“Taste of Gyeonggi-do, Fun Traveling in Traditional Markets”
Q. Why should you visit traditional markets in Gyeonggi-do?
A. Markets show the unique culture of each country. Traditional markets in Gyeonggi-do convey favorite Korean food and unique Korean friendliness. They are must-visit destinations with diverse themes and attractions. Why not enjoy abundant food and warm friendliness in traditional markets in this magnificent, cool November?
#1. Motgol Market, Major Street Market in Suwon
Major traditional markets in Suwon are dotted along Paldalmun (Nammun) in Hwaseong and Suwoncheon Stream. Motgol Market is a relatively small street market, but it is full of vitality and visitors thanks to diverse items for sale and delicious food (including fresh vegetables and seafood as well as abundant side dishes and rice cakes). The market became popular when merchants began to operate a program called Radio Star to attract visitors. Recently, merchant women appeared in a cable TV program that showed their first international trip, contributing to publicizing the market. Jidong Market, next to Motgol Market, is home to the Sundae (Korean-style blood sausage) Town and Dongdak (friend chicken) Street. Tongdak Street is not only popular among the young, but also among international residents and travelers.
– For Inquiries: 82-31-246-5638
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Suwoncheon-ro 258beongil 12-1 (Motgol Market)
[Market Food 1] ‘Sundae-bokkeum’, Sundae Town, Jidong Market
Sundae-bokkeum (Stir-fried Korean Sausage), colored with abundant vegetables and sweet-tangy sauce, is a popular dish beloved by both young and elderly patrons. It can serve as a side dish to alcohol or as a main dish. Its leftovers can be used for making fried rice, making the dish ideal for a gathering of friends or family members. Chewy gopchang (tripe) or squid can be added to the dish, capable of producing diverse taste. Delicious sundae-gukbap (Korean Sausage Soup with Rice) is a popular dish as well. Sundae Town of Jidong Market houses over 30 restaurants specializing in sundae-bokkeum. Generous portions with inexpensive prices attract many loyal patrons year-round.
– Dishes: Sundae-bokkeum (8,000 Won), Suyuk(Boiled Pork Slices) (10,000 Won), Sundae-gukbap (6,000 Won)
– Contact Information
* Wonjo Eommane: 82-31-253-5210
* Gohyangjip: 82-31-247-9802
* Eunjune: 82-31-245-9771
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Paldalmun-ro 19 (Jidong Market)
[Market Food 2] Yetnal Tongdak, Suwon Tongdak Street
Called Chicken Street among residents in Suwon, the street is home to restaurants offering fried chicken for over 40 years. Those restaurants adhere to traditional-style cooking in which chicken is fried in a traditional cauldron. Visitors may need to wait in line at night and weekends, but the reward for tasting delicious fried chicken is quite substantial.
– Dishes: Yeotnal Tongdak (13,000 Won), Fried Chicken (13,000 Won), Yangnyeom Tongdak(Fried Chicken in Sweet and Chili Sauce) (14,000 Won)
* Jinmi Tongdak: 82-31-255-3401
* Jangan Tongdak: 82-31-252-5190
* Yongseong Tongdak: 82-31-242-8226
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Paldal-ro 1-ga
[Nearby Attraction] Suwon Hwaseong Museum, Dream of King Jeongjo
The museum reconstructs the superiority of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and the flourishing cultural era of King Jeongjo’s reign. It consists of the Hwaseong Fortress Construction Hall, Hwaseong Fortress Culture Hall, and Outdoor Exhibition Hall covering the fortress. The museum showcases the process of the fortress and its functions as a military facility. The Planned Exhibition Hall offers a unique exhibition associated with the fortress year-round.
– Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
– Admission Fees: 2,000 Won for adults, 1,000 Won for students and service men and women, and free admission for children and seniors (ages 65 and over)
– Parking Fees: 2,000 Won for three hours and 10,000 Won for all day
– Closed on Mondays
– For Inquiries: 82-31-228-4242 (http://hsmuseum.suwon.ne.kr)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Changnyongdae-ro 21
#2. Gwangmyeong Traditional Market, Landmark of Gwangmyeong
The market is vibrant and full of people all day long—even on weekdays. Formed naturally along Gwangmyeong Intersection, it used to be a market operated at five-day intervals, but is now a year-round market. With over 400 shops, it is the seventh largest traditional market in Korea. It offers fresh vegetables grown on nearby farms, seafood delivered from a nearby port, and tteokgalbi (Grilled Short Rib Patties). Tteokgalbi, in particular, is known for only using fresh Korean ingredients. High quality vegetables and delicious food have transformed it into a major traditional market in Gyeonggi-do, attracting visitors from neighboring cities. A food street offering delicious food like kalguksu (Noodle Soup) and bindaetteok (Mung Bean pancake) is also a popular attraction in the market.
