Shopping in Namdaemun

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Shopping in Namdaemun

Post  Daphne and Co on Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:18 am

Namdaemun market is the largest and best traditional market in Korea where you can be enlightened of the economic trend in Seoul. To Seoulites, the market is the place where they can work out the consumer prices. It is known as the must-see shopping and sightseeing course for visitors to Seoul. For foreign travelers who visit Namdaemun market, we provide the domestic sightseeing information as well as free interpretation service in English and Japanese
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Post  Daphne and Co on Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:35 am

Named for its nearby namesake of Namdaemun (Great South Gate) and located near the downtown area, one of Korea's largest wholesale markets covers over 10 acres. It is filled with over 1,000 shops, stalls, retailers, street vendors, and has several department stores nearby. Here you can find clothes, shoes, fabrics, tableware, flowers, vegetables, ginseng products, toys, and watches. Under Namdaemun-no (the main street to the north of the market) is an extensive underground arcade.

Although many of Namdaemun's shops are within the buildings that make up the area, the most colorful aspect of the market is the group of street vendors that setup in the alleys and walkways between the buildings. Wholesalers operate from midnight to 6:00 a.m., and retailers are open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although most retailers close their stores on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, many street vendors operate stalls in the alleys.

Due to its location near downtown and the convenient bus service to and from Itaewon, many foreigners visit here. Most of the vendors can speak a few words of English or Japanese, but you will generally need an interpreter for any intense bargaining. Because many shops are willing to take non-Korean currency, there is also a thriving black market for money exchanging, with rates generally a little better than those of banks. Should you decide to exchange money this way, take great care not to get ripped off.

Hours: Closed - Every Sunday

Directions: Subway line 4, Hoehyeon Station

Nearby is Namdaemun (Great South Gate). Also within walking distance are Seoul Station, Deoksu Palace, and City Hall.
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