"Another Great Gate" Top 5 Page for this destination Namdaemun (Great South Gate) Tip by jburron

Namdaemun (Great South Gate), Seoul: 23 reviews and 42 photos

  The gate is a bit of an attratction, too.
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  • The gate is a bit of an attratction, too. - Seoul
      The gate is a bit of an attratction, too.
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  • On Feb 19, 2008 Namdaemun/Sungnyemun burned down. - Seoul
      On Feb 19, 2008 Namdaemun/Sungnyemun burned down.
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Nam (남) is South, Dae (대) is great, mun (문) is gate: Great South Gate. Just get there and start walking. The market is bordered by massive streets but if you walk in and out of the blocks of stalls and shops you can find some little gems.

If you get a hankering for a real LV bag just go across the street to Shinsege Department Store (near the Bank of Korea building) but better bring a high-limit credit card.

What to buy: Not as organized as Dongdaemun, this market is mostly outdoor with many, many sellers of bags/attaches/purses/luggage and about anything else one could need. Some good knock-offs here as well, but not in the shops...got to go to the more mobile sellers in the street for the best goods. For instance, LV belt (vinyl, but nice looking) 15,000 - 1,000 discount if buying 2 (see: What to Pay).

Also: TONS of clothing, some of which is fake, others are just low-priced.

What to pay: Bargain everywhere. Never pay full price, always 10%-20% should come off. Never take your wallet out until you have the price firm. Never get too excited about an item. Always show flaws or make up some option or color you would prefer (one that they cannot give, thus should give you a discount for not having it). Always buy 2 or more items...should get a 20% discount at least for that. If you get 30%-35% off consider yourself a local.

Address: Hoehyeon (Namdaemun) on Line 4.
Directions: Taxi as well would know how to get there, but subway is best...just get above ground and ask anyone where Namdaemun market is.
Theme: Discount Store
Website: http://hometownyeouido.blogspot.com/2004/11/lunchtime-near-namdaemoon.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 11, 2008
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