Gyeongju's commercial district is largely made up of Jungang Market, Seongdong Market and the downtown shopping area. Jungang Market and Seongdong Market are the two major traditional markets in Gyeongju. Jungang Market is by the city's major bus terminal and Seongdong Market is by Gyeongju Station. The night market at Jungang Market is famous for interesting food and is well known as a tourist spot for late-night snacks. Various 5-day markets are also options if you want to truly feel the atmosphere and hospitality of an old rural marketplace.


    Jungang Market

    Jungang Market (lit. Central Market) in Gyeongju is rich in history and a favorite among locals who refer to it as The Lower Market. It's located in the middle of Gyeongju, and due to its proximity to the nearby intercity bus terminal, it's frequented by locals from the outskirts of the city. The market is home to more than 700 shops that deal in everything from household goods to clothing, fabrics, miscellaneous goods, food, marine products, meat and rice cakes. In the early morning, a fruit and vegetable wholesale auction opens up, where you can buy in bulk at low prices. The night market, which opens at 6 pm, is popular with tourists. You can try many types of interesting food while sitting at a table in the middle of the market. Locals here favor the ox-head soup and rice (Someori gukbap).

    Location: 295 Geumseong-ro, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 12 am

    photo by Chelsea Marie Hicks (CC BY 2.0) modified


    Seongdong Market

    Seongdong Market is a traditional market located in Seongdong-dong, close to Gyeongju Station. In contrast to Jungang Market, known as The Lower Market, locals refer to it as The Upper Market. It opened in 1971 and now has more than 500 shops and street vendors. The market is largely divided into sections dedicated to certain types of goods, such as live fish, dried fish, clothes, food and so on. Interestingly, there's Pyebaek Food Alley, which is a peculiar section where you can find food-related specifically to Korean traditions such as weddings, contributions and ancestral rites. The food section is popular with tourists looking for anything and everything from gimbap to braised pig trotters (Jokbal). There's also a Korean buffet where you can spend as much time as you'd like trying out every side dish.

    Location: 12 Dongmun-ro 24beon-gil, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 8 pm


    photo by riNux (CC BY-SA 2.0) modified


    Angang 5-Day Market

    Gyeongju is home to many 5-day markets. Some of the most well-known include Gampo Market, Bulguksa Market, Yangnam Market, Hwangseong Market and Seomyeon Market, some of which have become permanent. The Angang 5-Day Market opens around existing shopping malls on dates ending in a 4 or 9. At 5-day markets, you can find fresh, inexpensive produce grown locally and seafood from nearby Pohang. The Angang market is particularly famous for having many sesame oil shops. It's sought after by many frugal people looking to derive their own sesame oil and perilla oil or grind red peppers and perilla seeds.


    Downtown Shopping District

    The area between Taejong-ro and Hwarang-ro is a shopping district with a large variety of shops. It also connects Gyeongju Station to Jungang Market. It is conveniently located near Daereungwon Tomb Complex. Lots of clothing shops, pharmacies, bookstores, convenience stores and restaurants can be found here. Fashion Street, which is considered the main attraction, is vehicle-free outside of 9 am to 11 am, so you can walk around comfortably and shop without worrying about automobile traffic. Plus, the shops are grouped together by the type of item for sale, such as women's wear, young casual wear, children's clothing, baby goods and outdoor goods. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes throughout the shopping district, so check any one of them out if you need a break during your day of shopping.

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