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Namdaemun Market

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Address: Namchang-dong | Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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It seems most people will wander through here at some point, even if you don't need anything. There are friendly people ready to answer questions or give you a guide map to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you have never seen an Asian outdoor market, this is a great beginners version since it's quite safe, clean, and near multiple subway stops to prevent getting too lost. Most everything is low end in quality. They don't seem too thrilled about bartering. Definite variety of clothes, shoes, watches, purses, bags, dishes... just lots of stuff. I don't think... More 

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Buchs Zürich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

A market as many others. If you around you can have a walk around it. It's just next to the okd city gate.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It seems most people will wander through here at some point, even if you don't need anything. There are friendly people ready to answer questions or give you a guide map to the market as there are different areas for different items (women's clothes, sporting goods, kids clothes, housewares, cameras, etc). You can get some fun socks for KW1,000. Plenty... More 

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Luzon, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I just love namdaemun market, i was able to get my winter coats at the cheapest price, they are fashionable and used coats .I also love the street food were we got our lunch at very cheap prices. i love this interesting market i bought a lot.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Don't waste your time here. I walked through a big swathe of the market to get from the Namdaemun Gate to the subway station at Hoehyeon and saw nothing but stalls selling handbags, shoes, socks and random assortments of $2 shop junk. There was no atmosphere, no unique or special products on sale - just the same stuff you can... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

plenty to see and buy from Tupperware, clothes, souvenirs to awesome food. Had a great couple of hours here and it's worth a look. Check out the great south gate while you are here

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This market was easily accessible from the metro line and a short distance from the nearby Korean castle (Sungnyemun Gate). You may use the Seoul City Bus tour stop to also access this market, but ask for directions. It is a long street with shops and tables lined in front of the shops, exhibiting all sorts of things to buy.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very good collections of clothes, gifts etc. Return home like a Korean, by dressing Korean. I don't mean the traditional way, but the latest style as seen in K-pop.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If it's your first time in Seoul, by all means pay a visit to observe the 'culture'. Honestly if you're looking for shopping, you'll be disappointed. Basically, most of the stalls sell socks (yes, socks) and souvenirs. The seaweed and ginseng are extremely expensive (suggest to buy seaweed at LOTTE mart). There are no decent indoor sit-down restaurants, only outdoor... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Lots of interesting little shops targeted at locals rather than foreigners. So many streets that you'll end up walking in circles!

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Address: Namchang-dong | Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Myeongdong / Namdaemun

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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.
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