Yummy 'artisan' snacks even non-hipster would love, fresh veggies and fruits, pretty crafty things and a nice stroll in a warm weather—these things aren't exactly available at most Korean markets and marts, but they're found in abundance at these outdoor markets kicking off new season. Head yourselves to these spots for some summer market fun and catch some free shows offered at the markets, too.
This is a farmers market happening in the middle of the Dongdaemun area where you can meet and greet the farmers and purchase organic, environmentally friendly and seasonal produces as well as lots of yummy stuff (including booze). Jam, drinks, fermented vinegar, fresh flowers and plants can all be found at this market. You can even find quality wooden cooking tools and gorgeous hanbok attires made my independent designers here. Non-Korean food items including basil pesto, dried tomato pesto, balsamic chutney, rice yogurt and muesli are available as well. If you're a fan of makgeolli, don't forget the tasting event showcasing regional makgeolli brewed from around the country by makgeolli masters.
What does the liquor made with white dandelions taste like? You can find out at Marche@ being held around Seoul all through this summer. Anyone who has visited Marche@ knows that this is a market where conversations constantly flow—from behind the bonnet bellflower roots, pickled fatsia shoots and brown rice cakes arranged on their stands, farmers, chefs and artisans share stories about where their items were sourced and how they were made.Every month, Marche@ operates under a new theme. This month, it's "early summer days" showcasing seasonal fruits and lots of rare produces and food items including omija (magnolia berry) liquors, elephant foot yam, fennel and wood ear mushrooms. There are also high-quality goat cheese, artisan Haloumi cheese, rillettes and Italian hams for the dairy and meat fans.While the market offers bountiful harvests from all around the country, there are a few things that you cannot find here: plastic bags and disposable tableware. As such, you need to bring your own baskets, cups and dishes, or borrow them at the market after making a small deposit. Note that Marche@ operates at different locations in Seoul on different dates: Marronnier Park on June 11th and Seongsu-dong's Understand Avenue on June 24th. Check the market website for more detailed information.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to get your hands on one of the tickets for the palatial night tours, you’ll know what a fantastical, almost transcending experience it is. Although it may not be a palace, the Namsangol Hanok Village is opening its doors for a wonderful 1890’s themed night market. Get to know how the commoners of the Chosun dynasty spent their nights before heading home to bed. The market will be filled with traditional games and performances, along with food trucks lined up serving delicious re-interpreted foods of the past. Entrance and performances will be free. The 1890 Namsangol Night Market is set to open on every Saturday until the end of July, while the market will open every Friday and Saturday from August to October (5pm to 10pm). Namsangol has been hosting a variety of successful events like a Halloween party and even a silent disco, and now the night market is not one to miss.