Yeongcheon Market 영천시장
Vary according to store, around 8:00 - 22:00
Dongnimmun Station (line 3, exit 4). 6 mins walk.
Yeongcheon Market, famous for its food is conveniently located across the road from Independence Gate and minutes walk from Dongnimmun Station. It is one of the representative markets in Seodaemun-gu.
There are over 130 stores along the 250m alley, selling a variety items from fruits, vegetables, seafood, snacks to stationery.
With more than half of the stores selling food, it is no wonder of the number of 'star restaurants' at this local traditional market.
Many of the food stores have been introduced on popular TV variety programs like Baek Jong Won's Top 3 Chef King (SBS). You can easily find these stores from the queue or posters of the TV program where they are featured right on their shop front.
Famous Eats #1: Kkwabaegi (Twisted Korean Doughnuts)
There are a few stores selling freshly-made twisted Korean doughnuts at Yeongcheon Market.
Of which, one of the popular stores is located on your right when walking towards Yeongcheon Market's entrance from Independence Gate or Dongnimmun Station.
This doughnut store opens from 7:00 to 15:30, or when sold out on weekdays. Closed on Sunday and only opened on Saturday morning.
If you missed out on the doughnuts at the store or its opening hours, check out the equally popular stores inside Yeongcheon Market's alley.
Famous Eats #2: Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)
Tteokbokk, a must-try for all Tteokbokk's fan at Yeongcheon Market. You can find other affordable and yet authentic street food to eat to your heart's content at the stores too!
Famous Eats #3: King Crabs!
Interestingly at this market, you can get to eat King Crabs! The price is cheaper than the more touristy Noryangjin Fish Market and more centrally-located (to Seoul Station/Myeongdong) as compared to Garak Market, located across the Han River.
Similar to other fish markets, you pick your favourite fresh seafood and bring it to nearby restaurant for preparation at additional charge. Have you tried king crab fried rice or with ramen?
Other Famous Eats
Be adventurous and check out other food stores for your personal favourites at Yeongcheon Market's food heaven.
Visit to Yeongcheon Market is not complete without visiting the nearest Seodaemun Independence Park and Seodaemun Prison History Hall (Museum), a place of great historical significance on Korea's fight for Independence.
If you are looking for an easy hike on a Seoul's Mountain, Ansan Jarak-gil Trail will be a great option, walking on raised wooden deck around the mountain. You can follow the path next to Lee Jina Memorial Library at Seodaemun Independence Park to enter Ansan Jarak-gil Trail.
Alternatively, if you have been to the most popular Seoul's palaces like Gyeongbokgung Palace, why not pay a visit to Gyeonghuigung Palace, a short 15 mins walk from Yeongcheon Market?
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