Wyne Theingi Zaw
20 Oct 2021
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Topic - Top 5 Markets in Seoul, South Korea

Writers - Aung Min Khant @ 아웅 민 칸, Wyne Theingi Zaw @ 다빈, Thadar Soe @ 다다

South Korea, home to the ‘Gangnam Style’ phenomenon and hottest Netflix series ‘The Squid Game’, actually has a lot more to offer than its globally influential pop culture. Because of its reputation as the global IT powerhouse and extraordinarily sophisticated society, the contemporary aspect of South Korea is more widely known than its traditional features. Thus, South Korea is making efforts to promote its traditional culture to the tourists and visitors by making it possible for them to experience the distinctive harmony between historical cultural heritage and modern-day culture. One such method of promotion is the preservation of traditional street markets (hangeul: 전통시장, Romanization: jeongtongsijang) or (hangeul: 재래시장, Romanization: jaeraesijang) all across the country. Starting from mouth-watering street foods to regional specialties, the traditional markets are perfect for everyone to experience the authentic culture of South Korea. Mentioned below are the top 5 traditional markets located within Seoul, the metropolis of South Korea.

1 • Seoul Yangnyeong Market (hangeul: 서울약령시장) 

Address: 27, Yangpyeong Dong-gil, Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Hours of Operation: 09:00 to 18:00 (Closes on Sundays)

Seoul Yangnyeong Market is one of South Korea’s most famous oriental medicine markets in South Korea. The root of the term Yangnyeong draws back the official medicine markets, which were called Yangnyeongsi (hangeul: 약령시) in the time of King Hyojong of the Joseon Dynasty. Since its official establishment in the late 1960s, it has been supplying the nation with all of its medicinal herbs and products such as various types of ginseng, roots, mushrooms, and many other herbal ingredients, both rare and common. The healthy-smelling aroma of the herbs and the relatively cheap price of the products ensures that the visitors will revisit the market. It also houses the ‘Seoul Yangnyeong Market Herbal Medicine Museum, where visitors can learn about herb cultivation and harvesting through interactive videos. Moreover, one can get suitable food and customized exercise according to their physical diagnosis.

1 • Mangwon Market (hangeul: 망원시장)

Address: 7 Mangwon-ro 8-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Hours of Operation: 09:00 to 22:00 (Closes on Tuesdays and Sundays)

Mangwon Market is a traditional, spacious indoor market, located in the Mangwon-dong near Hongdae, with a bunch of delicious restaurants and friendly vendors selling the freshest fruits, vegetables, seafood, and local produce in a clean environment. After its feature on famous television programs and YouTube videos, this small market has become popular day by day. Mangwon Market is the perfect place for those who want to experience authentic local life as it is not yet too familiar to international travelers compared to the other popular markets. It is also renowned for its delicious street food, with food stalls left and right. Nearby the market, there is Mangwon Hangang Park, a beautiful and scenic place with diverse public recreational facilities. Thus, people can pack themselves a picnic, buying spicy snacks and delicious dishes from Mangwon Market, and enjoy it in the Mangwon Hangang Park.

3• Gwangjang Market (hangeul: 광장시장 )

Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Hours of Operation: 09:00 to 18:00 (Closes on Sundays)

Gwangjang Market, previously called Dongdaemun Market (hangeul: 동대문시장), is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets, based in the center of the city, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Gwangjang Corporation made the Bae O Gae Market (hangeul: 배오개시장) the foundation of Dongdaemun Market with the purpose of establishing the market which is not under the control of the Japanese. It later became the first-ever permanent market and in the year 1960, its official name was changed to Gwangjang Market. It is known as a large wholesale market selling a variety of goods, upholstery, groceries, traditional goods, and more. Besides, Gwangjang Market is famous for its high quality yet inexpensive goods such as silks, fabrics, vintage clothing, and traditional Korean costumes known as hanbok (hangeul: 한복). There are also many restaurants and food stalls which offer tourists a taste of traditional Korean cuisine.

4 • Namdaemunmarket (hangeul: 남대문시장)

Address: 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Hours of Operation: Opens overnight (Closes on Sundays)  

Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional retail market, with sellers of all kinds of merchandise. It is located next to the Namdaemun (hangeul: 남대문, Meaning: The Great South Gate) of the old city and is named after the same exact historic gate. In Korean, Nam (남) means South, Dae (대) Great, and lastly, Mun (문) gate or windows respectively. The origin of the market dates back to 1414, in the early days of the Joseon Dynasty. Even after years of operation, Namdaemun Market is still active, marking it as the oldest continually running market. The market, spread out over many blocks, comprises a number of vendors and stalls selling clothes, everyday commodities, kitchen supplies, toys, and even used camera equipment, all at affordable prices. It can also be called a wholesale market since the high-quality items are often used to supply the retailers, at wholesale prices. The scene of busy shoppers bustling around the market can be named as a unique scenery for the tourists around the world indeed.   


5 • Haebangchon Shinheung Market (hangeul: 해방촌 신흥 시장)

Address: 95-9, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Hours of Operation: Varies for each store

Haebangchon Shinheung Market is not a typical Korean market one might often see. Instead, it is a place where the cultures from the past (1970-80s) and present (21st century) coexist alongside the nationalities from different corners of the globe. After Korea's liberation in 1953, Shinheung Market changed its name to Haebangchon Market. Within the broad vicinity of the market, there are a variety of restaurants, serving scrumptious cuisines from different nations and many distinctive cafes with accessible rooftops and various themes to choose from. Hence, it can be regarded as the living paradise of Korea where you can find outstanding places such as pubs, video arcades, bookstores, and diverse foreign restaurants. Plus, the market has become popular as a photo zone as well since it has been featured as filming locations for Itaewon Class and When the Camellia Blooms. Haebangchon has been under the urban regeneration project since the approval of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in December 2015 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021.


