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“Shopper's jackpot.”
Review of Gukje Market

Gukje Market
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$134.99*
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Full-Day Busan Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village
Ranked #21 of 215 things to do in Busan
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Dublin, Ohio
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26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Shopper's jackpot.”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

I hope you have a good sense of direction! One can easily get lost in the Gukje Market. But if you look carefully you'll see signs that tell you where you are. And if you find a shop you like, note it's address on the little circular sign outside the door. Otherwise you might have a hard time finding it again. One can get great deals on merchandise here. Haggling is acceptable, but only if you really intend to buy and don't insult the shop owner with your opening offer. Many will say "no discount" at first, but if they see you're serious about making a purchase they'll go along for a while. Please have fun with this aspect of the shopping experience, and be honest with the shop keeper. Look around at other shops with similar items first, find the one with the best price, and then start the game. Be complimentary, smile, have fun, then buy! We found great prices at one particular shop and paid full price for our items. The shop keeper gave us some trinkets to take with us because we spent so much time in her store. The next day we went back to get more trinkets for friends and family back home. Recognizing us the shop keeper was very friendly and continued to offer us great deals, even when we didn't ask. In another store we intended to buy summer blankets for our daughters. At first the owner didn't want to offer any discount, but we made an offer anyway. She jumped right in and started haggling. When she made her "final" offer we made it known we were going to buy THREE blankets... she got excited and came down a little more! Find a little convenience store and buy some small yogurt drinks to take with you. You can share them with the store owners as a thank you for the fun!

Visited June 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Cavite, Cavite City, Philippines
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90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Wonderful market experience!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We spent a few hours here shopping for items at knocked off prices and nice quality. But be warned, you have to really know what you are looking for before you get here, otherwise you'll end up buying stuffs you don't really need. The sales people are very persistent with selling you clothes they need to get sold that they would almost shove them at you even as you keep saying no. But since it was our first time in Korea, our target wasn't the goods but to try their local delicacies so we made sure to taste those that they sell on the streets. The foods were delicious and clean, you wouldn't really feel awkward sitting in the middle of the road eating noodles as people pass by. In fact, it was a one-of-a-kind experience for us.

Visited November 2012
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New York
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fabulous Shopping”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

We spent our day here wandering around the TON of shops and food stalls. They really have everything and you must barter with everyone. They have many knock off items in varoius qualities so be prepared to look and haggle. Everyone is very nice but be prepared that most sizing isn't "American" sized. One shop keeper even pointed that bluntly out to a member of our group! If you take a taxi to the area also barter with the driver before you get in.

Visited March 2013
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Bali
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Kukjemarket, Busan_Near BIFF, Jagalchi”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Location - Near Busan Station : easy to access by Subway, bus(Under USD 2)
Attraction - Many things can see and feel. many people also. May kinds of goods~
Food - Real Local snacks you can try. cheap but the hygienic, you know that's why I call SNACK
People - Kind but not soft
Tourist center - between Jagalchi station and Nampo Station, Speak English, Chinese, Japanese

Tips - BIFF, Jagalichi Market, It's walking distance.

Visited January 2013
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1 Thank SoulSizta
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Busan, South Korea
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207 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Love it”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

I come here whenever I'm bored and want to spend a bit of money. And I do mean a bit because you can barter and if youre not looking for anything you need you can walk away easy and lower the price by doing that!

Visited December 2012
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