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Namdaemun Market: Tours & Tickets

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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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“street food”(155 reviews)
“large market”(21 reviews)
21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04529, South Korea
Myeongdong / Namdaemun
+82 2-753-2805
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Most people have said on the internet that you can shop here until the wee hours of the morning, but be warned that vendors DO pack up at 8 or 9PM and then it becomes a dead zone, I have tried going 4 times at...More

Date of experience: November 2019
2  Thank SeoulMatty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1. 40 minute wait in mid- afternoon for savory vegetable hotteok located just across from Courtyard by Marriot NDM was worth it! Greasy but oh so tasty. Likened to Chinese Scallion pancake. Nice. 2. Shop for prescription glasses or sunnies in the many spectacle shops...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here at night and couldn’t find the food alley. I walked around everywhere and couldn’t find it. Finally got internet and found it was north of the market

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank BillyK1980
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Here you can find most of Seoul famous street foods and shopping area for clothing, hats...etc, but most stores usually close earlier by 10pm.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Taywh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is worth looking at. Especially the jewelry building with hundreds of small shops. Anyways, not really a place where I would go shopping

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank christianreistrum
Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a couple of hours in Namdaemun Market. There are numerous small shops there. You can find many souvenirs and odds and ends there. Don't forget to bargain. The vendors won't be offended by this. Remember, this is not a food street. It is...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank daywang
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t be scared to explore every nook and cranny of this fascinating market. From 10am to 5am you will find many treasures, depending on the time. Also, if you want to practice your haggling skills then this is a good place to start. (Don’t haggle...More

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank GishyKahn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here during December 2018 to buy Christmas souvenirs for my nephews!! They have cute clothes----Babies to adults!! Got a couple of nice shirts for my dad, and family. It's a nice market to experience shopping and sightseeing in Korea :)!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HiSophie4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit for the food. My partner tells me the shopping was overrated and expensive. May aswell ship in the stores for better quality.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Paul4966
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting market place for varieties of Korean food and souvenirs and other stuffs too but mainly food and souvenirs.

Date of experience: October 2019
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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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28 June 2019|
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Response from gimikkk |
Hi Deepak, it is usually open on Sunday, it was closed must be because there is a public holiday in Korea. If you want to visit both Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong Shopping Street, I suggest you to find a customized tour in... More
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25 May 2019|
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Response from Todd Z | Reviewed this property |
Most of the shops I saw seemed to be closing down when I was walking through around 8pm. It is a huge place though and some shops might remain open. I never went there during my visit, but I understand the other large... More