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Adventures in East Asia

Namdaemun Market for Ginseng and other products

Namdaemun Market is a large day and night market reachable via Hoehyeon metro station on Line 4, but its nowhere near as big as Dongdaemun Market.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Market-Gate

Things sold at Namdaemun were similar in style to Dongdaemun, particularly with fashion, though the place also sold lots of ginseng, dried seaweed, some gadgets and alot of spectacles! Several stores on one street had touts outside attempting to draw passerbys in.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Market-View

Nam-Dae-Mun-Mixed-Stall

In typical East-Asian style, some shops packed all their products into the front.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Shop

Some road works seemed to be going on in the area.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Roadworks-Shop

Food was plentiful with all kinds of fruit, seafood, fried food and pig parts on offer!

Nam-Dae-Mun-Linh-Fruit

Nam-Dae-Mun-Seafood-Eaters

Nam-Dae-Mun-Fried

Nam-Dae-Mun-Pig-Parts-Vendor

Nam-Dae-Mun-Diners

Loving the use of English, we had high expectations for the "Common Plaza".

Nam-Dae-Mun-Common-Plaza-Sign

But this did turn out to be rather... common.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Common-Plaza-View

One booth sold Korean Pop photos, cards and posters. Funnily, I thought we would have seen alot more of these, but we didn't.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Korean-Idol-Stall

Nam-Dae-Mun-Wheelchair

A couple of guys made themselves comfortable at the side of the road.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Checkers-Players

We also popped into the Mesa Family Fashion Mall and found this to be like the Dongdaemun malls. We saw this woman deliver someone's dinner on a tray on top of her head. She came from one of Mesa's upper floor food courts to deliver to a street vendor outside.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Head-Balance

We didn't visit Namdaemun Market until late afternoon and it seemed to be at a point when some stall holders had decided to pack it in for the day.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Stall-Packing

As night came, stalls were still operating. I was fascinated by this stamp booth which contained everything needed to automate the production of an ink stamp.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Stamp-Chop-Maker

This food shop stocked all kinds of dried food and displayed alot of bottles of ginseng.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Mushrooms-Ginseng

Plates of plastic food advertise this restaurant's menu.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Plastic-Food

Clothes stalls were decidedly quiet and whilst some vendors were bored...

Nam-Dae-Mun-Night-View

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.. some just made the most of the lull to catch some shut-eye.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Sleeping-Stall-Holder

More photos of Namdaemun Market on Flickr.

Nam-Dae-Mun-Diner-Alley


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