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Gene P
San Fernando, Philippines603 contributions
Family
The place is clean and safe. The stalls are lined with street food being cooked in front of you such as fish cakes, pancakes, grill foods and desserts. The prices are cheaper compared to restaurants and relatively safe to eat. The place is visited by both locals and tourists. If you want to taste the local street food culture this is the place.
Written January 5, 2020
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TKoh
741 contributions
Friends
Nice streets with lots of shops and carts! All types of snacks & finger foods at the carts along the streets — steamed sweet corn / bbq squids / Korean creamy pan cakes, Turkish ice cream & many more.

Some of the shops sell winter wear, jeans apparels, handbags, cosmetics, souvenirs & many others. Even on a bright day, the streets were crowded with locals as well as the Chinese tourists.

An elderly fruit seller was seen pushing his cart...the fruits were so fresh! So many varieties! Everyone of us bought small cherry tomatoes, oranges, apples & persimmons from him. He gave good discounts. We ate them at our hotel, gosh, they were so sweet! On one evening, we made a second return but he wasn’t there anymore.

Would love to return to walk the flavorful streets again!
Written January 3, 2020
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tjmilne
Macau, China332 contributions
You could spend HOURS here. All the little alleys with fun markets during the day, and then the food market at night. It was fun to get lost and to try all the different foods. The food trucks come out around 7 pm but the market is open all day long. We went back to this place 3 times and each time trying something new or finding a different way to go.
Written January 11, 2020
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Travelove58
11,094 contributions
Family
Besides big touristy markets like Jagalchi in Busan, there are many other smaller markets everywhere. Same as in most major cities in Korea.

We have lost count of so many markets that we have visited in all the cities that we went to in Korea.

Frankly, it do get a little boring seeing similar markets over & over again. Yes, of course they are not exactly 100% same in size or range/types of products available. But you do see "the same products" being sold either in this or that market.

Written March 20, 2020
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GetSet7
Greenville, TX3 contributions
Business
I spent a lot of time in Gukje and also Bupyeoung markets trying to find things that were suitable to take home as gifts. Mostly what I ran across were tons of shops that sold nothing but sunglasses, purses, shoes, and common kitchen and tableware that the locals would use, but don't convey anything to commemorate your trip to Korea. I finally located the areas in Gukje with shops that sell touristy type souvenirs that foreign visitors would buy. The first picture I uploaded shows this area highlighted in yellow, with the specific shops marked in red. Hopefully that makes it easier to find these places. Other tourist attractions such as the Busan Tower or the APEC building on Dongbaek Island also have gift shops that sell souvenirs like these, but these gift shops are nowhere near the size or have the variety of items that the shops in Gukje offer, and the prices at Gukje can be less if you bargain. Gukje was the only place I could find Korea tourist t-shirts, for example.
I would recommend using a phone GPS phone app to keep track of which direction you are walking through these alleys. If you don't want to use a data plan, download Korea Tour that has an offline map for walking with GPS. If you handle walking OK, the Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park is within reasonable walking distance of Gukje, as well as BIFF square and Jagalchi Market. All of these are within easy walking distance of the subway.
Written November 10, 2015
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Stuart G
Boise, ID1,658 contributions
Solo
The free shuttle bus from the port took the cruise ship passengers to the Gukje Market where we had several hours on our own. This market stretches for blocks and blocks in all directions, and you can find anything you'd need here. There were many locals shopping here for shoes, umbrellas, clothing items, hardware items, wrapping paper, and, of course, food.
I stopped at one stall and bought "something on a stick" that tasted nice. The lady tried to tell me what it was, but my lack of knowledge of the Korean language didn't help. I smiled and mumbled out "Thank You" in Korean (I still have a problem with that one!), and then walked on.
The location of this market makes it a nice starting and stopping point for shopping in Busan. From here you can easily walk to the 13-story Lotte Department Store as well as to other markets.
Written November 23, 2017
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chociq
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia134 contributions
Family
Gukje market is very near to Jagalchi Market and BIFF Square. It's a maze of shops and don't worry if you get lost. Just ask anyone where is the subway (Jagalchi) and soon you will find your way back.

What they sell in Gukje market? Beddings, electrical goods, lightings, hats, clothing.
Written July 4, 2014
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skysurf84
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia68 contributions
Family
Gukje market is where they sell food,clothes,handbags, accessories etc.It is said to be similar to namdaemun in seoul. But because i went there quite late, maybe activities had already reduced as its near closing.

How to go there
Jagalchi Station metro line 1 take Exit 7.
Go straight 30m, turn left, and walk straight 5min to arrive at the market.

If you're from yongdusan park, go down the long escalator, turn right and walk straight ahead. When you reach a busy place (people selling lots of stuff) you've reached gukje. I estimate around 5-8 minutes walk.
Written November 5, 2014
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misspeggyypy
Singapore, Singapore171 contributions
Couples
Come here for a touch of street nibbles. Standard prices for most food eg 10kWon gets you fishcakes, sundae, mandu for 3 people. Many stores selling similar food items just go to the one you like most they all taste similar honestly.
Written April 27, 2019
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Belle S
11 contributions
A good typical Asian market with a very local feel. It was a bit difficult to locate at first but once found, you could spend hours just wandering from one section to the other and lose yourself to all the sights, sound and smells. A good side trip if you're at Jagalchi Market.
Written October 26, 2018
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