Namdaemun Market Seoul Travel Guide / December 07, 2016
Image credit: Oskar Alexanderson 7 Best Budget Shopping Places in Seoul with Yes Deals
Dating back to 1367, Namdaemun Market is Seoul’s oldest and largest traditional market. Thousands of cart vendors fill up the space everyday, offering everything from traditional medicine to camera equipment. Searching for variety? Then Namdaemun is a mandatory stop for you. Engross yourself in the energetic atmosphere, bursting with charisma and Korean flavor.
- Bargain finds for everything under the sun: It is almost impossible to leave this market empty-handed. Haggle your way through the price-tags at over 10,000 stalls, and gawk at the variety of products. Most stalls offer wholesale prices as they produce the goods themselves. Most of the time, the quality is not compromised by the low-price.
- Affordable clothing for all of your family: The market houses a multitude of retailers that offer clothing items for all age groups at very low prices. With articles starting at only 3,000 won ($2), you can find something for everyone in the family without breaking the bank. Ladies fashion is also highly abundant, with a large focus on modern trends and fashion statements.
- Street-food to complete the Korean shopping experience: Drool over the lines of food-stalls, offering delicious Korean delicacies to the hungry shoppers. Quench your thirst with fresh fruit juice (2,000 won, 1.7 dollars), or satisfy your hunger with Kalguksu (handmade noodle soup, 4,000 won, 3.4 dollars).
What are on offer: Everyday goods, toys, random finds, clothing, food, kitchenware, glasses, cosmetics, mountain, ski and fishing gear.
Opening hours: 23:00 – 17:00, closed on Sundays
Location: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
How to get there: Take Seoul subway line #4 to Hoehyeon Station and leave at exit #5.