Wyne Theingi Zaw
24 Aug 2021
Views 30

Topic - SAYUL


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SAYUL (hangeul: 세이울) is a student-led, not-for-profit organization that operates to empower youths who are keen on becoming youth leader, promoting diplomacy through cross-cultural experiences, SDG-based projects, etc. Founded and based in South Korea, SAYUL aims at forming a global network for youth leaders with the spirit of engaging in social growth of the world. Moreover, it also promotes both-side diplomacy between South Korea and other nations. 

SAYUL also works with a cohort of youths from different cultural backgrounds, who are interested in the culture and language of South Korea. 

Origin of the name 

Korean/ Hangeul version of SAYUL is spelled as ‘세이울.’ Combining the first syllables of the words ‘세종대왕’ (King Sejong the Great), ‘이순신장군’ (Admiral Yi Sun-Sin) and ‘울타리’ (Ultari, meaning ‘Wall/ Fence, used as a metaphor for ‘광화문’ (Gwanghwamun)), the name ‘SAYUL’ was coined. Additionally, SAYUL is also an abbreviation of ‘Student Ambassador, Youth United Leaders.’


Three main branches, 1) Public-Private Committee, 2) KOREA NIGHT and 3) Global Networks, comprises the operation of SAYUL.

Public-Private Committee: This committee deals with the error correction of the descriptions related to South Korea. Likewise, information expansion of South Korea and delivering fact-checked, authentic stands to be the main purpose of the branch.

KOREA NIGHT: This particular event is an annual cultural concert that has been in existence since 2014.

Global Networks: This branch, in turn, is composed of two separate groups, Korea Club and International Branch. The former consists of Korean members, currently residing in South Korea while the latter is made up of international student communities from different parts of the world.

3-1) Korea Club (KC)

The original construction of SAYUL Korea Club (KC) consists of three teams from different districts, which are Team Gwanak (관악 팀), Team Sinchon (신촌 팀) and lastly, Team Anam (안암 팀). Korea Club of SAYUL works for the best delivery, accurate contribution and correct information about the country. Besides, members of SAYUL Korea Club introduce Korean Language, social values, culture and history to International Branch (IB) members, who in turn work for the promotion of South Korea from different aspects.Through monthly cultural and language exchange meetings, members of the Korea Club (KC) and International Branch (IB) work on the exchange of diverse cultures and language of each country and the empowerment of being public diplomatic entities. 

3-2) International Branch (IB)

The International Branch (IB) of SAYUL is currently made up of 16 global member countries from all over the globe. The members act as the student ambassador of South Korea for their own country.

The International network of SAYUL is comprises by total 15 countries; 3 Countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela) from North & Latin America, 6 Countries (Azerbaijan, France, Hungary, Spain, Italy, UK) from Europe, 4 Countries (India, South Korea, Myanmar, Indonesia) from South-Asia Pacific and 2 Countries (Iran, Morocco) from the Middle East & Africa.  

Members from each country write Wikipedia articles about the information affiliated to South Korea with the purpose of distributing correct information to people from each country. In addition to this, summits are conducted for the members of International Branch (IB) so as to form a strong network between student communities between countries.


Ei Kyi Phyu
2 May 2021
Views 31

1. Topic: Jeollip

2. Writer: Ei Kyi Phyu

3. Short Explanation: About the Korean traditional hat worn by military officers in the Joseon dynasty

4. Link:ဂျောန်လစ်ပ်

Wint Yi Kyaw
1 May 2021
Views 37

1. Topic: Digital Library of Korean Literature (Accessing Korean Literature Worldwide)

2. Writer: Wint Yi Kyaw (다미)

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4. Link:

Ei Kyi Phyu
19 Apr 2021
Views 32

1. Topic: Vegetarian Food, Products and Restaurants in South Korea

2. Writer: Ei Kyi Phyu

3. Short Explanation: Korea is a well-known country for its meat dishes such as barbecue and samgyeopsal so I wanted to contribute information about meat-free meal and product options in the country thus wrote an article on Wikipedia :)

4. Link:,_products_and_restaurants_in_South_Korea

Wint Yi Kyaw
5 Apr 2021
Views 41

1. Topic: K-Friends Program (By Korea Tourism Organization)

2. Writer: Wint Yi Kyaw (다미)

3. Short Explanation: K-friends means "Friends who love Korea", and they are official online supporters operated by Korea Tourism Organization to promote Korea all around the world by sharing Korean tourism and cultural content.

4. Link:

Ei Kyi Phyu
31 Mar 2021
Views 34

1. Topic: Hanji

2. Writer: Ei Kyi Phyu

3. Short Explanation: I wrote about the Korean paper, hanji, the making of hanji, and its various uses in my language, Burmese on Wikipedia.

4. Link:ဟန်ဂျီ

Wint Yi Kyaw
12 Mar 2021
Views 122

1. Topic: Mugunghwa

2. Writer: Wint Yi Kyaw (다미)

3. Short Explanation: About Korea National Flower

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