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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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  • Of the two markets I went to, Namdaemun and Gwangjang, I prefer Gwangjang. Namdaemun doesn’t have near as many food stands as Gwangjang. For me, most of what was for sale at Namdaemun is junk. I didn’...  more »
  • Lots of stuff to eat in every alley. There are so many people out there who have to eat. Great for people watching market.
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  • not a bad market to visit, basically sell lots of clothing and the street food here are cheap. clothes are quite cheap too.  more »
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  • One of the oldest traditional market in Seoul near Seoul Station. Kinda huge with several alleys so you must allot ample time and money if you're thinking of shopping especially since you can find a lot of things to purchase in this market. More frequented by locals rather than tourists which makes it more interesting. Also, the feel is very different during the day and during the night.
  • It is simply one of the most famous places in Seoul. One of the oldest (if not the oldest) Korean traditional markets, it has everything except a cat's horn as they say. Delightful place to visit for a good bite or a good bargain
  • Anything and everything is sold here. Visited on vacation and this is a great place to buy souvenirs or every day items. Also the food smells are incredible! Walking around on a winter morning to the smell of pancakes and roasted chestnuts! A must see when visiting Seoul!.
  • Excellent slice of Korean life. Probably can find anything you want in a market. Long hours opening. Day and night has different atmospheres. One of the oldest markets in Seoul. Harks back to a older, simpler time in the world.
  • One of the two major traditional local markets that trades in all sorts of merchandises and imported goods available in Seoul. (N.B. another big market in Seoul is Dong Dae Mun market) . Also, It is not only a must-go-to place to see real, lively hustle-bustle of Korean traditional markets for tourists but also a mecca for street foods and old local restaurants recognized for taste. There goes a saying that U can buy anything in Nam Dae Mun (South Palace Gate) Market, even to include tank and artillery. Go and try find rare goods for yourself!
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