Namdaemun is comprised of over 10,000 stores, stalls and vendors. Here you can buy anything from fishing gear to stationery, clothes and children’s toys. Even if you’re not looking to spend, Namdaemun is a colorful place to explore and soak up Korean culture. Mingle with locals doing their shopping, taste traditional food from street stalls and pick up souvenirs to take home.
The market was named after the nearby Namdaemun (Great South Gate). It has been operating in its current form since 1964, although there’s been some form of market here since the 15th century. The market is busy at any time of the day and night, so come when you’re in the mood for a little jostling and haggling. Allow at least a couple of hours to explore the market fully.
Namdaemun is a mixture of permanent stores housed in buildings and pop-up stalls lining the streets. Its lack of vehicle access means many goods are transported by bike or cart; keep your wits about you when wandering the streets.
Getting lost is part of the fun, but be sure to visit the underground arcade beneath Namdaemun-no to the north of the market.
You can find clothing, fabric and jewellery at wholesale prices throughout the market. Bargaining with vendors is widely accepted. That said, levels of English can be quite basic, so be prepared to spend some time agreeing on a price.
Namdaemun is a great place to eat. Dozens of stalls offer cheap and simple meals like mandu gook (dumpling soup) and bindae duk (mung bean pancake).
To get to the market, take the subway to Hoehyeon. Namdaemun Market is open Monday through Saturday. Retailers are generally open during the day. Wholesalers operate from late at night through to the early morning. If you have children with you, watch them closely, as it’s easy to get lost.
In the midst of the central business district, the Lotte Hotel Seoul is one km (less than a mile) from several attractions such as Kyung Bok Palace and Dong Dae Moon Gate Market.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Jung-gu), close to Sungnyemun Gate, Seoul Museum of Art, and Namdaemun Market. Also nearby are Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station Branch and Deoksugung Palace.
This hotel is located in Seoul (Jung-gu), close to Myeongdong Cathedral, Sungnyemun Gate, and Deoksugung Palace. Also nearby are Gyeongbok Palace and Dongdaemun Market.
This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Seoul, walking distance from Namdaemun Market, Sungnyemun Gate, and Postal Museum of Korea. Also nearby are Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Bank of Korea Museum.
This Seoul hotel is conveniently located about 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from the Lotte Department Store and the Korea House cultural complex. The N Seoul Tower and Deoksugung Palace are both 1 km (0.6 mi) away. Myeongdong Cathedral is within walking distance of the hotel.
Located in the heart of Seoul, this hotel is within walking distance of Namdaemun Market, Seoul City Hall, and Deoksugung Palace. Also nearby are Lotte Department Store and Seoul Finance Center.
Situated in the Dongdaemun shopping hub, this modern Seoul hotel is 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from Korea House and 1.4 km (0.8 mi) from Dongdaemun Market. N Seoul Tower is 1.6 km (1 mi) away. Convenient access to public transportation.
This guesthouse is located in Seoul (Jung-gu), close to Myeongdong Cathedral, Namsan Park, and Dongdaemun Market. Also nearby are Gyeongbok Palace and N Seoul Tower.