We went to Korea with a list of things we wanted to purchase. And even with the variety of things on the list, our social worker recommended Namdaemun Market as the place we’d be able to find it all. Well, apparently we wanted to do things the hard way because we didn’t make it to Namdaemun Market on that trip. (And we didn’t end up coming home with everything on the list either.) But it’s on the to-see list for our next trip.
Namdaemun Market is a traditional Korean market and is the oldest of its kind in Korea. It’s also one of the largest, with more than 1,000 vendors covering more than 10 acres. Much of the market is outdoors, but there are stores that line the street also. Be aware that the market is very busy, thus crowded, and that many of the shopkeepers may not speak English.
At Namdaemun Market you’ll find everything from clothing to housewares to toys to vegetables. Bargaining is acceptable, but you’ll have to brush up on yoru
You can learn more about hours and closures of the market here: www.lifeinkorea.com/Travel2/4