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Market Shopping: How to wisely spend your money on groceries in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 11:18 AM

Although Korea saves you money in many areas, grocery shopping is not one of them. Buying fruit and vegetables in Korea can be really exorbitant and possibly on par with European prices. It’s probably because as foreigners we are craving all those delicious products from back home such as strawberries, cherries and walnuts. We are used to cooking with certain items and eating certain foods. One of the toughest parts of living in Asia is learning a whole new way of cooking and having to try new vegetables and fruits that seem foreign to us.

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Tags: eating in Korea, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, markets, Market, market day, local market, Fruit, Vegetables, Activities to do in Korea

Exploring Korea: Incheon's Soraepogu Fish Market

Posted on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

Checking out a fish market while you're in Korea is an absolute must -- the sights and smells alone make it an interesting experience. If you're a seafood eater, it'll also be an excellent opportunity to try a wide variety of seafood dishes as you browse through the stalls. Only a few stops away from my neighborhood in Incheon is the Soraepogu Fish Market, and I highly recommend stopping by next time you're in this area.   

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Tags: things to do, Market, incheon, soraepogu, fish market, traditional market, Weekend activities in Korea

5 MORE Must-See Spots in Incheon, Korea

Posted on Sun, May 25, 2014 @ 09:39 PM

Nearly a year ago, I covered the top 5 things to do in Incheon: the world famous Incheon International Airport, Muuido/Wolmido/other surrounding islands, Chinatown/Jayu Park, Bupyeong Underground Shopping Center, and Soraepogu Fish Market. Now, after trying my hardest to do more exploring in the time since that post, I've come up with 5 more things worth checking out when you come visit Incheon. 

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Tags: parks, things to do, Korea, what to do in korea, food in Korea, Market, incheon, songdo, traditional market, Beaches in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Street Food for Dinner at Gwangjang Market in Korea

Posted on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 07:10 PM

Korean street food. Three words that will always, without a doubt, get my attention. As someone who's constantly hungry, the delicious options at the street food carts in Korea won me over instantly. Imagine my excitement, then, when a friend suggested stopping by Gwangjang Market in Seoul for dinner, telling me it offered basically every kind of street food imaginable...

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Tags: things to do in Korea, what to do on the weekend, what to do in korea, food in Korea, markets, Market, traditional market, cheap eats, Weekend activities in Korea

Korean Time Warp at the Seoul Folk Flea Market

Posted on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

One of the things I've learned about Korea is that Korea loves markets. While I think I've done a good job of exploring as many markets as I can in the past two years, I'm kicking myself for just now making it over to the Seoul Folk Flea Market. It's kind of amazing, offering a glimpse into the past with a slew of antiques and vintage items, and you should go check it out as soon as you can

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Tags: seoul, shopping in Korea, markets, Market, flea market, seoul folk flea market, traditional market, tourist attraction

Visiting Osan's 221 Year Old Traditional Market in Korea

Posted on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

This past weekend, Osan hosted their monthly traditional market, so some fellow Chungdahm teachers and I went to check it out. Traditional markets are very common in Korea, and any length of time spent in this country needs to include a visit to a market. So what makes Osan's market so special that we traveled a couple hours to get there? Well, according to the great internet, it's been around for over 200 years. A mention of it exists in a publication from 1792 called Hwasong Kyolriji, proving it's been around for a very, very long time. 

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Tags: american brunch in korea, Korea, south korea, what to do on the weekend, what to do in korea, markets, Market, market day, traditional market, osan, osan market, brunch, Weekend activities in Korea

Visiting the Seoul Folk Flea Market in Korea

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 03:58 PM

Once upon a time the Seoul Folk Flea Market (서울풍물시장) vendors set up shop around the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, Korea. Now they return each day to well-manicured squares of space within a recently built warehouse location. Some merchants refer to the market as The Ant Market due to its many moves over the years. Thankfully, a friend I met while teaching English in Korea and who is always in the know dragged me to the market a few weeks ago. I am very glad she did.

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Tags: a year in Korea, seoul, only in Korea, shopping in Korea, Market, advice, flea market, seoul folk flea market, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Teaching in Korea: Markets, Tents, and Culture

Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

Seoul is a massive, incredibly successful city that is susceptible to America's obsession with image and price tag. The Louis Vuitton is ubiquitous and a night out in Hongdae could include a Ferrari or Lamborghini driving slow through narrow, pedestrian-filled streets. But all my  favorite experiences while teaching English in Korea have been ones that center on the culture of Korea that have nothing to do with the last 50 years.

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Tags: Korean culture, Korea, what to do in korea, food in Korea, Market, what to see in korea, Gwangjang

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