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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
Line4 Hoehyeon Exit 7. Walk 400 m.

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Traveler Rating평점:4.0 (Based on 2575 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Namdaemun Market

  • Lot to see, Lot to buy and Lot to Enjoy
    A must visit place in Seoul, this market is the largest one in Seoul covering over 16 acres. There is very thing here, be it cloths, toys, stationary or street food and a best place to buy Souvenirs...
    평점:5 raghu672019-01-17
  • Casual walk
    I am totally amazed by the changes through the years at Namdaemun.. In fact Namdaemun is never my top option to visit. But I have changed my mind since after experiencing the changes which took...
    평점:5 janeX3107RD2019-01-16
  • Awesome experience
    Wholesale market for costume jewelry,clothing,perserved item and a lot more to mentioned.I even bought raw ginseng from here ,from an old couple who runs a small shop.Should try their abalone...
    평점:5 Waynie18092019-01-15
  • Lively
    Lively market. We arrived around 7pm so most clothing shops were already closed. However at the street level all the little food stalls were bursting with life so we tried some of the food, some of...
    평점:4 elinzme2019-01-14
  • Good market
    We went there a few times.it is very big and sells everything from food to fashion you can eat good cheap korean food there aswell as good street food can get very busy in the evening.you have to go...
    평점:4 donKorat2019-01-09
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