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Welcome to the Namdaemun Market, the oldest continually running shopping area in South Korea.
Since its inception in the 1400s, Namdaemun Market has been a hot spot for bargain hunters. Take a tour of Namdaemun Market to get an idea of what sort of merchandise you can expect. It’s easy to reach—just a 10-minute walk from Seoul Metropolitan Station—and it sprawls across 10 acres. Many of the shops are factory outlets, and they are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market itself is the perfect place to mingle with tourists and the local populace, as it attracts both visitors and residents.
Sightseeing in Namdaemun Market can take hours, if not days, so it helps to know what you’re looking for when you go in. The market is broken down into several sections, including the Women’s Clothing Shopping Mall and the Import Goods Mall. Alternatively, you can meander through the shops and colorful stalls for hours until something catches your fancy. Whether you’re looking for fine stationary, eyewear, imported goods, or traditional Korean foodstuffs like dried squid or octopus, you’re bound to find it here. Namdaemun Market’s location in the heart of Seoul makes it easy to reach from all over the city. It’s a perfect place to spend time by yourself, with your family, or on a date.
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