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Namdaemun Market

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
As featured in 3 Days in Seoul and 8 other guides
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Address: 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529, South Korea
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+82 2-753-2805
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Shopping heaven

Same as myeondeong and crowded there, just here the clothes are not follow the fashion styles but here you may get many souveniers at reasonable price and you may tteobukki and... read more

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4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a very huge market and it can take up several hours walking the streets full of shops. I am heading back there the second day just becuase there is so much to do here. A must visit for anyone who likes to shop and eat.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Was shopping around Namdaemun Market, we actually found some jewellery wholesale market in Namdaemun.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Same as myeondeong and crowded there, just here the clothes are not follow the fashion styles but here you may get many souveniers at reasonable price and you may tteobukki and odeng there..good taste made by ajjuma

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It takes awhile to browse but you can find just about anything here for less than elsewhere. Many cafes and lunch places too. Parking in a lot is easy and close.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Namdaemun, go into buildings and underground to the many arcades they have. You will be overwhelmed with choices for just about everything you can imagine. Buying certain items in bulk will give you the opportunity to haggle the prices a bit... if you are only buying one item, you are limited in this department.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to Namdaemun Market three times over my past five visits to Korea, and I always love it. This past trip my husband and two teenagers joined me. There is just so much to see here and it can definitely feel overwhelming. You don't have to see it all, but just wonder around and enjoy the wide range of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably the best place to buy souvenirs. Lots of cheap clothes, all types of accessories. Decent quality stuff, not cheap and nasty. Some good food places, and street food too. Socks 1000won a pair (imitation tommy and polo as well as cartoon characters) Ladies knitted jumpers from 5000won. Hats/beanies from 3000won (Just recalling what my wife bought)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't just walk the main streets and lanes, duck into the doorways along the side and you will find a whole rabbit warren of shops. Often so closely packed that there is not room to pass someone coming the other way. We found some of our best bits on the second floor after going into one of these doorways. They... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I come here every time I visit for children's clothing and my "big size" ladies clothes. For a lady with volume with no typical "Asian" shape, look for "big size" signs. You can barter here for a better price. The shop owners act all upset and so on but they eventually come around. If you are unhappy with the price,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always love to try food from different cultures so it's not a surprise that we ended here at the market. We were able to taste bacon wrapped hot dogs, fried dough in many flavors, and more. If you're coming to explore and do a little shopping here is the place. Do haggle for better prices for souvenir pieces.

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Staying in Myeongdong / Namdaemun

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighbourhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
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