While I was in the US and got to check out some amazing farmers markets in LA, SF, and Portland, I kept thinking to myself “I wish Seoul had a farmers’ market.” Well I returned to Korea and low and behold, the city has just opened its very first Seoul Farmers’ Market that will run every Saturday until the end of October!
You may be wondering what makes this market different from the regular open markets you find in every neighborhood. Well, first of all, everything is sold directly from the farmers, and secondly, the market places strong emphasis on organic local produce while promoting community and urban farming initiatives. They even have workshops of various kinds that you can sit in on for free.
Oh, and you get to sample things too, such as pink tofu (dyed with red rice), roasted cashews, various juices, heirloom tomatoes, and dried persimmons. Since this is its first year and it hasn’t been open for more than a month, there are still areas that could be improved. Compared to farmers markets abroad, the produce stalls are not overflowing with abundance, but everything is of high quality, grown with care, and there’s still a good amount of things to see and it’s certainly worth the visit. I’m sure this farmer’s market will only get better over time! :)
There were also a number of food stalls where you could get your vegan snack on. Among them was a very popular bibimbab stall and we were lucky to get their last one before they ran out of ingredients. The regular bibimbab is vegetarian, but contains egg and mayo sauce, so we just asked for the plain rice option and no mayo sauce. We also spotted a tent selling savory kimchi-filled crepes that just happened to be vegan- no dairy or egg in the crepe batter, and no animals in the kimchi. The crepes were delicious, but also really spicy that I ended up picking out some of the filling. Next time, I’ll probably go with their non-spicy cabbage jeon.
Directions to the Seoul Farmer’s Market
Gyungbukgung Station Line 3, Exit 5. You should see the farmer’s market across the street from the Gyungbuk palace.
Gwanghwamun Station, Line 5, Exit 2. Walk straight for 5 minutes and you will reach the farmers market at the end of the street, on your right.
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Address: 종로구 세종로 76-2, Seoul, Korea 110-050