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Gukje Market

Shop for clothing, homeware and souvenirs and sample typical Korean street food at this sprawling and lively market that is popular with locals. 

Prepare yourself for a sensory overload at Gukje Market. This vast street market has hundreds of shops packed tightly together along a network of both covered and open-air lanes. Browse for electronics, fashion trends and sundry household goods. Enjoy the traditional flavors of Korean snacks. Gukje Market began during the Korean War of the early 1950s when refugees sold their wares as a way to make a living.

Wander the narrow alleys and experience the authentic marketplace activity. This is a much-loved shopping center for locals, where you can watch them poke around the stores and engage in conversations with the vendors. See shop windows stocked floor to ceiling with ceramics, children’s toys, electronic goods, kitchenware and suitcases. Find fashion outlets, jewelry shops, leather boutiques and shoe retailers. 

Walk down the market’s Restaurant Street (aka Arirang Street) to discover dozens of bars, restaurants and food stands. An outdoor seating area runs the length of the street and is characteristic of a Korean market. Sit on a bench and observe as the cooks prepare the food in front of you. Try delicacies such as chungmu gimbap (seaweed rolls filled with rice, radish and squid) and sundae (boiled and stuffed cow or pig intestine). 

Pick up food to take with you at the fresh produce stands. There’s everything from fruits and vegetables to fresh fish, pigs’ heads and spices.    

The market is located in the southern region of the Jung District. Get here by catching the metro to Jagalchi station and then walk from there. The market connects with several of Busan’s other famous marketplaces, including Bupyeong Market and Khangtong Market. Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street and Yongdusan Park are short walks away.

Gukje Market is open daily, from early in the morning until late in the evening. It remains closed on the first and third Sunday of the month. Be aware that both genuine and counterfeit goods are sold here. Most lanes are organized according to the type of product on offer. 


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GNB Hotel CA $51
GNB Hotel

GNB Hotel

19, Heukgyo-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market and Gukje Market. BIFF Square and Nampodong Street are also within 10 minutes. Jangalchi Station is 7 minutes by foot and Toseong Station is 8 minutes.

    Stanford Inn Busan CA $63
    Stanford Inn Busan

    Stanford Inn Busan

    53, Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is steps away from Gwangbok-Dong, Nampodong Street and Jagalchi Fish Market. Gukje Market and BIFF Square are also within 5 minutes. Jangalchi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Nampo Station is 7 minutes.

      Value Hotel Busan CA $118
      Value Hotel Busan

      Value Hotel Busan

      45, Taejong-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Yeongdo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lotte Mall Gwangbok, Jagalchi Fish Market and BIFF Square. Busan Tower and National Maritime Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Nampo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jungang Station is 12 minutes.

        Aventree Hotel Busan CA $89
        Aventree Hotel Busan

        Aventree Hotel Busan

        12-1, Changseon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, (6, Gwangbok-ro 39beon-gil), Busan, Busan
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is steps away from Gwangbok-Dong, Gukje Market and Nampodong Street. Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street and BIFF Square are also within 5 minutes. Jangalchi Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nampo Station is 9 minutes.

          Hotel Foret Premier Nampo CA $78
          Hotel Foret Premier Nampo

          Hotel Foret Premier Nampo

          54-1, Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is steps away from Nampodong Street, Jagalchi Fish Market and Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street. Gukje Market and BIFF Square are also within 5 minutes. Jangalchi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Nampo Station is 7 minutes.

            Busan Cont Hotel CA $54
            Busan Cont Hotel

            Busan Cont Hotel

            12, Yongdusan-gil, Busan
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is steps away from Gwangbok-Dong, Busan Modern History Museum and Busan Tower. World Model Ship Exhibition Hall and Yongdusan Park are also within 5 minutes. Jungang Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nampo Station is 9 minutes.

              Hostel the local
              Hostel the local

              Hostel the local

              2F, 19-1, JUNGGU-RO 44BEON-GIL, JUNG-GU, Busan
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jung-gu, this hostel is steps away from Gwangbok-Dong and Gukje Market. Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street and BIFF Square are also within 5 minutes. Jungang Station is 10 minutes by foot and Jangalchi Station is 10 minutes.

                Hound Premier Nampo CA $68
                Hound Premier Nampo

                Hound Premier Nampo

                24, Bosu-daero, Jung-gu, Busan, Busan
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BIFF Square, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market and Jagalchi Fish Market. Busan Tower and Songdo Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jangalchi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Toseong Station is 7 minutes.