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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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Phone Number:
+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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Not a bad place to browse and shop... just not on a Sunday.

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 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 4 days ago NEW 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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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

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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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This sprawling market is huge and easy to get lost in. Sells everything from handbags and clothes to street food. Vendors were not pushy it was fairly relaxed. The prices were good so I bought lots of my souvenirs here.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to go to the market to buy stuff what you can get at home, fine. There is nothing here to get excited about, shoes bags,clothing,, same as everywhere else. .

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its not true that they give tax refund or receipts in some stores and be happy when you get a fair price. Lesson is go around before you finally purchased so not to discover higher cost in another stall. Not able to haggle even some discount as fixed prices.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

While you may go there with nothing in mind, you would still come out of that place buying something. Or perhaps eating something. This Market is better in the evening and it has a wide range of goods one can buy. Street food is also a-plenty here and great for a snack or two. One would get a flavour of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Namdaemun Market is located in a central location within Seoul. It is easily accessible via subway; alight at Hoehyeon station, exit 5. Be warned that there is no elevator or escalator, but once you walk up the flight of stairs, you are already at the entrance of the market. A good place to get Korea souvenirs, clothing and other fashion... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting night market with lots of food and of course clothes like socks and jeans, nothing you don't get elsewhere. Nice night out but you need to check the clothes you buy since they often wink out something out of the bag which was not what you chose!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

street food here is a lot cheaper (500 won for odeng compared to 2000 won at myeongdong!) and great place to get accessories at the wholesale building! good place to walk around!

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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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