South Korea in the Perspective of a Filipino Expatriate

Monday, June 17, 2013

2 Asian Food Stores Spotted At Geumchon Traditional Market

Geumchon, anyone? You probably haven't heard this place in South Korea and it even doesn't ring a bell. Well, for sure, it's not really the primary choice of any tourist to visit, but if you are an Asian and you are craving for food coming from your home country, go to Geumchon and you will find 2 markets that sell asian foods.

I have discovered this place when my co-worker, a Vietnamese, invited me to go with him at Geumchon. As I can barely understand him, I just followed him even though it's already late at night. You can reach Geumchon  through the subway at Gyeongui line and it is about 40 minutes away from Seoul.

Geumchon traditional market is just like any ordinary market. At night, there are a lot colorful lights and it's a little bit old.


I like the market because it is not too crowded and it's clean, well probably because we went there late at night.



But what captured my interest is the two markets that existed there that sell asian foods, and when I say Asian, I mean Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the great Philippines. Think of any Asian country, you can find all their products at Geumchon Market.

One Asian market is called World Store. It's obvious from the name of the store that they are literally selling world's product. This one is located at the inner part of the market.



If you want an asian market near the Geumchon station, that is to save your time and your energy walking, you can find this just a few meters away from the subway station.



It's a store called World Food Mart. Well, just like the first one, the name of the store says it all.

What can you find from these stores? I think you are familiar with this?



Right!!!! Products from the Philippines. I was nostalgic when I saw these stuffs.

Of course, these unfamiliar products came from other Asian countries.


If you are living in the Northern part of South Korea, i.e. Paju, Wollong, Geumnung, etc., you can travel to Geumchon for some Asian food trip via the subway train or by bus.

21 comments:

  1. That is some interesting information! I mean, if I were working or staying in South Korea, I'll definitely miss some Filipino food too. These markets that sell Asian goodies will surely keep me a happy kid, despite the long commute from Seoul.

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    1. this is ideal if you are in the northern part of sokor

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  2. very nice to know! that's the first things i searched here in malaysia b4 we move. asking people around if where i can find pinoy foods for my craving glad you found yours too!

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    1. we really can't live without eating our own food. hahanap hanapin talaga

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  3. Its nice to know that OFW's there can buy their favorite pinoy stuff over there.

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    1. yes, at least to ease the homesickeness

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  4. Their market is very spacious and it's nice to see regular Pinoy food here.

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    1. not only pinoy food but other asian countries as well

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  5. Cool that they have Filipino products there :D I'm not fond of sardines but I think I'd probably miss it if I were out of the country just like you :)

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  6. I think there are lots of Filipinos at that area that's why there are groceries from the Philippines. :)

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    1. not only on that area but all around SoKor

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  7. Good for you, Serj!

    When I was in Japan, we ordered Filipino goods via fax and the store just send our order to us a few days later. The Filipino shop was two hours away from our place by private car. It was very inconvenient as we only used bicycles. Lol.

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  8. That's great to know, so whenever I plan to go to Korea I now have an idea where I can find Filipino goodies. Thanks to you.

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  9. Good to hear that there's a "World Store" in Korea that helps filipinos have a tase of our goods even when they are not here. Very good for you :-)

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  10. Yo! Buy some sardines and ship them here! haha! kidding! :D

    Anyway, it's always a good thing to find some food that are familiar to you. Even if I'm far away, I would always find them and crave for it! :D

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    1. I im new here in seoul and I don't have any pilipino friends here with me somebody who can help me

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  11. Go join this FB group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ofwinkorea.filipinohereo/?hc_location=stream

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  12. Hello! Please give us some directions if we are coming from geummchon station. A map snapshot to locate these stores would be superb!

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