The best markets in Busan are great for not only purchasing goods at affordable prices, but also for experiencing the local culture. Many of the city's traditional marketplaces have been around for decades, all serving as a prominent gathering spot for farmers and fishermen to sell their fresh produce.

    Most Busan markets are centrally located, so you can easily get there via public transport. You can find dozens of vendors selling interesting items, including authentic Korean costumes, herbs and spices, as well as local handicrafts and souvenirs. Check out this guide to the best places to go shopping like a local in Busan. 

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    Gukje Market

    Gukje Market is one of the largest markets in Busan. Hundreds of vendors occupy this outdoor shopping venue, where you can buy clothes, food items, handicrafts, and even industrial goods. One of the best places to go shopping in Busan, the market is also connected to several smaller markets in the area, including Bupyeong Market and Kkangtong Market. Getting to Gukje Market is relatively easy – take Subway #1 to Jagalchi and get out at Exit 7.

    Location: Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm (closed every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month)

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    Jagalchi Market

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    Jagalchi Market is a traditional Busan market in Busan's Jung-gu district. Its name combines the Korean word for pebbles (jagal) and fish (chi). As you explore this seafood market, you'll be welcomed by the heart-warming smiles of the elderly female vendors, affectionately nicknamed Jagalchi ajimae

    Jagalchi Market is an excellent place to purchase live fish and shellfish, as well as dried seafood products. You can pick up raw fish and seafood from the Raw Fish Centre, before taking them to an onsite restaurant to have them cooked or prepared sashimi-style. The market also hosts the Jagalchi Festival every October.

    Location: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 10 pm (closed every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)

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    Busanjin Market

    Busanjin Market is an indoor shopping mall with hundreds of small shops selling clothes, textiles, and souvenirs at reasonable prices. It’s one of the best places in the city to shop for ready-made hanbok (traditional Korean costume). Many locals also visit the mall for clothes materials – silk, rayon, cotton, and satin cloths in various patterns are available here. The best way to get to Busanjin Market is by taking the Metro Line No.1 to Bumil-dong Station and take Exit 1.

    Location: 290 Beomil-dong, Dong-gu, Busan, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82-51-646-7041

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    Bupyeong Kkangtong Market

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    Bupyeong Kkangtong Market is one of Busan's most popular street markets, along with Jagalchi Market and Gukje Market. This traditional market is located in Bupyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Busan. 

    Bupyeong Kkangtong Market offers a wide range of goods, including vegetables, fruits, seafood, side dishes, clothing, and general merchandise during the day. It's busiest at night, as you can enjoy a variety of Korean dishes at affordable prices. Must-tries include spicy glass noodles (bibim dangmyeon) and fried tofu stuffed with glass noodles (yubu jumeoni).

    Location: 39 Bupyeong 1-gil, Bupyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

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