initially, I planned to visit Dongdaemun. but I ended up in Namdaemun because Mr.Mun told me Dongdaemun’s boring. took his advice and here I was in Namdaemun. I thought that it would be like Petaling Street but it’s much more than that. instead of a whole load of imitation bags, it was almost like a wholesale market of everything. of course, since it’s a tourist spot as well they do not do everything wholesale.

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got off the bus and saw these really adorable 잉어빵 (ing-eo-bbang) which are red bean stuffed cake (?) shaped like a fish. normally they are pretty big but these are really tiny haha. I don’t really like them but if you like red bean you should give it a try since it’s a famous street snack.

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there were a whole load of vendors outside. but don’t be fooled. this is not Namdaemun yet.

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korean spectacle frames are a huge thing here still. I would say 50% of the youngsters wears glasses. not because they have poor eye sight, but for fashion as well.

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there was this long line outside this 호떡 ho-ddeok stall and I was told that it’s really famous. but I was too lazy to queue up haha.


now, THIS is Namdaemun. it’s just a small part of it.

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their variety of spices and side dishes are aplenty. all red or green usually, very tasty looking.

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why I have always said that Korea is Socks Land! you’d find a store selling cheap (and cute) socks almost everywhere. they are so cheap, you shouldn’t bring any socks from your country when you visit Korea =D. just buy them here!

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another famous thing would be pet clothing. most dog owners here dress their pups in these cute outfits but I’ve never really found it too cute. unless it’s this.


I forgot where I saw this and I saved it down because it’s so cute pfft. but some of my friends said it looks silly and would never let their dog wear anything like this pffttttt.

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this is what I’d like you to imagine how the roads of Namdaemun market are.

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with clothes everywhere hahaha. ain’t exactly cheap you can get stuff that looks better (but maybeeee of worst quality. but latest fashion at least) for the same price in Edae =S.

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legging and lingerie paradise.

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this 10 floor building is filled with cheap clothes. or like how they call it,

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that ice cream is awesome. trust me. just a little sweet but so pearingly awesome.

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when ajumma clothes are on sale…

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more food! restaurants on both sides! they serve a lot of pigs feet/hand here! certainly not cheap =/. but they looked good at least haha.

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the place isn’t as complicated as it looks! really!

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she serves green hot dogs D=.

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see, told you it isn’t that complicating. haha. this is more like what it really was like.

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picture starring… me.

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those money piggy bank are real cute hahaha.

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shop filled with imported food. mostly from Japan though.

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also, if you’re all very princessy, maybe you should not come here haha. you’d find people delivering stuff here and there and you gotta give way by squeezing at the side =D. okay just kidding.

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super expensive lemonade. I mean, it’s so easy to make pfft and it’s take away!

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making the barter for the sausages below.

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so many types. but it looks absolutely unhealthy =S.

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HUGE GINSENGS IN JARS! now I wonder how much would those cost.

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they sell vegetables too.

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every floor sells different type of stuff. like bowls, hanbok, food… etc.

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guess what are these!


silk worms. Korean people love eating these. but they smell so bad T_T. I never want to try that.

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shop selling pottery and steel products!

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the varieties of spices and beans are like the variety of indian spices pfft.

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and here you can find Gim (seaweed) in many flavours!

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the center for imported food! bought my tigerbalm and cheese here. they have everything from glister and colgate to imported protein powder to hams and everything else imported! absolutely love this place after living here for so long and all you get is just the few type of choices in food here.

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a pharmacy selling only imported goods haha.

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that whole building sells only bowls. D=.

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always very taken away with the beauty of Korean silk mattresses!

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they display what they serve here. such effort!

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at every single store. D=.

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see? I’d like to believe that they are fake but they look so real! they probably did this for the foreigners to order food easily. I tried haggling with the people here but they would only drop 2,000won from a 14,000won product =(. but most stuffs here are inexpensive compared to anywhere else so it should be alright =D.

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okay that’s all for now!

18 thoughts on “[Seoul: Namdaemun] Namdaemun Market 남대문 시장

  1. daniel says:

    i missed korea so much after reading ya korea posts~
    used to stay in the backpackers hotel which is 3 minutes walk away from myeongdong right behind hana bank~ thanks for this post ~
    enjoy ya time over there 😀


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    oh? was it cheap? =D your welcome ^^. and thanks!


  2. leili says:

    i love all your posts about korea…pls blog about trickeye museum in hongdae


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    yes! going there this friday! =D.


  3. vey says:

    Wow, brings back so many fond memories! =)
    Stayed just opposite namdaemun during my last 2 trips to korea…

    There is a 칼국수 shop in namdaemun which i absolutely love & will visit everytime i go back!! ^ ^
    and the underground market is the place I always get alot of almond nuts and macadamia nuts back to msia =)


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    o_0 is that area convenient? wheres that kalguksu! but I am not too fond of kalguksu as it’s not spicy =(. but it’s pretty good. like pan mee hahaha. yeah I saw a lot of nuts but it should be pricey! T_T.


    vey Reply:

    yeap, quite convenient. It’s called Seoul Backpackers, just few mins walk from Hoehyeon station. I will be going back there for my year end trip =)

    Well… actually very bad in direction (*paiseh), but i do remember that the kalguksu shop is just within walking distance from the namdaemun side entrance for Hoehyeon station, like maybe 3-5 min walk? Its also near a stall (or maybe shop) which sells very delicious pau (yum yum… ^ ^).
    They only sell kalguksu & naeng myeon in the shop, I dont usually like naeng myeon, but theirs is really delicious too!

    yes, the nuts are quite pricey i guess, but they are really fresh, thats why i always make sure i get some before flying back. Those really add to the weight of my luggage though @ @


  4. daniel says:

    not sure if its cheap anot. 3 ppl sharing a room, and i still have to pay rm800 plus for a week accommodation in a tight space. dunno any nicer and cheaper hotel since it was my 1st time there.
    Do post more entry on travelling, so i will can get to visit much more cool places in korea for my 2nd trip. hehe Thanks ~! 🙂


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    ahhh. I guess it’s not that cheap but more of an average price =S. okay! sure do! ^_^!


  5. shasha says:

    hyep !
    I wanna ask u if u know any mosque in there ?


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    only 1 that I know of in Itaewon.


  6. Jane says:

    Hello, I am planning to travel to Korea for my fashion blog business. May I know where is the cheapest fashion wholesale in Korea? Please and thank you. Love.


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    definitely dongdaemun’s mid night market =D.


  7. taufulou says:

    its a big place eh.. with its underground market.. easily got lost too ..

    but love their street food area there and best for girls to shop their accessories like necklace, earings in bulk. Pretty cheap as the wholesale market is there.


  8. McJunn Leigh says:

    Hi Jam,

    I read you stories and enjoyed your posts. My family will be viviting S. Korea for just 4 days this coming April. It is our first time to visit S. Korea. I don’t want to waste any precious time for this 4 days visit. I am asking your opinion or suggestion which places to visit so that we can make our etinerary. Thank you so much and continue postings!


    Jamie Liew Reply:

    here’s my recommendation. visit my Korea page for more info.


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