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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Seoul
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“street food”(155 reviews)
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21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529, South Korea
Myeongdong / Namdaemun
+82 2-753-2805
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Night market style arrangement but open day and night. Can find anything is this market, but u need to bargain.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank bigtupai
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came here for glasses to be made, good price and ready in 30 mins. Lots of tourist gifs, clothes, household. Notice some of the prices are expensive, compared to underground shopping places.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went for a stroll trough seoul and I've stumbled on namdaemun market. It has great variety of food, clothing and other appearal. It's also. Cheaprr too! A plus thing is that they don't keep yelling at people(props).

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Svhuynh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food, clothing, knock offs and everything else you could think of. Fun to walk around and even with a lot of people, you'll feel safe.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LW811055
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was referred to Food Alley(a small narrow lane opposite to Bldg C) by a Korean tourist representative and happened a lady who speaks well English mentioned they have English menu. Why not? I gave it a try and chose Bibimbap and turned out to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank EanLim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very colourful place to go, lot of people, food, souvenirs, and what ever you want to find and not that expensive

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 575richardm575
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge market with loads of clothes, food, souvenieres, etc. We spent about an hour walking around window shopping and eventually bought a few things as well. Loads of knockoff brands sold, make sure to bargain! Lots of small side streets that I think are really...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Rachel Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a teacher in Korea for 6 years, some of the time I lived in Seoul, other times in the provinces. Always I would make time for Namdaemun Market. If I needed something I knew I could go there and find it. The best...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SusaninManitoba
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This street is one of the busiest streets in Seoul. You get to see a lot of clothes shops, fruit shop, candy shops and traditional sweet shops. It's worth visiting the place if you don't have other things to do.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JackPC32
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks mostly like any market anywhere in the world, with some exaptions. Nice to walk through, but dont spend more then an hour tops

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Oren M
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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
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June 28, 2019|
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Response from gimikkk |
Hi Deepak, it is usually open on Sunday, it was closed must be because there is a public holiday in Korea. If you want to visit both Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong Shopping Street, I suggest you to find a customized tour in... More
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May 24, 2019|
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Response from Todd Z | Reviewed this property |
Most of the shops I saw seemed to be closing down when I was walking through around 8pm. It is a huge place though and some shops might remain open. I never went there during my visit, but I understand the other large... More
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