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Namdaemun Market

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Namdaemun Market

2,892 Reviews
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21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529 South Korea
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Korean Cooking Class with Full-Course Meal & Local Market Tour
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Korean Cooking Class with Full-Course Meal & Local Market Tour

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Immerse yourself in Korean culture and enjoy an authentic home-cooking experience with a local chef at her home. Enjoy a guided visit to the local market to purchase fresh ingredients, sample tasty street food snacks, and learn about typical herbs and spices. Then, get hands-on as you create a selection of popular Korean dishes and master traditional cooking techniques. Finally sit down to enjoy a ‘Hanjeongsik’ dinner including your homemade dishes, along with additional side dishes and dessert.
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AuthurTommy wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
It's not so easy to track if it's first time. Little unmanagement, crowded and messy. However for experience Korean market is okay than really shopping.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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rememr wrote a review Aug 2020
Singapore, Singapore727 contributions191 helpful votes
Went here mainly to buy dried food such as the famous freeze dried strawberries and cuttlefish from Seoul Sanghwae. The market also sells various trinkets such as jewelries. Myeongdong is also a walk away.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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DanN1969 wrote a review Mar 2020
Vissenbjerg, Denmark161 contributions50 helpful votes
I could spend days browsing through Seoul's famous Namdaemun Market, because they have everything, and it's Korean style. All from souvenirs, through food, snacks and beverages to wholesale. And all the way through, you meet smiling people. If you don't have days to spend there, at least give it a try of a few hours, it's worth it. And one more thing; It's clean, nice and clean and nice. Don't miss it if you're in Seoul.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Janet1016 wrote a review Feb 2020
Ottawa, Canada906 contributions96 helpful votes
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My husband, son and I visited Seoul, South Korea for the very first time the end of January. Our Hotel, the Tmark Grand Hotel, was within walking distance of the Namdaemun Market and we visited it numerous times over the course of the week we were there. I'm not a big shopper but I am a foodie and we ate in a couple of restaurants in the Market as well as sampling some of the street foods and I also purchased some Honey Butter Almonds, which are a very popular foodie souvenir to buy when in South Korea, at a lower price than if you go to an actual shop that specializes in them (of which there are MANY). :) I love Night Markets. Coming from Canada I can't get enough of them when I visit Asia. Everything looks so FOREIGN! LOL! I saw all manner of fresh fruits for sale, spices, clothing, foodie treats, and much, much more. The Market, which is the largest traditional Market in South Korea, has over 10,000 vendors, retailers and wholesalers. It is a dense maze of stalls and restaurants. One night while we were looking for a spot to get some dinner we came out of a back alley to be faced with a stunning Old City Gate right across the street which turned out to be Sungnyemun Gate, South Korea's #1 National Treasure. You honestly never know what is going to be around the next corner. Merchants have been selling items near this location since 1414 AD!!!!! There is an information booth with people in it that do speak some English which is super helpful. They also have free maps so you can orient yourself. We went to the Information booth one evening for a restaurant recommendation and were pleased. Just go wander.....it's uber fun!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Culinary-Consultants wrote a review Feb 2020
Ferrara, Italy3,448 contributions587 helpful votes
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Dear colleague travelers, here I leave you a review for the one and only market worthy of a visit in Seoul: The Namdaemun Market. Filled with excitement, strange and curious things, lots of interesting street food, raw food ingredients, music, clothing, souvenirs and its booming with people. Still the rule of South Koreans is not to understand a word of English; but in this market like everywhere in South Korea; be ready for price rise as soon as they see you coming and being a non-Korean. Speculation is in the air. Most of the things you'll be able to buy when it comes to clothing and souvenirs; is cheap worthless Chinese crap. But concentrate on the raw products and on the street food. At least prices are exposed and the prices are the same for foreigners and locals alike. Just walk around (watch your pockets) as there are some suspicious persons in the area. Don't spend much (you will be tempted) but remember most of the souvenirs globally are cheap Chinese products that you'll end up throwing away. In Korea you need to concentrate on walking a lot as there is plenty to walk, take fresh air, don't spend on garbage, have some curious food and the points of Interest are to be museums, palaces and all related to this activities. (museums and monuments, places, etc are really cheap). This is my advise. We recommend this market as the ONLY one worth. The rest is just copy and paste.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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