Myeongdong is the shopping paradise of Seoul. The place has always been busy everyday, crowded by local and foreign shoppers. It is a stunning shopping district with countless shops and restaurants. We can find food, cosmetics to fashion apparels here.
What makes Myeongdong popular amongst shoppers is because it has something for everyone. From the high-end international brand such as H&M and Zara, to the mid-priced items, you will find them here. There are several major department stores too, such as Shinsegae, Lotte Department Store, and Migliore (they also have in Dongdaemun).
Most of the shops here are local cosmetic shops. There are lots of cosmetics shops here from individual brand like Etude House, Tony Moly, Holika holika, Skin Food, Laneige to Nature Republic,etc. Myeongdong has truly become international as there are now more foreigners than locals along the streets. But because most of the shoppers are foreigners, the cosmetic shops at Myeongdong branch sell some of their cosmetic, especially face masks in sets/packs. Oh, and they will give you a lot of samples too 🙂
Myeongdong is not only about the cosmetic shops, but also about the street food. Along the streets there are a lot of food carts selling local food streets too. From tteokbokki (rice cake) to odeng (fish-cake on stick), you will find them all here. One of the most famous street foods is the spiral potato. It is made of a potato sliced, skewered, and fried in the shape of a spiral and sprinkled with seasonings.
Recently I’m aware that the number of foreign shoppers coming here keeps increasing. Even most of the sales in the cosmetic shops are Chinese or Japanese. It was funny when I tried to speak in Korean, the staffs did not understand and my Chinese-speaking friend ended up translating for me…
Other attractions aside from shopping here are Cooking Nanta Show and Myeongdong Cathedral. I’ve never been to Cooking Nanta before but to Myeongdong Cathedral. As the first Roman Catholic parish church it is regarded as a symbol of Catholicism in Korea. In contrast with its location within the busiest shopping district in Seoul, the church complex is a quiet area for relaxation.
So, are you ready to spend here? Happy fun shopping!!
How to go to here:
Nearer to Migliore and Uniqlo: Take subway station to Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4, blue line), and take exit #5, #6, #7 or #8.
Nearer to Lotte Department Store and Shinsaegae: Take subway to Euljiro (1)Il-ga Station (Subway Line 2, green line), and take exit #5.