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Namdaemun Market

Namchang-dong | Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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As featured in 3 days in Seoul
Ranked #5 of 303 shopping in Seoul
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Shopping, shopping, shopping.  This is one of the best spots to get souvenirs, not junk, but little purses, shoes, socks, umbrellas, and clothing in... more »
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Kuala Lumpur
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Namdaemun market is the place to go if you want to purchase Korean souvenirs e.g. magnets, Korean money bag, Korean snacks. Korean snacks like the famous chocolate brownie are abundant and cheaper, if buy in bulk. There's also shops selling toys, jewelry and art work materials. Prices of cosmetic is the same as Myeongdong, but here in Namdaemun, they will... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

Surely something for everyone within this close net series of streets. From fruit and veg, fish, meat. clothes to souvenirs it was a bustling hive of activity. Bought some trousers and a local wood carving. Negotiated both for a lower price which seemed quite acceptable. If you want to try clothes on to check the fit, be prepared for a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A pretty vibrant market with a lot of people, quite a bit of tourists, but def more locals around looking for some bargains, didnt really find anything that i liked but there is a lot to see and especially take photos of Nice but there are other markets around Seoul which i enjoyed more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wandering through the mazes of alleyways, amongst mainly locals, finding everything from artwork to antiques, food to foot ware, literally hundreds of storekeepers packed into one tiny shopping metropolis. A fabulous place to find the unusual gift or souvenir. One could spend hours fossicking through handbags, clothes, shoes, scarves, you name it - it was all there. Slightly easy to... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was a busy and bustling market area, and well worth the walk through. There seems to be a shop for everyone - you'll not be disappointed in the deals you'll be able to find (or the food options that are plentiful). Take your time, enjoy the experience!

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A busy and vibrant market - filled with so many variety of goods with great, tasty and reasonable local food! They sell everything which I believe forms part of their daily lives as well - clothes, umbrellas, hats, shoes, bags, underwear, toys, accessories! Definitely a place of discovery and an insight into what people eat and buy. Also visited the... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We went on a Saturday lunchtime after completing the Namsun Circuit. We only ate from the stand up stalls, not the sit down ones and most items were priced (unlike what some of the reviews have said on here). Typically items will cost either W1000 or W2000. After doing the walk it was welcome to get hot, tasty and filling... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Surprisingly, I spent about half a day in this market. There's a lot of interesting things to see, and it's probably one of the few places you get to see how the everyday people get by. I had my lunch at this small but short alleyway which seemed like every stall sold bimbimbap. This lady seemed to notice that I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Street after street of shops and stalls peddling all manner of products. Large variety of local food available. Some stalls are pricey, clearly they expect bargaining.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I went there this afternoon but there was nothing to ser.lots of restaurants so there must be some activity some time.

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