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Why Namdaemun Market is special ?
Namdaemun Market is a great place to go for traditional Korean cuisine. Many of the restaurants here have been around for many decades, withstanding throughout the market's long history. These long-established restaurants still receive favorable reviews to this day. Specialty dishes of the market include galchi jorim (braised scabbard fish), kalguksu (handmade chopped noodles), jokbal (braised pig’s feet), kkorigomtang (oxtail soup) and dakgomtang (chicken soup) and other local favorites. Various street vendors selling Korean snacks from carts are always popular with peckish shoppers and add to the feel of a genuine Korean traditional market. Among the snacks, yachae hotteok (vegetable pancakes with brown sugar filling) and buchimgae (vegetable pancakes) are particularly popular.
Must try dish:
Yachae hotteok: 1000 won ($1)
Rice beverage: 1000 won ($1)
How to get to Namdaemun Market?
RAILWAY : 5 minute walk toward Namdaemun after Express Train
SUBWAY : Hoihyun (Namdaemun) Station of Subway Line No.4
BLUE BUS : 130, 104, 105, 143, 149, 151, 152, 162, 163, 201, 202, 203, 261, 262, 263, 406, 500, 501, 502, 503, 504,
505, 506, 507, 604, 701, 702, 704, 708
GREEN BUS : 0013, 0014, 0015, 0211, 7011, 7013, 7017, 7021, 7022, 7023
RED BUS : 2300, 2500, 9411
AIRPORT BUS : 605-1
- Cheapest Prices in Seoul
- A place of everything
- Great market, friendly people
- A wonderful Korean experience
- Nice market with nice thing
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast YES
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Tips for you
This was a large, intense and busy market. There are shops, stalls, blankets and carts of just stuff! Everything from ginseng to children's clothing to beans to hiking gear. Definitely walk around first and ask about prices, they can vary a lot from block to block. There's definitely some room for negotiation. The press of people and amount of eye catching displays can be quite overwhelming. The only way to get through is to push. Don't be shy, if you've spent any amount of time in Korea you have been pushed enough by little old ladies to know how it's done. If you smell something terrible it's probably the cooked bugs they sell for (I would guess) a popcorn like snack. I never saw anyone buying/eating them, the odor of cooked insect was enough of an experience for me. Be sure to look up as well. A lot of shops and restaurants are not on the ground floor. This is a common theme in Seoul so wherever you are, be sure to look up.
Spicy chocolate! I always buy boxes here for myself and as pasalubong. Try their spicy soup (mandu-gook) to ward off the cold!