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Traditional markets do brisk business during Lunar New Year season

Jayang Traditional Market in eastern Seoul was packed on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday. (Photo by Steven Borowiec)

SEOUL -- Jayang Traditional Market in eastern Seoul heaved with shoppers on the first day of South Korea's Lunar New Year break, as people scrambled to purchase groceries for holiday meals.

The old-fashioned, open-air market is not typically crowded like this.

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