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Face-to-face style of traditional Korean markets in Gyeonggi-do

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If you are looking for a Korean cultural experience or for Korean street food, you must visit traditional Korean markets; of course, there are 330 markets in Seoul alone that are easily accessible if you visit Seoul. Since each market has its own intrinsic characteristic, and only the most famous and well–known markets are recommended to travelers, however, only two hidden markets in Gyeonggi-do will be introduced together with other attractions around these markets for a one-day trip.

Gwangmyeong Market

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A lot of international visitors frequently visit to taste traditional Korean food. There is a variety of Korean food, and you can choose what you want in this market.

To get there, take subway line no. 7 and get off at exit 1 of Gwangmyeongsageori Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halmeoni Bindaetteok’s Korean-style pancake

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One of the most famous foods is Bindaetteok, or Korean-style pancake with grounded mung bean and vegetables like bean sprouts, green onions, or minced pork and fried until golden brown; the smell and sight of preparing food will be a great experience for you. You can choose other ingredients they offer like seafood, meats, plain, Kimchi, or mixed. Its crispy crust has a special appeal that makes it different from Western pancake. Best when paired with Makgeolli (Korean traditional rice wine). Bindaetteok prices range from 3000 won to 10,000 won.

Myeongseong Wang Jokbal’s braised pork trotters

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Jokbal (braised pig’s trotters in seasoned broth) is a very popular pork dish and is preferred as a late-night snack among many Koreans. It may sound strange and unappealing to foreigners, but when you try Jokbal, you will be charmed by this delicate dish. The secret of the delicious flavor lies in the rich broth, and every restaurant’s broth recipe is considered top secret. “Myeongseong Wang Jokbal” is the most popular shop and is well-known for Jokbal in Gwangmyeong Market. There is almost always a queue for Jokbal to go, but if you stop by between mealtimes or weekdays rather than weekends, you will be able to get it quicker. Jokbal prices range from 15,000 won to 20,000 won.

Kim Minkyeong’s Sexihan Kkoma Gimbap’s small rice hand rolls

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Another popular snack is Kkoma Gimbap — these are small rice handrolls filled with carrots, spinach, and pickled radish. It is also known as mayak gimbap (addictive gimbap), which means that the gimbap is so delicious that once you try it, you will crave for more. This shop has various fillings that you can choose from according to taste — for example, tuna, kimchi, bulgogi, cheese, etc.

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Another popular snack is Kkoma Gimbap — these are small rice handrolls filled with carrots, spinach, and pickled radish. It is also known as mayak gimbap (addictive gimbap), which means that the gimbap is so delicious that once you try it, you will crave for more. This shop has various fillings that you can choose from according to taste — for example, tuna, kimchi, bulgogi, cheese, etc.

Tourist Sites

Gwangmyeong Cave

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As one of the newest tourist destinations in Gyeonggi-do, it was originally established and operated during the Japanese colonial period, but it underwent a huge makeover in 2011 before it was reopened it to the public. It was repaired during its safety maintenance with 7 different theme zones installed: Light space, Cave art center, Cave aqua world, Golden road, Golden waterfall, Cave underground, and Wine cave.

To get there from Gwangmyeong Market, we recommend taking a taxi or taking Seoul Subway Line1, Exit 8 to go from Seoul to Gwangmyeong Cave.

– Get on bus 17 in front of the station and get off at Gwangmyeong cave.

– Walk along the 290m path (15 min)

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Gwangmyeong is also home to large shopping centers like Costco, Ikea, and Lotte Premium Outlets.

 

Bucheon Free Market

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Bucheon Free Market is quite well-organized and big in comparison to other markets in either Bucheon or neighboring Seoul. It is located next to Bucheon Station (to get there, take the subway to Bucheon Station Line 1).

Prices here are much better from produce to everything in between.

 

 

 

 

 

Jangsudang’s Handmade Croquettes

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This store became famous after it was featured in the MBC TV show Capable people. Be sure to stop by the croquette place at the entrance of the store, which is filled with its savory smells. Their croquettes are less oily and chockfull of stuffing made of vegetables, minced pork, potatoes, prepared red beans, and more. Croquettes cost 1,000 won – 1,500 won.

OkdolGui’s Roasted Seaweed

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This store is already famous since it was featured on a TV show several times. It has a slightly different unique flavor compared to others due to the way of roasting seaweed. A big stone is used rather than pan or flame, allowing it to remain crispy and crunchy for a long time. This is recommended as souvenir snacks. Three packs can be purchased for 5000 won.

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Bucheon Free Market is also the place where you can find all things in daily life such as clothes, shoes, blankets, and more. You will find everything from food stalls to a fish market including household items.

Bucheon Hanok Village – Kimchi Theme Park

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After having a good experience in the Free Market, if you have some more time to spare, then we recommend you visit Bucheon Hanok Village where you can experience accommodation service and various traditional culture education programs such as Korean traditional folk music, traditional food, traditional wedding ceremony, and Kimchi making. These experience programs require booking in advance. Some programs are only available for groups of more than ten people. Please visit the website provided below for more information.

To get here from the Free Market, we recommend taking a taxi.

Website – http://www.bucheonculture.or.kr/

Phone – 031-651-3739

 

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