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This is the city's largest market. Almost everything is available for sale including clothing, souvenirs, purses, and food supplies. Many stalls are open into the wee hours of the morning.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good47%
  • Average22%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“street food”(123 reviews)
“large market”(18 reviews)
21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529, South Korea
Myeongdong / Namdaemun
+82 2-753-2805
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 12, 2014

this is the best and cheapest place to buy souvenir. lots of kinds are sold in here, such us Korean cutlery, magnets, key chain, mother of pearls, bookmarks, etc.. the price is the lowest compare to other places and you can't bargain because most the...More

22  Thank OrangeChoco7987
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed January 26, 2012

I do believe that I have been cheated. I thought food of this kind of street stall in tent (it's not a restaurant!) was very cheap and so didn't bother to ascertain the price before ordering. I alone had ordered 3 dishes totally: (1) four...More

25  Thank MissHK2009
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Reviewed yesterday

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 experience the authentic Korean market. Granted there’s a lot of tat...More

Thank Owain L
Reviewed 2 days ago

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 ranging from flowers to military equipment; and food carts. It seems to be...More

1  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 4 days ago

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 from fridge magnets, unique Korean Cutleries, and so on. But the...More

1  Thank TShahrizam
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

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 - go to Namdaemun! Even if you don't...More

1  Thank wanderingtravlr
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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 was kind of fun to find because...More

8  Thank 179stevent
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This market is packed with many locals and tourists. There is an assortment of food and drink (both restaurants and street food), fresh produce, garments and clothes and many others. There is a portion with many stores selling all sorts of cheap accessories and raw...More

Thank SummerDaysPh
Reviewed 6 days ago

we went there on our last day and regreted, wish we had more time going around the maze of shops, and locals do their shopping here too, prices are about 5% cheaper compare to Myeongdong or underground mall. good for nice bags and some local...More

Thank gevinchoo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are many kinds of food . There is a shop selling hot steaming buns ! Their original ones taste fantastic, prefer the original to kimchi one! First time trying out the pig's leg there.... not bad but tasted better ones. A place to buy...More

Thank 380sima
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice local market, perfect for shopping souvenirs to take home :) Try the dumplings and the ginger tea, those are so good!

Thank Nikoletta P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge market with various things. All the stores are in their own building. They sell hair accessories, jewellery, kids clothing, ladies clothing and many more. Took the metro and stop at seoul station, walked the seoullo walkaway towards Namdaemun market

Thank AzureenA7
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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighbourhood and
undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes
shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of
shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of
one another. The rise in popularity of Korean
cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a
must-see for visitors who come and marvel at
Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and
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August 8, 2018|
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Response from bernardlimsh | Reviewed this property |
Yes still open, till about 8pm
July 11, 2018|
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Response from Crystalism | Reviewed this property |
Going to the market looking for Halal food in Korea is very difficult as pork is part of their staple diet. I did notice that they have some vegetarian options too so that could be an option, possible to find pure vegetarian... More
Kelli S
June 4, 2018|
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Response from TravelCharger | Reviewed this property |
Seems this is more reflective from one of the websites - Wholesalers operate from midnight to 6:00 a.m., and retailers are open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although most retailers close their stores on the 1st and 3rd... More