Gwangjang, a 100-Year-Old Market, Continues to Thrive

Photos by Taylor Ha

Since 1905, Gwangjang Market has been one of the oldest and largest traditional markets in South Korea. Located in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, it continues to thrive as a popular tourist destination today.

Back in the early 1900s, most markets were temporary and open only occasionally to the public. However, Gwangjang Market became the first permanent market to stay open every day of the week.

The market currently holds approximately 1,500–2,000 vendors who sell food, clothing, textiles, handicrafts, kitchenware, souvenirs and Korean traditional medicine. 



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