Do you love street food? Is Homeplus and Emart draining your bank account with their expensive food prices? Does shopping for clothing bargains give you a thrill? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is time to check out the Wolbae Market! Located just minutes away from Wolbae Station is the Wolbae Market, the oldest and largest market in the Dalseo region. If you were to compare the Wolbae Market to a huge market like Seomum, then it would look as small a peanut in comparison, but size apart, the Wolbae Market’s charm lies within the market’s uncommercialized vibe. Here you can buy street food, fresh produce, clothes, and an assortment of other items.
It was lunch time and I came here with an empty belly and a small amount of cash. I challenged myself to only spend about 10,000 won on food and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I got.
First up, I had napjak mandu (flat dumpling) for just 2,000 won. Fun fact, napjak mandu is a dumpling that originated in Daegu!
Next, I had a sort of fish stew for 5,000 won.
After that, it was time for dessert! I had an assortment of fried sweets. For 2,000 won I was allowed to pick 10 sweets to try, and they were all delicious.
Finally, I bought a cup sikhye (sweet rice punch) for 1,000 won.
You can find tons of other Korean food here like tteokbokki (Stir-fried rice cake), twigim (deep-fried foods), eomuk (fish cake) just to name a few.
Aside from street food, they had tons of fresh produce being sold by vendors. Since I live close by I like to come here and get fruits. Fruit in Korea can be pretty expensive overall, but the vendors that sell fruit here offer them at a pretty reasonable price compared to the prices of fruit at stores like Emart or Homeplus. Personally, I prefer to buy fruit from the local vendors because after I formed a relationship with a few of them, sometimes they give me extra fruits to be kind.
Wolbae market is also a pretty awesome place to shop for clothes bargain too. They have a few shops that sell clothes and accessories for men, women, and children.
The Wolbae Market is a cheapo’s paradise. If your ever in the Dalseo-gu area this is a must visit location.
13 Wolbae-ro 24 gil, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Take Line 1 to Wolbae Station(Exit . From there it is about a 3-5-minute walk to Wolbae Market.