Opened in 1964, the Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with various goods in store. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as a wholesale markets.
Most of the goods are made directly by the storeowners. Namdaemun Market opens from 11:00pm to 3:00am, and is crowded with retailers from all over the country. When day breaks, the site of busy Koreans bustling around the market, creates a unique scene that attracts tourists worldwide. The Namdaemun Market sells a variety of clothes, glasses, kitchenware, toys, mountain gear, fishing equipment, stationery, fine arts, accessories, hats, carpets, flowers, ginseng, and imported goods.
* Children’s / Infants’ Wear
The Children’s Wear area at the Namdaemun Market offers the best selection, as it is the largest children’s wear market in Korea with a 90% market share. Children’s items comprise of products such as t-shirts, dresses, shoes, and socks.
* Ladies’ Wear
Ladies’ Wear at the Namdaemun Market offers quality clothing with the latest designs in fashion, such as casual wear, women’s suits, clothing for the elderly, and much more. The clothes are made and sold directly from the stores.
* Imported Goods
The Namdo Import Market and the underground market known as the Doggaebi Market also have many goods in store, including furniture, clothing, medicinal drugs, liquor, infant goods, kitchenware, electronics, canned food, dried fish, and more.
Newly designed Hanboks (traditional Korean costume), blankets, and bed sheets can be purchased at great bargains.
* Kitchenware & Lacquer Ware
Kitchenware range from China used in restaurants, stainless steel ware, lacquer ware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and pottery, to imported kitchen utensils.
* Optician’s Shops
All of the opticians are gathered in one area at the Namdaemun Market. A wide selection of eyewear are sold at reasonable prices, including corrective glasses, contact lenses, and sunglasses for both children and adults. The shops are open until late at night, and also function as a wholesale market.
* Mountain, Ski, & Fishing Gear
Sporting goods stores in the area offer backpacks, mountain boots, and other various equipment for mountain climbing, skiing, and fishing at wholesale prices.
Ginseng, laver, dried squid, croakers, dried cod, octopus, peanuts, and pine nuts are all available at both retail and wholesale prices so that customers can make reasonable purchases.
How To Go There:
Hoehyeon Station (Subway LIne 4), Exit 5.
Blue Bus 103, 104, 105, 108, 51, 152, 163, 261, 262, 263, 300, 371, 401, 402, 406, 500, 501, 503, 504, 505, 604, 700, 701, 704
Green Bus 0013, 0014, 0015 (to Yongsan), 0211, 7015, 7021, 7022, 7023
Yellow Bus 01, 02