- Name: Myeongdong, 명동
- Location: 31-1, Myeongdong Street 2, Jung District, Seoul, South Korea
- Reason to visit: One of the most famous commercial streets in Seoul; shopping paradise in Seoul
- Our Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
- Opening Hours: Whole day, the shops usually open at 10:00 am.
- Recommended tour: 4 Days Classic South Korea Tour
Whether you have been to South Korea or not, when it comes to South Korea's shopping paradise, the first name that comes to mind is definitely Myeongdong. Generally speaking, Myeongdong shopping district is a 1km long street that starts from Myeongdong Station to Euljiro and Lotte Department Store, which covers an area of about 0.99km².
As one of the most representative shopping areas in Seoul, Myeongdong includes not only high-end clothing stores and cosmetics stores, but also many amazing food shops. You can enjoy shopping and feel the lifestyle of Korean. Millions of tourists visit Myeongdong every year and it has been designated as a special Tourism Promotion Area and is one of the stops on the official Seoul City Bus tour's main route.
Features of Myeongdong
In Myeongdong, the most important thing is shopping. Here you can see brands from all over the world. But the most attractive is the shops of some independent designers. The clothes they design will have Korean elements. Don't underestimate those unknown shops. Maybe a surprise is there waiting for you.
Restaurants and Coffee Shops
Besides shopping, there are many delicious and interesting restaurants are waiting for you to explore in Myeongdong. You can find all kinds of food there, such as western food, Chinese food and Japanese food. The most attractive is Myeongdong Fried Pork Chops and Sliced Noodles. South Korea has a long history of coffee culture and there are many amazing coffee shops in Myeongdong. You can have a leisure time with your friends in a comfortable coffee shop after shopping.
As we all know, South Korea is a country rich in cosmetics. You can buy not only Korean local brand cosmetics but also international brand cosmetics. There are hundreds of Cosmetics Shops in Myeongdong, and the price is very reasonable.
Famous architectures in Myeongdong
Seoul Kimchi Culture Experience Center
Seoul Kimchi Culture Experience Center is located in Myeongdong. The tourists can make Kimchi while traveling or shopping. It's very convenient and interesting and that's the reason why it's highly recommended by tourists from all over the world. During the experience of making kimchi, you can also have a chance to wear hanbok. There are more than 50 sets of hanbok available for tourists to try on. The tourists can have a better understanding of South Korea's culture in this way. Besides that, the center can also provide interpretation services in Chinese, Japanese and English according to the nationality of the tourists, so there is no need to worry about language barriers at all.
Myeongdong Catholic Church
Myeongdong Catholic Church was established in 1898 and located in a bustling street. As one of the most representative Korean Catholicism churches, it was designated as Historical Site No. 258. As the first brick Gothic building in Korea, you may find your inner peace there. The lobby was decorated with a high pointed rib vault, and the curved windows were inlaid with bright window glass, which is very charming.
How to get to Myeongdong
Line 4, Myeongdong Station
Line 2, Euljiro Station