Friday, June 11, 2010

South Korea - Part 8 Namdaemum Market

Namdaemum Market is a sight to behold. Not only are there a gazillion shops that sell everything from ginseng to Korean souvenirs, there are just as many people. If I needed to go to Namdaemum Market, I tried to schedule it during the week when it wasn't quite so crowded.

Even though I had been to this market many times, I was sure there were areas I had missed.

Especially when I am in areas like this in South Korea I think of the U2 song, "Where the Streets Have No Name."

I had a few things I really wanted to get and I knew because of Rocketman's eye situation that I didn't have long so we got to it right away.

Ajumma visors!!! I never bought one when I lived there but now I wanted one.

You just can't find stuff like this back in Minnesota. Which one would I choose?

You got to watch out for the scooter guys. They usually beep at you if you don't get out of their way.

It's really like this every day.

See the ajummas in the left hand side. They can spot a bargain a mile away. Just follow them.

I saw this tiny scarf shop and I thought it had the coolest scarves.

I want this one. The owner was inside talking to a ajumma and wasn't in any hurry to make a sale. I had to wait forever but it was worth it. I love my scarf. I paid 10,000 WON (9.00US).

Rocketman was getting tired and dizzy so it was time to say goodbye to Namdaemum Market. I knew I would be back again with another list.

This shop worker saw Rocketman taking pictures and said in English, "Hey, take my picture." He struck this pose and the rest is history. I never noticed until I looked at the picture now that he wasn't wearing any shoes. As you can see in the background, he was selling ginseng.

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