Namdaemun Market

04529  21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  

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Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores that line the streets around Namdaemun (Gate), the main southern gate of the old city wall. Namdaemun Market first started under the reign of King Taejong (1367 – 1422, the third Joseon king) during the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910), when the government built shops around Namdaemun and rented out the shops to traders. It boasts one of the largest distribution structures in Korea, providing local products, daily living essentials, food products, medical supplies and more to retailers and consumers across the country. 

Due to the wholesale nature of the market, shoppers can comparison shop for the lowest prices on all sorts of goods. Namdaemun Market is also packed with interesting things to see and eat, making it a popular destination for both locals and international visitors alike. So whether you’re looking for traditional oriental medicine or imported drugs, traditional Korean food or imported snacks, hanbok attire or a Halloween costume, Namdaemun Market is the place to go. 

Namdaemun Market is renowned for its vast size and the variety of goods it offers. With the exception of construction materials, the market sells nearly every item under the sun including clothing, food, living essentials, etc. So it comes as no surprise that Namdaemun Market is always bustling day and night. Retailers from all over the nation flock to the market at night and local consumers flock to the market during the day. Many tourists come during the day as well to experience the charm of a traditional Korean market. The market's success is largely due to its independent distribution system. Although the shops are small, most of them produce the goods they offer themselves, allowing for customers to purchase goods directly from the manufacturers at wholesale prices.


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04529  21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
Hoehyeon Station (subway line 4) exit 7

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 2735 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

  • Eat...
    I love this Energetic Market so much. There is lot of popular street food shop in local. Mandu , Kal-guksu, Hotteok...Fresh fruit Juice.
    Rating:5 Kumi N2019-07-15
  • Huge market
    Huge market south of Sungnyemum Gate. Visited on Sunday afternoon. Appeared less vibrant than Myeongdong (I had visited Saturday afternoon), and didn't have the food stalls. But prices were...
    Rating:3 H3565SVscottw2019-07-14
  • Must visit in Seoul
    A leisurely 15 mins walk from Myeongdong. Love the street food available. A great place for sight, smell and taste. Ate traditional korean bbq. It was fantastic and very reasonably priced. There's a...
    Rating:5 jwidjj2019-07-07
  • Go in the morning
    Great place to shop for souvenirs. Go in the morning because it’s quite happening. Buy souvenirs here as it is quite cheap compare to other places.
    Rating:5 933fatihahn2019-07-05
  • Inexpensive and good traditional street food
    This open-air market is the perfect place to go and try a large variety of Korean food. Very cheap and good. Definitely suggested.
    Rating:4 Anto1981342019-07-03
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