These days, Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is becoming a popular spot organized by Seoul City Hall for Seoulites and foreign tourists to enjoy various activities on a weekend night. The market concept, as reflected in its name, is that of dokkaebi, a traditional Korean goblin who can be seen only at night. Just like a dokkaebi, the market appears at night and disappears in the morning.
First held temporarily in October last year, Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market immediately got an excellent reception. The market opened only in once place, Yeoido Hangang Park, whereas this year it has been permanently run since March and has four locations: Yeoido Hangang Park, Mokdong Stadium, DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) and Cheonggye Square.
Korea AgraFood would like to introduce our readers to the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market where one can taste cuisines from all around the world alongside Korean street food, and enjoy fashion, dancing, “leports” (leisure sports), and even camping.
Food Truck, the Most Popular Thing to Enjoy at the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market
At the Bamdokkaebi Night Market in Yeoido Hangang Park, which is visited by an average of 60,000 visitors every weekend, the most popular attractions are the unique food trucks. Each of the trucks comes from a different part of the country, features a unique design, and radiates a savory smell. The food trucks sell foods originating in different countries―Chinese dandan noodles, Mexican tacos, Spanish churros, and many more—as well as delicious Korean street foods―such as tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake), dak-kkochi (chicken skewers), and kimchi-bokkeumbap (kimchi fried rice). The best-sellers include dak-kkochi with spicy-and-sweet sauce, crispy and spicy wang-gochu-twigim (large deep-fried peppers), hand-made sausages, smoked samgyeopsal (pork belly) made with Korean pork, and fusion tteokbokki with gochujang (red pepper paste) and carbonara sauce.
Thanks to the high popularity of food trucks, Seoul City Hall is planning to expand their number and facilitate further diversification of the foods they sell.
Lavish Traditional Performances from Around the World, Fun Shopping for Unique Accessories at Reasonable Prices
There are many interesting performances for visitors of the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market to enjoy with their eyes and ears. Various types of modern and traditional performances from around the globe take place on every corner of the night market: amazing magic shows, hip-hop concerts with rhythmic beats, soft acoustic concerts of indie bands, Rapercussion (a South American percussion band) and Capoeira (traditional Brazilian martial arts) performances, and so on.
Furthermore, you can shop for handicrafts inspired by cultures of different countries and unique, cute accessories handmade by young artists. The products are sold at twenty to fifty percent below the usual market prices.
Four Places, Four Colors: Seoul Bamdojaebi Night Market
The Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is open on weekends from 6 pm to 11 pm. This year, each of the four locations runs a different theme. The theme of the night market at Yeoido Hangang Park is “Travel the World in a Night.” It features food, performances, and handicrafts from different parts of the world. It operates every Friday and Saturday from March to October this year.
The Bamdokkaebi Night Market in Cheonggye Square opens in May, July, September, and October, each time under a new theme. In May, for example, it used the key words of “Love, Present, Family, and Thanks” and offered various family activities, such as face painting.
The Bamdokkaebi Night Market at the mecca of Korean design, the DDP, has the theme of “Youth Runway and Dancing Night.” Open every Friday and Saturday since June, it focuses on promoting trendy Korean fashion and dance music.
The Bamdokkaebi Night Market at Mokdong Stadium operates every Friday and Saturday from July. Its specialty is camping culture and extreme sports. You can find various foods and products for pleasant family camping and try exciting extreme sports at specially set-up facilities.
# Additional Info / How to Go to the 2016 Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market
- Yeouido Hangang Park: (By subway) Line 5, Yeouinaru Station, Exit 2; (by bus) blue buses 261, 461, green buses 5534, 5713, etc., get off at Yeouido Park Stop.
- Cheonggye Square: (By subway) Line 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 5 or Lines 1 and 2, City Hall Station, Exit 4.
- DDP: (By subway) Lines 2, 4, and 5, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Exits 1 and 2; (by bus) blue buses 105, 261, green buses 7212, 2012, etc., get off at DDP Stop.
- Mokdong Stadium: (By subway) Line 5, Omokgyo Station, Exit 3; (by bus) blue buses 163, 571, green buses 6624, 6627, etc., get off at Mokdong Stadium Stop.
# Additional Info Ⅱ: Tips for the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market
- The time and venue of events at each market may change, so it is better to check the schedule beforehand on the Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market website: http://www.bamdokkaebi.org.
- Most but not all food trucks and accessory stores accept payments by credit card. It may be a good idea to bring some cash.
- In case of a large turnout, there may be a lack of places to sit and rest. Bringing a mat and tent can help you enjoy the night market more comfortably.
- Homepage: www.bamdokkaebi.org
- SNS: www.facebook.com/bamdokkaebi, www.instagram.com/bamdokkaebipr, www. twitter.com/bamdokkaebi
- Tel: (a direct line) 070-7596-7075 and Dasan Seoul Call Center +2-120 (foreign language service)
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