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Shopping & Food Forays into Jeju’s Traditional Market

 

The Best Traditional Markets You Should Not Miss

Traditional markets, with their unique culture and myriad of treasures, are often one of the best ways to rub shoulders with the locals. Jeju Island is certainly no exception.
In Jeju Island, there are two types of traditional markets; daily and five-day markets. The two daily markets run 365 days a year, Dongmun Traditional Market and Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market have already become symbols of the Jeju market scene.
However, if you want to have a closer look at Jeju locals’ life, your choice should be the 5-Day Markets. Back when transportation was not convenient, market day offered people the chance to not only shop, but to also catch up and exchange information. Now Jeju & Seogwipo city, Hallim, Daejeong, Sehwa, Seongsan and 10 regions in total have active 5-day markets on Jeju.
Here, Pippi handpicked the most visited and the biggest of the five 5-day markets, as well as two daily markets.
Your private guide ‘Pippi’ is indeed a Korean market expert, having visited over 100 traditional markets in Korea. Trust Pippi’s choice and just follow! haha


· Tip for your traditional market tour in Jeju: In Jeju Island, middle-aged people, regardless of their gender, are called ‘Samchun (삼춘)’. (In Korea, there is also a similar title of ‘Samchon (삼촌)’, but it is totally different from ‘Samchun’ in Jeju. Samchon means ‘uncle’ in Korean to the brother of one’s father.) So, call the sellers ‘Samchun’, then you might get a bargain!

 


   1. More fun at night! Dongmun Traditional Market (동문전통시장)

 

 

It’s almost 7 pm, and the market is starting to bustle. On the other side of the market, sellers at the food stalls are a beehive of activity, preparing their foods for sale. This vibrant late night food market comes alive every evening, running every day from 7 pm to 11 pm.
Upon arrival, I noticed pretty much all the stalls already had a queue, a sure sign the food is good and worth jumping in line for. Your choices are varied; a kind of chopped steak, seafood and chips, abalone kimbab, kebab skewers, Chinese shrimp toast, and nut ice cream from Udo... Read more

 

 

 









· No. of stalls: 670
· Open: 08:00 ~ 21:00 (Daily market) / 19:00 ~ 23:00 (Night food market)

· Location: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si




 

 


   2. Shelter for Jeju Olle Walkers & Foodies! Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market (서귀포매일올레시장)

 

 

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, one of the top 2 biggest traditional markets in Seogwipo city along with ‘Seogwipo Rural 5-Day Market’, is less crowded and more spacious compared to ‘Dongmun Traditional Market’, the biggest daily market in Jeju city.
A stream flows through the middle of the market, and there are also seats lining its edges for visitors to enjoy their food and take a rest. In the food stalls right next to the stream, you can taste the market’s most delicious snacks. Barbequed black pork skewer, barbecued horsemeat skewer, octopus shaped bread, harbang shaped bread, snow crab gratin... Read more

 

 

 







· No. of stalls: 340
· Open: Daily 07:00 – 21:00 (till 20:00 in winter)

· Location: 18, Jungang-ro 62beon-gil, Seogwipo-si




 

 


   3. Jeju Folk 5-day Market_The Oldest and Biggest Market in Jeju (제주시민속오일시장)

   

 

These days, many tourists can be seen heading to “Dongmun Traditional Market” for food, or to grab any last minute souvenirs before leaving the island; however, the iconic market of Jeju is ‘Jeju Folk 5-day Market’, the largest and the oldest, which opens only 6 times a month.
The market dates back to the early 20th century. Back then, it was still small but now there are about 1,300 stalls in 11 sections filled to the brim with almost everything, drawing an average of 40,000 visitors on market days...
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· No. of stalls: 1340
· Open: 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22 nd, 27th of each month. (09:00~18:00)

· Location: 26, Oiljangseo-gil, Jeju-si




 

 


   4. Seogwipo Rural 5-day Market_A Fun Treasure Hunt? (서귀포향토오일시장)

 

 

Fresh and vividly colored fruits are the star at almost all Jeju 5-day markets. Especially orange colored mandarin, grown outdoors in winter, and grown in greenhouses in summer. On one side of the fruit section, you will find tropical fruits like dragonfruits and manggoapples as well.
On the left side of the fruit section, street food stalls continuously seduce visitors. The most recognizable street food here is probably skewers such as Sotteok skewers (sausage and rice cake), chicken skewers or barbequed skewers. Here, the street food offerings include hotteok, waffles, boiled corns, and of course, the iconic twisted bread stick...
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· No. of stalls: Approx. 598
· Open: 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th of each month. (10:00~20:00)

· Location: 18-5, Jungsangandong-ro 7894beon-gil, Seogwipo-si




 

 


   5. Sehwa Folk 5-day Market_Like Holding A Beautiful Beach in Its Arm (세화민속오일시장)



 

Mmm... the fresh scent of the cobalt colored Sehwa Beach… If your tastes run to a more natural environment with fewer tourists, Sehwa Beach is a great choice among the 11 beaches on Jeju Island. The Sehwa Folk 5-day Market faces this unpretentious and peaceful beach, offering many travelers the opportunity to enjoy their ‘me-time’, along with palatable street foods from the market. The market opens only 6 times a month, however if it’s Saturday, you have the added bonus of an arts & crafts market, called Bellongjang (벨롱장)... Read more

 

 

 






· No. of stalls: Approx. 201
· Open: 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th of each month. (06:00~15:00)

· Location: 1412, Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si




 

 


   6. Deajeong 5-Day Market_Want to Taste a Sample from a Jeju Fishing Village? (대정오일시장)


 
 

 

The parking lot sitting quietly unoccupied, starts to fill before we know it. It’s the market day at Daejeong-eup village, the day ending with 6 every month. Daejeong area, on the western side of Jeju, is hardly known to foreign tourists, and “Daejeong 5-day Market” is not as big as Dongmun Traditional Market or Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market. However, residents and frequent visitors from neighboring regions have enough reason to rush here.... Read more

 

 

 




· No. of stalls: Approx. 194
· Open: 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21th, 26th of each month (On the months that have 31 days, the market opens on the 1st, and closes on the 31st)

· Location: 65, Sinyeong-ro 36beon-gil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si




 

 


   7. Three Pleasures? Hallim Folk 5-Day Market (한림민속오일시장)

 

 

The market is rich with exotic and novel scenery, with cherry blossoms in spring and deep verdant winter crops mixed with Jeju’s traditional stone farm-field walls in winter. Major crops grown inside the stone walls are broccoli, kohlrabi, garlic and beet. Want to capture Jeju’s rural landscape and enjoy a traditional market? Pippi’s suggestion is to definitely visit this market....Read More

 

 

 

· No. of stalls: Approx. 175
· Open: 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th of each month. (08:00~18:00)

· Location: 10, Hansupul-ro 4-gil, Hallim-eup, Jeju-city

 




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