Namdaemun Market is the oldest market in Seoul with a 600-year history.
Kitchen supplies, crafts, souvenirs, food, clothing, imported goods, and many other shops are crowded, making it one of the two major shopping areas in Seoul alongside Dongdaemun.
In addition to shopping, there are also stalls where you can eat and walk, and it is also known for enjoying Korean local food.
Namdaemun Market has a lot of shops inside the building and down the gaps of small alleys. That is over 10,000 stores!
You can buy Korean food such as ginseng, which is popular as a health food, seaweed (Korean glue), sweets, and traditional tea. Depending on the type of business or shop, some are cheaper than the market price, and local customers come here.
Most stores accept credit cards, but sometimes you need cash for street food and sale items. There are many spots where you can exchange money at Namdaemun Market, so keep that in mind.
The nearest station to Namdaemun Market is Subway Line 4 Hoehyeon Station. It is convenient to use Exit 5 of Hoehyeon Station to get to the main street where many food stalls gather.
From the popular tourist spot, Myeong-dong and the gateway to Seoul, Seoul Station, you can access it by subway line 4 at one stop. Each is about a 15-minute walk away, so it’s a good idea to walk on sunny days.
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