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“Nice outdoor street shopping”
Review of Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Iowa City, Iowa
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“Nice outdoor street shopping”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the "Great South Gate. Great for souvenirs. Haggle but don't offend the shopkeepers

Visited June 2013
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Daegu, South Korea
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

It's one of the best place to buy clothes in the world. You can buy sleek design clothes for the people of every class at a resonable price. There are many torists attractions hereabouts. Don't miss the taste of traditional local food after shopping here.

Visited May 2013
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“The food alleys were a pleasant surprise”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Street markets in Asia don't really differ that much - bustling streets with roadside stalls selling cheap clothing, souvenirs, food, etc., but they're never out of the travel itinerary. However, Namdaemun Market isn't exactly a place to buy cheap stuff because the prices aren't exactly lower than what you can find in the wholesale markets like in Dongdaemun. Still, there are other special things that you can find here:
- You MUST EAT the Hotteok. It's a dessert pancake that has a melted brown sugar+cinnamon+honey filling. It is SO GOOD that I actually went Namdaemun the next day just so I could eat it again.
- Explore the food alleys - there're many little restaurants that serve the same foods like kimchichigae, grilled mackerel/pollack, etc, and it's interesting to see the flustered ahjummas cooking outside along the alley. We were a little indecisive about which restaurant to go to, and ended up being dragged by competing stalls side-by-side before one won over. Food was actually quite good, we enjoyed the kimchichigae and wanted more.
- If you're a fan of Running Man, you can check out the idol/souvenir shops and buy a t-shirt that comes with the velcro name-tag! I bought a KJK one for a friend and a SJH for myself =D

Visited May 2013
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“Anything you need at low price”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Mostly I go to Namdaemun to buy souvenirs and craft items. If you want hassle-free experience, Insadong has things nicely laid out, but if you want low price and more whole-sale experience, go to Namdaemun. There are a lot of shops that face the street which are easily reacheable, but those places are not the ones to go to. Make sure to go into the buildings where shops are all close together and mostly doing wholesale. But, usually the tea sets, souvenirs, and artisan items can be bought non-whole sale. Be sure to go early as they start closing in the afternoon.
If you want to get accessories, expect to buy in bulk. For clothing...do some research ahead to find which building to go into. They have a website that lists types of stores.
If you want textile or traditional clothing, I would seek out Dongdaemun market.

Visited July 2012
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“Hassle-free browsing.”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

At a loose end on a business trip to Seoul, while staying at Grand Hilton, I hopped on the free shuttle bus and was dropped right outside the market. Not sure which way to head so just walked in, and wandered around. Lots of clothes shops selling American college T-shirts etc, and a few selling more traditional local clothing, lots of leather goods, sunglasses, watches, beauty products...the list goes on. A lack of children's clothes though - was looking for a 'Gangnam Style' t-shirt for my 8 yr old but no luck. Lots of things for young daughters though - hairbands, bracelets etc. Some good food stalls - tried a sugar cane drink that was lovely , but then tried something deep fried on a stick that was pretty tasteless. Fruit on a stick also went down well. Gave the seafood sellers a miss though!

Nice not to get hassled by the market owners - just wandered around browsing. All in all, a couple of hours well spent.

Visited May 2013
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