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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.

View of Dongdaemun Market
View of Dongdaemun Market
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Address
04529  21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Line4 Hoehyeon Exit 7. Walk 400 m.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler Rating4.0 (Based on 2520 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

  • Souvenirs, bedding, octopus...
    Everything you could possibly need is available in this incredible market. From army clothing to jewellery, fish to bedding. Get a map from one of the friendly guides and just follow your nose and...
    5 Owain L2018-11-17
  • Lively and Fun
    I stayed near this traditional market during a recent visit to Seoul and visited three times. Huge, the place has eight numbered gates; more than 10,000 stores in buildings and stalls; merchandise...
    5 Rumples2018-11-16
  • The best place to shop for Souvenir
    Whatever, wherever, whichever people says about buying souvenir from Korea, for me, this is THE PLACE. Without a single iota of doubt, this is the place to be to look for Korean souvenirs ranging...
    5 TShahrizam2018-11-14
  • Welcome to the oldest traditional market in Korea!
    Are you hungry? There's a variety of things to eat! Do you prefer to shop? Don't worry, Namdaemun's got you covered! Do you just want to see new and exciting things? Well, what are you waiting for...
    4 wanderingtravlr2018-11-14
  • Best noodle soup in Seoul
    This review will focus on Kalguksu Alley or “noodle alley” that is inside the Namdaemun Market. It is difficult to find. I had a local Korean friend with me and we had to ask about 4 people. It...
    5 179stevent2018-11-13
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