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Gwangjang Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Seoul: Korean Cooking Class at a Local Home and Market Tour

1. Seoul: Korean Cooking Class at a Local Home and Market Tour

Experience the Korean cooking and street food culture in Seoul and join an educational session for you or your group. An expert native Korean chef will assist you in learning the culture, ingredients, and how to prepare and create authentic Korean dishes. Begin the tour with a visit to a local market to buy fresh ingredients for the class and taste some local street food at the popular, yet less touristy market in Seoul. Absorb the vibrant atmosphere of the market and with your guide, find the ingredients which are required for the cooking class. After the market tour, head to the venue of your cooking class and learn a few Korean phrases while sipping a delicious welcome drink. Then it's time to make a variety of traditional Korean dishes. Your experienced chef-guide will show you how to make 4 dishes including Bibimbap (mixed rice with meat and vegetables), Dakgalbi (stir-fried chicken), Haemul-Pajeon (seafood and green onion pancake), and Doenjang-Jjigae (fermented soybean paste stew). Then, sit down to a meal and savor the delicious flavors of your creations. Enjoy the unique art of Korean food with a Hanjeongsik, a traditional Korean course meal with more than 10 side dishes which will be provided by your local host along with seasonal fruits and rice wine.

Seoul: Guided Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

2. Seoul: Guided Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

We'll begin by walking through one of the oldest and biggest food markets in Seoul to sample a little bit of everything. We'll start with the classic Mung Bean Pancakes and we'll savour our delicious Secret Dish without hesitating! We'll continue feasting with Korean Dumplings, Ttteokkbokki(local slightly spicy gnocchi) and also some minced fish fillets! Next, we'll savor a freshly made Gimbap. You'll get a honey snack which you might have seen in k-dramas or movies. We'll take a sweet stop and enjoy a refreshing rice drink. We'll stroll around a traditional Hanok village and taste some incredible local sweet and creamy bread. We'll finish the tour on a gorgeous street, a local favourite, in a beautiful, serene hidden teahouse to sip tea made with fresh ingredients paired with a rice cake.

Seoul: Nighttime Tour of Palace, Market, Naksan Park & More

3. Seoul: Nighttime Tour of Palace, Market, Naksan Park & More

Shop like a local at the largest local market at Gwangjang Market, relax with a walk by the Cheonggyecheon River, and feel like a king in the Changyeonggung Royal Palace on this guided night tour in Seoul. Choose the group tour option with accessible meeting points or the private option with hotel transfers and flexible departure times. Hop aboard a comfortable vehicle and sit back and unwind with your driver. First to the largest Korean traditional market at Gwangjang Market (a.k.a Dongdaemun Market previously) where you can taste an authentic Korean dinner, and yummy street snacks, and buy some stunning Korean items. Continue to the beautiful Cheonggyecheon River nearby, and unwind in this local's favorite resting area in the main downtown area of this bustling city. Step inside the enchanting Changyeonggung Royal Palace, especially famous for the night with the inside lighting, and discover its stories from the famous Sejong the Great to modern time. Next, stroll along the city wall under the moonlight while enjoying night views of the city in Naksan Park with hilltop green space near the Seoul City Wall. Capture some breathtaking pictures of Seoul City before returning to the meeting point for the group option or where you stay for the private option. 

Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon Village, and Gwangjang

4. Seoul: Gyeongbok Palace, Bukchon Village, and Gwangjang

Your day will start with a tour guide to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces. (Tuesday: visit Changdeokgung place) Then, move to Bukchon Hanok village which literally translates to "northern village," where many traditional houses operate as cultural centers, guesthouses and restaurants. After exploring Bukchon Hanok Village, we'll board a comfortable vehicle for a scenic drive to Bugak Skyway. Arriving at Bugak Palgakjeong, also known as the Bugak Pavilion, you'll be captivated by the stunning panoramic views of Seoul. This tranquil pavilion is nestled on the slopes of Bugaksan Mountain, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city below. Take some time to absorb the beauty of the landscape and capture some incredible photographs. Lastly, your trip will end at Gwangjang Market, the nation’s first market. Although the goods are not brand name products, the wide selection of high-quality goods at inexpensive prices will make it an enjoyable shopping experience. The market is famous for the delicious foods so have lunch or some snacks. Don't miss the chance to taste some of the market's famous dishes, such as bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes) and mayak gimbap (addictive seaweed rice rolls).

