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

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 2784 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

  • Busy Typical Market
    It is a large market and had everything one might want to purchase and some that you would not want to buy. It had some atmosphere but it was still just a market. The streets serving food had more...
    Rating:3 Oldjack2019-09-21
  • Find it all
    Everything you could want from Korea is available-at this market. Hundreds of outside vendors selling food, clothes, trinkets and so much more. If you are in Seoul you must go to this market.
    Rating:5 charlied7962019-09-21
  • Birthday Trip
    We walked this market a few times while we were in Seoul. Many vendors and stores offering overwhelmingly beauty supplies, sneakers and food etc. Name it, you can find it there. We spent about an...
    Rating:4 valdaross2019-09-20
  • 🎋♨️✈️Namdaemun Market something for everyone
    🎋♨️✈️Namdaemun Market Namdaemun Market is in the vicinity of Myeongdong Market. A conventional shopping hub where one could buy from an assortment of goods ranging from food, sports wear, bags...
    Rating:4 Archanakakar2019-09-20
  • Clothes, Trinkets, Food... like a Local
    I'm always drawn to local farmer's markets and this was that, although so much more. There are fish vendors, steamed pork bun vendors (which were amazing!), clothing stalls (LOTS of clothing...
    Rating:4 mombogogo2019-09-18
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