April 19, 2009 17:10
An old gramophone, LP records, film cameras and typewriters. An award and a badge that must have adorned someone's chest at one time, a flute, and a harmonica. Once loved by their owners and forgotten for many years, all those things are now on display in Seoul Folk Flea Market's show window (http://pungmul.seoul.go.kr).
People may not need old cameras, manual typewriters or a former president's family photographs, but flea markets are nevertheless always bustling with curious shoppers looking for fun. Some can get lucky and find authentic antique pottery or one-of-a-kind knick knacks while others simply enjoy wandering the aisles of odds and ends.
While Paris has its St. Toine flea market and England its Portobello market, Seoul has the Seoul Folk Flea Market. Seoul's flea market has its origins in the Hwanghak-dong flea market from the early 1950s. In 2003, the flea market moved to Dongdaemun Baseball Stadium. When the City slated the stadium for demolition for construction of a new central park, the market once again moved to Sinseol-dong, not far from Cheonggyecheon Stream and had its grand re-opening on April 26, 2008.
The Seoul Folk Flea Market breathes the typical adventurer spirit. It consists of over 900 booths selling everything from craftwork, decorative stones and specialties from different regions to adult toys, electronics, food courts, clothing and ancient music records. It is open between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. and only a hundred meters from the Hwanghakgyo bridge across Cheonggyecheon (Subway Line 1 or 2 to Sinseol-dong Station, Exit 9 or 10).
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