I took a walk through the Korean traditional Market close to Hwagok Station in Seoul today. Korean traditional markets are outdoors. The young Koreans love the hamburgers, pizzas, and fried chicken coming in from the west, but the older people still eat the traditional food, and the mothers are still making traditional food for the children. At the traditional market, you can find this traditional unusual food. The people at the traditional market do pretty well for themselves. I had a student who when he was in middle school just before Christmas, went to a chocolate factory and bought a bunch of chocolate, then went to the traditional market to sell it, and he made enough money to pay for all of his college plus take care of himself financially while he was in college. He didn’t have to live in the dorm like the other students, but paid for his own apartment. You know what chocolate is, but you probably haven’t seen a lot of the things at the traditional market, either that, or you wouldn’t know what to do with the things they sell there. I will explain what you are looking at as I go.
I took lots more pictures, but this gives you the idea of what you will see if you go to the traditional market. These things are completely normal to the Koreans. The pizza, hamburgers, and fried chicken are the things that are exotic to them. This is what they ate before western food came into Korea, and they still eat this stuff at home. The young people have completely embraced the food from the west, but a lot of older people have trouble with it. The older people still want to eat their traditional food. If they don’t know how to make it or don’t want to take time to make what they want, there is probably someone making what they want at the traditional market. I hoped you enjoyed the strange food at the traditional market.