Seomun Market [서문시장]

Why Secretary Kim (2018)

Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) tells Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-jun) that she’ll bring him on a ‘hot’ date, and this is where she ends up bringing him in episode 14 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018).

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Seomun Market or Seomun Sijang [서문시장] is the largest market in Daegu and one of the oldest in South Korea with a history that can be traced back to Joseon times. It is situated near the former site of Daegu Castle’s West Gate, which thus gives the market its name. The market is divided in 6 districts; four large buildings — of which Building/District 2 burned down in 2005 and Building/District 4 was damaged by fire in 2016 — and two large outdoor shopping areas. Seomun Market is particularly known for its specialty in fabrics.

In 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism —announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)— selected this site as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2021-2022.

The market is located in Daegu’s neighborhood Daesin [Daesin-dong/대신동] in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구]. The Why Secretary Kim scene was filmed at Seomun’s night market, which takes place nightly.

Address
45 Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Daesin-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
대구광역시 중구 큰장로26길 45
(대신동 115-378)
Geolocation: 35.8688986, 128.580781

Getting here
Seomun Market Station [서문시장역], Daegu Subway line 3, Exit 2/3
(3 min. walk)

— submitted by Mich & Marion KDL, with thanks to Yeong-hoon

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