Daein Market in Gwangju is a wonderul example of the changes traditional markets have gone through to remain relavent in the modern world. Originally the community center for all living needs, including produce and household goods, the market lost much interest in the mid-1990s with the influx of large marts. From that point on, many shops began to close down as there was no business.
However, the market saw a revival in 2008 during the Gwangju Biennale. Many of the available shop spaces were rented out to host small art exhibitions, creating a unique art market. Thanks to this effort, Daein Market was designated a Cultural Attraction in 2013. The market continues to have a strong connection with the art that saved it, and the vendors and artists live and work together in harmony. The market also draws in a lot of interest from the community through their weekly night markets, taking place every Saturday.
7-1, Jebong-ro 194beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju[Google Map]
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Geumnam-ro 4(sa)-ga Station (Gwangju Subway Line 1), Exit 4.
Make a U-turn and then turn left at the intersection. The market is approx. 295m ahead.
Get off at Daein Market (West Gate) Bus Stop.
Blue Bus: Bongseon37, Geumnam58
Green Bus: Duam81, Jiwon52, Jiwon152
Red Bus: Jwaseok02, Jinwol07
opendateshopping: May 1959
Saturday Night Market 19:00-23:00
parkingshopping: Available (paid)
restdateshopping: Second and fourth Sunday of every month (* Varies by shop)
saleitem: Agricultural products, dried fish, fresh fish, manufactured products, etc.
scaleshopping: 11,760㎡, divided into six districts