Namdaemun Market

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This is the city's largest market. Almost everything is available for sale including clothing, souvenirs, purses, and food supplies. Many stalls are open into the wee hours of the morning.
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Neighbourhood: Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighbourhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighbourhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighbourhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
How to get there
  • Hoehyeon • 3 min walk
  • Euljiro 1-ga • 10 min walk
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May 2022 • Solo
I am not one for markets. I came as it is apparently one of the largest and that it certainly was! We got lost. Local junk. There was nothing good apart from the odd boutique jewellery store. Nice to see the locals and absorb the atmosphere. Some parts were not that clean.
Written 30 May 2022
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Gigi C
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Apr 2022 • Couples
Fun place to walk around and shop. Dedicated sections for clothing, baby goods, luggage, camera shops etc. I came for the kalguksu bibimbap alley and the grill fish alley. There are red angels ( tourist ambassadors in red uniform) standing at major intersections for questions. Great place to get a flavor of local culture.
Written 14 May 2022
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AuthurTommy
Seoul, South Korea15 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
It's not so easy to track if it's first time.
Little unmanagement, crowded and messy. However for experience Korean market is okay than really shopping.
Written 31 August 2020
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rememr
Singapore, Singapore851 contributions
Feb 2020
Went here mainly to buy dried food such as the famous freeze dried strawberries and cuttlefish from Seoul Sanghwae. The market also sells various trinkets such as jewelries. Myeongdong is also a walk away.
Written 10 August 2020
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DanN1969
Vissenbjerg, Denmark192 contributions
Feb 2020
I could spend days browsing through Seoul's famous Namdaemun Market, because they have everything, and it's Korean style. All from souvenirs, through food, snacks and beverages to wholesale. And all the way through, you meet smiling people. If you don't have days to spend there, at least give it a try of a few hours, it's worth it. And one more thing; It's clean, nice and clean and nice.
Don't miss it if you're in Seoul.
Written 5 March 2020
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Janet1016
Ottawa, Canada945 contributions
Jan 2020
My husband, son and I visited Seoul, South Korea for the very first time the end of January. Our Hotel, the Tmark Grand Hotel, was within walking distance of the Namdaemun Market and we visited it numerous times over the course of the week we were there.

I'm not a big shopper but I am a foodie and we ate in a couple of restaurants in the Market as well as sampling some of the street foods and I also purchased some Honey Butter Almonds, which are a very popular foodie souvenir to buy when in South Korea, at a lower price than if you go to an actual shop that specializes in them (of which there are MANY). :)

I love Night Markets. Coming from Canada I can't get enough of them when I visit Asia. Everything looks so FOREIGN! LOL! I saw all manner of fresh fruits for sale, spices, clothing, foodie treats, and much, much more.

The Market, which is the largest traditional Market in South Korea, has over 10,000 vendors, retailers and wholesalers. It is a dense maze of stalls and restaurants. One night while we were looking for a spot to get some dinner we came out of a back alley to be faced with a stunning Old City Gate right across the street which turned out to be Sungnyemun Gate, South Korea's #1 National Treasure. You honestly never know what is going to be around the next corner.

Merchants have been selling items near this location since 1414 AD!!!!! There is an information booth with people in it that do speak some English which is super helpful. They also have free maps so you can orient yourself. We went to the Information booth one evening for a restaurant recommendation and were pleased.

Just go wander.....it's uber fun!
Written 27 February 2020
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,462 contributions
Jan 2020
Dear colleague travelers, here I leave you a review for the one and only market worthy of a visit in Seoul: The Namdaemun Market. Filled with excitement, strange and curious things, lots of interesting street food, raw food ingredients, music, clothing, souvenirs and its booming with people.

Still the rule of South Koreans is not to understand a word of English; but in this market like everywhere in South Korea; be ready for price rise as soon as they see you coming and being a non-Korean. Speculation is in the air.

Most of the things you'll be able to buy when it comes to clothing and souvenirs; is cheap worthless Chinese crap. But concentrate on the raw products and on the street food. At least prices are exposed and the prices are the same for foreigners and locals alike.

Just walk around (watch your pockets) as there are some suspicious persons in the area. Don't spend much (you will be tempted) but remember most of the souvenirs globally are cheap Chinese products that you'll end up throwing away.

In Korea you need to concentrate on walking a lot as there is plenty to walk, take fresh air, don't spend on garbage, have some curious food and the points of Interest are to be museums, palaces and all related to this activities. (museums and monuments, places, etc are really cheap). This is my advise.

We recommend this market as the ONLY one worth. The rest is just copy and paste.
Written 1 February 2020
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Thetravelsaint
Cape Town Central, South Africa29 contributions
Jun 2019
Must visit. Nice and busy market. Get yourself a signature stamp, facial masks, sock (and more socks) and stuff. Good food on the go as well plus a beer to keep your sanity. Sops inside and outside. Highly recommended.
Written 27 January 2020
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Talitha M
Arnhem, The Netherlands1,949 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Mostly shops and a lot are the same. Lots of clothes, socks, bags, etc. Some streetfood. Try the dumplings!
Written 20 January 2020
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Patrick S
Sydney, Australia54 contributions
Nov 2019
This is a huge market running over several streets. keep your bearings as you can easily get confused and lost. It is a good place to look for clothing and diverse goods at low price. Can get some good souvenirs as well. A very interesting place to visit. It is walking distance to Namsan Park. So both can be visited in a day trip.
Written 11 January 2020
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