From its start as a market established on a government land during the reign of King Taejong of Joseon Dynasty, Namdaemun Market has accumulated nearly 600 years of history. During its long history as the capital’s foremost market, Namdaemun Market has served as the focal point and the controller of the trade lines from all over the country. More recently, it has become a must-see spot for international visitors to Seoul as well.
One can find virtually everything in the market, from clothing to textiles, daily necessities, kitchen goods, traditional crafts, regional specialties, accessories, imports, and foodstuff, reflecting its long history and equally impressive presence in the history of Seoul. It draws nearly 300 to 400 thousand visitors every day, including both the locals and the visitors.
In addition to its central location, with major tourist sites such as Myeong-dong, Bukchang-dong Eatery Alley, Sungnyemun Gate, and Namsan Mountain located nearby, Namdaemun Market is also serviced by the Seoul Metro Line 4. The addition of a community lounge for international visitors in the market has added to its appeal as the symbol of Korean traditional market culture.
00:00–23:00 on weekends (* Opening hours may vary depending on the store.)
* Closed on Sundays
Sungnyemun Imported Goods Shopping Mall near Gate 1
Namjeong Building near Gate 8
The alley next to Gate 4
The entrance to Gate 5
Yeonsei Parking Lot, Coco Shopping Mall near Gate 7
- Seoul Drum Festival (May 27–28)
- Hangang Seoraeseom Flower Festival (canola in May and buckwheat flower in October)
- Seoul Friendship Fair 2017 (May 6–7)
- Seoul Book Festival “Let’s Play with Me, Library!” (May 13–14)