The Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea, and attracts both locals and visitors alike. Ranging from household items to clothing, food to outdoor equipment, you can spend hours just browsing through every single store. All products are sold at affordable prices and the stores in this area also function as wholesale markets, with most goods made directly by the owners themselves. Like with most of Seoul, the market stays open overnight, giving people access at any time of the day.
*(I’m personally eyeing the kitchenware for when i get my own place because we all know how much i love cooking Korean dishes haha).
With over a century of history, the Gwangjang Market was the first permanently established market in South Korea. Tourists flock to this market for its abundance of street food, where you are enticed by the many options laid before you from the moment you set foot in the food section. The choices are aplenty; from the unending number of ahjummas beckoning you to sit at one of their open stalls, to the individual restaurants that offer something a bit more exotic.
Unbeknownst to many, it also houses silk, satin and linen bedding stores offering high-quality products at inexpensive prices.
Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu
Closed Sundays, General stores – 8.30am-6pm; restaurants – 8.30am-11pm; clothing stores – 9pm-10am
Nearest station: Jongno 5-ga station