We often visit supermarkets or large retailers near our homes to buy necessities, instead of going to the market and buying things we need personally. However, we can easily find the history of traditional markets as the starting point for marts. Even though it’s more common and convenient to buy things at marts than at traditional markets, if we think back to the days of our ancestors, everything was done in traditional markets. Even with the development of various things, such as Internet and transportation technology, there are services that deliver right to your front door if you order and select what you need on the Internet without visiting in person. Because of these many conveniences, the number of people visiting markets is decreasing. But, it is only because of these conveniences that the number of people visiting markets has decreased. From the opinions of some people who prefer marts to traditional markets, they found that their perception of traditional markets was not very good. For example, traditional markets were perceived as a more messy and inconvenient place than a mart. Thus, we could see that not only technological developments have changed in an increasingly convenient society, but also in the part of people’s perception.
However, many people are making a lot of efforts to revive traditional markets. For example, we put a lot of effort into revitalizing traditional markets in various ways by putting them on the courses of Daegu’s Modern Alley Tour to revive it as the tourist attraction or by installing food trucks in the traditional markets that were not available at night. In addition, in order to focus on the revitalization of traditional markets, Daegu has established a foundation called the Daegu Traditional Market Service Agency to implement various events and systems. The foundation works to help install CCTV and firefighting equipment, signs and road repairs in the aging markets, and create jobs through nurturing and supporting young merchants. In addition, the Korean government is enforcing a law called “regular holidays for supermarkets,” which doesn’t allow supermarkets to open on designated holidays. The traditional markets are also trying to attract people in various ways. In the case of the Seonam market, events are held on the first Wednesday of every month to encourage children and young people to visit, such as “Smile day”, “Chimac day”, etc. Also, the Sinpyeong-ri market has become clean and tidy due to its modernization project. Many markets, including Sinmae Market and Pyeonghwa market, are attracting people with their own characteristics. The city hall of Daegu and each district office are striving to revitalize the traditional market as one of the measures to boost the local economy. It is obvious that many organizations are making such multifaceted efforts to boost Daegu’s traditional market. However, having more people actually visit there and buying goods can be the most fundamental method. Policies such as regular holidays at supermarkets are not appropriate solutions in an era of increasing Internet shopping, and events and night markets in the market can only be successful when many people visit them. When we visited a traditional market, we saw merchants and residents exchanging greetings and children looking wonderfully at the old snack store. Through this, we could see the vitality of living life in a boisterous neighborhood. Revitalization of traditional markets can be a way to revive the local economy, but it may also be a way to revive the few traditional cultures that remain in the era of rapidly becoming unmanned and seeking convenience. To keep this, individual citizens should make an effort, not just the local government. It is true that young people no longer visit traditional markets with the development of Internet shopping.