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There are many traditional markets that carries strong characteristics in Seoul . If you have ever heard of "coins dosirak (lunch box)" then you might known about Tongin Market which is located at Seochon village, right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is such a great deal on a meal for ￦5000 only!
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Tongin Market at Gyeongbokgung Seochon
- Address：18 Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Tongin-dongJongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 자하문로15길 18)
- Hours：Weekdays 11:00~15:00；Weekends/holidays 11:00~16:00；Close on every Mon and the 3rd Sun of the month
Tong-in Market, like many of its kind in Korea, had continuously been losing business due to the influx of supermarkets. It was recently revived by bringing up the Doshirak Cafe, mix-and-match lunchbox store by store and pay by redeemed ancient coins, which has shown on TVs as well!
Tongin Market is not so big that you can finish walking within 5mins if you don't do anything else. There are lots of food ingredient hawkers selling fruits and veggies and so on, but the doshirak (lunchbox) that the passerby holding is the most eye catching??.
At the 2F of the Customer Service Centre（통인시장 고객 만족 센터）in the middle of Tongin Market is where to redeem your ancient coins to make a doshirak. You will get one string of 10 coins and an empty lunchbox in ₩5,000. You can either pay by cash or card.
2F of Customer Service Centre（통인시장 고객 만족 센터）
Mix-and-match of doshirak at designated stores, fill you lunchbox with whatever dishes you like stop by stop. Keep reading to find out how to pay by these interesting coins to get food!!
Let's get it?!
Tongin Market Doshirak Cafe
Like many of other traditional markets in Korea, there are also restaurants and food hawkers besides only selling fresh ingredients.
You can buy food for your doshirak and pay by ancient coins at places wherever you see the signboard as above (in red or blue). You can get all authentic and traditional food here~
Don't worry if your 10 coins are not enough, you can pay by cash on-site as 1 coin=₩500.。
Unlike the oversized portion of street food in other markets, the size lunchbox mix-and-match is perfect for one person!
The environment of Tongin Market is so clean and well maintained. Not only tourists but also local people in Seoul love to visit here for the reasonable food.
Basically, each dishes cost 2 coins which is really cheap! All you have to do is to point at what do you want to it and pay coins to the owners to finish making your own doshirak.
You can go back to the centre where to redeem coins to have a seat and provided cutlery. Rice is also on sale if needed.
The doshirak I made in the picture above cost only ₩4,000（8coins）! I got a cup of pumpkin sikhye (sweet rice drink) with the left of 2 coins. Isn't it a steal!???
This was a post about Tongin Market Doshirak Cafe. If you come and do the actual tour you will be able to learn and feel a lot more than what was introduced in this blog.
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