50 must-visit traditional markets in Korea

50 must-visit traditional markets in Korea

Only two Seoul markets make it onto the list chosen by trade organizations
Namdaemun Market Seoul
Need some heel inserts? Hair lotion? You can find the cheapest versions of anything you are looking for at Namdaemun Market.

With all the online shopping in Korea these days, sometimes you miss some good old-fashioned haggling. That, and actually seeing what you're buying. 

The Small and Medium Business Administration and the Agency for Traditional Market Administration (ATMA) recently selected 50 must-visit traditional markets in Korea, based on criteria such as memorable food, colorful attractions and entertainment.

Surprisingly, only two on the list -- Namdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Market -- are located in Seoul.

Namdaemun Market, the oldest and largest market in Korea, dates to 1414, and simply bulges with inexpensive clothes, kitchenware, home electronics, makeup and food. 

Dongdaemun Market is more modern and is divided into five shopping districts -- A, B, C, D and a shopping town. Around 5,000 shops that specialize in fabric, clothing materials, accessories and wedding gifts are concentrated here, making Dongdaemun a mecca for fashion.

So, if you're looking for some wacky Korean souvenirs, or you're just in the mood for some good street food, view the entire list of the 50 must-visit markets in Korea by clicking here (list in Korean). 

The ATMA is offering a special tour package for those who wish to tour the neighborhoods near the markets. If you sign up for the Gangneung Central market tour, you not only get to visit the market, you also get to stop by the Daegwallyeong Sheep farm and Gyeongpo beach -- all for only ₩12,000. Sign up here

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