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Korenmarkt, Ghent

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Korenmarkt is a city square in the historic center of Ghent, Belgium. Located between the Leie river and St. Nicholas' Church, it is one of the city's most important and famous tourist locations. The square is surrounded with several historic buildings, which today house bars, restaurants and terraces. It is a pivotal location of the annual Gentse Feesten cultural festival.LocaleThe Korenmarkt connects Ghent's two busiest shopping streets, Veldstraat and Kortemunt, from south to north. From west to east it connects St. Michael's Bridge over the Leie river with St. Nicholas' Church. The western side gives access to the Leie waterfront, notably the Graslei.HistoryThe square's name is derived from the cereal trade which dates back to the 10th/11th century when Ghent was the center of the cereal trade in the County of Flanders. Cereal that was brought into the city via the nearby Graslei and Korenlei by the Leie river, was sold on the market place.
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  • This is the main square in Ghent which is surrounded by some historical buildings, cafes and restaurants. During the X'mas season, this is also where the X'mas Market is. Great place to visit.  more »
  • Well located and near tram station , good cafe and restaurant, it gets better in the evening . Experience it  more »
  • Hidden gem of Europe!! A not so well known place but a must visit of you in Belgium. It had some amazing architecture in a single capture from the bridge in daylight and night. The vibe around the place is just amazing young crowd chilling as it's a college town, just have a chilled beer around the canal and enjoy the view!!
  • Ghent is a beautiful city. The castle is smaller than the photos make it look, but still amazing to see. I will definitely be visiting again.

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