From sport shoes to traditional cookware, hipster fashions to metal chopsticks, Seoul’s markets have it all at bargain prices. Located by the recently restored Great South Gate—once the southern entry to the old city—the Namdaemun Market is the largest in Seoul and hums seemingly all day and night with activity in its hundreds of stalls. In addition to the mix of housewares, necessities, and souvenirs (including an extensive handicraft section), the market is a great place to try authentic Korean streets food; along with staple bibimbap, savor dishes like fresh kalgusku noodles and sujebi (a dough and shellfish soup) in the booths of Restaurant Alley. Once you’ve found your favorites, head to the market’s kitchen section to pick up dishes and utensils for your dinner parties back home.
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