Hongdae Free Market
The market was established in 2002 as a cultural event during the Korea-Japan World Cup and has been held continuously thereafter.One of Seoul’s popular area for the young, hip,artistic and cultural hubs, Hongdae (Hongik University) offers more than a vibrant nightlife, nice restaurants and cozy coffee shops. Every Saturday, Hongdae’s ‘Playground’ (the recreation ground in front of the main entrance to Hongik University) becomes a marketplace where young artists display their creative artwork and a performance venue for Korean indie bands. Looking for a unique souvenir or gift, the ‘Hongdae Free Market’ is definitely one of the best places to visit. Items displayed at the free market are all handmade original creations. Thus, most of them are very unique items that are not readily available in other places. Some of the creations on display at the market include hand-painted shoes, bags, hats and t-shirts; silver jewelry and ceramic accessories, postcards and many more. To presenting handmade creations, the free market also offers creative workshops and free live performances on different corners of the recreation ground. The creative workshops allow visitors to learn arts and crafts, including drawing and sewing among others; while the open stage program, called ‘Afternoon Stage’, includes dance shows, live gigs and performance art. If you are interested in participating: take a look around the market first to grasp a feel of what the atmosphere is like, judge whether your work is appropriate or not, and then contact the organizers for registration. Registration is for the participant and the products to be sold, so you must have a portfolio or samples to present. The organizers hold the right to deny registrations if they decide the products are unfit for the event.