|Seongnam Moran Market|
It is not harsh to say that in order to see the culture and how people live in that country you should go to a traditional market of that place. A Place to See All Sorts of Korean Markets at Once
Seongnam Moran market is the biggest market in Korea and is also near Seoul so you can take the subway. The market takes place on the 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th day of every month. This market takes place on a vacant lot beside the Moran bus terminal and 1200 merchants comes from all over Korea to sell their goods. Although goods here are 20 ~ 30% cheaper than anywhere else, as the fun of traditional markets is to bargain, you can see this scene everywhere here.
Pet Dog Section and Domestic Animal section
When you go to the Moran market it is divided in sections so that it is easier for you to find what you want. The pet dog section where children and dog lovers can find puppies of all sorts and pedigree at all sorts of prices. The dogs are sold connected to the farm you can buy them without worries. In the domestic animal section you can find ducks, chickens, rabbits, cats, iguana etc.
Herb Section and Grain Section
In the herb section you can see many old merchants. It is to find Korean medical herbs. Since all the herbs are divided into imported herbs and Korean herbs. At the section you can find over 40 different types. The fun here is that you can find the Misukaru. Misukaru is Korean traditional powdered mixed grains that you can stir in water and drink. Right beside the grain section you can find the Peongtigi-men and here such loud noise. The noise comes from a black container with smoke coming out of it. This is a container that fries grains. This is similar to popcorn but instead of corn rice and other grains are used.
The Shows Section and Flower Section
There are many kinds of shoes with famous brand names that are changed a little. There are no named brands but plenty of strong and different design shoes. The best thing here is that the prices of the shoes are so cheap, only around 10000won. You can find so all sorts of beautiful flowers here that cost only around 2000won.
Unique Scenes You Can Find at the Moran Market
Moran market is a place where you buy things but at the same time it's a place where you can meet fun people. You can meet all sorts of special people such as the man who sell clothes with a monkey, the taffy seller who dances to the drum rhythm, the man who writes with a leather belt etc.
One of the most popular is the Pumba taffy sellers. Two men who are dressed as women perform in turns. Its hard not to buy taffies after seeing the Pumbas who dance and sing so lively according to the drum beat.
The Eating-Place in the Moran Market
After going around to buy and see things you will get quite hungry. Then you can go to the eating-place in the center of the market. On the day the market is on there are always customers here. It is quite interesting to see how fast the ladies move and to feel the noisy atmosphere where people drink, eat and enjoy themselves. If you go to the Moran market you should try the hand-made chopped noodle. The hand-made chopped noodle is made right at the place and the noodle is very chewy and the soup is very good. It costs only 3,000won.
Tel Moran Folk Market Merchants Organization 031-721-9904 ~ 5
Opening Dates 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 29th of the month
Opening hours 07:00 ~ 19:00
How to get there Get off at subway line no. 8 Moran, and then exit through exit no. 5. The market is located right behind Seongnam Bus Terminal.