When visiting a country for business, it’s easy to get stuck in the loop of airport – hotel – event venue and miss out on the true colors and flavors of the country. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, why not try visiting a local market?
“Oiljang” is a five-day interval market that opens on days that end in either 0 or 5, such as the 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th. There are several oiljangs located throughout Korea, including Gwangju, Icheon and Moran. The one we will introduce today is the Yongin Oiljang.
The Yongin Oiljang is sometimes referred to as “Kimryangjang,” because back in the Goryeo Dyansty, the first person to start the market’s name was “Kimryang”.
The Yongin Oiljang Market has a long history, and even today, the market bustles and comes to life every five days, drawing crowds from near and far. In fact, up until the 90s, this market was the largest market in the entire nation.
The market is particularly famous for its special snacks available only during the wintertime plus many other delicious street foods, so be sure to stop by for a visit if you are in the area on a market day!
Address: 133-1, Gimnyangjang-dong, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
Market days: Days that end in either ‘0’ or ‘5’ (i.e. 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th)
Directions: Take subway Everline (Exit 1, walk 5 minutes / Exit 2, walk 12 minutes)
Notes: If driving, public parking lots available near market