– For Inquiries: 82-2-2614-0006
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gwangmyeong-ro 918beongil 12-1
– Parking Fees: 2,000 Won per hour when using Gwangmyeong Traditional Market parking lot
[Market Food 1] Hongdukkae Kalguksu, Half Price, but Double Taste
This restaurant is known for offering tasty hand-rolled kalguksu (Noodle Soup) at an inexpensive price. Well-boiled springy noodles in a deep, tasty anchovy broth creates delicious kalguksu prepared in a generous-sized bowl. All this is available for 3,000 Won. Janchiguksu (Banquet Noodles) using regular round noodles is also a popular tasty dish, available only for 1,500 Won.
– Dishes: Sonkalguksu (3,000 Won), Sonsujebi(Korean Pasta Soup)(3,000 Won), Janchi-guksu (1,500 Won)
– For Inquiries: 82-2-2625-6235
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gwangmyeong-ro 918beongil 12-1 (within the Gwangmyeong Traditional Market)
[Market Food 2] Halmeoni Bindaetteok, Seduction of Sizzling Bindaetteok
Bindaetteok (Mung Bean Pancake) fried on a large cooking pan fills the restaurant with a savory smell. While bindaetteok combined with fresh vegetables is the most popular dish here, freshly cooked haemul-pajeon (Seafood and Green Onion Pancake) and kimchi-jeon (Kimchi Pancake) are also popular among patrons. Many patrons visit Gwangmyeong Traditional Market solely to eat bindaetteok. Offering delicious dishes over 25 years, the restaurant is a popular venue for both merchants in the market and loyal patrons.
– Dishes: Bindaetteok (3,000 Won), Haemul-pajeon (7,000 Won), Modeum-jeon (9,000 Won)
– For Inquiries: 82-2-2625-4884
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gwangmyeong-ro 918beongil 12-1 (within Gwangmyeong Traditional Market)
[Nearby Attraction]Gwangmyeong Gahak Mine Cave, Journey to Unique Cave
The cave used to be mined for zinc and copper. Later, it served as storage for salted fish to be sold at the Sorae Port. After multiple repairs and adding various facilities, the cave is now open to the public free of charge. The cave also shows a 3D movie and hosts various cultural and art performances. In a short time span, the cave has become one of the most popular attractions in the Seoul metropolitan area, attracting over 400,000 visitors.
– Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
– Admission Fees: Free
– Parking Fees: Free
– For Inquiries: 82-1688-3399 (http://cavern.gm.go.kr/site/cavern/main.do)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gahak-dong San 17-1 211
– Reservation: group patrons (20 or more) need to reserve using the application form available on the Group Tour Application Notice of the homepage.
#3. Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market, Full of Friendliness and Taste
One of many attractions in Yangpyeong is a group of traditional markets. Of five traditional markets in the area, Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market is the most popular and the largest. Boasting over 200 years of history, the market is near Yangpyeong Station, making it easy for railway travelers to tour. Those who want to experience the best of what the market has to offer may want to visit it on the 3rd and 8th of each month. That’s when the market is full of merchants and visitors. Diverse food, fun bargaining, and friendly merchants also make the market an exciting place to visit. In addition, the market is also opened on Saturdays, directly connecting producers and consumers and offering fresh, high quality farm and specialty products at inexpensive prices.
– For Inquiries: 82-31-771-2080 (Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market Merchants’ Association), http://www.ypmarket.co.kr
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Yangpyeong-eup Yangpyeongjangteo-gil 15
[Market Food] Cheonghae Restaurant (Seonji haejangguk)
During the Joseon Dynasty, Seonji-haejangguk (Hangover Stew with Clotted Ox Blood) in Yangpyeong was known even by people living in Hanyang (the capital of Joseon). Tasting the dish is a must in Yangpyeong. The restaurant is relatively small with four tables, but it has remained an attraction in the Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market for 33 years. The most popular dish offered by the restaurant is obviously seonji-haejangguk, which—combined with tasty meat stock, fresh coagulated ox blood, bean sprouts, and dried cabbage leaves—produces a soup with a rich taste.
