Bukchon Village, Gwangjang Market and Dongdaemun

15th November 2015

I try and make the most of my weekends as I am busy through the week. I decided to see as much as possible of Seoul on foot. First, I had to move rooms in my apartment and get some lunch. After that, I had a general idea of where I wanted to go for the day.

Back Alley near Bukchon Village

Bukchon Village

For lunch I decided to have some Mandu – Korean dumplings, I swear i’m addicted to them. After my Mandu, it was time to go and check out Bukchon Village.

It didn’t take long to get to Bukchon Village and first impressions are not that great. Apart from all the generic coffee shops and restaurants it is just a collection of buildings on a hill. Once going up the hill you get a good view with the village in the foreground and modern city behind. With time you could get some good photos, but I just took a few and moved on.

From Bukchon, I wanted to go and see the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

Bukchon Village

Bukchon Village

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market is en route between Bukchon and Dongdaemun. It’s an interesting market with loads of food stalls to sit down at. I have already been here but I did not have my camera so I decided to return and take some photos.

Butcher in Gwangjang Market

Every city I go to, I love going to markets. Gwangjang Market is most likely a bit of a tourist trap but there are Koreans there eating too. Thai markets are a bit smelly and dirty but so far Korean markets are nice to walk through. No Durian here and they smell of pancakes and fried food.

Pickles in Gwangjang Market


Gwangjang Market is close to Dongdaemun. Another 10 minutes walk and I arrived at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza just before sunset. The place is a museum or something but it is most likely pretentious. It was good to just walk around the outside and see the rose LED lights.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

From Dongdaemun I decided to walk back to my apartment by Seoul Station. I managed to find Dongdaemun Market just before close. Only the dried fish stalls were still open but there were a couple of good photo opportunities.

This weekend involved a lot of walking. The iOS health application said I walked 26km yesterday and almost 20km today. For somebody who sits there all day on a laptop, that’s quite impressive. For me at least.

Dried Fish in Dongdaemun Market

Mechanic in Dongdaemun