Moon's "on site economy related" activities are meant to encourage merchants, who are suffering difficulties due to the viral outbreak, and to demonstrate the government's commitment to all out efforts to revitalize the economy, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Strolling across the market, the president met with vendors and shared worries with them about a sharp reduction in the number of customers.

"There's no one going around. It seems like sales have dropped to a third," a fish cake vendor told Moon

Namdaemun Market is not just a hot place for Koreans but also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seoul.

Last year, it drew around 4 million foreign travelers. Recently, however, the number of foreign visitors has plunged due to the spread of the virus that originated in China.

Moon then had a luncheon meeting with several vendors. "Anyway, the government will do its best to support traditional markets, small shop owners and other self employed people."

"The situations (related to the virus) will soon calm down. Let's overcome (the trouble) all together," Moon said.

He visited the Onyang traditional market in Asan, about 90 kilometers south of Seoul, on the weekend after looking around a quarantine facility there for South Koreans who have been brought back from the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Source: Yonhap News Agency