Seoul's Filipino Market


Happy Market Monday, where the first Monday of each month we highlight a different market in Seoul!


One of my favorite trips I’ve taken in Asia would have to be the Philippines. Whenever I am struck with memories of the trip I can’t refrain from grinning ear to ear. The friendly people, out of this world beaches and amazing food are just some of the things I love about the place!


Luckily, I can have a little taste of the Philippines every weekend in Seoul. Seoul’s Filipino market happens every Sunday in Hayehwa. From 12-4 the streets outside exit one are transformed into an open-air market filled with Filipino food, sundries and cooking supplies. Here you can find many everyday Filipino items like sweet mangos, coconut mixes or items as rare as durian and duck fetuses.




There are currently over 7,000 Filipino expatriates living in Seoul. The market was originally established to ease homesickness for Filipino nationals living in Seoul. However, it has expanded and now people of all kinds, living in Korea, enjoy attending. It is easy to see the markets popularity by the big crowds that visit each weekend.


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Visit this market with an appetite. If you are lucky enough to find a seat at one of the food stalls, you can feast on authentic dishes including pork adobo, lumpia (egg rolls) and pancit (glass noodles). Food is fresh and delicious! Prices range from 1,000- 6,000 won. A Filipino lunch wouldn’t be the same without a coconut juice or San Miguel, also offered at the market.

 When: Sunday 12-4

Directions: Subway Line 4 Hyehwa Station, Exit 1. Walk straight toward Hyehwa Catholic Church. The market will be on your right.




A visual artist by profession and a sightseer at heart, I spent a year as a commercial photographer before letting my urge to Travel ELSEwHERE take over. After receiving a job offer that lead me to a sleepy town high in the Tuscan mountains, my travel adventure began. Since that time my travels have lead me to visit over 60 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, move intercontinentally seven times and to create temporary homes in four continents! Through my travels, I’ve held many suitcases packed for adventures as a journalist, blogger, philanthropist, teacher, army-wife, magazine director, photographer, barmaid, but mainly just an adventurer. With each new experience, elsewhere, I endeavor to live sensibly while exploring a new culture, living sustainably, and giving back whenever possible. I aspire to make this travel blog help those starting a new life elsewhere or just passing through…