

Kwangjang Market, one of South Korea’s oldest permanent markets.

Prior to that, South Koreans could shop at temporary market places that allowed shopkeepers to set up shop only for a few days. The establishment of Kwangjang Market was a huge step for South Korea to reclaim its sovereignty from Japan.

Being over a 100-years old, not only does this market have a heritage value but even vintage worth – making it desirable for Korean youth to shop for their wedding.

Fast Facts:

  • Coincides with the establishment of the Gwangjang Corporation in 1905
  • Famous for vintage clothing, home furnishings, street food, and traditional, fresh, and packaged foods

Visiting Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. The market is huge and can take 5-10 minutes to get from the entrance to the street foods area in the middle of the market.
  • Have loose money handy. There are so many knick- knacks to buy. It will be easier for you and the seller if you can pay in small notes– unless, of course, if you’re buying hanbok (traditional Korean dress) or silk.


Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening times: 8:30 AM – 6 PM (shops); to 12 MN (food)

How to get there: via subway, Jongno-5-Ga Station (Line 1, Exit 8)

For more information, visit


  • Raizel Albano

    Currently working as a Regional Reporter for GoUNESCO and Chief Traveler for Anthroonfoot.

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