What do you mean all there is to do in Myeongdong is shopping? That's not true at all!
In fact, Myeongdong has many great attractions that you can, and should, check out between your shopping sprees.
So let's take a look at these Myeongdong attractions!
Seoul Myeongdong Attractions：1. Myeongdong Catholic Church (명동성당)
Address：서울 중구 명동길 66
Since its establishment in 1898, Myeongdong Catholic Church has a history of more than 100 years. It is the oldest catholic church in Korea.
A symbol of faith for Korean Catholics, the church holds both historical and religious significance.
When the military dictator Jeon Doo Hwan named Noh Tae Woo as his successor in 1987, the student democratization movement swept through the nation. The intense conflict between the police and the people occurred everywhere, and students would flee to the Myeongdong Church to avoid the violence. The cardinal told the police that "you must step on me, the priests, and nuns in the church to take the students from us." The police could not break into the church to arrest the students.
In addition to the historical significance, Koreans place great importance on the Myeongdong sanctuary. During the Christmas season, many ceremonies are held at Myeongdong’s attraction: Myeongdong Church. When you visit Myeong-dong for shopping, why not take a walk around the church?
Seoul Myeongdong Attractions：2. N Seoul Tower (N 서울타워）
Address：서울 용산구 용산2가동 남산공원길 105
You can't not mention the N Seoul Tower when you're in Seoul. The tower is located on the top of Namsan, in the center of Seoul. It is also called as "Namsan Tower."
Because of its excellent location, N Seoul Tower became a must-visit place for viewing the scenery of Seoul. N Seoul Tower sends out broadcasting TV signals.
I've organized information on how to get to N Seoul Tower from Myeongdong for your convenience.
You can get there by taking the cable car, or hiking a trail on the mountain, or taking a sightseeing bus.
Myeongdong Attraction：N Seoul Tower
Take the elevator from the Namsan Tunnel No. 3 and walk to the cable car ticket office. The elevator operates daily from 09:00 to 23:00 (Monday from 09:00 to 13:00)
How to get to the N Seoul Tower
Namsan Cable Car
Namsan Sightseeing Bus
10:00 to 23:00
Adult Single Ticket ₩7,000
Take the yellow bus 05
From Exit 3 of Myeongdong Station
Of course, you can walk up to Namsan.
However, I suggest you walk down the mountain. Some parts of Namsan are really steep.
You can find hundreds and thousands of love locks at the bottom of the N Seoul Tower. In addition to watching the night scenery of Seoul, you can promise your love and friendship at the N Seoul Tower.
Legend has it that when lovers put a lock over the fence, their love between the two will remain forever until the lock is opened. So for many years, countless lovers have left their promises here. Isn't it so romantic?
Myeongdong N Seoul Tower will light in different colors according to Seoul's air quality every day.
Red: poor air quality
Green: general air quality
Blue: good air quality
When you come to Seoul next time, check the color of the N Seoul Tower. You will be able to tell the air quality of Seoul without checking your phone.
Seoul Myeongdong Attractions：3. 3CE Style Nanda Hotel Cafe (Stylenanda Pink Hotel）
Address：서울 중구 충무로2가 명동8길 37-8
The cosmetics brand "3CE", which is famous for its rich pigment cosmetics, also has a huge clothing brand.
This STYLENANDA PINK HOTEL Myeong-dong shop is one of the most famous spots in Myeongdong.
The cosmetics brand "3CE" is not only famous for cosmetics but also their clothes. At the STYLENANDA PINK HOTEL Myeongdong, you can experience both.
As you go up each floor, you can find more clothing. Those who want to buy 3CE cosmetics must first pick their items from the lobby on the first floor. The disadvantage is that this store is always crowded with shoppers and tourists, and some items go out of stock very quickly.
The third and fourth floors have clothing and accessories.
Cute 3CE Cell Phone Cases
Look at the SNS photos. The entire building is full of cute interior design and decors.
The coffee shop on the fifth floor is instagrammable. The entire space is decorated with pastel colors and unique items. The theme of this space is a swimming pool, and there are many fun features. Your camera can't stop taking photos once you are there.
