A traditional market near Sinseol-dong Station, Seoul Folk Flea Market has witnessed the turbulent history of modern Korea. Dokkaebi (goblin) Market was here before and was established during the Japanese colonial period largely by the poor in Hwanghak-dong near Cheonggyecheon Stream. At one point, there were more than 100 antique shops in the area. Seoul Folk Flea Market has shops that are located within the two-story arcade and other shops that surround it. On the second floor of the arcade is Cheongchun 1 Beonji where younger Koreans with a penchant for traditional culture have opened up their own stores. One of the unique pleasures to be found here is to go through the huge piles of second-hand vinyl records, including rare items such as the fourth album by Kim Kwang-seok, which costs approximately two million won at an old record store.
An insider's talk
The name Hwanghak-dong means “a village where cranes fly in.” Seoul Folk Flea Market is not exactly located in Hwanhak-dong anymore, but I believe that it still has that old, friendly vibe. Maybe that is the same reason why a lot of young people go on picnic to old palaces in hanboks or visit folk flea markets to buy vintage items these days. I have loved hanboks ever since I was little, and I opened my own store here at Cheongchun 1 Beonji last May. I used to sell casual hanboks online and I am so glad that I have a physical store space now. I don’t know when, but one day I want to open a guesthouse and rent hanboks to my guests.