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Winter in Korea is cold, and what better way to warm up then with some traditional Korean food.

And if you're after atmosphere, value for money and flavour, you can't go past the Gwanjang Market (광장시장).

Apparently the Gwangjang Market is  Korea’s first market and is famous for fabrics, and of course the food.

As you make your way through the market, you'll find food vendors tightly packed along the allies, with customers packed equally as tight.  It seems any time of day or night, these markets are busy feeding the hungry hoards.

Vendors are grouped together according to the food they sell, which include Bipimbab, Sundae, Kimpap, Janchi-guksu, and one of the most popular - Bindaeduk.   These crispy pancakes are made from ground mung-beans, beansprouts, garlic and shallots, served with a soy-sauce dip and kimchi.  And the meal isn't complete without a bottle of Makgeolli - the traditional rice wine.

So if you want to experience Korean food at its most authentic, head out to the Gwangjang Market.  I'm hungry just thinking about it.

For details on how to get there, check out Korea Tourism Org.



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Some ajumas in good spirits, while they prepare Bindaeduk
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A mound of delicious japchae noodles
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Blocks of kimpap - warm and fresh
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Mini rolls of kimpap - by the handful
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One of the main entrances to the markets
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Will enjoying a bowl of Janchi guksu - a simple warm noodle dish made with thin wheat flour noodles
 


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