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Namdaemun Market, located in the very center of Seoul, is the biggest traditional market in Korea selling children's clothing, men & women's clothing, daily miscellaneous goods, kitchenware and local and imported products. Most shops have their own factories and make the products themselves offering both wholesale and retail prices which enable visitors to purchase various shopping items at extremely inexpensive prices. Foreign visitors to Namdaemun Market show different tastes: the Japanese are more into foods like gim (seaweed), gimchi, and ginseng, while the Chinese show interest in clothing and miscellaneous goods. On the other hand, most tourists from the West simply enjoy the ambience of the traditional market. Hours vary by store, so it's advisable to plan in advance according toa shopping list before you start actual shopping.

Without a moment to spare, this deliveryman knows all the right steps to make, meandering through the hustle and bustle to awaiting customers. In synch with the pulse of the market, it’s just another fine example of how everything blends beautifully together with supreme efficiency.
Such steady streams of intimate displays are just some of the many hallmarks to be found throughout Seoul’s market scene. Wonderfully symbolic, the richly colorful sea of parasols provide a fine way of enlightening the shopping experience and ensuring shoppers stay cool when stopping to get a better look at what catches the eye.
This eager saxophonist shares a few tunes for curious onlookers keen on taking in the traditional market experience. The gentle, airy harmonies really bring a new dynamic to the whole scene.
[ Transportation and Map ]
Seoul Subway Line 4, Hoehyeon Station Exit 5
Photographed by Greg Curley (The photos courtesy of SEOUL magazine)



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