Hyehwa Philippine Market

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Hyehwa Philippine Market

Post  Daphne and Co on Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:46 am

Visitors can reach "Small Philippines" in Daehang-no (street) just a few steps from Marronnier Park. It is the "Philippine Market" held every Sunday in front of Hyehwa Catholic Church near Hyehwa rotary. From 1992, when a Philippine priest started to hold Mass in Hyehwa Catholic Church, Filipinos have been gathering here. The Philippines is a Catholic country, with over 80% of Filipinos believing in Catholicism. So most of the Filipinos working in Korea are also Roman Catholics. As the Filipinos gather at the Hyehwa Cathedral Church where they can participate in the Mass held in their native language, a market is held in front the church every Sunday.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After 3 p.m., the peak-time after the Church service, it becomes very crowded, not only the Filipinos, but also many Koreans who have ever traveled in Southeast Asia visit here looking for the food or culture they experienced during their trip. The busiest place after the Church service is the stalls that sell food. Traditional Philippine food including traditional sausage, baked bananas, Philippine pork hocks and fried rice are available here. Other stalls sell groceries from the Philippines such as tinned sardines, peculiar vegetables, frozen fish, and beer, as well as CDs, soap, toothpaste, and detergents.

Hours: Every Sunday, 09:00 ~ 17:00
Directions: Take subway line #4 to Hyehwa Station, exit #1
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