3CE Pink Cafe is located on the fifth floor of STYLENANDA PINK HOTEL. Take a brief break from your shopping and have a cup of coffee. You can order some drinks and take a few lovely selfies. When the weather is good, you can go out to the balcony on the top floor and enjoy the beautiful view of Seoul Myeongdong.
If you have the opportunity to come to Myeongdong, you must come to STYLENANDA PINK HOTEL and 3CE Pink Cafe on the fifth floor. This is a Myeongdong attraction where you can get done your shopping.
Seoul Myeongdong Attractions：4. Innisfree Cafe (Innisfree Myeongdong Store)
Address：서울 중구 명동1가 64-2
Innisfree has opened several flagship stores in Myeongdong. But this location is the most famous among those three stores.
This store occupies three floors: the first floor sells cosmetics, the second and third floors have green cafe.
Many girls who come to Myeongdong for shopping are bound to step into Innisfree. But don't leave the store without checking out the cafe on the second and third floors!
Go upstairs to rest a bit and order a delicious dessert.
Fruit toast comes with abundant mascarpone whipped cream and is covered with layers of fresh fruit and nuts. The appearance looks very delicious. The innisfee green coffee shop also has "hot Souffle pancake (in the photo on the right ), which was by far the best souffle pancake I've ever tasted in Seoul. I strongly recommended to everyone.
Check out this bottle full of freshly squeezed blueberry juice. One of the best selling products of the Innisfree green coffee shop would also be freshly squeezed fruit juice.
Make your afternoon delightful at Innisfree.
Seoul Myeongdong Attractions：5. LINE FRIENDS STORE Myeongdong (라인프렌즈 플래그십 스토어 명동역점)
Address：서울 중구 명동 명동8나길 9
When you are shopping in Myeongdong, you should definitely visit the LINE FRIENDS STORE. This is a great place to spend some time idly. You will see many people stay in the line to take a selfie with Brown the giant bear. Brown is so cute and irresistible!
LINE FRIENDS STORE's interior decoration is full of cute Line characters and figures.
You can find pretty much every item here. From a mini figure to stationery to kitchenware, there are all kinds of daily necessities at the Line Friends Store.
I always end up overspending at this store. Make sure you bring enough money to spend at LINE!
Line Friends Store
Although I prefer the KAKAO friends characters, the Line friends store is the place where I always hang out in Myeondong. If you haven't been to this store before, definitely check this place out on your next visit. Take a selfie with a big Brown at the entrance of the LINE FRIENDS STORE.
Seoul Myeongdong Attractions：6. Namsan Hanok Village (남산골한옥마을)
Address：서울특별시 중구 필동 퇴계로34길 28
Namsan Hanok Village is located near Chungmuro and Myeongdong. It's a great attraction for those who want to experience Korean culture near Myeongdong. If you don’t want to go to Gyeongbokgung (maybe because it is super touristy), I would suggest that you visit Namsan Hanok Village instead.
Compared to Gyeongbokgung, Namsan Hanok Village has a lot less tourists.
Stop by Namsan Hanok Village during the day and night. Come and check out this village in every season.
On your every visit, you will get different impressions. Capture the beauty of Namsan Hanok Village with your own eyes!
Namsan Hanok Village is a place where Koreans and foreign tourists love to visit all-year-round. In the summer, you can check out a Night Market.
With the growing popularity of the Namsan Hanok Village, more and more people are coming to visit every year. In addition to the general Hanok visit, there are many events held in public holidays at Namsan Hanok Village, such as the Lunar New Year. If you are lucky, you can watch the traditional mask dance.
In addition, you can rent a Hanbok in Hanok Village in Myeongdong. Many tourists love to experience Hanbok. If you don't want to wear hanbok in Gyeongbokgung, try renting one from Myeongdong and Chungmuro. You can enjoy your time in a more relaxing environment at Namsan Hanok Village.
Namsan Hanok Village Hanbok rental available for a 20% discount with a free online appointment
The above is a post on Myeongdong's top 6 attractions.
There's so much more to Myeongdong than just shopping. I do hope you take some time to look around these gems in and around Myeongdong to make the most out of your time here!
Until next time!