Yeongdeungpo Market is one of the less known traditional Korean markets amongst foreign visitors, especially compared to the widely famous Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, Noryangjin, and Gwangjang markets. However, this is what makes Yeongdeungpo Market much more attractive for more experienced tourists or expats living in Korea. Devoid of the usual tourist traps, Yeongdeungpo is all pure business: middle-aged Koreans come here to buy fresh greens and meat for cheaper prices, eat authentic street food, and do other daily chores.
Located in a fast developing area, Yeongdeungpo Market is a window to the past. The nearby Yeouido business district with its skyscrapers and modern malls, as well as a massive shopping complex at Yeongdeungpo Station, stand in sharp contrast to the narrow alleys of Yeongdeungpo Market. First opened under Japanese rule, Yeongdeungpo Market has preserved its unique charm and nearly century-old tradition. Visiting such a historically and culturally rich place is an absolute must if you want to see the contrasts between Seoul's present and past.
Seoul has over 200 traditional markets of all sizes and, thanks to a recent initiative by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to support older businesses, they have started to undergo renovations to improve facilities while still maintaining their original character. If you want to experience real traditional market life like a local - Yeongdeungpo is one of your best chances. Boasting over 600 shops, it is nearly impossible to come out of the market empty-handed.
|Company Name||Yeongdeungpo Traditional Market (영등포 전통시장)|
|Category||Shopping Food, Drink & Nightlife|
|Opening Hours||05:00 - 21:00 / Varies by Shop|
233 Yeongdeungpo-ro, Yeongdeungpo-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
How to Get There
Address : 233 Yeongdeungpo-ro, Yeongdeungpo-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 영등포구 영등포로 233
Take Line 5 to Yeongdeungpo Market Station and go out Exit 3 -> Walk straight about 20 meters then turn left. -> Walk straight about 140 meters. Yeongdeungpo Market will be in front of you.