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통인시장 Tongin Traditional Market

[Travel in March / April 2018]

My first visit to Tongin Market was 4 years ago, 2014. I remembered I wanted to share about this fun experience here but apparently, it doesn’t happen. And still, I have so so so much to share and yet I haven’t got time for it. Let’s talk more about my 3 trips to Jeju & 6 trips to Busan – Yes, nothing found right here haha! (But give me some credit, I have posted a good 150 posts on Korea itself!) So, I guessed, it’s time to share this Tongin Market experience before in the blink of an eye, another 4 years past.

Tongin Market and Gwangjang Market are different, and how different – Let me bring you for a little virtual tour here.

How traditional market filled with many goodies.

Proceed to Level 2 where Dosirak Cafe located, where you pay 5000won for some traditional coins to be used in the Tongin Market (participate stores only) You will be given a empty tray and 10 coins to make purchase. Walking down the alley with many different stores provides different banchan – oh my, I love ban chan! as well as some cooked food ready for your stomach. 도시락 means packed lunch/meal – which we were about to do so!

I thought it’s fun activity with my friends whom have yet visited Tongin Market.

All particpating stores will have this label – 通통 도시락 Cafe.

Take a look at one of the stores we visited – a wide range of banchan!

Doesn’t take too long but my main choices definitely – 잡채 / 계란말이 / 오징어젓갈 🙂

Look how beautiful our 도시락 were – including a cup of 식혜 too 🙂


Direction to 통인시장 Tongin Traditional Market

Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 2, walk straight!

Continue to walk straight!


continue, did you notice everything is in korean character?


continue to walk straight!

continue straight – not my first time here, but said the same thing again lol “walked so long, am I on the right track” – YES!

continue to walk straight and you will reached on your left shortly! 🙂

Reached! – Walk right in and go up to Dosirak Cafe at level 2 to exchange the coins/tray with 5000won.


통인시장 Tongin Traditional Market
Address: 18, Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03036
Operation Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm (Sales for tokens till 4pm)
Contact: +82-2-722-0911
Nearest Subway: Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 2

Overall Rating: 6/10
Amount Spent: ~5USD EACH
My Recommendations: ~
Best Part: Fun experience!

Will I come back? Yes, if I am going to bring new friends along!


  • Walk Around: alot of choices of foods, don’t just stay at 1 store 🙂
  • You can arrange the visit to Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 5) Palace + Insadong (Auguk Station) together! 🙂



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