Fish laid in a line

Gwangjang Market

I considered gently easing you into my Seoul trip. Then I changed my mind and decided to give you my first experience of the city… Gwangjang Market (광장시장). A traditional street market in Jongno-gu, crammed full of food vendors.

I’d been awake for almost 30 hours by the time I set foot in Gwangjang Market, something that seemed to amplify the buzz of the place. It was a storm of colour, cooking smells, noise, scrappy decor and hand written signs. I loved it!

This post contains images of raw fish.

Entrance to market
Gwangjang Market entrance

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked; I was spaced out from a long journey and hadn’t found my photo mojo yet. But I managed to capture the overall feel of the place.

Fish laid in a line
Fresh fish
Large metal bowls of food

Men dining at indoor market

Fish hanging from stick

Woman standing with meat
Pork, blood sausage and intestines

The photo of the lady above is one of my favourites from this set. She was selling soondae (blood sausage), jokbal (pig feet) and pig intestines.

Woman cooking food in market
Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes)

Bindaetteok being fried and stacked up on the side. I’d love to try a vegetarian one of these (many contain pork fat) if I ever go back.

Woman frying food

Hanging fish tied together
Dried fish

Woman standing at food stand

Man pouring drink
Soji drinkers

Woman sitting with bowls

This lady was selling side dishes like kimchi and pickled radishes.

Dried fish
Dried fish
Pair of pink dried fish
Dried fish

Woman serving food

Most of the dining areas consisted of plastic seats and simple tables, surrounded by piles of pots and pans.

People eating at makeshift tables

Steam coming out of stacked pots
Making dumplings

I didn’t realise this when I visited, but Gwangjang Market was the first permanent market in Korea and is now over a century old!

2 comments on “Gwangjang Market

  1. Awesome photos! So very, very different from anything you’d see here in the States.

    • Gemma Evans

      Thank you! And a different place from even the liveliest markets in Stockholm too 🙂 I’m glad I had the opportunity to experience it.

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