A nearby market place from Seoul station where you can find cheap and good food, clothes, shoes, souvenirs, etc. is called Namdaemun Market.

 

 

This place would probably be not in the list of the places-to-go to if you took package tours from agencies. But if you’re an independent traveler who do all of the planning, then you’ll probably saw the Namdaemun Market in the must-see places to visit in Seoul (also known for good souvenir shopping). 

 

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Just like the typical “tiangge” in the Philippines, there are lots of things to buy here and you can also haggle the price. We also bought a lot of snacks such as biscuits, chocolates, dried seaweed, seafood, nuts, etc. 

 

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Food is also cheap here. Cheap doesn’t mean less quality. It means, more authentic! By the taste of it, it’s more likely close to a home cooked korean meal rather than a typical restaurant-made meal. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth from the authentic snacks or meals in the area.

 

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This is the first restaurant we tried during our first visit:

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(images above are from google)

 

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This place has an english menu but no food pictures! So, I just ordered what was familiar to me. I didn’t feel like being adventurous for our first meal of the day. 

 

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Unlimited kimchi & sides (that is included in any meal you order)

 

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Gimbap

 

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Fried Rice

 

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Dolsot Bibimbap

 

Now, this is the second restaurant we tried during our second visit: 

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How authentic can this possibly be? Although the bbq is not cooked with charcoals, the floor seating is the authentic part of it. It was also very warm inside compared to the winter weather outside.

 

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Our go-to meals is always Dolsot Bibimbap and Korean barbecue:

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The lady who took our orders also assisted us in cooking, prepared the bibimbap, and refill our lettuce and sides. She even wrapped up a lettuce and fed it to my Mom. Haha! She was also persistent in making me eat kimchi with my meal (while I keep on removing it while she turns around since I’m not too keen with kimchi).

 

The Namdaemun market doesn’t seem fancy but I definitely recommend going to this place and enjoy all the good treats this place has to offer. 

 


For more information and directions about this place, check out the whole article HERE