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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. Add Namdaemun Market and other attractions to your Seoul trip itinerary using our Seoul travel itinerary planner.
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  • This place is the place to shop, lots of good deals and the variety of merchandise available are endless. One can find anything that you need from Korea on the street vendors and the side stores. Ther...  more »
  • We visited this market few times. So much to see, shop and buy. The market has practically everything. We loved bargaining and shopping for socks. Do not miss the delicious deep fried honey/vegetables...  more »
  • It is the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various products. Amazing vibrant place. It's where a local Korea shop and tourist purchase cheap goods. It's a great place to immerse ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • 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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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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