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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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Great Street market

A great Warren of Market stalls and arcades to wander around. So much stuff to buy. Clothes, electrical, photography, arts and crafts and FOOD!!

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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great Warren of Market stalls and arcades to wander around. So much stuff to buy. Clothes, electrical, photography, arts and crafts and FOOD!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited the Namdaemun Market twice because we found the place so fascinating. The atmosphere there is very similar to the London markets like Camden Market where a wide variety of goods are sold like clothings, jackets , shoes, toys and spectacles on the several streets which make up this market place. In addition, there are many... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is the place if you want to find a cheap souvenirs and shopping. you can find a cheaper price for souvenir for your friends and indulge yourself in finding your own sparkling brooch and jewelry.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has everything you need from souvenirs to household goods, bags, clothing, accessories and plenty of food to keep your stomach full. Prices are reasonable compared to the underground shopping but you can get better prices by going inside to the shopping malls. I find the outside stalls prey on the tourists by saying no discount or has a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Should visit once, no need to repeat. Gwangjang market is a way better option to see more local Korean food and stuff to see

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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Anything you want you can get here and more. Our hotel was close by so we went every day just to people watch. Enjoy and bring small bills.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you walk into the market through gate 2 and walk almost all the way through, just before you get to the subway entrance #5 (which will be on your left) this dumpling shop will be on your right. There will likely be a "to go" line out front. Main floor is making the dumplings- push by and go upstairs,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice area with a lot to see to buy and to eat too... I really love the spread of food around this area and all this shopping just make u crazy if you are a lady and love shopping...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to stroll through just to see everything that's offered! Best value is the street food. Our favorite was the sweet pancake - so good!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Want to experience the Korean shopping culture, then Namdaemun is a popular place to go. Prices are reasonable, the food is great and plentiful, and you can find most everything there. There is alleyway upon alleyway of shops and local vendors. Bartering is a must; however, some vendors are set with their prices so don't expect to get a "third-world"... 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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