Namdaemun Market - Chris Backe
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A shopping market which has the cheap side of things locked up. Namdaemun Market (남 대 문, pronounced Nam-day-moon) is wi
dely visited by locals and foreigners for its good deals, and you can go shopping for literally everything under the sun.
Clothes, purses, shoes, belts, sunglasses, office supplies, souvenirs, and crafts - all this and much more is available at
Namdaemun. Located just outside the (former) Namdaemun gate, this maze of street vendors, brick-and-mortar stores, and other
sidewalk vendors offer an extremely wide variety of shopping in a fairly accessible fashion.
Warning: if you are claustrophobic, Namdaemun is NOT the place to shop! Very narrow aisles, walking ways, and the occasional
close encounter of the vehicle-kind may be too much for you to handle. Do NOT take kids unless you like pulling your hair out.
It is estimated that around 500,000 people visit this market every day!
Namdaemun has plenty to see and plenty to do - even people-watching is interesting. If you go to buy and shop, expect to
negotiate and ask prices. 이거 얼마예요? (‘ee-go, all-my-ye-yo?’) asks ‘how much is this?’; and 깎 아주세요(‘gak-ga, ju-say-yo’)
asks for a discount. Prices are fairly consistent, and you can expect some people to stay firm and not bargain.