The Hongdae Free Market is a popular tourist attraction in Seoul. The market is located at the Hongdae Children’s Park and is basically an open space where local artists would showcase and sell some of their artwork and play their music. The name “Free Market” would normally indicate that everything is free but it actually just means that entrance is free for both visitors and vendors.
The market opens at 1PM-6PM, every Saturday, from March until November every year. It’s a great place if you’re looking for souvenirs that aren’t too commercialised like the ones you would typically find at Namdaemun Market, Myeongdong and other souvenir shops. I think it’s super duper important to support local artists and give them a little motivation to continue doing what they love by showing up, and if you want, even buy some of their items to show your appreciation.
This guy had the longest queue ever because his watercolour paintings are absolutely spectacular. I wanted to get a portrait of mine done but it was too hot to wait, and I was alone so it felt a bit lonely to do such a thing.
At the other side of the market is the afternoon stage where local musicians would perform their own music. The line-up changes every week but it’s still nice to watch underground/under-rated musicians perform and spread their love for music. Passion is a beautiful thing to me so I love it when people get to do the things they’re passionate about and radiate that positive energy to other people.
If you can’t find the market, you should look for the MAC store or a restaurant called The Beastro. It’s right in front.
Talk again soon,