Myeongdong Seoul Travel Guide / December 07, 2016
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Myeong-dong, a premier shopping district in the heart of Seoul, is packed with everything from internationally-recognized clothing brands such as H&M and Addidas, to local knickknacks and beauty products at a wide range of prices. Whether you are a bargain hunter or a luxury shopper, rest assured that you will find what your heart desires!
- Beauty and skincare haven: Ladies, your skin will be glowing after a day in Myeong-dong. Frequently known as the mecca of skincare, this district is occupied with a dizzying array of beauty stores, with brands such as Skinfood, MISSHIA, Etude House and many more. Korean skincare products are always available at competitive prices.
- Free samples of beauty and skincare products everywhere you go: Who doesn’t love free samples?! In Myeong-dong, vendors frequently lure you into their stores with free face masks, sample creams and cosmetics. Expect to accumulate tons of deluxesized samples of make-up and skincare products by the end of the night. Look out for regular store promotions, such as 50% off or one-for-one offers. Thefaceshop generally has many affordable options and frequent promos for skincare products.
- Diverse street-food stalls for a satisfying shopping break: Escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the populous shopping area, and grab a quick snack from the food stalls lining the streets. Indulge in popular foods such as Hotteok (deep-fried dumplings, 1,000 won each), Tteokbokki (rice cakes, 2,500 – 4,000 Won per plate) or Korean hot-dogs. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try the squid and octopus for a delightful experience!
- Rent a luggage locker for a care-free shopping experience: Shopping with tons of luggage can slow you down. There are lockers available to rent at Myeong-dong station, near exit 2 and 8. Fees are charged every four hours. Lockers are also available at the Seoul Cultural Exchanges & Tourism Information Centers.
What are on offer: Beauty products, skincare, clothing, accessories, shoes.
Pricing: Prices start from as low as 5,000 won ($4.27) for clothing articles
Location: 04536 27, Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 10:30 am to 10:00 pm, but some stores vary.
How to get there: Take subway line #4 to Myeong-dong Station and then take exit #6 to arrive at the shopping district. Alternatively, take subway line #2 to Euljiro 1-ga Station and take exit #5.