When it comes to preserving history and culture the citizens of South Korea are highly adept. Their monuments to history have not only been preserved over time, but they highlight their way of life and the natural beauty of their country.
Take, for example, the largest outdoor market in Busan. The Gukje Market was originally considered a flea market — Dottaegi Market — until 1948 when it’s first building was erected. Today, the long string of roads can be easy to get lost in as it runs down the main and side streets.
Vendors predominantly serve fresh meals. They are canopied from the weather and locals, as well as tourists, can sit and watch their meal be cooked.
Because the market is so close to the water, there are a vast number of fresh seafood vendors. If you want fresh, it’s hard to beat this place because you can walk up, select which fish, octopus or lobster you want, before sitting down while the chef removes the live animal from the aquarium and prepares it for you.
For the most part, it’s a tight fit between these outdoor food vendors and buildings until you reach the shopping area where you’ll find knickknacks, trinkets, and a good number of hand-made items.
These stores work like a flea market in that they are a combination of stalls covered by canopies and strip malls. The colours in this market, especially in the clothing items, fill the rainbow spectrum with bright, florescent and luminescent shades. Many of these items are hand-dyed and sewn.
The bustling of people only helps to bring this place further to life.
If you like food, the top recommendation is to try traditional Korean barbeque. These restaurants will vary in price depending on a number of factors. If you’re seeking more high-end, you’ll likely find the entire carcass hanging from the ceiling behind a glass barricade where the kitchen is. You’ll also notice that each person in your company will have their own server.