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Namdaemun Market
Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

Free admission
49-1 Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

The Basics

Namdaemun ranks among Seoul’s most popular shopping destinations. The market is often a stop on sightseeing tours of the city, but dedicated shopping tours dig deepest into the market, giving travelers local insight into how and where to find the best bargains. Foodies can treat themselves to a market tasting tour, to sample some of the best bites from among the market’s 10,000 stalls.

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Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market
Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market
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$51.29 per adult
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Our tour guide was knowledgeable and professional. She had excellent English! We had an enjoyable afternoon.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Namdaemun Market is a must-visit for shoppers, foodies, and first time visitors.

  • Mild haggling is expected, so don’t feel that you must pay the initial asking price.

  • It’s easy to get turned around in the market; join a guided tour to ensure you won’t get lost.

  • While credit cards are accepted at some stores, it’s a good idea to bring some cash in small denominations.

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How to Get There

Numerous public buses stop at Namdaemun Market, but the easiest and most convenient way to get there is by taking the Seoul subway to Hoehyeon Station (Line 4) and leaving through Exit 5.

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When to Get There

Namdaemun Market is almost always open. Most of the market activity takes place during daytime hours, though wholesalers stay open through the night. Some vendors close Sunday.

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Restaurant Alley

Although most visitors come to Namdaemun Market to shop, it’s also an excellent place to eat. Street food vendors sell a range of dishes; local favorites include dumpling soup, sujebi (shellfish soup), kalguksu noodles, bibimbap (Korean rice), and bindae duk (mung bean pancakes).

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