Gildong Bokjori Market

As the name implies, Gildong Bokjori Market is a place where merchants and visitors can feel truly blessed.

It has been a famous traditional market since the 1970s thanks to its convenient location near Gildong Station (Line 5) with approximately 10,000 visitors every day.

Every store in the market has a little ‘Bokjori', a small traditional ladle-shaped strainer known to bring blessings, and notes of the wishes of the merchants.

This came from the well-known Korean custom of hanging a bokjori in front of your door hoping that the year will be full of blessings.

What this custom signifies is that every time you visit Gildong Bokjori Market, you will receive an abundance of blessings.

There is also a delivery center in the market, so you may have the items you bought in the market delivered to your house.

The Hope Toy Library located in the market is the first library opened by the traditional market.

You may rent toys and use the play room if you have young children.

Not very far from the market, there is Gangdong Library which has a general archives room, children's room, audio/video culture room, and e-reference room.

It operates many useful programs such as lifelong education and a book club for not only test-takers preparing for their future but also local residents and children.

About Gildong Bokjori Market
  • Main goods: Fruits, vegetables, fish, jokbal (pig's feet), chicken, hotteok, and food stands, etc.
  • Size: 423m in length, 159 stores
  • Merchants' association: 070-4896-2548
  • Location: 50, Cheonjung-ro 52-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
  • Transportation

    Subway: 5 minutes from Exit No. 2 of Gildong Station, Line No. 5

    Bus: 81, 83, 340, 351, 370, N30, 2312, 3212, 3318, 3321, 3411, 3412, 3413, Gangdong 02, and Gangdong 05