Formation of Namdaemun Market and Chilpae Market
The history of Namdaemun Market dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. Hanyang has received most of the goods from the provinces. So, the main gates where the people and goods came and went were crowded enough to from markets. Of the gates, the markets in the area of Dongdaemun and Namdaemun were the most flourishing places. Especially Namdaemun was the place where the agricultural products from Gyeonggi region and three southern provinces, cotton, linen, silk, paper, leather, etc. were concentrated.
Namdaenum Market was Chilpae Market until the Joseon Dynasty. Then, it was turned to a modern Namdaemun Market when Byung-jun Song established Joseon Agricultural Company on the Chilpae market site in 1911. With the formation of merchant alliance after the liberation in 1945, Namdaemun market got more vitalized. Even now, the wholesale and retail dealers from all over the provinces work hard without sleeping to buy the products they want.
Korean A-frame carrier in the Joseon and Gyeongseong eras used to have sustained themselves by eating a bowl of soup on the street while carrying heavy luggage. That is the beginning of food culture of Namdaemun Market which gives deep impression to the foreign tourists making them feel visit the place again. You can enjoy the food enough at the cheap price.
Namdaemun Market is one of the 2 representative markets in Korea with Dongdaemun market. With Sungnyemun Gate as its starting point, there are over 10,000 small and big shops to all direction in a tail.
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