Meat market in Seoul? Yah, you are surprised, right? You can imagine my surprise too when I found out about this place. Just so you know, not many Koreans know about this place.
Just like the Noryangjin fish market is the home for sea produce, read: koreabyme.com/everything-youve-ever-wanted-to-know-about-noryangjin-wholesale-fisheries-market the Majang is same for meat.
It is a large wholesale market that supplies many of Seoul’s restaurants and resident with high-quality meat.
So instead of paying through your nose to purchase fresh meat at the marts and supermarket chains, you can get it straight from here.
Walking around the market, you will see meat hung everywhere, including loads of intestine, stomach, liver, name it! With fresh meat arriving every hour, you can be sure to get what you want.
Just as expected, the place smells like a meat market.
I’m sure you are familiar with the term 한우, or Korean beef, the most desired and expensive beef in Korea. It is regarded as the best and of high quality among Koreans. So, if you want to have a taste of this meat without breaking the bank, you should consider visiting the Majang market.
Why you should visit Majang meat market
It is not exactly cheap but face it, compared to what you pay at the stores and marts, you spend less here.
The good thing here is like other wholesale markets, you can bargain prices.
Availability of a variety of Fresh meat
As I mentioned earlier, you can find different cuts of beef in this market. There are about 3000 meat vendors, so there is no shortage of meat. So if you live around or can make the trip, it is a great place to source for quality beef and pork too.
You may be wondering what to do with all the meat you have bought. Many come here to not only to purchase in bulk but to enjoy the meat. There are BBQ restaurants around where you can eat. Here, you can request for any part of the beef you would like to have.
There are restaurants on the second floor of the market, they also have different grills. For 5,000 won you get to use the grill for your meat.
So basically, you go to a butcher stall, pick the specific type of meat, and cut you want, then bring it over to a restaurant nearby where you can grill to your meat-eating heart’s content for a nominal fee (5,000 won per person). You can of course order some rice, stews, and some beverages there as well.
Or you can also buy directly from the restaurants if you don’t want to go through the back-and-forth drama of choosing and bargaining the meat from the market stalls. The prices are also reasonable
How do I get there?
Majang Meat Market (마장 축산물시장). Address: 서울특별시 성동구 마장로31길 40.
If you are able to type Korean, search “마장 축산물시장” on Naver Map and it would indicate the best possible way to get there from your location. To those of you who are travelling to Seoul here’s the recommended route:
Take Subway Line 2 (The green line) board to Sangwangsimni Station and get out from Exit 3; walk 4 minutes from there, then board the green bus 08, get off at Majangdong livestock market, the market is by the corner.
Visit www.mjmm.co.kr for more details.