A haven for fresh fish, meat of any other kind, fruits and vegetables, this place is usually hustling and bustling with people day in and day out. Two nights ago around 9:30, however, the place was nearly empty, save for the few people who hadn’t yet closed up shop and a stray cat or three. In my experience, only in Korea can a vendor area like this be left open all night long with nothing but tarps covering goods that will be sold the following day. There seems to be no risk of theft or vandalism in this country. While walking along the empty aisles I came across this woman, who looks to me as though she’s had a long day and is sitting down for a breather. In this line of work, I imagine I would too.Although there are numerous alleyways to enter and exit the market, up at the front entrance this lady remained steadfast at her post. She was one of the few people still open for business at this hour, probably because of the prime location of her stand.Here is a photo of the busy street just outside of the main entrance to the market. As you can see, this is not a quiet, small-town location. For belongings and goods to remain safe throughout the night in a location like this is beyond my American reasoning. As a last thought, it seems to me, no matter where I go in South Korea, I can always look up and find a red cross, just like the one in the above picture.
2 thoughts on “Tong Bok Market at Night”
Very crisp captures. Korea is a beautiful county!
Thanks Kurt! And, I totally agree!