From high end shopping complexes with designer items to sprawling markets with designer fakes, everyday household items and everything in between Seoul is a shopping city. But if you want an experience unique to Seoul check out Gyeongdong Market. Even if you are not a shopper it’s well worth the trip to browse the endless rows of stalls in South Korea’s largest Asian medicine market.
Bushels of ginseng, native to Korea, are piled high. Stalls with bark, roots, berries, fungi and teas for remedies curing ailments of all sorts are stacked in expert arrangements. Some of the medicinal ingredients are rare and there were many I did not recognize.
With more than 1,000 shops and stalls you could easily spend a few hours walking around taking in the aromas and sites. But unless you speak the language it can be difficult to purchase something for what ails you.
Gyeongdong Market is open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. To reach there take the metro line 1 to Jegi-dong, exit 2.