Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market is growing into a landmark tourism site one year after opening, captivating foreign tourists’ palates. Enjoying Busan does not end with the sunset. The fun continues in diverse settings when night falls.
Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market is celebrating its first anniversary. It opened at the end of October last year and is the nation’s first permanent night market.
In the meantime, it has established itself as an iconic night tourism spot in Busan as well as a national landmark. The market is visited by 2,000-3,000 people on average during the week and 5,000-7,000 people on the weekend.
Well-known bloggers who visited the night market bombarded the Internet with pictures of scrumptious food and exotic scenery, resulting in it gaining a following among foreigners as well.
In short, Bupyeong Night Market has made it onto the bucket list of tourists visiting Busan.
Thirty or so mobile stalls line the night market’s alley, which stretches about 110 meters (360.9 feet).
Even during the week, a slew of people mill about on every corner of the night market, which opens at around 6:30 p.m. The most popular venue is, of course, the area that sells food native to Busan. Starting with stand No. 1, which sells Busan’s iconic seed hotteok (sweet pancake with nuts), a bevy of stalls supply Busan’s seafood bread, sweet red bean porridge and yubu jeongol (fried tofu stew).
In particular, seed hotteok is catching on among local and foreign tourists. Its sinfully sweet taste has people lining up in front of the stall for a bite.
Southeast Asian food is also much sought after.
Southeast Asian night markets are already well known, but Bupyeong Night Market offers particular delicacies such as crispy Philippines-style fried sweet potato and banana and Indonesian fried noodles, or mi goring. Both Busan citizens and tourists can’t get enough of them.
Among these ethnic foods, Vietnamese fried dumplings, or cha gio, are flying out of their stall. Fans of this food do not mind waiting more than 20 minutes for it.
In fact, the daily sales of some popular stalls exceed 900,000 won ($834). One Japanese tourist in her 40s said, “This is my third time in Busan. So far my tourism was limited to getting massages and visiting spas. But now that the night market has opened, I have more fun eating exotic food and sightseeing.”
During July, a group of around 900 Chinese tourists from a cruise liner visited the night market. It is no longer unusual to see packs of foreign tourists from Japan or Taiwan sightseeing in the venue. Busan City is planning to expand Bupyeong Night Market by adding more stalls.
Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market showcases the ultimate charm of a Korean traditional market, hence being much loved as a global tourism hot spot. The night market is open 6 p.m. to midnight.
How to get there: Walk 10-15 minutes from Jagalchi Station or Nampo-dong Station (Metro Line 1)
Source: Busan City News
The Latest Haps
The country’s top court has sentenced a South Korean man to 12 years in prison for attempting to murder the U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.
The Kim Young-ran anti-graft law is taking in effect starting today. The law aims to prevent government employees and various officials from receiving bribes.
Busan Subway Lines 1, 2 and 3 have begun emergency services today due to a general strike of the Busan Metro Labor Union.
The city of Busan is looking for public input as they plan to change the look of the city’s buses for the first time in 16 years.
The Closing Ceremony hosts of the 21st Busan International Film Festival will be actor Kim Min Jong and actress Choi Yeojin.
Schedules are up, books are printed and available, and tickets go on sale this Thursday at 2 p.m. It’s time to pull out the scratch pad and start planning your week.
Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart have been confirmed as guests for the 21st Busan International Film Festival.
With the nation’s biggest shopping and cultural event “Korea Sale’s FESTA” beginning today, Busan’s distribution industries have begun participating in an all-out competition.
The Busan One Asia Festival is offering free admissions to Taste Busan and the Korean Wave Star & Beauty Collection for foreign guests at BEXCO.
BeFM’s “On the Road Busan” team invites you for a final FREE trip around the beautiful Busan Bay at the Wave Yacht Lounge Closing Party on Saturday, October 8th.
The Busan International Food Expo 2016 will be held in BEXCO from October 6th to the 9th.
The “2016 Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival” will begin on October 1st and end on the 16th at Jinju Namgang Ilwon.
A new survey by MasterCard shows that Seoul is once again the 10th most popular city for travel in the world.
Runners from around the world will gather at the 2016 Busan International Ocean Marathon on Oct. 2.
North Korea’s goalkeeper gives up one of the worst goals ever — to the opponent’s goalkeeper in an AFC U-16 championship match.