Day 02: Myeongdong

Myeong-dong is one of the main shopping districts in Seoul. You can find in every corner cosmetic stores like Etude, The  Face Shop, Skin Food, Missha, Nature Republic, and Tony Moly, all at discounted prices. Brand outlets like Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, Zara, Nike and Adidas can also be found here. A number of authentic Korean restaurants also lies in Myeongdong. It is indeed a popular area for young people and tourists as a center for fashion, sight-seeing and good food.

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How to Get There:

From Gyeongbokgung, we went staright to Myeongdong. Transportation to Myeongdong is easy. All you need is to ride Line 4 of Seoul Subway and alight at Myeongdong or you can ride Line 2 and alight at Euljiro 1-ga. Exit at the nearest available exit.

A number of bus also pass through Myeongdong. You have two options:

Euljiro1(il)-ga Station and Lotte Department Bus Stop; or

  • Green Bus No. 7017, 7021, 7022
  • Blue Bus No. 100, 143, 151, 152, 202, 261, 405, 701, 702A, 702B
  • Express Bus No. 1005-1, 1150, 5000, 5005, 7900, 8800, 9000, 9001, 9003, 9007
  • Red Bus No. 2500, 9401, 9701, M4101, M4102, M4108, 5115
  • Airport Bus No. 6001, 6015

Myeong-dong Station Bus Stop

  • Green Bus: No. 7011
  • Blue Bus: No. 104, 105, 421, 463, 507, 604
  • Express Bus: No. 1005-1, 1150, 5000, 5005, 5007, 5500, 5500-1, 5500-2, 8800, 9000, 9001, 9003, 9007
  • Red Bus: No. M4101, M4102, M4108
  • Airport Bus: No. 6001, 6015

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Myeongdong Night Market

What I like most in Myeongdong is their night market. You can buy cheap finds here like bags, shoes, pants, jackets and shawls. Since we went their during winter, all of the fashion clothes are for winter. No summer dresses or shirts to shop. 😦  Nonetheless, their food made me happy.

This premium gelato is a must try. It’s not just because of its fancy design but also its premium taste. I’ve tried their matcha green tea, strawberry and yogurt flavor. This costs KRW6,000 but there is also a cheaper one, which only cost KRW3,800.

Another random Korean street foods.

Here is a motchi crème with real strawberry. They call this as Ddalchi.

Here are freshly grilled seashells.

Squid and Tacos to love are also here.

Lovely cotton candies for KRW 3,800.

Look at this: they are selling broiled eels.

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This almond peanut egg sandwich is also a must try.

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Restaurants

Aside from the street food, Myeongdong also offers a variety of restaurants from Korean, Japanese, Chinese and French. However, we opt to eat at Korean restaurants.

Here is a restaurant which is located at the basement of one of the streets in Myeongdong. This is the most expensive lunch we had there that we paid for KRW20,000 each. We decided to spend money here since we did not spend a lot on our first day. So, as a reward we bough 4 types of bulgogi.

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We also tried another restaurant in Myeongdong.

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