Gwangjang Market Tours

Gwangjang Market, Seoul’s first and oldest covered market, was originally the place to buy traditional Korean clothing items, such as hanbok. Though the market still specializes in textiles, it’s become one of Seoul’s biggest street food hot spots, where foodies can sample nearly any type of Korean cuisine under the same roof.
 
The Basics
Gwangjang Market ranks among the most popular for foodies. Some sightseeing tours of the city stop here, especially food-centric walking tours, where travelers can taste some of the market’s best bites. If you’re in the market for a tailored silk dress or set of high-quality bed sheets, head upstairs to the wholesale shops, where most anything can be custom-made at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in Seoul’s high-end shopping districts.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Gwangjang Market is a must-visit for foodies and fashionistas looking for custom-made clothes.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Many vendors will offer a discount if you pay in cash instead of using a credit card.
  • The market is largely wheelchair-accessible, though not all food stalls offer accessible seating.
 
How to Get There
To get to Gwangjang Market, take the Seoul metro to either Jongno 5-ga Station (Line 1) or Euljiro 4-ga Station (Lines 2 and 5). Several buses also stop at the nearby Jongno 5-ga Station bus stop.
 
When to Get There
The market tends to be busy all day, Monday to Saturday, though it’s a bit quieter on weekdays. Most of the shops close on Sunday, but the food court remains open.
 
What to Eat at Gwangjang Market
In the food court, dozens of vendors pack tightly together, busily preparing quick meals for shoppers passing through. The variety is astounding, but bibimbap (a Korean rice dish with ground meat and vegetables), dumplings, and savory mung bean pancakes are always safe and tasty bets.
Location
Address: 6-1 Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour

Uncover Seoul's fascinating history on this 3-hour walking tour of the dynamic city. See old-style Korean houses at the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village, discover the history of rice cake making at the Tteok Museum, tour the UNESCO-listed Changdeokgung Palace and visit Gwangjang Market. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a small-group experience with your informative guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seoul Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch and Nanta Show

Visit the must-see sites in Seoul on this 10-hour small-group tour that provides an ideal introduction to the city for first-time visitors. Tour essential highlights such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwangjang Market with your guide, and opt to end the tour with a traditional Nanta show or extra time in Myeongdong.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Street Food Tour of Gwangjang Market

Feast your senses on the sights, smells, and tastes of Gwangjang Market — Seoul’s first and oldest covered market — on a 2-hour food tour. Alongside a local guide, you’ll visit the market’s best street food stalls and customize the tour according to your tastes. Feast on South Korean delicacies such as mung bean pancakes, bibimbap (rice, meat, and vegetable dish), and kimchi (fermented chili cabbage) while learning about Seoul’s culinary heritage. All food samples are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Seoul to Gyeonggi: Fully Customizable Private Tour

Design the perfect personalized outing in Seoul and Gyeonggi during this 10.5-hour, fully-customizable, private tour. Pick only the attractions you want to see as you choose among highlights like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Noryangjin Fish Market, the DMZ, and much more. Most visitors have time for three-to-five site visits and two meal stops during their outing.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul Private Flexible Adventure Tour

See Seoul how you’d like to see it—with choices galore—during this private tour that allows you to customize your own day’s itinerary and choose your own lunch, too. Explore the center of Zen Buddhism, Jogyesa Temple, or see some of the unique food choices of South Korea's capital city at the Noryangjin Fish Market—or go to both. Pick four places to visit, and get ready for a great time with guides who know the quickest ways around Seoul, so you can fit more sightseeing into your trip.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul

Shop till you drop in the South Korean capital and sample the flavors the locals love on this 4.5-hour night shopping tour in Seoul. Hit up the fashionable Myeongdong shopping area with a guide, and mingle with the district’s many locals and foreigners. During your tour, indulge yourself in a little retail therapy and browse the rails for the latest trends. Delve into the Dongtaemun district — a part of town that never sleeps — then head to bustling Gwangjang Market to sample the street food for which South Korea is famous.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Private Custom Highlights of Seoul Tour

Experience Seoul like a local on this private full-day tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary. Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace, learn more about traditional Korean culture at Bukchon Hanbok Village and Namsangol Hanok Village, admire views of the North Seoul Tower and Namsan Mountain Park, and shop for souvenirs at the Insadong and Gwangjang markets.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Korean Demilitarized Zone and N Seoul Tower Private Tour

Gain insight into the history and culture of the Korean Peninsula on this 8-hour Demilitarized Zone tour from Seoul. Explore the DMZ — the focus of tensions between North and South Korea — with a guide. Take in top sites of interest including Imjingak Pavilion, the third infiltration tunnel, and Unification Bridge, which was used for prisoner exchanges in 1953. Gaze over the North Korean propaganda village from the Dora Observatory, then enjoy lunch before your private tour concludes with a visit to N Seoul Tower.
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Han River Evening Cruise and Gwangjang Night Market Tour

Make unforgettable memories in the heart of South Korea’s capital on this 4-hour Han River evening cruise and Gwangjang Night Market tour. Hop aboard your cruise vessel and head onto the Han River as the bright city lights dance on the waves. With informative commentary from your guide, admire top attractions such as Jeoldusan Park and the N Seoul Tower. Explore bustling Gwangjang Market, where locals shop for everything from home wares to clothing. Then, watch chefs cook up sizzling speciality dishes and sample a few of the snacks yourself.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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4-Hour Leisure Night and Street Food Tasting Tour in Seoul

Get a true taste of Seoul on this 4-hour sightseeing and food tour by night. Follow your guide to the Gwangjang Traditional Market for samplings of Korean street food. Then stop by some of the city's top attractions, including the Cheonggyecheon stream, Deoksugung Palace, and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Entrance fees, tastings, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Markets of Seoul: Korean Markets and City Sightseeing Tour

Take an insider’s look at the South Korean capital on this 8-hour Korean markets and city sightseeing tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by coach as your guide sheds light on the city’s culture and history. Take in panoramic views over the urban landscape and surrounding mountains, and enjoy a traditional lunch in Itaewon. Stroll along the banks of the Han River, and explore bustling Noryangjin Fish Market and Gwangjang Market. During your tour, gain insight into South Korea’s traditional medicines during visits to a ginseng and amethyst center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private K-Food Walking Tour Including Visit to Dongdaemun District

Taste Seoul’s traditional street food on this 4-hour walking tour with a private guide. You’ll stroll to Gwangjang Market and discover stands selling traditional Korean goods; walk along Cheonggyecheon stream and explore Dongdaemun Design Plaza; and sate your appetite with Korean barbecue. Food tastings are included with this personalized itinerary.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Unique Shopping Tour to Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall and Itaewon

Explore the Han River, shop at the Goto Mall in Gangnam, visit Seoul's top museums and the Itaewon neighborhood during this 4-hour afternoon tour. Round-trip hotel transport included.
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Travel for foodies : Seoul Highlight Tour

Common food tour focuses on only food. Other common tour program itself is quite good but sometime food is just so-so or disappointing. This tour program is for food lovers who also want to see the major tour destination in Seoul. This tour is combined with food tour and Seoul highlight tour. You can see major tour spots like Gyeongbokgung palace, Jogyesa temple, Bukchon Hanok village, Insadong Art&antique(handcraft,too) street and Kwangjang market. For food, you will have smoked pork bulgogi marinated by Korean soy suace which is improvised on the table. At kwangjang market, you will try representative food here : Mungbean pancake, Korean beef tartar and gimbab(Korean roll) with Japchae. As a dessert, you will have Korean traditional tea and street food called Hoddeok. Join us! Let's visit major tour destination and have delicious local food in one day!
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