If you would like to understand the history and culture of the region, the traditional market is just right the place to visit. Youcan feel the unique sentiment called jeong, or the warm-heartedness of Koreans there. Exotic and affordable local foods that please the taste buds of tourists add to the pleasure of the journey.
Don’t forget to taste the ssiathotteok (sugar-filledgriddlecakes with extra nuts and seeds) and galchijorim(braised cutlassfish), and kalguksu (noodle soup) at Namdaemun Market.
HOTTEOK (SUGAR-FILLED GRIDDLECAKE)
Hotteok, chewy griddlecake stuffed with various ingredients, is a popular snack for all ages in Korea. You can choose from various kinds of hotteok at Namdaemun Market.
GALCHIJORIM (BRAISED CUTLASSFISH)
You would be surprised how much rice you can eat along with this perfect pair of spicy and soft cutlassfish and sweet and tender radish slices.
Opened in 1905, Gwangjang Market is known for its eatery alley where visitors are captivated by the mouthwatering flavors of local snacks.
BINDAETTEOK (MUNG BEAN PANCAKE)
Ground mung beans, pork, mung bean sprouts, onions and carrots are mixed together, then poured, and thinly spread in a round shape and cooked on a pan. The nutty flavor of bindaetteok stimulates one’s appetite.
JEONJU NAMBU MARKET
This more than 500-year old traditional market
transformed itself into a modern style market. Enjoy
night markets on Fridays and Saturdays.
BIBIMBAPGUI (GRILLED BIBIMBAP)
Grilled bibimbap is quite popular among all ages with its easy-to-hold shape and its nutty and spicy flavor.
BUSAN GUKJE MARKET
Busan Gukje Market is the largest traditional market in the city. The eatery alley on Arirang Street is famed for its variety of palatable local foods.
BUSANEOMUK (FISH CAKE)
Ground fish fillet and starch are mixed, shaped and deep-fried in oil. Try fish cake boiled in anchovy broth or rice cake skewers served in fish cake soup.
BIBIMDANGMYEON(MIXED GLASS NOODLES)
Chewy glass noodles are mixed with soy sauce, kimchi, par-boiled spinach, etc. The specialty of the Busan Gukje Market, bibimdangmyeon goes well with gimbap.
JEJU DONGMUN MARKET
Local specialties of Jeju such as various seafood, tangerines, and hallabong (an orange-tangerine hybrid grown prolifically on Jeju) abound in this market.
OMEGITTEOK (GLUTINOUS MILLET RICECAKE COATED WITH CRUSHED RED BEANS)
Omegitteok is rice cake made with glutinous millet as the main ingredient. Chewy rice cake goes well with sweet red bean paste.
SOKCHO TOURIST & FISHERY MARKET(FORMERLY, JUNGANG MARKET)
Opened after the Korean War, the Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market is well-known for its abundant seafood produce sourced from the East Sea.
DAKGANGJEONG (GLAZED DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN BITES)
Dak means chicken, and gangjeong refers to a snack made with sticky rice, honey, starch syrup, etc. It is quite an addictive snack.
SAEUTWIGIM (DEEP-FRIED SHRIMP)
Deep-fried shrimp is a popular snack you can sample at the Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market. This deep-fried shrimp with crispy batter is quite tantalizing.
DAEGU SEOMUN MARKET
Currently known for its eatery alley, Daegu Seomun Market attracts both locals and tourists alike with its long line of mouth-watering street foods at the center.
NAPJAKMANDU (FLAT DUMPLINGS)
Unlike ordinary dumplings, flat dumplings are simply stuffed with glass noodles and stir-fried in a frying pan.
The same recipe applies to triangle-shaped ones.