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Bargain hunting at Seoul Folk Flea Market

If you're looking for a motorized skateboard, a power cable for a 1980's fax machine or an interesting film camera, then look no further than the Seoul Folk Flea Market! It's chock full of stuff you never knew you needed!

Photo by roonandbeks

Finding the flea market couldn’t be easier, just head to Sinseol Dong station on the green line 2 or the dark blue line 1 and leave via exit 10. You need to make a U-turn when you leave the station and just follow the signs on the floor.

The flea market itself is a wonderful mix of old and new. If you enter by the main entrance, you will be greeted by rows of stalls selling everything from imported alcohol to outdoor gear. This part of the market is worth a wander but the real treasure is at the back.

When you find the real heart of the flea market, you are greeted with rows of hanging wires, acoustic guitars, old laptops, furniture, statues and all sorts of knickknacks, goodies, bits and bobs, and just about everything else you can think of.

Perhaps some of the most interesting finds are the cameras, there are a number of camera stalls, downstairs and up, selling a bewildering array of SLRs, point and shoots, 35mm, 110 and medium formats. You could dig for hours and probably come up with some real gems.

Photo by roonandbeks

Once the bargain hunting is over, you can head upstairs to the food section and relax with some kimchijeon (Korean pancake), sundaeguk (Korean blood sausage soup), and a bottle of makkali (Korean rice wine). The stalls upstairs range from more outdoor gear to vinyl, shoes, more cameras, and there is even an “adults only” aisle.

All in all the Seoul Folk Flea Market is an afternoon well spent, you’ll get some nice photos, eat some good food, and you might even find the bargain of a lifetime…

written by roonandbeks

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