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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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21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529, South Korea
Myeongdong / Namdaemun
+82 2-753-2805
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Reviewed today via mobile

I read about good review of Namdaemun Market. But for me, as a shopper for good value stuff, this place is not great. Yes, plenty of shops and many many choices. But it's mainly for reseller. I stopped by one of the store and wanted...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank christinecheng1
Reviewed today

I knew I wanted to spend the day at one of the famous markets, they are so fun, loud, interesting, and you get a true sense of the culture from meeting the street vendors and trying all the exotic dishes. This market in particular I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ginapacino
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is nothing you can not find in the market. It extends for blocks on end. Street vendor food is great, especially the hoteok and there is lots to buy and bargaining is part of the fun.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank lensgreenberg
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrived in the early evening on a Monday, and noted that some of the shops on the peripheral were selling produce that locals were buying. Walking along the vibrant streets in Namdaemun Market, you will see many shops selling souvenirs, clothing, etc, as well...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fire-tower
Reviewed 2 days ago

i wanted a place to buy traditional foodstuff like ginseng, mushrooms and fruit. This was a mistake. I should have gone to the one at Jegidong when I last visited 3 years ago. This one, though nearer the city, sold mainly expensive fake toys and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 1Ming
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good to come in the day as you can catch many good deals in the many stores here. Fresh food sold in the Market, stationary stores , great gift giving ideas all in this one place- a whole sale centre where you can buy almost...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank frances292015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the assorted food stalls - interest and different Korean fare. The shops offer a variety of clothing, luggage and other items, some, like tools, for locals.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ggreendd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cheaper souvenir and more choices. From keychain, mirror, pen, shirts and many more. Compare to Myeongdong Market. Can find halal Kebab within walking distance from the Namdaemun train.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank BrendaNurFatihah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Namdaemun is a market that mostly sells clothing. There are a few other types of shops sprinkled in but the majority are clothes and shoes. The quality is similar to what you can get in the underground subway shopping but prices are higher than what...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Seoul_Expat16
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place where one could buy cheaper souvenirs than elsewhere. Grab anything that is cheap here as I regret for not buying much from here

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MG1661
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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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9 August 2018|
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Response from bernardlimsh | Reviewed this property |
Yes still open, till about 8pm
11 July 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
5 June 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