South Korea (Part 5)
There are many markets in Seoul of which Namdeamun and Dongdeamun are the main ones. Both markets are a must-do when visiting Seoul. My favourite is Namdeamun with the historic Namdeamun Gate nearby that was build in 1395. It was the oldest wooden structure in Seoul before it was destroyed by fire in February 2008 by a 69 year old man. A fascinating piece of history right in the middle of modern Seoul.
There is nothing that you can not buy at these markets. Clothing, food, household appliances, cosmetics, eyewear, souvenirs you name it and you will find it there. Always crowded with locals and tourists alike looking for a bargain. And bargain you must. There is a lot of “copy” material here when it comes to clothing but there are also plenty shops with the good stuff and if you are persistent in your bargaining you most definitely will walk away with a good buy. Walking through the food section of the markets you find the air filled with the aroma of boiled or steamed beondegi (silkworm) a popular snack in Korea and one that you will find at many stalls on the streets of Seoul.
The markets are also an ideal place to do some people watching. You will come across some interesting characters no doubt and bring along a camera to take some shots for you to look back to at a later time. These markets are most definitely a great day out.
to be continued…