A must visit in South Korea
A place where you can get lots of local products and nice products!
Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the "Great South Gate," which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.
Hence without a doubt, a visit to there is a must!
After a bit of walk and subway ride, finally we are here!
Namdaemun Market dates back to 1414, during the reign of King Taejong, as a government managed marketplace. In 1608, King Seonjoset up the office of seonhyecheong in the district to manage the tributes of rice, cloth and money. A trading marketplace took its form around that time and commercial activities flourished as traders set up various shops. Trade was active in grains, fish, fruit, and miscellaneous goods.
The management of the market went over to the Japanese in 1922, but after liberation in 1945 the merchants established the Namdaemun Merchant Organization and took over management. The market, however, turned to ruins during the Korean War and succumbed to fire in 1953. The Seoul Namdaemun Market Co. Ltd. was found in 1954 to rebuild the market, but efforts fell short due to financial troubles. Endeavors for reconstruction continued in the following years, but fires swept the market again in 1968 and 1975.
The city of Seoul announced plans to renovate the market in 2007, and reconstruction and renovations are being continued in 2010.
Before we start exploring, the tummy need to be filled first XD
Then the journey begins....
Namdaemun Market is one of the oldest continually running markets in South Korea, and one of the largest retail markets in Seoul. The streets in which the market is located were built in a time when cars were not prevalent, so the market itself is not accessible by car. The main methods of transporting goods into and out of the market are by motorcycle and hand-drawn carts. It occupies many city blocks, which are blocked off from most car traffic due to the prevalence of parking congestion in the area.
Much of the market is outside, but there are also many stores which line the streets. Many retailers buy their items, particularly clothing, at wholesale prices at Namdaemun, to resell in their own stores in other cities. Namdaemun is a popular tourist attraction.
Check out all the stuff around there...
The tourist XD
the amount of merchandise of Korea Pop singers is disgusting =S
For tourist like me, you and everyone, need not worry if u're lost walking around there...
They have this ladies wearing in red with an "i" logo cap who are tourist information ladies...you can just ask them in whatever language you're comfortable with, and they will be at your assistant!
Amazing pork knuckles!
and amazing lady, with a lots of food on her head =S
So that's it!
The market can be accessed by subway or bus; the location is within a 10 minute walk from Seoul metropolitan station and is even closer to the subway Hoehyeon Station, Line 4.
Check it out if you're there!
Photos Credit to Ho Wei Zheng & Chong Juin Yu