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Namdaemun Market, Seoul

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The biggest and oldest bazaar in the country, Namdaemun Market offers plenty of shopping and dining options appealing to both locals and visiting travelers. Wandering the bustling streets allows you to explore a market dating back to the early 15th century. Delve deep into the market's various sections to browse hundreds of stands, stalls, and shops offering everything from clothing to traditional utensils. Don't miss stopping by the food market to try classic Korean dishes, including bibimbap (a rice bowl topped with meat and vegetables), homemade noodles, and shellfish soup. Use our Seoul trip site to visit Namdaemun Market on your trip to Seoul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 6, 2017
    The Namdaemum market isnt as big as the one on Hongik University Street or Ewha University Street or Dongdaemum but it has everything you need. It is quieter than those mentioned above and have cheape...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    If you plan to visit Seoul, ensure this market is your first stop. You can get lot of local fashion attire here with cheap price compare to Myeongdong Street including children fashion. Price range st...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    In General, the market has left a favorable impression. Often, you can pay by card. Salespeople make good discounts. You can taste national dishes. Recommend to visit.
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  • June 11, 2017
    Same things are being sold over and over, but it's got tons of local street food, tourists and locals, and vendors galore. I love getting up close with the people like in these markets. It's less high end than Myeong Dong, which is just around the corner. Think crafts, t-shirts and trinkets rather than beauty products, sunglasses and designer clothes.
  • June 18, 2017
    You can find many relatively cheap things here. Bargaining is permitted. There are too many people here. There are also shops located at the basement. Varieties of local food are available. This is not a high-end place.
  • June 12, 2017
    Lots of bargains everywhere. Make sure to haggle for even better bargains. There are all kinds of merchandise. Lots of american snacks and goods. Cheaper than other places. Lots of great snack stands. If there is a long line at a food stand fall in it will be worth the wait.
  • July 8, 2017
    I didn't take pictures from the place but is very nice market, you got to be careful because not all the places sell to foreign people!! It's amazing how I'm they are organized and all the stuff.you can get for little money. The night here is amazing totally a boomer!!!!
  • April 29, 2017
    I wish I could stay longer in Seoul and explore Namdaemun market much more extensive, I honestly think you need at least 2 days to truly explore every nook and cranny of this amazing vibrant place. The sights and sounds and smell is awesome. There are lots of bargains to be had and the vendors are really nice.

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