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South Korea: The Best Markets

  • Namdaemun (Seoul): If you only shop in one market in the entire country, this is the one to visit. The oldest and largest traditional market in Korea, they say that if you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.

  • Jang-anpyeong (Seoul): The best place to find antiques, Jang-anpyeong is one of the largest specialized markets in all of Asia. If you're looking for a unique treasure, this is the place to go digging.

  • Noryangjin Seafood Market (Seoul): The city's oldest and largest fish market, if you can make it here at the crack of dawn you can see the fish auctions, while the fishermen unload their night's catch.

  • Yongsan Electronics Market (Seoul): Even if you're not a computer geek, you can appreciate the electronic mayhem in this marketplace that spans 22 buildings.

  • Hanbok Street (Daejeon, Chungcheong-do): Whether or not you're in the market for a traditional Korean outfit, check out the hundreds of stores that specialize in the national costume (a short bodice and voluminous skirt for women; a vest, an overcoat, and pants that tie at the waist and ankles for men), which is still worn for weddings and other formal occasions.

  • Yakjeon-golmok Market (Daegu): The city's biggest draw is this 350-year-old market that sells all manner of traditional oriental herbs and medicines.

  • Jagalchi Market (Busan): Korea's largest seafood market, they have everything squiggly, shiny, and fresh from the ocean.

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