Namdaemun Market

Restaurant 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Published on: 13-11-2015

11:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Namdaemun Market is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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.

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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)

Sweet Potato

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



Selling points

  • 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

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1.0 day
6.40 USD
Total travel distance
Number of places
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21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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Tips for you

  • You should bring cashes because this market does not pay by Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You should save your individual materials carefully because this street is very crowded.
  • You should not exchange money in this crowded market.
  • Women's apparel are on west side of the area. Check your maps and train stations exits so you'll not get lost. Hard to rely on maps on this area.
  • Learn simple Korean like asking for price (igeo eolmayeyo = how much is this?). Most cannot understand and speak English.
  • If the seller already agreed to your asking price, buy it right away. Not nice to haggle, then you turn your back. Some shoppers are like this, and sellers are unhappy.
  • Toilet is available.
  • Do remember to try their local delights at the tented restaurants on wheels (Pojangchama). They open from evening till late at night..
  • Parking is available.


TripAdvisor View more

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.

FourSquare View more

Spicy chocolate! I always buy boxes here for myself and as pasalubong. Try their spicy soup (mandu-gook) to ward off the cold!

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