Nam­dae­mun Mar­ket

Escape! Malaysia - - Seoul -

Lit­er­ally trans­lated to mean “south gate”, Nam­dae­mun Mar­ket is lo­cated on the main south­ern gate of the old city wall, and is Korea’s old­est tra­di­tional mar­ket, orig­i­nat­ing as early as the 14th cen­tury un­der the reign of King Tae­jong (1367 - 1422). Com­monly re­ferred to as the “even has kitchen sink mar­ket”, its mind-bog­gling plethora of small ven­dors of­fers up a cor­nu­copia of cloth­ing, fresh veg­eta­bles and flow­ers, house­hold goods, and other as­sorted knick-knacks all in one mas­sive con­gre­ga­tion. Many tourists and whole­sale re­tail­ers alike seek out this mar­ket for its hus­tle and bus­tle – es­pe­cially at night, when the soul of Seoul comes alive and the city thrives with pop-up tent-andtable eater­ies hawk­ing lo­cal snacks and street food.

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