Just about 15 minutes walk from 40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street (40계단 문화관광테마거리), our afternoon exploration continue towards Gukje Market (남포동 국제시장).
From the Korean War, refugees who fled to Busan (부산) set up stalls to make living. And this is how Gukje Market (남포동 국제시장) is started. Gukje means ‘International’ in Korean.
Gukje Market (남포동 국제시장) is one of the largest markets in Korea and is comparable to Namdaemun Market (남대문시장) in Seoul. Each alleyway is crowded with many type of stalls. What special about Gukje Market (남포동 국제시장)? It connects to Bupyeong Market, Kkangtong Market and many other smaller markets.
Further exploration around the market, one will see / meet Gukje Market Food Street (국제시장 먹자골목). Located on Arirang Street in Gukje Market (남포동 국제시장), this street boasts over 60 years of history offering delicious Korean food such as gimbap (steamed white rice and various ingredients rolled in dried seaweed), sundae (steamed cow intestines stuffed with various ingredients), and noodles. The open seating and street dining are representative characteristics of the traditional market.
Definitely a worth exploration, both Gukje Market (남포동 국제시장) and Gukje Market Food Street (국제시장 먹자골목) has many interesting things to offer to both the local and international guests.