“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-
#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.
visit destinations with diverse themes and attractions. Why not enjoy abundant food and warm friendliness in traditional markets in this magnificent, cool November?