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

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler Rating평점:4.0 (Based on 2619 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

  • Busy, busy, busy
    Of the two markets I went to, Namdaemun and Gwangjang, I prefer Gwangjang. Namdaemun doesn’t have near as many food stands as Gwangjang. For me, most of what was for sale at Namdaemun is junk. I...
    평점:4 ScubaDLT2019-03-17
  • day and night market
    not a bad market to visit, basically sell lots of clothing and the street food here are cheap. clothes are quite cheap too.
    평점:5 Fluffy07082019-03-12
  • Eat like a local
    Weekday night is not too crowded and going here before getting dark is also a good idea to avoid the crowd. Try the local street foods of Namdaemun.
    평점:5 jaysantosph2019-03-11
  • Hand cut noodles!
    Woke up in the early hours looking for some noodle in the area. Came across a small food area in Namdaemun Market that offers hand cut noodles. So yumm! Approx. 5000 won.
    평점:5 misskitkatt2019-03-09
  • Shopping lover
    Namdaemun is very famous for its cheap and affordable price if you want to do shopping. They sell clothes,shoes,socks and many more!
    평점:5 465steffaniec2019-03-07
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