New market opens in Seomyeon
The ONNA mall has revitalized the formerly-empty second floor of Seomyeon Market.
"Everything old is new again." It's not just a cliche at Seomyeon Market.
A long-vacant second floor space there has been reborn through the efforts of a number of young business owners who have turned Seomyeon Market into the next must-visit Busan destination. "ONNA," opened in May, currently features 19 businesses, including eight restaurants, six cafes and five shops.
Each store offers its own unique personality at ONNA, which means "come here" in the Busan dialect. Restaurants and cafes offer bulgogi lunch boxes, breakfast cereals, Chinese-style "dandan" noodles, vegetarian burgers, Cuban-style sandwiches and more. There is a photo studio specializing in black-and-white photographs, a florist, a shop selling candles and perfumes, among other attractions.
ONNA was made possible through sponsorship from a government financial support project by the city, Busanjin-gu District Office and Seomyeon Market Cooperative. The area was chosen partly because, while popular, first-floor restaurants dominate the area, resulting in a number of business closures in recent years.
-Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily. Closed Sundays.
-How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 7. Walk three minutes, then go to the second floor of Seomyeon Market.