Namdaemun (Nom-day-moon) Market is the oldest and largest traditional market in Seoul. It dates back to 1414, and is adjacent to the main southern gate to the old city. If you want to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of a place both local and tourist, this is the place to go!

The narrow alleys are not accessible by car, and goods are transported in and out by motorcycle and hand-drawn carts. The market occupies many city blocks, maybe eight by eight, both above and below ground. Tables are piled high with everything you can imagine. Retailers from other cities come here to by clothing (and other items) to resell in their own stores.

A virtual assault to your senses, entering the market, you feel your fingers are on the absolute pulse of humanity. I know that sounds trite, but I can’t help it! The noise, smells, energy—all crammed together—all fabulous! Movies do not do this kind of place justice!

So of course, I loved it!

These few photos I selected are only the tip of the iceberg. To get a real sense of the place, google “Images for Namdaemun Market” and enjoy!