Namdaemun market is the largest market in Seoul, so of course I had to check it out!
There were all sorts of things to buy from clothes to cosmetics to souvenirs. Also, there were plenty of food stalls and restaurants. For lunch, I was happy to find a shop that sold japchae (glass noodles with vegetables). It is one of my favorite Korean dishes.
I also got to try some red bean filled buns which were very delicious! Korean markets are an incredible place to go if you are looking for cheap yet filling foods.
Another exciting food-related spot was stall selling dragon’s beard candy, as it is a traditional Asian candy that I have never actually tried before. It is spun sugar, somewhat like cotton candy, but with a different sort of consistency. Also the inside is typically filled with either powdered fruit or nuts. We got peanut flavored candy and it was quite good, although I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so chewy.
Compared to Gwangjang market, Namdaemun is incredibly large. I personally prefer Gwangjang because it was a bit easier to navigate. It is easy to get lost in Namdaemun with all the twisting paths and streets of the market. Although this means that you will be able to find nearly anything in Namdaemun for a pretty decent price! It is definitely worth checking out many types of markets in Seoul to see what you like 🙂