*07 Namdaemun Market

Most Interesting Districts
Sixteen of Seoul's Most Interesting Districts

*To experience the city's ancient history, traditions, cuisine and trendy culture, a visit to these 16 areas is a good place to start.



[ Authorship-Korea Tourism Organization ]

1 Namdaemun Market

The largest market in Korea. Countless shops and street stall line its alleys, selling clothes, household items and food. As the place is famous for its reasonable prices and the generous hospitality characterizing traditional markets, almost half of foreign tourists who visit Seoul are known to stop by the market.

1-1 Sungnyemun Imported Goods Market

This is where shops selling various imported goods including kitchenware, accessories and food products are gathered.

1-2 Food Alleys

There are a lot of food alleys in Namdaemun Market, where wnag mandu (giant-size dumplings), kalguksu (noodle soup) and galchi jorim (braised cutlassfish) are especially popular.

2 Sungnyemun (gate)

This is Korea's National Treasure No.1. The wooden structure was completed in 1398. Also known as Namdaemun (Great South Gate), this gate served as the main entrance through the fortress walls of Hanyang. It was partially destroyed by fire in 2008 and restoration was completed in 2012.

3 Namsan park

Formed aroun the 262m-high Namsan Mt., it is the largest park in Seoul. Visitors can stroll through its shady forests and look around diverse attractions such as N Seoul Tower, Palgakjeong (pavillion), Botanical garden and National Theater of Korea.
Hoehyeon Station Exit no.1. - Banpo-ro - Namsan Oreumi
Namsan Oreumi - An inclined escalator that enables visitors to go halfway up the mountain conveniently.
Namsan Cablecar - 10:00-23:00

4 N Seoul Tower

Namsan Mt. is the best location from which to gaze down on the city of Seoul. N Seoul Tower is a 236.7m-high tower - the 10th highest tower in the world - built on the mountain. Visitors can be whisked up to the observatory by a high-speed elevator, visit the Teddy Bear museum or dine at the restaurant in the sky lounge that revolves 360 degrees.
Namsan yellow buses No 2/3 that circle the mountain or the Namsan Cable Car
Observatory: 10:00-23:00 (Fri, Sat: 10:00-24:00)
Restaurant: 11:00-23:00, Teddy Bear Museum: 10:00-23:00


Tips
- In Namdaemun Market, you can find anything you want, including tarditional handicrafts, cameras and eye glasses.
- Go up to Namsan Park and enjoy a spectacular view of Seoul.


< Recommendation of Accommodations nearby >

*Hotel
@. Fraserplace - www.fraserplace.co.kr
@. Millennium Hilton Hotel - www.hilton.co.kr
@. Ramada Hotel Namdaemun - www.ramadapnp.com
@. Hill House Hotel - www.hillhouse-hotel.com
@. Rex Hotel - www.hotelrex.co.kr
@. N Fourseason Hotel - www.nfourseason.com
@. Cozy Hotel - www.hotelcozy.co.kr
@. Manu Hotel - www.hotelmanu.com
@. Irene Hotel / Irene City Hotel- www.hotelirene.co.kr

*Guesthouse
Elm Tree Guesthouse - www.elmtreeguesthouse.com
Yoon/Jin Guesthouse - www.yjhostel.com
Seoul backpackers Guesthouse - www.seoulbackpackers.com
Kukje Guesthouse - www.kukjeguesthouse.com
Namdaemun Guesthouse - www.guesthouseseoul.kr