day 23

서울 광장시장. Kwang Jang Market

(Information from Visit Seoul) Kwang Jang Market is one of Korea’s largest traditional markets and has over 100 years of history. The origin of the market can be traced back to the establishment of Kwang Jang Corporation in 1905 which was created with the purpose of reclaiming Korean sovereignty during the period of Japanese occupation. At that time, traditional Korean markets were only temporary marketplaces that were periodically held every few days. Kwang Jang Market was the first permanently established market that was open everyday. In 1962 the market was divided into Dongdaemun Market and Kwang Jang Market and modern buildings were constructed.

Kwang Jang Market is famous for its abundance of street food. Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), bibimbap (mixed rice) and hotteok (pancakes with brown sugar filling) are the market’s specialties.

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