1. Hwanghak-dong Flea Market
In the 1950s, this market pioneered the sale of used goods in Korea. There are more than 500 shops here displaying antiques, from old bottles of whiskey to old shoes, stoves to dryers. In fact, you wonder what their uses could be. These items may look like junk to some people, but to others, they have a significant value as antique treasures. No matter how bad the condition of an item might be, it becomes like new under the skilled hands of the merchant. People with low budgets, newlyweds, and people interested in interior design frequently shop here.
Address: Hwanghak-dong Jung-gu Seoul 100- 440
Opening hours: 8am-6.30pm daily
Telephone: +82 (0)2 488 0411
Nearest train: Shindang Station-Line 2, Exit 2
2. Insadong Traditional Cultural Festival
If you want to experience and learn about Korea's long history and culture, Insadong Street is the place to go to. Here you will find many antique stores, art galleries, ceramics shops, Korean restaurants, etc. This street has often been referred to as a "living cultural treasure." On the first Sunday of April, festivities here include an opening ceremony, a performance, a street exhibition, a traditional foods contest, an antique arts exhibition and a pottery-making demonstration.
Address: Insadong Jongno-gu Seoul 110-290
Opening hours: 24 hours daily.
Telephone: +82 (0)2 737 7890
Nearest train: Jonggak Station-Line 1