Busan’s markets are a testament to the city’s rich history and cultural significance, deeply rooted in Korea’s traditional market culture. Historically, these markets have been vital for trade and social interaction, offering everything from daily essentials to unique local specialties. In these bustling hubs, haggling is not just accepted but encouraged, allowing visitors to engage in the authentic Korean shopping experience.

From tasting fresh seafood at Jagalchi Market to exploring unique goods at Gukje Market, visitors can immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere, sample delicious street foods, and find unique souvenirs. Discovering these traditional markets is a must for anyone wanting to experience the authentic flavors and vibrant culture of Busan during their trip to Korea.


Contents

1. Jagalchi Market

2. Gukje Market

3. Bupyeong Kkangtong Market

4. BIFF Square

5. Nampo-dong and Gwangbok-dong Food Street


1. Jagalchi Market

| Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (Kakao Map)
| Hours: Daily 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Jagalchi Market is Busan’s iconic fish market and the largest of its kind in Korea, offering an array of fresh seafood. Established in 1945, it boasts a long history and tradition, with a lively atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy local dishes such as sashimi, grilled shellfish, and seafood stew.

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2. Gukje Market

| Address: 21 Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan (Kakao Map)
| Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Closed on 1st, 3rd Sunday of the month)

 

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Gukje Market was formed after the Korean War in the 1950s and offers a variety of goods and foods. You can find affordable clothing, electronics, and souvenirs, along with diverse street food. The narrow alleys of this market were also the setting for the famous movie “Ode to My Father.”


3. Bupyeong Kkangtong Market

| Address: 48 Bupyeong 1-gil, Jung-gu, Busan (Kakao Map)
| Hours: Daily 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Bupyeong Kkangtong Market is one of the oldest traditional markets in Busan, featuring a mix of traditional products and imported goods. Its food alley is especially popular, offering a variety of traditional Korean dishes alongside unique imported foods.

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4. BIFF Square

| Address: 58-1 Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (Kakao Map)
| Hours: Open 24/7

BIFF Square is the heart of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and features numerous shops along with various events celebrating the festival. You can find movie-related souvenirs, diverse foods, and fashion items here. It’s also known for its vibrant night market atmosphere.

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5. Nampo-dong and Gwangbok-dong Food Street

| Address: Around Gwangbok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (Kakao Map)
| Hours: Open 24/7

 

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Nampo-dong and Gwangbok-dong Food Street is a food paradise in Busan, offering a wide range of traditional and street foods. Enjoy various seafood dishes along with Busan’s famous treats like seed hotteok and fish cakes. Walking through this food street and sampling the different foods is a highlight of any Busan trip.


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