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Namdaemun Market

Myeongdong / Namdaemun
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Address: Namchang-dong | Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: This is the city's largest market. Almost everything is available for...
This is the city's largest market. Almost everything is available for sale including clothing, souvenirs, purses, and food supplies. Many stalls are open into the wee hours of the morning.
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Good to see if you have time but it's not a must. They sell a lot of tourist things, and it was cool to shop around and try new food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Good to see if you have time but it's not a must. They sell a lot of tourist things, and it was cool to shop around and try new food.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

HUGE market and cheap items. From clothes, bags, shoes, everything almost here and are cheaper compare to Myeongdong and Dongdaemun. However, place is not clean and some sellers are rude. We experienced being pushed for just standing next to her stall (we were just checking our maps). Sorry, not really a good experience for me. But it doesn't mean everyone's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I would only recommend the Namdaemun Market area to people who genuinely likes the traditional Korean/Asian street scene. You will find the place packed full of people and street stands with vendors selling various items from clothes, bags, traditional goods to a very interesting mix of different street foods. If you are like me; use to living in a suburbia... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This market is very enjoyable. Lots of different shops, all kind of shops, if you want clothes, shoes, hats, food, etc... and being in Korean style life, go there ! Worth it !

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I usually don't enjoy too much these traditional markets. I'm not so much into buying too much souvenirs, and traditional markets are usually the place to find tourists, rather than Korea people actually shopping. However, Namdaemun still was a pleasant experience for me. First, there are actually quite a few locals going about their shopping, so it doesn't feel too... More 

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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A big place that sell textiles and range of clothing. I really fancy the seafood just outside the market because it is really cheap, fresh and tasty. Visit namdaemun market can sum up visit to other market except myeongdong. All in all, i recommend this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Lots of shops selling things ranging from simple souvenirs to clothings to food (snacks & meal) & cosmetics, etc. Along the street, there are a lot of pushcarts selling clothes and other products as well as food. The things are fairly cheap and you can bargain when purchasing certain things like clothes. I found a stall which sells fish cakes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Reputed to be the largest market in Korea. There are countless shops and street stalls lining its alleys selling clothes, bags, shoes, household items and food. The prices are reasonable and haggling for the best price, to get a great bargain would be an enthralling experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Unfortunately I cannot post a good review and also unfortunately it was one street food vendor that forced this review. Obviously not everyone in this area is a crook, so it's unfortunate, but I feel I can help others not get cheated. We decided to eat outside in a street food stall and the woman was very friendly(now I know... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Namdeamun Market offers the best deal for fair price with various ranges of selection for the shopper.If you are looking for souvenir and gift for friends and family members this is the best place to shop. Not only the price is cheaper but you also can bargain eg; we can get 3 t shirts with 10,000 won, beautiful brooches ranging... More 

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighborhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighborhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighborhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.