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Namdaemun Market
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Namdaemun Market featuring a city, street scenes and markets

For all kinds of clothing and food at bargain prices, a trip to Seoul's oldest and largest traditional market is a must-visit.

The enormous Namdaemun Market is the place to go for everything from clothes, stationery and toys to delicious Korean street food. As the city’s oldest market, it’s worth paying a visit to Namdaemun even if you’re not interested in shopping – the vibrant atmosphere and authentic local flavour make a great day out and offer some fantastic photo opportunities.

The market first appeared in the 15th Century but has been operating under its current name and form since 1964. Named after the Namdaemun Great South Gate, the market is busy all day, every day, so come prepared and allow yourself two or three hours to see everything.

Namdaemun is packed with people, stalls, permanent stores, and the occasional bike or cart transporting goods throughout the streets. There are no cars allowed on the streets, but it can still get pretty hectic, so pay attention. Don’t miss the underground arcade situated to the north of the market.

Namdaemun Market is the place to practise your bargaining skills, although prepare to be patient as not all vendors speak English. Haggle for clothes, fabric and jewellery, all available at low wholesale prices.

After all that bargaining, take a break and grab a bite to eat. Namdaemun is bursting with great street food options, with dozens of stalls located throughout the market. The warm and filling mandu gook dumpling soup is delicious.

Namdaemun Market is open from Monday to Saturday, with retailers open during the day and wholesalers open from evening to early morning. To get there, catch the subway to Hoehyeon. Keep an eye on children at the market – it’s a big place and it’s easy to become separated.

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Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
3.5 out of 5
366, Hangang-daero, Youngsan Gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$77 per night from 23 Jul. to 23 Jul.
Located in Yongsan-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station Branch and Sungnyemun Gate. Namdaemun Market and Deoksugung ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,235 reviews)
"Excellent service, location, and property. Easy access to public transportation."

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Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$83 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are ...
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"ENA Suite is in a convenient location allowing us to explore Seoul. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff were great."

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2021

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The Westin Josun Seoul
The Westin Josun Seoul
5 out of 5
106, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$232 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bank of Korea Museum, Noon Square and Postal Museum of Korea. Seoul City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (946 reviews)
"The Westin Chosun is a comfortable hotel that takes guest comfort and security during COVID seriously. There are a range of restaurants in the hotel, and while the food is excellent,it is also pricey. The hotel has a great location for exploring Seoul."

Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2021

The Westin Josun Seoul
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Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
3.5 out of 5
366, Hangang-daero, Youngsan Gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$77 per night from 23 Jul. to 23 Jul.
Four Points by Sheraton Josun, Seoul Station
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$83 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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The Westin Josun Seoul
The Westin Josun Seoul
5 out of 5
106, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$232 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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Millennium Hilton Seoul
Millennium Hilton Seoul
5 out of 5
50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$206 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$274 per night from 19 Jul. to 19 Jul.
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The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$398 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun
Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Namdaemun
4.5 out of 5
9 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is NZ$127 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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Fraser Place Central Seoul
Fraser Place Central Seoul
4 out of 5
78, Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NZ$111 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
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LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is NZ$93 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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