Best way to experience Myeongdong? Walk the streets, go explore. Don’t just look at things on ground level, but look up, there’s always shops and businesses a couple of stories high. You must walk into stores you wouldn’t normally, eat things you wouldn’t dare and try things on that you would never dream of buying back home. Normally I am very structured but learning to go where your feet take you and with no expectations created some of my best memories.
Getting here: Myeong is a dong (neighbourhood) of Jung-gu (district) of Seoul. The southern part of Myeongdong (where the shops are) can be reached by station #424, Myeong-dong on Line 4. While the northern area is closer to Line 2 Station #202 Euljiro 1 -ga on Line 2. Many inner and outer city bus lines pass through the district for easy access.
I stayed at a nice backpackers called ZaZa Backpackers. The staff there were extremely helpful and lots of fun, even throwing us a roof party at the top of the hostel and prepared all the food for us. I’ve still remained friends with some of them. Our group pretty much took over the whole place. So many great memories, including standing on the roof watching a typhoon rolled into Seoul.
Myeongdong is most well known for its shopping! Girls, you are going to be in beauty heaven! In a shopping block radius of a few streets you will have felt you were walking in circles because there’s at least 5 of each Nature Republic, The Face Shop, Tony Moly, Missha, Skin Food, Etude House etc. in such close proximity to each other! That is just the outside shops, there’s a Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeongdong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza.
Free samples! How I love this about shopping in Myeong-dong. Think about it, with so many of the same stores in such a small area they have to be competitive, bring on the free samples waved in your face. Here is an example of what I mean from one shopping trip!
Let’s walk the streets of Myeongdong together then..
Now shopping is out of our system, for now.. let’s take a look at what else you can do in Myeongdong.
It is not to far from Namsan Tower. My friend and I were crazy enough to go for a run to the top of the tower one night, but instead of going straight up, we went round and round and round and were gone for 4 hours running! Tell you what we were exhausted.
EAT!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to save you from the countless photos I could show you of all the things you can eat. If you request it, I’m happy to put up some interesting food pics in its own post. They mix fruit into salad and slop on sauce on the top with shredded cheese.. I never understood the clash of flavours.. /[end rant]
Interestingly enough they LOVE their italian pasta restaurants in Myeongdong, there is just as many pasta places as there is Korean restaurants! Also there are cafe’s upon cafe’s to choose from as well.
I’ve already posted about Cat and Dog Cafe’s in Myeongdong, there is actually quite a few places where you can go sip on your hot or cold beverage while dangling a toy in front of a cute little kitty or dog. Visit that post here.
A few photo credits go to my friendhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/charliegakit/