Recently, it was my first time looking out for silk at Gwangjang or Kwanjang Market which is located near Jongno-5-ga station, Line 1.
If not for accompanying Afri and her family; I think there won’t be an occasion of me buying cloth over that market. Me and piece of silk doesn’t go well with each other..hehe.
Initially, we went out from Exit 8 as the signboard inside the subway led us to. However, after exploring the route again with Ayu; we found that Exit 11 is nearer to the silk shops at Gwanjang Market.
Side note: This post is not an advertisement for Hyun Woo Silk but I found that dealing with Mr Hyun Woo (not the one from TTMIK yeah? hehe) was a breeze. He speaks decent English so fret not.
You would definitely be given discount if you mention that you are Malaysian. Not to be bias..but if you come from Singapore or with currency rates higher than or at par with Korea, don’t ever mention your country. ^^
In our case, when I mentioned that I was from Malaysia the shop owner immediately discounted 5,000 won per metre from the price.
Mr Hyun Woo told us he has many regular customers from Malaysian Embassy; so now I know why and how the discounted price came from. For once I am glad being Malaysian..(not that I wasn’t glad before..ya know..toooottttttttttt hehehe.)
How to go to Hyun Woo Silk?
Once you go out from the Jongno-5-ga subway station, Line 1, Dark blue; you would see that there are 1 to 8 exits but there is no exit 11 to be found from the subway’s signboard.
Don’t fret..just go towards the direction of the restroom aka toilet and walk straight until you find rows of underground shops selling Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes).
You will find exit 11. ^^
After that, walk straight about two metres and you will see the entrance of Kwanjang or Gwanjang Market on your left. Nonghyup (NH Bank is on your left).
Walk into the market and go straight until you see this signboard.
But don’t go up that stairs unless you want to make Hanbok.
Walk through this and you will see an orange signboard shop, turn right.
This is Hyun Woo Silk. They are closed every Sundays.
Mr Hyun Woo and his son with Afri and her mother.
More information about Gwangjang or Kwangjang Market at KNTO here.