Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Backpacking Korea: Shopping at Myeongdong

The remaining hours of our stay in Seoul was dedicated to shopping. There is no better place to do this than to go to Myeongdong where there are a lot of shops to shop. A shopaholic's haven, if you ask me.

Thankfully, we were staying near Myeongdong station and it was just  a few minute walk to the shopping district. We just need to cross the street and we are faced with the towering malls and lots of shops and stalls all around. We don't have to worry on getting our stuff left at the inn before we travel to the airport, this way, we can enjoy the rest of the day touring around the busy streets of Myeongdong.

The shopping district there is really huge. There are a lot of tourists going around, shopping or just looking around. There are a lot of shops and cafe all around too, you will never ran out of place to check out here.
Myeongdong (명동) is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main drags meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeongdong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeongdong. In addition, several major department stores include Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeongdong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices. 

Myeongdong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options. Many restaurants in Myeongdong specialize in pork cutlet (donkas) and kalguksu (thick noodles). Other businesses include hair salons, banks and theaters. Myeongdong Catholic Church is also a well-known tourist attraction. It is pillar of the Catholic church in Korea and was built in the Gothic style. Behind the church is a quiet space for relaxation.
There are also spots there where tourists can roam around and sight see, however, we were all concentrated on shopping. We went from different malls in search for good buys. All the cosmetic stores there gives us freebies and it was all really fun. Almost all the shops there give bargains and discounts and you will be glad with all the freebies that comes with your purchase. It is better if you have a Korean speaking companion with you because you can haggle better of the prices they have. It is much more difficult doing it in English since they might not understand you and you might not work your charms on them.

shops and different merchandise

Forever 21. It was a really big store here
There are popular brands around there and I was so ecstatic checking out stores. There are also a lot of food places around and if ever you get hungry, you can go on any of it. The following are the major shopping malls around the area:

  • Lotte Department Store (Main Branch)
  • Shinsegae (Main Branch)
  • Noon Square
  • Kumkang
  • Landrover
  • Soyokaze
  • Spriz
  • LesMore
  • Accesorize
  • Forever21
  • Who.A.U
  • Frisbee
  • It's Skin
  • Etude House
  • Cheong Kwan Jang

I have a booklet on the shopping areas in Seoul and I am glad to share it to anyone who wants some information on the shopping areas around. It is very helpful if ever you want to really shop and shop around there.

Maybe next time I get to tour the place and get to every site and malls around. It was nice shopping and experiencing this place, I hope that I could get back.


Seoul-si Jung-gu Namdaemun-ro 2ga 140
Cultural Districts
• 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info:
Myeongdong Street TIC
+82-2-774-3238 (English, Korean, Japanese)

Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8.
Euljiro Il-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5.

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