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Namdaemun Market, Seoul

(3.5/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I was expecting the merchants to be out front trying to entice me to come into their store and take a look around. I walked up and down the main street of the market (early evening) and not a single v...  more »
  • Traders were a bit hit but overall a fun market. Myeong-dong and finding a lot of foreign tourists because of its proximity. Cutlass is also famous the alley and Pearl House, the youngest of the sushi restaurant, the Gangwon Korean pojinhae like home because it is a gastronomic trip.
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  • I personally did not find this place to be worth visiting. Perhaps for a first timer yes, but I wouldn't visit again. There is not much food. There is supposed to be a noodle Street but I did not try ...  more »
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  • its very famous place for shopping. and watching korean market. nowadays its changed for foreigner. so i dont want to recommend there but if you like to try different with normal why dont you go some small and local restaurant in namdaemoon "갈치조림" - its one of korean seafood. use cutlass with some source. if you like korean food i think its so happy time.
  • It's somewhat kitschy due to all of the tourists going through, but if you like exploring it's a great place. Unique items can be found in basements here and there, the grey market (I won't say black market because I'm not sure the imports are illegal) has odd foodstuff from different places, the Levi's might be illegal (I'm not sure) but I can't tell the difference if they are, and the flower market is always colorful and aromatic. At night the food stalls are a great place to grab a bite.
  • Lots of things to see. If you are looking for prescription eyeglasses, this is the place. They can get you a pair done in 30min.
  • Crowded, people yelling, souvenirs, knick-knacks, bizarre collection of smells, all in all a great outdoor market in Asia. Great row of camera shops on the outside.
  • I'm not really fond of the market mostly because the shop here mostly sells fake brand stuffs or cheap looking clothes. But the food, ah I sample some and they were fantastic. I don't know their names but there's one stall at the corner of an intersectio that sells delicious fried things. At the end of the street slightly to the left, there is another stall that sells I don't know what but there was a long queue. Must be something good but I didn't have time to join the line. Next time.