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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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  • A diversified market. From clothing, bags, stationery, accessories, shoes, cameras to hiking gear. They have it. They also have restaurants and cafes that serve very good Korean food.  more »
  • Namdaemun market is leaving the subway, station exit 5. It is lined with stores in Paris, went to Seoul gratuity. Shopping there meal, surprisingly and optician. It is also one of the best price. I would ask if you know where the ushers wore red uniforms in the market, so, what you want to hear.
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  • Bought so he can always hold almonds, seaweed and come back. Or peace of mind is to pass Japan is going nowhere everytime decided so. Shops in this newly pioneered Japan language so very fun, confidence is there.
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  • I've been living in the area just for 45 days and it's crazy beautiful. Some people may find it messy and noisy but it was amazing to me as it helped me not to feel lonely in the huge Seoul. It's opened until late and from early morning you can go and find fresh fruit. The basement is full of nuts, dresses, spices and music shops, people are welcoming and easy to talk to even if you're not fluent in Korean. Plus, there is a lady selling veggies and fruit right after exit4 of the tube who has some of the best Asian Pears in town.
  • Expect to squeeze your way through people. It is very easy to get lost here so if you are not coming alone, always know where your partner(s) is. Also, don't wander too far without knowing the place because lots of shops look similar and you will get lost. Occasionally you might find a wall with a map printed on it, but I wouldn't rely on those. Be careful. Other than too many people and getting lost, there is a lot of good street food. This can be a good place to shop because they have almost everything.
  • Are you hungry? There's a variety of things to eat! Do you prefer to shop? Don't worry, Namdaemun's got you covered. Do you just want to see new and exciting things? Well, what are you waiting for - go to Namdaemun! Even if you don't want to spend any money, I highly recommend still going to experience the atmosphere of a traditional market. There are people everywhere, shop owners are shouting about the items they are selling to those who might be interested, and deliverymen are swerving in and out of the crowd.
  • Going here was part of my childhood back in the 80s. Being back here in my late 30s with my kids in tow brought back some very fond memories. It is high traffic and heavy foot traffic area. Kids will love visiting the area. Lots of shopping opportunities and food to eat. This is one of must areas in Seoul area. Don't leave Seoul without seeing NDM.
  • Vibrant place with multiple alleyways all selling something specific e.g. bedding. Had the pleasure of heading to the kalguksu (hand cut noodle) street and ate in the hustle and bustle. A one of kind experience. There are several information desks around so you can ask for a map to find what you're looking for.
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