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by amambaw

The Gukje Market is everything good about Korean open air markets. The market is huge, probably 8-10 square blocks of shopping. There are tons of little alleys to get lost down, lots to see, and tons of people to jostle around with. The best thing about Gukje is that you can find anything you might want, and it's ultra-cheap.

Bartering isn't a really standard practice, from what I've found. You can try, but generally everything is already really inexpensive, so I don't feel the need (I know, you're thinking this is a major sin for future travellers). If you're not willing to pay something for an item, just walk away. You might be offered a better deal, or you'll likely find it cheaper elsewhere.

What to buy: Anything - clothes, accessories, pottery, housewares, electronics, alcohol, imports, etc etc etc....

It's not all great quality, particularly the clothes, but it's cheap, and you can get lots!

What to pay: Although the market is full of inexpensive vendors, you can spend a ton of money! Clothes (shirts) run between 5000-20000 W, alcohol is cheap, under 20000 W for a litre of Bacardi rum... etc.

Address: Nampo-Dong
Directions: Get off at the Jagalchi subway stop (line 1), and look for the exit labelled Gukje Market. Pretty self-explanatory from there! Go get lost!
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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 2, 2004
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