To experience everyday Korean life and culture, one of the best places to visit is Namdaemun Market. This market is centrally located in Seoul, walking distance from Myeong-dong, a popular shopping district. Namdaemun Market encompasses approximately 66,000 square meters and contains 10,172 stores. You will discover a plethora of authentic Korean cuisine, as well as, numerous accessories, souvenirs, toys, clothing, bedding, stationery, camera equipment, watches/jewelry, ginseng, mountain/fishing equipment, imported goods, fine arts and children's wear. This is where the real local Koreans go to eat and shop. We will jump right in with a traditional pancake snack, another appetizer and a Korean beverage. All the exceptional eating spots are buried deep within the market, and I'm going to guide you to these hidden gems. A main entree will also be provided. As we navigate, eat and shop (if you want) through the alley ways of Namdaemun Market, you will learn about its fascinating history, learn some Korean phrases, as well as, rub shoulders with the friendly ajummas (aunties) and ajusshis (uncles). It will be a fun and memorable experience.
Hello, my name is Luke and I am a local guide. I was born in Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After working in the hospitality industry for over twenty years, I returned to Korea about three years ago and I have been actively helping guests discover excellent eating spots in Seoul. I enjoy hosting visitors from all over the world and sharing the variety of delightful street foods of Namdaemun Market, Korea's oldest and one of the largest traditional markets. I have visited Namdaemun Market on countless occasions, made comparisions and filtered out the best food vendors for you.
A selection of Korean food and a drink.
We will visit the unique, often overlooked food merchants that are hidden away from the main street of Namdaemun Market. The food tour will start with two different appetizers and a Korean drink. A main entree will also be served. Along the way, you will have time to visit and explore the other merchants at Namdaemun Market. I can even help you find some good deals! Shopping tip: there are more stores open in the daytime, Monday thru Saturday.
Before your tour, please let me know if you are a vegetarian or allergic to any food ingredients.
Street Food Tour