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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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  • It's not so easy to track if it's first time. Little unmanagement, crowded and messy. However for experience Korean market is okay than really shopping.  more »
  • Went here mainly to buy dried food such as the famous freeze dried strawberries and cuttlefish from Seoul Sanghwae. The market also sells various trinkets such as jewelries. Myeongdong is also a walk....  more »
  • I could spend days browsing through Seoul's famous Namdaemun Market, because they have everything, and it's Korean style. All from souvenirs, through food, snacks and beverages to wholesale. And all.....  more »
  • This is historical market. Still very energetic.You can buy kids outfit or accessory under 10dollar. Maybe under 5dollar. And there is domestic flower market in the building. Not that big. But its fresh and cheap. They take only cash. Enjoy seoul
  • The largest traditional style market in Korea. There can be interesting shops to explore and buy from, but the restaurants in particular are great if you like fish or meat. There is also a great dumpling shop as well.
  • You will not be bored! There are tons of shops to go through and everyone is very friendly. Even if you don't speak Korean, people understand a bit of English so you won't feel lost all the time. Definitely a must to visit if you're in the area. There are a ton of food options!
  • For me the best place to shop, if youre staying nearby don't miss checking this place, you'll be surprised to find so many interesting foods and stuff to buy, and a lot cheaper. Surprisingly streets are clean and you could always haggle , most stores here are also courteous, nearby ATM if you needed cash as well for more shopping! I enjoyed my shopping spree here, and the street foods too!
  • It's possible to spend hours here, as we did last visit! Always something to see and amazing street food to snack on the way. So many different sections specialising in specific good, grouped together to help you choose the best items that you are seeking. A few cafes around if you need a caffeine break.

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