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Although more people visit Myeongdong over the years, they all visit the same places well known to foreigners. Myeongdong has so much more to enjoy if you look just a little deeper.
What are the attractions in Myeongdong? Read this blog and use it to schedule your trip to Myeongdong.
- Address：Metro Line 4, Myeongdong Station / Metro Line 2, Euljiro 1-ga Station
Myeongdong is the most famous tourist spot for foreigners. There were almost no tourists here just 10 years ago, but suddenly it has become the largest shopping venue in Seoul. More and more business has gathered after that.
Although many tourists and locals avoid Myeongdong because of the crowd, it still has a large number of brand stores and Currency Exchange which offers best exchange rate in Korea. If you are a foreigner coming to Korea, Myeongdong is a must-visit place.
Myeongdong Attractions : 1. Myeongdong Shopping
Many people visit Myeongdong for shopping. The business district has wide range to select from. Because of foreign customers, almost all stores have Chinese clerk and Myeongdong has become even more convenient for foreign customers.
However, because there are too many people visiting, whether it is a weekday or a holiday it is also crowded. Therefore, when you come to Myeongdong for shopping it is better to pick weekdays before noon to shop.
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Myeongdong Attractions : 2. Currency Exchange
In addition to shopping venue, the biggest advantage is that you can get the best currency exchange rate here.
You probably will get the best exchange rate at "Embassy exchange" and "一品香" above. You can also download the Creatrip app to check the daily exchange rate. You can get the best and latest exchange rate here!
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Myeongdong Attractions : 3. Special Activities
1. Myeongdong DIY Ring
If you want to experience something other than shopping, I recommend that you visit ""Myeongdong Ring University", where you can experience designing and making your own ring. There is another branch in Hongdae which is also very popular.
Different from general accessories shops, you can make an one of a kind ring just for you. You can give a special present for you and your lover. It would be one of the most romantic event.
2. Myeongdong DIY Perfume
Similar to DIY ring making, you can make a one and only perfume just for you. You can find nice perfume shops in Myeongdong, but it feels much more special if you can make one by yourself.
Myeongdong GN Perfume Studio, you can make your own perfume. If you use it yourself or present it to your friend, it will be a one of a kind gift, just for that person.
40 different kinds of aromas are lined up, and you can select the fragrance that you like and mix it up to be a perfume. Because all ingredients were selected by you, its aroma represents you the best.
Myeongdong Attraction : 4. Namsan Itinerary
1. Namsan N Seoul Tower
Myeongdong is very close to Namsan, and from Namsan you can see all of Seoul. For those of you who wishes to see beautiful nightscape from observatory, it is a good idea to visit Myeongdong and climb N Seoul Tower at night.
Namsan is also famous for the tens of thousands of love locks here. People put up these locks in a belief that there love will be firm and unchanged forever.
Namsan N Seoul Tower Transportation
- From the Namsan Tunner #3, take the famous elevator to the foot of Namsan and you will see the cable car ticket booth.
- Namsan cable car elevator operating hours : 09:00~23:00 (on Mondays 09:00~13:00)
- Elevator is free of charge. Wait for your turn during peak hours.
After you have arrived at the ticket booth you can choose to ride the cable car or climb the Namsan by walk(40 min). I recommend that you walk up the hill. It is not too steep and the weather will be pleasant in spring and autumn.
2. Kakao VR Theme Park
Take the yellow circulation bus #02. You will see photos of Kakao VR Theme Park on the body. After arriving at the mountain, head towards to N Seoul Tower and you will notice the large Ryan which stands at the entrance of the theme park.
Kakao VR Theme Park is free to enter, so you can take as much photo as you want. But, if you want to experience the facilities you will have to buy tickets separately. It is not necessity so choose wisely on how you will enjoy the theme park.
Kakao VR Theme Park has three different activities. I must tell you that you need to be prepared, since the VR experience can make you feel a bit dizzy. But, it was very exciting and fun to play.
