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magazine categoryCULTURE

magazine monthy08.2015

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Share Life! Flea Market

A tour around the flea markets of Seoul

More and more people come to flea markets instead of large retail stores offering a wide selection. The fun of the flea market is that you can find and item that best suits your taste and people are growing. Flea markets allow people to offer goods that they have made with love. It is not a mere market, but a place of communication where people meet and interact with each other! The flea market is never quiet, but rather packed full with sellers telling the story of their products – as well as the sound of bargaining. Now, let’s take a small tour around the unique flea markets of Seoul and throughout the world.

There is much more to find in flea markets than just secondhand goods. The modern day flea market is full of fun items, like handmade crafts, healthy foods made with great love and independent publications filled with stories. Flea markets used to be markets for exchanging used goods, but they are now more a place where people sell various goods of their own making. The flea markets of today have a new aspect of bringing people and stories together. It sometimes turns into an outdoor stage for artists, or an exhibition stage for selling and displaying handmade artworks. Plus, it sometimes serves as a place for donations, where a part of earnings is donated to society. So are there any of these happy hunting grounds in Seoul?

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“I hope that people appreciate the story embodied in my works and discover the beautiful, warm feelings buried in the corners of their heart!“

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“Flea markets are like exhibitions of the sparkling life of youth. Here, people can experience the charms and characters of each other while selling and purchasing goods that are handmade and valuable to individuals.”

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On days when you feel like dress yourself up

If you have wondered about what is inside the wardrobes of fashionistas and where they get those chic jackets from, here is what you must check out. In 2011, when Japan suffered a big earthquake, a fashion columnist, a magazine editor and a blogger got together and planned FIFTY SEOUL. It is a flea market in collaboration with fashion models and editors, with 50% of the earnings and proceeds from selling 50 limited edition items each time the flea market is held. It is held on every second Saturday afternoon of the month at the cultural complex ‘Ways of Seeing’ located in hannam-dong, Seoul. If you are thinking of going, it is always better to check out the schedule on Facebook, just in case there are some changes. CG Market held every weekend at the Central Park of the pop-up container shopping mall ‘Common Ground’ is a special themed market held every week. It showcases trendy products arranged around different themes like such
as kidult, gardening and design.

On days when you are full of sense of art

It is said that more than half of the people in any country of Northern Europe think of themselves as musicians or artists. Everyone has a sense of art, desire to express and create something, even though they may not be full-time artists. Sejong Arts Market SoSo is held every Saturday from April to the first week of November at the Art Garden at the back of Sejong Art Center. It is a place for showcasing, viewing and purchasing small creative works. People exhibit drawings, illustrations, pictures and art achievements of their own. In particular, a variety of in dependent publications freed from the bounds of a set formula is a definite must-see. Plus, many people come to enjoy the music of indie bands and performances at SoSo. On a day when you feel like being immersed in a sense of art, go to SoSo with blue balloons soaring high in the air.

On days when you want to be healthy

have you wondered where your food comes from and how it ends up on your table? If you want to know the answer, go to Marché@, an urban market where farmers and chefs work together. Marché@ is full of specialist foods from healthy crops cultivated by local farmers in an environmentally-friendly way, such as pesto made from spinach grown in a vegetable patch near hongik University, or bath salts made with natural sea salt from salt farms in Sinan, as well as handcrafts designed to support the independent life of the crafters. Marché@ is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second Sunday of the month, except during the winter season. If you are thinking to visit the market, there is one thing to remember: take your own plate and cup because no disposable containers are used and you have to put down a deposit on any tableware you rent from the host.

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▶ Posters of the Cookie Show from the 1st to the 6th; interesting interpretation of cookies with illustrations.

COOKIE LOVER

Cookie Show @ KOREA

Cookie Show began as a special sales event of a shop named “Works” in June 2012 and it grew into such a big scale that tourists would clog up the studio, even lining up out on the street outside. Cookies and snacks found here are not something readily available and mass-produced. Each is a unique handcrafted cookie made by professional patisseries and people who differ in their vocations, but all united by their love of cookies. Cookies made to the theme of each show by participants are even more special. From icing cookies with unique seasonal decorations to macaroons with characters decorated on top and roll-to-eat cakes, there is a variety of cookies and cakes with imaginative shapes and it will be the first show to be held in open air. This fall, why don’t you set out on a sweet trip to try some tasty cookies and cakes?

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▶ The Cookie Show is a flea market full of sweet cookies. It’s packed with people holding paper bags in their hands and wandering from place to place, checking out new kinds of cookies. Gaeul-in-monyang (which means ‘fall is here’) and Bome-on-mo-nyang (which means ‘spring is here’) are suggestive of seasonal scenes and have each become so popular that both are now the main menu items of DAL D.

“It was great to see people who came and made cookies voluntarily. Take note that youtoo might fall under its spell and spend more than you planned at the Cookie Show!”

- Sweet Studio DAL D -

FLOWER & JADE

Jianguo Holiday Flower Market & Jade Market @ TAIWAN

The street underneath the highway overpass near Da’an Forest Park in Taipei. It is regular street on weekdays but turns into Jianguo holiday Flower Market on weekends. From colorful flowers of different kinds to small, cute pots and large seedlings, various plants as well as related books and flower cachepots are all available here. It is also good to look around the Jade Market, which begins at the end of the Flower Market. It offers all sorts of accessories and props made of jade.

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▶ Jianguo holiday Flower market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekend. Do not forget to drop in at Jade Market to find beautiful pieces of jade which would make a great gift.

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▶ Yuen Po Bird Market has a relaxed at mosphere more reminiscent of a park than a noisy market. It is always fun to check out the various species of goldfish available at the Goldfish Market.

STREET ALIVE

Goldfish Market in Mongkok & Yuen Po Bird Market @HONG KONG (CHINA)

Yuen Po Bird Market located in Mongkok is a market where people sell and buy birds. It is a heaven for birds of various species from a parrot fluent in Chinese to feathered pets standing on the hands of onlookers. Past the end of Bird Market, there is the famous Goldfish Market where many different species of goldfish and soft-shelled turtles are available for sale. In Mainland China, having goldfish in the house is believed to attract wealth and this is the reason that more local people than tourists are found in the market.

I ♥ SUNDAY

Chiang Mai Sunday Market @ THAILAND

As its name indicates, Chiang Mai Sunday Market offers various handmade goods. Open from 6 p.m. every Sunday at ratchadamnoen Street, Chiang Mai is a small village in which a minority ethnic group lives in a mountainous region that is particularly famous for handcrafted goods.
At the Sunday Market, traditional handcrafted goods are decorated with unique patterns and colors made by people living in neighboring mountain villages that are available at affordable prices. In addition, traditional music of minority
groups is played all throughout the street.

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As its name indicates, Chiang Mai Sunday Market offers various handmade goods. Open from 6 p.m. every Sunday at ratchadamnoen Street, Chiang Mai is a small village in which a minority ethnic group lives in a mountainous region that is particularly famous for handcrafted goods.
At the Sunday Market, traditional handcrafted goods are decorated with unique patterns and colors made by people living in neighboring mountain villages that are available at affordable prices. In addition, traditional music of minority
groups is played all throughout the street.

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