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Located just a stone’s throw away from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Tongin Market is one of the city’s long-standing traditional markets! It was originally set up for Japanese residents who lived in the neighborhood during the Japanese rule in Korea. Years later, it was taken over by local vendors who turned it into a marketplace. Within Tongin Market, you'll find the popular Dosirak Cafe—a cafeteria that lets you build your own dosirak (lunch box)! For only KRW5,000 (around USD5), you’re given an empty tray to fill up with small portions of different fares. You’re also supplied with 10 yeopjeon pieces (Korean brass coins) which are used to pay vendors in lieu of actual cash!
Most people bring clothes, shoes, bags, and fashion back from Italy. Dom and I bring back food. Shameless amounts of it. Truffles, dried pastas, olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar... and pack them in boxes 📦 and newspaper 🗞 courtesy of the hotel concierge. Overweight luggage is a real concern with all that balsamic vinegar and olive oils 😅 If you head over, go on an empty stomach. There’s plenty to eat, lots of little stalls, and your mouth will be kept pretty busy with the constant gobbling.
One of the biggest outdoor markets in Hong Kong, Stanley Market is as much of a tourist attraction as it is a place to quench your hoarding habits. You can find almost anything here—from the essentials to the frivolous to the insane. (Triple-fused pentaminx 17x17x17 Rubik’s cubes, anyone?) Not everything is second-hand, but some items are recycled while some are handmade. The prices start off low, so there’s no need to play limbo. The area is a hotspot for pickpockets, though, so be careful!