CONTRIBUTED BY JANVIKA SHAH
I suppose I left Seomun Market last on my Daegu bucket list because it is Daegu’s largest market and a great place to buy gifts. It’s also one of the three main historical markets established in Korea in the Joseon Dynasty, which spanned approximately five centuries until the Japanese invaded in the early 1900s. As you’ve probably noticed, the most reasonably priced items, quirky finds, hand-made goods and food are all located at markets. Each medium-sized neighborhood has a market where you can find items ranging from street snacks to pots to dresses. Seomun market is a great place to buy specialty items such as silk, ceramics or traditional Korean sauces or elixirs.
Seomun Market, located in proximity to downtown Daegu, has almost every souvenir that you’d want to buy from Korea. Even if you have nothing to buy, you’ll probably leave with a satisfied belly or at least one item. It’s also a great place to people-watch. I watched a Korean woman handle the grey and unusually long intestines of a pig that I later researched would be served as a dish called Sundae.
Usually, ‘Sundae’ refers to a refreshingly sweet ice-cream sundae topped off with whipped cream, nuts, chocolate syrup and a maraschino cherry. Well, Sundae in Korea is quite the opposite. Sundae is a popular Korean dish that consists of boiled or steamed pig intestines stuffed with various seasonings, blood and glass noodles. It’s also referred to as blood sausage. I bet that description left your taste buds squirming in excitement.
Seoumun Market, Daegu
When to go: You can visit the market anytime other than the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month when it is closed. The market is open from 9am to 7pm with some stalls shutting down or opening earlier than others.
Address: 42 Dalseo-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu
GPS Coordinates: 35.8659831, 128.57152710
Subway: Take the Green Line (Line 2) to the Sinnam station and get out at exit 1. Double back a few steps and make a left at the large intersection. Just walk straight and the main entrance will present itself on the left.
Taxi: Tell your driver “Seomun shee-jahng ka juseyo.”
Monorail: Take Daegu’s yellow subway line to Seomun Market station and leave at exit 1. Turn right and just walk ahead a few feet. You can’t miss the market.