Bank of Korea Money Museum
Built in 1912, and an outstanding example of Japanese colonial architecture, the old Bank of Korea now houses a reasonably interesting...
Sponsored by Samsung, and formerly known as the Rodin Gallery, this unusual glass pavilion was built to house castings of two monumental...
Standing alone on an island – in direct contrast to the mayhem around it – Seoul’s picturesque Great South Gate, Sungnyemun is one of...
Nanta Theatre Jung-gu
Running for over 15 years, with no end in sight, is Korea's most successful nonverbal performance – Nanta. Set in a kitchen, this...
A Myeong-dong institution since 1960, this is fast-food Korean-style: the tasty deep-fried chicken comes in various portion sizes or...
21 Namdaemun-sijang 4-gil, Jung-gu · interesting places nearby
Namdaemun Market information
You could spend all day in this swarming night-and-day market and not see it at all. The largest market in Korea, each section has hundreds of stalls, from clothing to handicrafts and accessories. Its market food, though, is the biggest highlight with dozens of stalls selling sujebi (dough and shellfish soup), homemade kalguksu noodles and bibimbap (mixed rice, meat and vegetables). Restaurant Alley has a huge range of Korean food – all with plastic replicas outside to make choosing easy.
One of the best places in Seoul for Korean souvenirs is the wholesale handicrafts market in the upper floors of Building C and D , with good discounts on the same items you'll find in Insa-dong. Also here are traditional Korean cookware and utensils, perfect for those dinner parties back home.
Different sections of the market have different opening hours – wholesalers are open all night and many shops open on Sunday.