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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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  • Found one of the best belts here I have ever owned and Leather Hanging side bag. My only regret is I didn't buy two belts.Great Leather handcrafted at this market place. 
    Found one of the best belts here I have ever owned and Leather Hanging side bag. My only regret is I didn't buy two belts.Great Leather handcrafted at this market place.  more »
  • Came here for a night market visit, but when we arrived (~7PM), only few stalls remained opened. Fortunately, the food that we found had the good quality. So, if you would like to explore the market.....  more
    Came here for a night market visit, but when we arrived (~7PM), only few stalls remained opened. Fortunately, the food that we found had the good quality. So, if you would like to explore the market.....  more »
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  • Fun to visit for window shopping but some of the places were wholesale sellers so we couldn’t buy the accessories we wanted. There was a variety of trinkets to buy as gifts to give people and some street food along the way so a fun way to spend the afternoon. Make sure to check the time as it closes surprisingly early.
  • Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with shops selling various goods. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets. Most of the goods are made directly by the storeowners. Namdaemun Market is even open overnight, from 23:00 to 04:00, and is crowded with retailers from all over the country. When day breaks, the site of busy shoppers bustling around the market creates a unique scene that attracts tourists worldwide. Namdaemun Market sells a variety of clothes, glasses, kitchenware, toys, mountain gear, fishing equipment, stationery, fine arts, accessories, hats, carpets, flowers, ginseng, and imported goods.

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