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Namdaemun Market

Myeongdong / Namdaemun
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Address: 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529, South Korea
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+82 2-753-2805
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

This is the city's largest market. Almost everything is available for sale...

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.

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Heaven for souvenirs

Namdaemun is heaven for souvenirs.... side by side there are selling various souvenirs... price are slightly different .. if u bargain u can have a better price... and make sure... read more

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Namdaemun is heaven for souvenirs.... side by side there are selling various souvenirs... price are slightly different .. if u bargain u can have a better price... and make sure to asked for discount.. if u are lucky u can have a huge discount... be friendly and learn hangul little bit to hugle the price....

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Not as exciting as I expected it to be. Certain items are cheap while some are not, especially if you are a tourist. Definitely need bargaining skills if u must shop here. Other than that I would give it a pass

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This market offers various types of souvenirs, such as key chains, fridge magnets, wallet, and many others. The price of the souvenirs are cheaper compared to other places. I will always come to this market whenever I visit Korea for sure.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there to sea the tradition products like Korean red Ginseng and we found it there. There lots of different shops from clothes, seaweed , Ginseng and souvenirs. There are some shopping carts also in the middle. It is good market to visit while in Seoul.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place was just about 5 minutes walk from our hotel so we went around 9-10pm. Limited stores are open and street foods were same price with Myeongdong. We came back during weekend around noon and wow this place is amazing! Cheapest souvenirs and local food. They also have restaurants that served delicious food. A must-visit place in Seoul

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Namdaemun Market is a must experience! There are dozens of street and allies with literary hundreds of shops. Cloths, shoes, belts, hats, jewelry, accessories galore, restaurants, spices, Korean food a plenty! You name it, you'll find it here!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went by The Metro to Namdaeumun Market to be confronted with Street after Street of shop sellers displaying their wares. The area was packed with tourists & locals alike - All looking for a bargain or two. Haggling over the price is one of the better reasons for going to any market. An excellent travelling bag was purchased after... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Did not know many shops and even building closes on Sundays. Fortunately, this place is near our hotel so we could go there again. Not a bad place to shop for snacks and accessories. Can plan to spend 2 hours or so there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

really worth your money shopping here... the prices were cheaper than other shopping places. you can find almost anything here. it is traditional market, and you can bargain too... hehe... i came here twice the last time i visited seoul. when i came around 9pm,there's still some shops open though many others were already close.

Thank Angela S
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There are lots of local hawkers and almost every stall are selling same food, what I like the most is the salted fried chicken only dose you 7000won for whole chicken, so delicious, abit regret only have one, cause we can't find it at other place. If you want to buy some local snack food, you will find some there.... More 

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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 Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighbourhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighbourhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
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