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Namdaemun Market, Seoul

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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  • Good, centralized spot for kids clothes shopping. The very first mall got nice quality stuff but the price are not that cheap. The other malls are a lot cheaper but quality and style are not as good. Recommend to go only if you are in a tight schedule and doesn't need the best bargain.
  • Never a dull visit here, plenty of stuff to spend an entire day digging through piles of treasures and junk (depending on your perspective). Plenty of counterfeit stuff mixed in with the true to make the shopping game interesting!! Put on your bargaining "A" game, buy some street food, and have a ball walking in circles along endless rows of loot.... Thousands times more fun than spending the day at the snobbish stores in the Gagnam district, and rub elbows with the real Seoul community.
  • EXTREMELY CHEAP GOODS AND FOODS. Get pairs of socks at
  • One of the many traditional markets in Seoul. We came here to visit the Alpha stationary shop, which is reputedly the largest stationary shop in Seoul. The market also encloses several rows of fish stew restaurants that specializes is belt fish and black cod. Reasonably priced, delicious!
  • This is the place to come for very affordable shopping yet good quality. There is many stores here and also buildings that is entirely catered for jewelry, women fashion, accessories etc. So walk around and check out the prices first is recommended. Also bargaining is acceptable here, in fact it is a must.

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