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10 Best Street Food Markets In Seoul, South Korea

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Glittering with breathtaking state-of-the-art skyscrapers and modern digital subways, Seoul is a lovely city and the capital of South Korea. From spiritual places like Buddhist temples and iconic sites like palaces and street markets to expansive modern shopping malls and an iconic rooftop park, it is easy to see why the capital is one of the exciting and popular tourist destinations in the country. Some iconic places in the city are Bukchon Hanok Village and Gyeongbokgung Palace. The glamorous Myeong-dong epitomizes the beauty of the city. For an exciting culinary experience, check out the best street food markets in Seoul, South Korea.

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1. Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town


Are you looking for a place in Seoul to go shopping and enjoy some Korean delicacies? You have an opportunity to explore the beautiful Korean culture and a variety of their sumptuous meals at Singdangdong Tteeokbokki Town, found in the heart of Sindang-dong, Jung-gu. As its name might hint, this is a marketplace popular for finger-licking tteokbokki. Boasting several dozens of colorful food joints, this is where tourists come to mingle with the locals as they do their shopping. Lovers of Korean culture come from all over the world just to be a part of the Tteokbokki Festival and the Tteokbokki Contest.

Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town

Address: 10-18 Dasan-ro 33-gil, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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2. Gwangjang Market (from USD 46)

Located in Changgyeonggung-ro, in the Jongno-gu region, the Gwangjang Market and previously known as Dongdaemun Market, is one of the busiest, oldest, and largest traditional markets in South Korea. It’s also a place of interest to many tourists coming to the country due to its uniqueness and richness in local culture and traditions. Many locals come here to earn a living by selling locally prepared Korean delicacies with fresh, hand-picked ingredients for the best flavors and taste. The market boasts more than 200 food joints and vendors selling mouthwatering seafood menus. The market also has clothing stalls and souvenir shops.

Royal Palace and North Side of Seoul with Gwangjang Market

Duration: 4 hours

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3. Namdaemun Market (from USD 51)

Found in the heart of Seoul, just a stone’s throw away from the “Great South Gate” is South Korea’s largest and oldest traditional market which dates back to the 15th century. The market is always a beehive of activity with people coming to shop for clothing and various household items. You can also buy groceries at very inexpensive rates for fresh goods. Apart from being a major tourist attraction in the city, the market is also a good place to come and satisfy your appetite with an exciting selection of Korean snacks and delicacies like the mouthwatering dumplings.

Seoul Tour with Palgakjeong, Changdeokgug and Namdaemun Market

Duration: 4 hours

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4. Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market

As the evening approaches every Friday and Saturday between 18:00-23:00, a night market springs up at Yeouido Hangang...

Posted by Seoul Korea on Monday, 2 May 2016

Are you the type of person who likes doing things at night, even going shopping late-night? In the romantic city of Seoul, there’s a place for people like you where you can go shopping and dining even at night - Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market. Found on the peaceful, lovely Hangang River. This venue also is used to host events such as traditional cultural performances. There are food trucks around serving various international cuisines and stalls specializing in local delicacies as well as Chinese and Japanese dishes. You can also purchase handicraft items as souvenirs or gifts for your loved ones.

Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Address: 8-4 Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Website: Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 6pm - 1am (closed from Mon - Thu)

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5. Yeouido World Night Market

Yeouido World Night Market

Found in Yeongdeungpo-gu area in Seoul, South Korea, Yeouido World Night Market is one of the several night markets in the city boasting a good number of food joints serving different South Korean treats. For a couple looking to enjoy cool Seoul vibes, this night market is a nice place to go for a romantic walk as you interact with the locals. If you’re a beer person, make sure to pass by at one of the food trucks and order a plate of fried chicken with beer. This will leave your taste glands tingling. Enjoy the magical views of the city.

Yeouido World Night Market

Address: Yeouidong-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 6pm - 1am (closed from Mon - Thu)

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6. Myeongdong Street Food Alley

Best Street Food Markets In Seoul, South Korea

If you find yourself experiencing an irresistible carving of Korean food and you are in Seoul spending some time with your loved ones, there’s one place that will satisfy that craving and leave you licking your fingers – Myeongdong Street Food Alley. Located in the bustling city, this is a place where both the young and the old come to spend time window shopping and just relaxing. This street is lined with beautiful eateries which is the main reason most people come here – to indulge. With mouthwatering delicacies such as tteokbokki, kimbap, twigim, and mandoo among others, your taste glands will be in for a treat.

Myeongdong Street Food Alley

Address: Myeongdong-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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7. Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market

Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market
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Sitting along the Cheonggyecheon River in the downtown area of Seoul is a colorful, vibrant traditional market that is always bustling with activities all the time – the Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market. This is one of the funky night markets where you will find many food trucks lined along the river all selling different local and international delicacies. With the goblin lights gorgeously illuminating the place, the market is usually a dazzling paradise at night. Grab a snack or a drink and relax with your better half along the stream and admire as it calmly flows and faintly glows under the city lights.

Cheonggyecheon Time Slip Market

Address: 14, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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8. Tongin Market (from USD 65)

Are you a foodie person and are just crazy about Korean food? Before your vacation is over, visiting the Tongin Market situated in the heart of Seoul should be on top of your to-do list. From mouthwatering Korean barbeque to a wide variety of sumptuous traditional street foods, you will be spoiled for choices. The aroma that will greet you when you walk the market will make you want to salivate at the sight of the colorful delicacies on display. You also get the opportunity to mingle with the locals and learn a thing or two about the charming Seochon neighborhood.

Walking tour for foodies at Tongin Market : Korean BBQ and traditional St. Food

Duration: 3 hours

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9. Banpo Romantic Moonlight Market

Banpo Romantic Moonlight Market

Enjoy a romantic vibe in Seoul with your soulmate as you explore one of the hidden gems in the city – Banpo Romantic Moonlight Market. Newlyweds and couples from all over South Korea frequently visit this market in order to share magical moments and exchange vows under the dazzling lights on the fountain. This is one place that is blessed with romantic night views and a romantic atmosphere making it a paradise where love birds come to create everlasting memories. There are food trucks all over the place that ensure you don’t stay with an empty belly. The market also has art and flea regions.

Banpo Romantic Moonlight Market

Address: Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seoul, South Korea

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10. Dongdaemun Night Market

Dongdaemun Night Market

Have you ever heard the saying that goes let your food be your medicine and your medicine should be your food? This means that when you eat healthily, you stay healthy and that’s why a visit to Dongdaemun Night Market is a priority for any vegetarian living in Seoul. This eye-catching night market is usually bustling with vendors and buyers from all walks of life all with one aim – to enjoy the romantic vibe of Seoul. Among all the street food markets in the city, this is the most well-known and features a wide range of food eateries, retail malls, and wholesale malls.

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Experience a lovely vibe in Seoul, South Korea

Blessed with beautiful, inspirational culture and traditions, South Korea is a wonderful destination for people looking to discover new things and try out different cuisines. Korean snacks and delicacies are very popular all over the world and that’s why the city of Seoul is usually vibrant with street food markets.

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Stephen Kinyanjui is an IT graduate who previously worked as an IT Assistant in a BPO company. He has an insatiable desire for traveling and adventure. He’s an artist who loves drawing and...Read more

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