9 must-visit night markets in Seoul

Seoul is a city that never sleeps. While locals are busy working during the day, the nightlife is equally exciting. In addition to bars and BBQ restaurants, night markets are a must-try activity when visiting Seoul. If you want to taste authentic Korean food, you definitely shouldn't miss the chance to visit a night market.

Dongdaemun Night Market

Dongdaemun is one of the most popular attractions in Seoul, often crowded with international tourists. This area is famous for its giant ancient fortress gates, such as Dongdaemun and Hyeonin Gate. Today, it is known for its large shopping centers and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, planned by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. At the Dongdaemun Night Market, you can taste a variety of delicious street foods and buy cheap fruits, clothes, shoes, and bags. From April to late October, the DDP Youth Runway Night Market is also held nearby on Fridays and Saturdays, where you can find clothing from young designers, food trucks, and Instagram-worthy photo zones.

Nan Da Men Night Market

The market opened for the first time in 1964 and is one of the oldest and largest markets in Korean history. Namdaemun Night Market is a great choice for a memorable evening. Namdaemun Market is one of the traditional markets in Korea, open from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day. The market is located near Namdaemun and is not far from Seoul Station and Myeong-dong. During the day, Namdaemun Market sells clothing, household items, glasses, and traditional cold tea, which are popular with locals and tourists. In the evening, Namdaemun Market becomes an ideal place to taste street snacks and buy inexpensive and high-quality goods.

Ru Yi Island World Night Market

Yeoju Island World Night Market is one of the most famous night markets in Seoul, open from 6pm to 1am every Friday to Sunday. Unlike other traditional night markets, the stalls here are filled with innovative food not found elsewhere in Seoul, such as seafood snacks, tornado potatoes, cheese stir-fried rice cakes, and various crispy fried vegetables. In addition to food from around the world, there are also performances that make you feel like you've visited several different countries in one night.

Oil Tank Culture Park Night Market

Oil Tank Culture Park Night Market is located within the site of the Oil Tank Culture Park in Mapo-gu. The area used to be an abandoned oil depot, but after the Seoul government's transformation, it has become a public space that teaches people about environmental knowledge. Here, you can enjoy picnics, wander through flea markets, and watch street performances.

Seasonal night market at Qingxi Square

This is an open market that sets different themes according to different months and seasons, such as Christmas, hot summer nights, and chestnut season, etc. Here, you can participate in fun family activities, watch performances, and buy snacks and handmade crafts.

Night market at Mudong Sports Stadium

If you are interested in sports, sports equipment and sportswear, you may consider visiting the Mudong Sports Stadium Night Market, where you may find ideal items such as discounted climbing shoes and travel backpacks.

Guangcang Night Market

Gwangjang Market is one of the most famous and larger markets in South Korea and is a permanent market. The market is open from early morning until late at night and is known for its vintage clothing shops, jewelry stores, and street food that is full of traditional Korean flavors. Don't miss out on trying traditional foods like bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), Mayak seaweed rice wraps, dumplings, kimchi pancakes, and more.

Hanjiang Moonlight Market

Every Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm, the Half-Slope Romantic Moonlight Market is held at the Hanjiang Park in Half-Slope. The market is popular for its spectacular performances, lights, and magnificent river views. If you're looking for some vintage items, you can go to the Half-Slope Flea Market and you'll be surprised by what you'll find.

Qingxichuan Time Travel Market

The core theme of this market is "time travel". In the market, you will find many traditional performances, snacks, souvenirs, and street snacks. When you are not interested in these performances, you may take a leisurely walk along the river and enjoy the beautiful floating lanterns scenery.