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Namdaemun Market

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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.

[Dec. 29, 2015 21:26  Input / Dec. 03, 2014 00:00  Publish]

Details

• Address
04529  21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
• Phone
+82-2-753-2805
• Website
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• Hours of Operation
Varies from shop to shop. For more detailed information, please refer to the website.
• Important
Namdaemun Market surrounds Namdaemun (Gate), originally known as Sungnyemun (Gate), from which the market took its name. Namdaemun was the main southern gate of the old city wall during the Joseon Dynasty and was designated as National Treasure No. 1 in Korea in 1962 for being the oldest wooden structure in Seoul. Unfortunately it was severely damaged in an arson incident in 2008 and is currently undergoing restoration.

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Address 04529  21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul  
Subway Line4 Hoehyeon Exit 7. Walk 400 m.
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Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

5 2018-09-22 Greg F
One of the biggest and best
Definitely worth a visit! One of the great market's we have seen. Try not to get lost as you stroll endless stalls. Something for everyone here.
5 2018-09-19 black88art
its really good place in seoul
actually so many kinds have korean traditional things and also really cool item very get to easy when you coming korea please try there
5 2018-09-18 Sang J
Open air market to visit.
Namdaemun Market is an open air market not to far from Myong Dong in Seoul, South Korea. You can find many things from clothes to cookware and everything in between. Put your sneakers on because...
5 2018-09-18 Steve H
feel the Korean culture
been to Namdaemum Market million times and never get tired. Although it is a top tourist place, you can still feel the local culture and get some unique stuff. However, the price there is not the...
5 2018-09-17 blurred0907
Bustling in the day
Compared to dongdaemun, namdaemun market feels much more local and authentic. I went in the late morning and both locals and tourists were bustling around doing their daily chores or shopping for...