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How a Seoul market inspired me to write a children's book
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How a Seoul market inspired me to write a children's book
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  • 승인 2021.11.10 01:51
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When I visited Korea for the first time in 2016, I stayed in the Mangwon-dong neighborhood of Seoul's Mapo-gu District. After having a latte at a cafe, I continued walking toward Mangwon Market, which has been around since 1975.

Mangwon Market is great for lovers of Korean street food.
Mangwon Market is great for lovers of Korean street food.
Many go to Mangwon Market to buy fruit, vegetables and fish as well as to eat street food.

I was surprised to see a market so alive with most of the stalls still open. Since it was fall, the weather was chilly, so I started to crave warm food and found that I had come to the right place.

One of my best experiences in Seoul was eating Korean snacks at a traditional market like Mangwon.
One of my best experiences in Seoul was eating Korean snacks at a traditional market like Mangwon.

I kept thinking about visiting the market again in the morning. So I went back there with all my camera gear, and was greeted with a more vibrant market alive with more shoppers and vendors displaying their fresh produce than the night before.

My visit to Mangwon Market was so unforgettable that after returning home, I thought of creating an educational activity book based on my trips there. "Let's Go To the Market, Sijang-ae gaja!" or "Ayo Kita Ke Pasar" in Indonesian featured the photographs I took at Mangwon Market. 

My visit to Mangwon Market inspired me to write a children's book based on my visits there
My visit to Mangwon Market inspired me to write a children's book based on my visits there.

I also drew cute illustrations of products at the market, and each item has its name in English, Korean and Indonesian in the book. 

I created this book in the hope that both moms and children can enjoy it while learning about Korea, as well as to promote Mangwon Market as a place for foreign visitors. 

My book is in English, Korean and Indonesian.

I highly recommend visiting this vibrant market on your next trip to Korea.

*This article is written by a Korea.net Honorary Reporter. Honorary Reporters are from all around the world, and they share with Korea.net their love and passion for all things Korean. (enny0611@korea.kr)


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