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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 2687 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

  • Nice street food.
    Enjoyed the street food. Deep fried baby crabs especially. The shopping is not very interesting but still worth looking at. A good place to find very local food
    Rating:4 JBchina2019-05-18
  • Great
    This is a great market to visit although very very busy! It was very interesting walking around looking at all the stuff people sell!
    Rating:5 Nicnac232019-05-16
  • Bustling but nothing special
    Saw a myriad of stalls and large numbers of shoppers but was disappointed by what seemed to be quite average items being sold
    Rating:3 DavidG8972019-05-13
  • Cool Market
    It’s a great market, just be prepared to do a little digging. Found good deals on shirts, scarves, every day use kinds of items.
    Rating:4 Crystal J2019-05-11
  • Awesome!!
    I visited Namdaemun. I could feel the traditional market of Seoul. The grilled fish restaurant inside Namdaemun was delicious. I recommend it. It was nice to walk to Myeongdong after eating at...
    Rating:5 jeonsk852019-05-08
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