Myeongdong Shopping Street

Myeongdong Shopping Street, Seoul: Hours, Address, Myeongdong Shopping Street Reviews: 4.5/5

Myeongdong Shopping Street
4.5
Neighbourhoods • Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
Neighbourhood: Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighbourhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighbourhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighbourhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
How to get there
  • Myeong-dong • 5 min walk
  • Euljiro 1-ga • 5 min walk
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Hannah
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Myeongdong is a must-visit when touring Korea. With products ranging from tornado potato chips to designer shoes, Myeongdong boasts everything in Korean cosmetics, food, toys and fashion. Its perfect location (centered in Seoul) allows such resources. The busy hustle of food carts on every street will ensure that you have a delightful time : you simply cannot not ignore the famous elderly woman sitting by the entrance stirring up dalgonas to spice up your visit. Although overcrowded at times, such chaos is what makes Myeongdong the perfect place to take a dive into Korean culture and socialize. Visiting in the morning may also help: Myeongdong is relatively peaceful earlier in the day, although there may be less food vendors.
Written 10 December 2021
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Raymond
Los Angeles, CA716 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Myeongdong is filled with street food of all colors, sizes and tastes.
I was brought here every night by my local friends.
You literally can buy and eat anything from this street!
It’s a MUST!
Written 7 September 2020
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Konstantina K
112 contributions
Oct 2019
Some of your best shopping can be done here! They have plenty of restaurants and cafes that are really good, At night, the street food is the best and not to miss at all.
Written 6 September 2020
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Augustine J
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates756 contributions
Sep 2019
Myeongdong is filled with street food of all colours, sizes and tastes. Equally filled with shopping spots. If you are looking for korean cosmetics, K-pop merchandise, clothes, accessories - Go to myeongdong.
Everything from underground shopping to high end stores, you will spend your money. It is interesting to see one cosmetic brand having many outlets in parallel streets. Interesting to see free samples given to women at cosmetic store to lure in them and make them buy products.
Street food is very delicious, quick and you can definitely make a hearty meal out of them. You can also see students involved in volunteering work, old people protesting sale of dog meat and preaching about believing in Christianity, large tour groups hurrying up to finish their shopping et al.

Whatever it is, Myeongdong is a fun place to go and spend the afternoon or evening.
Written 21 August 2020
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Guven D
96 contributions
Sep 2019
When i visit Korea i always visit Myeongdong its cool. You have to visit it by day and by night.
Good place for shopping, eating or for a coffee.
Written 12 August 2020
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rememr
Singapore, Singapore812 contributions
Feb 2020
Lots of shops selling facial products and korean snacks (mainly the almond nuts), though may get repetitive as you walk down the street.
Visit Lucky Factory and Brand Market for affordable shirts and t-shirts.
Beware of pushy salespeople, you can typically just ignore if you are not interested.
As night dawns, street food stalls are set up.
There are many restaurants to choose from as well.
There is a 8-storey Daiso nearby.
Written 10 August 2020
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EnThaSe
15 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Full of great street food and awesome stores. I recommend trying fried chicken with cheese from one of the carts and u wont regret it i promise u. U literally can buy/eat anything from Myeongdong street. It's a MUST.
Written 11 July 2020
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youbel1970
Brussels, Belgium1,283 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Was nice to arrive via the metro at myeongdong station 6 and the street is in front of you. Very wide and relax street due to Covid and ample space. Nice shops for all and a few street venders. Great side streets with colorful signs and ambiance. Large shopping mall, small mall. Do not hesitate to enter as branded shops are sometime hidden in a small place. Many restaurants for all tastes. Very nice evening with the family. Do recommend this much better than large group mall.
Enjoy.
Written 12 June 2020
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Paul T
Grand Rapids, MI632 contributions
Sep 2019
Gotta get here each time in Seoul, just because it's life! Every step is an adventure with an amazing display and adventure of trends and trinkets.
Written 6 June 2020
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Ail
2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends

Doesn't look like much when you walk past, but I was practically dying of hunger so I popped in. The definition of a hole-in-the-wall. I got the regular hamburger and wow... there are no words. A classic burger done right. Crisp bun, juicy patty, stuffed with all the essentials (ketchup, shredded lettuce, tomato, and pickles). There's about a million
options available between the menu board and wall full of specials, so it can get a little overwhelming, but you really can't go wrong. Not much else to say besides go see for yourself! You won't be disappointed.
Written 2 June 2020
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