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Namdaemun Market
Seoul and surrounding
Culture, Traditions, Folklore,  Gourmet,  Markets
Culture, Traditions, Folklore, 

Namdaemun is one of the best-known markets in Seoul and South Korea. It is a perfect place to find many original goods, bargain with vendors and purchase plenty of souvenirs. Moreover, you can learn national traditions, watch street art performances and try delicious street food.

Historians believe that Namdaemun was founded at the beginning of the 15th century during the reign of Taejong, the third king of the Joseon dynasty. At first, the market offered rice straw, bamboo, grain, fish, salt and other food and agricultural products. In two centuries, the area and range of the market expanded. In addition to essential goods, ceramics, furniture, fabrics and other good appeared there. Over the centuries, Namdaemun has been actively changing and developing to become one of the most dynamic trading platforms in the country and the world.

The market streets are always overcrowded with sellers and customers whether it is morning, daytime, evening or even night. A round-the-clock work schedule, low prices and a variety of goods attract both locals and tourists with a tight timetable where there is no time for shopping at all. Looking for cheap and high-quality clothes, footwear, cosmetics and accessories? Here you are! Want to bring home some unique traditional products? Not a problem! Looking for inexpensive appliances and electronics? You are welcome! Uncommon spices and medicine, original pieces of art, inimitable porcelain and glass articles, skillful handicrafts… It is not just a market, but a paradise for shopaholics!

Even if you do not fancy shopping, Namdaemun will be a great site to experience local traditions and customs. Folk costumes and jewelry, antiques, solidified lava decor, picturesque fans, festive paper lanterns are the things you can find on the shelves. It is like an open-air museum of history and culture, isn’t it?

Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil

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