– Dishes: Seonji haejangguk (5,000 Won), Cheonggukjang(Rich Soybean Paste)(5,000 Won), kimchi jjigae(Kimchi Stew) (5,000 Won), Jeyuk-bokkeum(Stir-Fried Pork)(7,000 Won)
– For Inquiries: 82-31-772-4784 (Cheonghae Restaurant)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Yangpyeong-eup Yanggeun-ri 352-8
[Nearby Attraction 1] Yangpyeong Rail Bike, Running with Fun
Visitors can experience the joy of biking amidst nature. Using the closed Jungang Railway line, the rail bike is 6.4km-long; it takes roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes for visitors to finish the route. Biking surrounded by splendid fall foliage will make magnificent fall memories for all.
– Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (November – February), 09:00 – 19:30 (March – April), and 09:00 – 21:00 (May – October) (21:00 time slot available on Saturdays and days preceding national holidays / operated at one and a half hour intervals)
– Fees: 20,000 Won for two-person bikes, 29,000 Won for four-person bikes and 30,000 Won for electric bikes
– For Inquiries: 82-31-775-9911 (http://www.yprailbike.com)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Yongmun-myeon Yongmun-ro 277
[Nearby Attraction 2] Gudun Station, a Romantic Site Appearing in a Movie
This is a small station on a hill in a serene village. It is no longer an active railway station and attracts only a small number of visitors who want to relive the memories built in the station. It became popular after appearing as a date site for Suzy and Lee Je-hoon in the mega-hit movie 「Architecture 101」, attracting many couples.
– For Inquiries: 82-31-773-5101 (Yangpyeong Cultural Tourism Division)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Jipyeong-myeon Gudunyeok-gil 8 (close to Gudun Station)
#4. Yongin Jungang Market, Full of Vitality
With over 60 years of history, the year-round market is home to over 760 shops. It offers fresh vegetables and fruits as well as seafood, dairy products, rice, and grains. The market also offers specialty streets like Sundae Street, Tteok(Rice Cake) Street, and Accessory Street. Diverse food and attractions make the market vibrant year-round.
The market also hosts 5-day Market, which opens on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of each month. Yongin 5-day Market, also called Kimnyangjang because it was first opened by a person named Kim Ryang of the Goryeo Period, is a relatively large market centered on Yongin Jungang Market and stretching along Geumhakcheon Stream. The market, full of vitality with a backdrop of exciting rhythms of taffy sellers, makes Yongin 5-day Market a fun place to visit. On Saturdays, Altteul Jangteo (Frugal Market) is held, offering opportunities for visitors to purchase diverse products including organic farm products at inexpensive prices.
– For Inquiries: 82-31-336-1110 (Yongin Jungang Market Merchants’ Association)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Gimnyangjang-dong 133beonji
[Market Food] Ilmibunsik (Suje-mandu)
The restaurant specializes in mandu (dumplings) and, particularly, suje-mandu (hand-made dumplings). To prevent the mixture of meat and fat, ground meat is not used in the restaurant. Chewy, thinly prepared wrappers combined with meat produce delicious dumplings. The restaurant has served patrons for over 30 years in the same place through consistently excellent dumplings.
– Dishes: Gogi(Meat) -mandu / Kimchi-mandu (4,000 Won), Manduguk(Dumplings Soup)(6,000 Won), Kal-manduguk (6,000 Won)
– For Inquiries: 82-31-332-1864 (Ilmibunsik)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Geumnyeong-ro 85beon-gil 14-2
[Nearby Attraction] Waujeongsa Temple, Praying for the Reunification of the Two Koreas
The temple reflects the wishes of Monk Haegok (a displaced person from North Korea) for the reunification of the two Koreas. Offering a unique atmosphere unlike other Korean temples, it is better known among international visitors, making numerous exchanges with Buddhist organizations in other countries. An 8m-high Buddha’s head and a wooden Buddhist (3m high and 12m long) statue resembling Buddha lying peacefully are two major attractions in the temple. The temple, overall, houses over 3,000 Buddhist statues from around the world, showcasing the diverse, global Buddhist culture.
– For Inquiries: 82-31-332-2472 (http://www.wawoo-temple.org)
– Address: Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Haesil-ro 89-1 (Waujeongsa Temple)1