Forget Bitcoin and Kakaopay. It’s time to spend money, the old school way.
Introducing Tongin Market, a market in Seoul where you can buy food using ancient coins.
Once you are in this market, you want to look for this “도시락 cafe” (doshirak cafe i.e. lunchbox cafe). It is easy to spot; just walk the main passageway and you should come across the entrance somewhere in the middle of the market.
Upstairs, you can approach the staff there and exchange 5,000 KRW for a bundle of 10 coins and you will also receive an empty plastic lunchbox in which you can hold your food. HOT TIP: For two persons, they recommended to exchange 15,000 KRW worth of coins.
Now, it’s time to buy some food using those ancient coins! Walk around the market and look for stuff you want to put in your lunchbox. Look out for shops with the 도시락 cafe sign; these are the shops where you can spend your ancient coins at.
HOT TIP: You definitely have to try Oil Teokbokki when at Tongin Market. One variation is cooked with soy sauce and oil while another is cooked with chilli flakes and oil. I prefered the one with chili flakes.
Once you have filled your lunchbox, you can head back to Level 2 of the cafe (the place where you exchanged for you coins) and dine there. There are chairs, tables and water for you to dine in comfort.
So what do you think of this concept of using ancient coins to buy food?