Seoul Day 0.5 - being a good wife at the market

LivingUKTaiwan @livinguktaiwanSeptember 2019 · 4 min read

My first day in Seoul didn't start off too well. I went to bed at 3am the previous night as I forgot to adjust the time on my watch by an hour forward. I lazed in bed till 10am the next morning and hubby had to literally drag me out of bed. Plus he was still a bit annoyed with me for losing one of our mobile power bank on the coach the previous day. I thought I put it in my handbag. Not my fault the power bank is so stupid and doesn't know to follow me off the coach!!!

Anyway, our first stop in the morning was to Gwangjang Market. This is one of Korea's largest traditional market and dates back to over 100 years. The market has has tonnes of food stalls and hubby was keen to go there for breakfast. To be honest, I wasn't to keen on a heavy breakfast at the market as I was still quite full from the previous night's dinner. However, given he was still a bit annoyed over me losing the power bank not following me off the coach, I thought I'd better play the good wide card and oblige. By the time we arrived at Gwangjang Market it was past 11am and approaching brunch time, I didn't mind food by that time. Also, all the food at the market looked so tempting. Most of the stalls were selling similar products and were all run by ajummmas (aunties) who looked immaculate in their lovely make up. It really makes me look so sloppy as I'm really lazy in taking care of myself nowadays.

Some of the other stalls were selling fried green bean cakes. They had a grinder and were grinding the green beans to make the batter. Different ingredients were added to the batter, but I'm not sure what as I didn't try them. Although I was starting to get a bit hungry by now, fried food was still a bit too early for me. Obviously other visitors thought different. Every stall I walked pass, they were frying stack loads of these green bean cakes.

After wandering around for a while trying to decide which stall to eat at, we finally figured out it didn't matter at all. All the stalls were indifferent. In the end we just sat down when the next ajumma shoved a menu in front of our face. The food certainly looked good.

As we were trying to figure out what to order, ajumma kept on selling us the most expensive item on the menu, sliced raw octopus. I've had that before and it's really weird as the octopus sucks onto your tongue as you chew, not something I was ready for in the morning. Someone else was keen though, and here's ajumma holding the octopus for photo shots before she chops it up.

My brunch was less dramatic. I ordered some mayak gimbap (seaweed rolls) because I saw another ajumma making them fresh on a tray placed on the ground outside shop by the stall. I also ordered some glass noodle which were blanched and then mixed with vegetables and seasoned with some really yummy sesame sauce. And the third item we ordered... let's just say its beef offal of some sort. I'll leave at that. Anyway, that was mega spicy hot, one piece was more than enough for me.

Hubby was now happy that he'd got what he wanted, which doesn't happen often in our househd, and was in a much better mood. Turns out Gwangjang Market is just by Cheong Gye Cheon, a rather popular stream that runs through parts of Seoul, so we went for a stroll. I think Cheong Gye Cheon is a regeneration project and a popular landmark. Actually I saw quite a lot of locals as well, so perhaps it's not just us tourist who comes.

Wow!! It's been a busy morning and that's only my 0.5 day in Seoul!

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kgn @kgnSeptember 2019

wow delicious foods.. i am from india and our dishes are very different


That's the great thing about travelling, you see so many different things. I went to India many many years ago but have little recollection of the food other than the tea was very sweet!!!

Joy @joythewandererSeptember 2019

Are you in Seoul? I remember that market!!


Just for a few days. A lot of the stalls were closed coz of the public holiday, so it was just food food and food...


We laugh about the people who make 'extreme' videos eating live octopus. It's as cliche as it comes and locals usually only eat it at night with a lot of alcohol. I guess they sell it at that market for the tourists.

You should tag korea instead of kr since kr indicated the language not the place.


Us tourist are prime targets 😊

Woops! I always thought the country name and the two alphas were used interchangeably 😅


The vendors are one of my favroite parts about travelling. It's the taxi drivers I worry about. Locals just buy stuff online.

Koreans have a very prolific community on Steem.


Omg that market brings back memories. And the fooddddde. Glad the mood changed for your hubby after some food 😅😅


I figured I'll let him have his way every now and then 😉


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Kristina Q. @oheyoSeptember 2019

That market looks ahhh-mazing!

Not for nothing, I'd absolutely down a friend bean cake any time of the day.

But I'm with you on the octopus— no thanks to the suction cups, especially in the morning 😅


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I was very tempted on the fried bean cake, but as always, there's alway so much food to try when you're on holiday!