Nothing immerses you in a foreign country faster than a visit to the local market, and with the help of a new guide you will be munching down on Korean street food right across the country.
Korea Tourism Organization has just released a new guide to help visitors to Korea find the country’s traditional markets.
Get lost in the huge market of Namdaemun in the centre Seoul, where there is even an alley dedicated to fish stews, while another specialises in kalguksu (Korean knife cut noodles).
Also in Seoul is the traditional medicine market of Yangnyeong where medicine is made by boiling herbs and traditional ingredients.
The city also boasts the Gwangjang Market, popular with locals and visitors alike. This market is all about the street food, with stalls specialising in gimbap (bite size seaweed rice roll), varieties of bindaetteok (Korean pancake made with mung beans, pork, kimchi or bean sprouts) matched with local liquor soju, yukhoe (Korean beef tartare served with a mixture of pear and sesame oil) or yukhoe bibimbap (vegetable rice bowl topped with the beef tartare).
As one of the largest seafood markets in Asia, Jagalchi seafood market in Busan is popular. Select your seafood then have it cooked one of the many eateries onsite.
In Busan the Bupyeong Kkangtong market is the most popular place to try street food including tteoppokki (long strips of rice cake in a spicy sauce), bibimdangmyeon (glass noodle bowl mixed with vegetables and sauce) and the delicious hotteok (sweet pancakes topped with nuts).
Outside of the major cities, every region in Korea has its specialties from historic villages like Andong serving up local treats and Jeonju Nambu market is the place to try Korean sausage.
- Email the Korea Tourism Organization’s Sydney office for a free copy of the guide on email@example.com or phone 02 9252 4147.
- For more on Korea see visitkorea.org.au.
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