Imagine the best antiques store you’ve ever been in; add a little crazy and a bit of Asia. Bam! Seoul Folk Flea Market!
This was my first visit to the flea market, and I mainly saw the antiques section. There are several sections including clothes, sundries, food, and souvenirs. However, the antiques section was what I was most interested in, and it kept me very entertained.
The Seoul Folk Flea Market is the largest flea market in Korea. I think that is really saying something when you consider how many places in Korea seem to attract hodgepodge stalls. The market is well organized and color coded. Signs on the ceiling and maps painted on the floor help guide shoppers around. It is definitely foreigner friendly (though the prices may not always be.) Below is a picture of the different market sections. Note that the green section (antiques) includes the helpful note “all things.” Completely accurate.
It was much the same as flea markets and antique stores in the US. There were true antiques and just as many things claiming to be antiques, but were really just old junk. There were a surprising number of sea turtle carcasses; I’m not really sure what that’s about.
Most of the stalls had a theme. Gold things, electronics things, small things, metal things. There were several places with old cameras that I kept being drawn to. I was also interested in the wooden trunks and tables and a stall that was filled with old scrolls and books.
Although I liked many items that I saw, it was overwhelming on my first visit, and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to buy. I didn’t purchase anything, but I have already started convincing Jared to return with me. I’m pretty sure those cameras are calling to him as well.