Tongin Market consists of 75 stores, most of which are restaurants and grocery stores. There are also some shops selling manufactured goods like underwear and shoes.
It is a small traditional market five minutes’ walk from Exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line No. 3.
Various fresh produce, dried fish and side dishes are gathered on either side of the narrow one-meter market path, and it is the sweet treats that captivate the tastes of office workers, students and foreigners that made Tongin Market famous.
In particular, Tongin Market gained fame with its so-called “yeopjeon, brass coins, Doshirak.”
The idea-laden system instantly captivated the minds of “Food vagabond” who were anxious to put various foods inside their limited stomachs.
Tteokbokki, drug kimbap, various pancakes and fried, side dishes, rice cake skewers, ice cream and sikhye(sweet rice drink) are popular menus in the market. But anyway, the superstar here is “oil tteokbokki.”
How to use a ‘yeopjeon lunch box’:
If you buy a yeopjeon(coin) at the ‘customer center’ at the end of the market, they will give you the container to buy a lunch. Then, you can pick out what you want from the store that says “Tongdorak Cafe”sign all over the market, as much as the amount of coins you bought.
Closed Third Sunday of each month (Dosirak Cafe is closed Mondays)