Established in 1414, Namdaemun Market is one of the oldest and largest traditional market in Korea. There are more than 10,000 stores offering a large selection of products including clothes, accessories, silverware and much more at reasonable prices. After long hours of walking around, you are sure to get hungry. Luckily, there are many restaurants and food stands where you can try a variety of traditional Korean foods. Tourists from across the world visiting Seoul make it a point to stop by and buy something from the popular Namdaemun Market.
Established in 1905, Gwangjang Market was the nation's first traditional bazaar. This permanent mart houses over 5,000 enterprises, most of which were inherited from previous generations and bustles with the lively banter of merchants and shoppers. It features numerous vendors selling ibaji food and local specialties, foreign imports, fresh produce, vintage fashion, antiques and handcrafted items. Its main attraction remains retailers of the authentic Korean dress, hanbok, whose top-quality silk and satin varieties in vibrant colors available at bargain prices, here. The clothing has a simple silhouette and is popularly worn during festivals and special occasions. The market is also a popular dining destination, with food stalls serving up a wide variety of favorite traditional Korean foods.
Enticing visitors with aromatic food stalls, clothes and other delightful goods, Sinpo International Market thrums with life and energy. Drop by to peruse the array of wares on display, or grab a bite at one of the many stalls offering delectable treats.
DongDaeMun Market used to be an enclosed structure which was built in the early 20th Century. However, this structure was later destroyed and replaced with more modern buildings. Now, the entire shopping district is referred to by the name of DongDaeMun Market. Both trendy shopping malls and traditional markets can be found in this area. Altogether, this place has more than 25 malls and around 30,000 specialty goods shops as well as 50,000 manufacturers. From food vendors to silk shops, there is something for all tastes in this market district.
Mario Outlet is a mall which is completely dedicated to fashion outlets. Having opened on a smaller scale in 2001, it is one of the first malls of its kind in this country. The place now has more than 300 fashion brands of both national and international origin. The complex also has a sky park, a play area for kids, a virtual golf complex, a food court and an event hall.
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is one of the largest in Korea. It sells produce at retail and wholesale prices, some 30-50 percent off those quoted in other markets. More than 300 tons of seafood from the southern part of Korea arrives here every day. Many small restaurants serve freshly sliced raw fish on the second floor of the market. If you do not have time to eat, order a take-out. Either way, you will be getting some of the freshest fish and seafood anywhere in Seoul. Keep in mind that the wholesale market is closed on Sundays and holidays, but the retail market is open every day.