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Namdaemun Market

Myeongdong / Namdaemun
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Address: Namchang-dong | Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: 09022151006
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This is the city's largest market. Almost everything is available for sale...

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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Fun day trip for cheap shopping

I likes the market because it's spacious and HUGE. Products are generally good quality. We went after lunch so didn't try any of the food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I likes the market because it's spacious and HUGE. Products are generally good quality. We went after lunch so didn't try any of the food.

1 Thank Kaa0000
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I bought a jacket which is 10,000 won here. And food here also cheap . If u want to buy bag , jacket , souvenir, blanket etc here is cheap . U can see at here a lot old ppl , ppl selling thing also is aunts n uncle . They are friendly and nice . I bought a lot... More 

1 Thank eiliyahtan
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Being from Asia myself, this market did not appeal highly for me. Street food looks good but I only got to try the hotteok. Found some nice backpacks but passed up on them. Found the same ones in Insadong for half the price.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There are good buys in this area but it is hidden so well among the vast amount of shops that one might find it too hard to shop as you will be spoilt for variety! Some of the shops are for wholesaler and esp if you don't speak Korean (like me), you probably might not know where to start. It... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed near (7 min. walk) Namdaemun market for about 4 days last year while on vacation in South Korea. We ended up going to Nandaemun every night to walk around. Every night we saw something different (we also visited once in the day and found a really good beef soup place). This is, simply put, a great place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great shopping area to spend time, You can get lucky if you are good at bargain. Don't miss the best tasting Dumpling shop around the corner, not easy to miss, since it will be crowded with people waiting online to buy dumplings.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe January is not the best time of year with minus 15 degree temperature in an open market. The stalls are numerous to say the least- row after row and street after street of stalls. As usual there is tremendous duplication but overall a shoppers paradise. The vendors seem helpful and happily are not aggressive as in some other countries.... More 

Thank Murray C
South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one of the best places to go and do some shopping of almost everything that you can imagine ... good prices!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Less glamorous than the other markets this market has loads of cheaply made and priced goids as well as your "I Heart Korea" t-shirts. At the foit of the mountain to N Seoul Tower, by a city wall gate, and near other markets. Namdaemun market is worth a walk through, but not a major stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made a mistake to first visit in the night...its more happening in the day. I stumbled on this massive and bubbling market when I was looking around for the cable car to go up N Seoul Tower. We were drawn by all the sights and smell. It's a beautiful showcase of Korea's best in one place. Had a meal at... 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.
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