Seoul: Gwangjang Market Netflix Food Tour

5. Seoul: Gwangjang Market Netflix Food Tour

Enjoy a captivating walking tour that promises an enriching exploration of Seoul's cultural and delectable treasures. Begin your cultural journey in the vibrant district of Insa-dong Culture Avenue, a hub of traditional Korean arts, the air becomes infused with a captivating blend of history and creativity. Wander through charming streets adorned with art galleries, antique shops, and artisanal boutiques, each corner echoing with stories of Korea's cultural treasures. Your expert guide will unveil the significance of Insa-dong, sharing tales of its evolution from a historical hub to a trendy neighborhood where the old and the new harmoniously coexist. The journey continue to the hidden gem of Ikseon-dong Alley, where the old Seoul ambiance is beautifully preserved. Traverse narrow alleys lined with traditional hanok houses and trendy cafes, offering a unique blend of past and present. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this historic district, where every cobblestone street tells a story. Next, immerse yourself in the food and life culture by visiting Gwangjang Market, a bustling and historic marketplace where tradition comes to life. Feast your eyes on colorful stalls offering numerous local delicacies, textiles, and handmade goods. Discover the market's rich history dating back to the early 1900s and savor the authentic taste of Korean street food.

Seoul: Market Food Tour & Evening Ebike Ride

6. Seoul: Market Food Tour & Evening Ebike Ride

Ride a secret route downtown to the Famous and Hidden Bukcheon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung Palace, and Gwanghwamun Square, and Gyungbokgung royal palace gate. Stop by the famous Gwangjang street food market and Ikseongdong village. You will love the food tasting at Gwangjang market! Receive an e-bike fitting in the heart of the city of Seoul. Go through a confidence-building practice ride on the bike lanes beside the Cheongyecheon river. Start your adventure by crisscrossing the river on exciting back streets and alleys used to avoid traffic as far back as the Joseon Kingdom. Stop by the trendy Hanok village of Ikseongdong to see what it's all about. Bike on to the world-famous Gwangjang market to sample Korean street food and maybe find a souvenir. There are a lot of foods you can taste of. Exploring Korean local food will let you understand Korean culture better. If a vegetarian/vegan option is required, please do let us know! Ride up to the Bukchon Hanok Village. Don't worry, the ride up the hill is effortless on your stylish e-bikes, the air will cool as you climb, and you will be able to see N-tower from the top of the Bukchon Hanok Village. Stop at every observation deck along the way for the epic panoramic views. Gwanghwamun Square and Gyungbokgung royal palace gate will give you a special city night view of Seoul and Joseon Kingdom.

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What people are saying about Gwangjang Market

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 79 reviews

This was the most wonderful experience and a real highlight of my time in Seoul! Junghee is the most marvellous host. She is full of energy and so funny and entertaining. She was great at getting the whole group chatting and interacting with one another. Junghee gives great clear instructions and we made the most incredible feast - mashisoyo!!! Also met some incredibly lovely people on this course. Thanks Junghee for an amazing experience! :-)

Absolutely amazing cooking and market your experience in Seoul with Junghee Energetic and charismatic hostess that makes all participants feel welcomed, with her plethora of knowledge and years of experience this is a must do experience when traversing throughout Seoul, you will not be disappointed

Sarah was amazing! Her personality was very bubbly and easy to understand. We learnt so much about the Korean culture and she even shared some of her cooking tricks! 101% recommend booking a class with Sarah

Friendly, warm and engaging instructor. My aunties and mum had a great time. Thank you.

Changi was tremendous from and the class was awesome highly suggest it!