Seoul, South Korea
Photo courtesy of Korean Tourism Organization NY
Gwangjang MarketOne of the city’s oldest covered markets, Gwangjang is also its largest, with more than 1,500 vendors hawking textiles, handicrafts, and clothing. The real highlight, however, is the food court on the ground floor, where dozens of stalls dish up everything from steaming seafood soups and grilled meats to mandu (dumplings) and bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes). Most of the items are accompanied by free banchan (side dishes), so you’ll want to pull up a plastic stool and join the locals. If menus are only available in Korean, simply point to the dishes you want. With such cheap prices, there’s no harm in indulging.