Jochiwon: What Are Good Days To Go To The Traditional Market (시장)?

The Sejong City Traditional Market  has special market days during the month on days ending in 4 or 9.  (Salgu Wissmath/ The Sejong Dish)

The Sejong City Traditional Market has special market days during the month on days ending in 4 or 9. (Salgu Wissmath/ The Sejong Dish)

The Jochiwon traditional outdoor market (조치원 시장), now called the Sejong City Traditional Market, is a great place to shop for produce, clothes, household items, seafood, traditional Korean food, and numerous other items. It can be a great place to bargain for a lower price on something (and practice your Korean, too).

If you have ever walked through the traditional market you might be wondering what days are best to visit. Some days there are numerous vendors lining the streets, while other days are quiet and people are scarce.

The Jochiwon market has special market days during the month on days ending in 4 or 9. This means that the 4th, 14th, 24th, 9th, 19th, and 29th are all special market days.

What does this mean? It means there are more vendors lining the streets with goods or food and there are also a lot more people. You might be able to find items that the traveling vendors bring to the market only on those days.

Saturdays are also good days to head to the market as more vendors will be out and are likely to take advantage of the high traffic shopping day by offering good deals. The opposite could also be true—they might raise their prices with more shoppers—so attempting to bargain would be the best option.

Take note that Homeplus is closed every Wednesday (except the third Wednesday of the month) to help promote the traditional market. So supporting the local growers is something the whole community is involved in, and you could be too!

On Mondays only, there is another special market located in the Ook–il apartment complex. This market has mostly tasty street food, but there are some shops which sell clothing. Occasionally there could be vendors selling other items such as shoes or toys.

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