Thursday, October 1, 2009
Namdaemun shi-jang is a large day-and-night street market located near Namdaemun (south big gate), famous for clothes, watches, cameras and handicrafts. Also on hand, perhaps because of Chuseok, is a variety of ginseng, fungus, seaweed etc, suitable for gifting.
It is a sprawling maze of very similar looking little alleys, and only the rare appearance of a coonskin cap cart, say, will tell you you've been down this sidestreet before.
Wherever Koreans are thoughtful enough to put up a sign in English (and I am grateful, truly), take the time to give it a read--for there some unintended comedy usually awaits:
Speaking of food, there's plenty of it to be had at the market (these three shots are all on the same little intersection):
In addition to the pojangmacha, or street vendors, there are at least a couple restaurant alleys. I ate lunch at a sitdown place and had galbitang, beef rib soup. Tasty.
Posted by Tuttle at 3:09 PM