Once upon a time, Seoul’s Namdaemun was one of the eight gates into the city. Now it’s the site of one of South Korea’s largest markets. Essentially, if a Seoulite needs something, it’s in the market somewhere. Stuff is generally grouped—women’s clothes in one area, arts and crafts in another, food in still another—so wandering is required. The market is probably the best place to buy ginseng products—the finest ginseng in the world is grown here. Go with a pocket full of won and a willingness to be in a crowd.
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