If you are tired from all the walking, sit next to Ryan and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Seoul. Don't forget that there is also a gift shop where you can get cute Kakao related items. Don't miss it next time you come to Myeongdong.
3. Namsangol Hanok Village
There is another Hanok village here alongside, Bukchon, and Ikseondong. Namsangol Hanok Village is a famous landmark near Myeongdong and Chungmuro, and I prefer visiting this place place to enjoy the authentic Korean atmosphere, compared to other Hanok villages or even Gyeongbokgung palace.
Compared to huge and solemn atmosphere of Gyeongbokgung ,the Namsangol Hanok Village is more simple and humble, which makes you feel closer to the lives of "ordinary people" in the past.
Although it is free to enter, there aren't too many people so you can enjoy the leisurely environment. There are people wearing hanbok to take special photos in beautiful Hanok Vilalge.
Namsangol Hanok Village Transportation
- Subway : Chungmuro Station Exit 3, Exit 4. Go straight ahead and you will arrive at Namsangol Hanok Village.
4. 1890 Namsangol Night Market
The "Bamdokkaebi night market" is the most famous night market in Seoul. Unlike the "Bamdokkaebi night market " the "Namsangol Hanok Village NIght Market" has very different atmosphere integrated with the Hanok village atmosphere.
When you arrive at 1980 Night Market you will feel like you have time traveled to ancient Korean night market, because of the Hanok Village's atmosphere.
Some people look forward to this Night Market, but we are not sure whether the market will open in 2019 or not. If it does, we strongly recommend that you visit.
5. Namsangol Hanbok Experience
If you have read about above places, Hanok Village isn't very crowded, so it is a great place to wear hanbok and take photos. You don't have to avoid people to take special and memorable photos.
Just keep in mind that Namsan Hanok Village is closed on Mondays and operated up to 21:00 (winter 20:00). If you want to take beautiful photos you should keep the operating hours in mind.
Myeongdong Attraction : 5. Café
1. Luft Coffee
- Address : 서울 중구 삼일대로 308
- Hours : Weekdays 07:30~21:00；Weekends 09:00~21:00
- Offers : Creatrip members can enjoy 10% discount
Located on the outskirts of the Myeongdong business district, there is the Luft Coffee near Chungmuro. Luft Coffee is known as "little Hawaii" in Seoul, with spacious and bright atmosphere. You can enjoy the vacation-like atmosphere with the sunshine coming through large windows.
Have a cup of coffee with these lovely desserts. The beautiful atmosphere of Luft Coffee will leave an unforgettable memory of your Myeongdong trip.
2. Beans Bins
- Address : 서울 중구 충무로1가 23-1 2F
- Offers : Creatrip members can enjoy discounts on all menu
Different from Luft Coffee, Beans Bins is located in the downtown area of Myeongdong. It is a good cafe for those who want to find a place to rest.
Beans Bins has a cost-efficient muffin collection with sweet taste and drink that will restore your body and mind tired from the busy Myeongdong trip.
3. Rolling Pin
- Address : 서울 중구 명동길 1-8
- Hours : 08:00~23:00
- Offers : Creatrip members can get 20% discount on drinks
You will notice that Myeongdong Rolling Pin has exquisite appearance with wide space, where you can enjoy a break in stylish atmosphere. It is in the downtown area of Myeongdong, but has a large space and the price is very reasonable.
It operates from early in the morning to late at night. Beautiful and delicious desserts and drinks will leave a beautiful memory. Creatrip is close to Rolling Pin, and me myself often uses the coupon to taste the desserts.
Myeongdong Attractions : 6. Myeongdong Snack Street
This is the main street in Myeongdong full of special snacks. To be honest, I can't say that it is very cheap, and more expensive than other places. You can try it and evaluate yourself.
Myeongdong Attractions : 7. NANTA
- Address : 서울 중구 명동2가 50-14 3F
- Hours : Every day : 17:00 ~ 20:00 (performance lasts about 100 minutes)
NANTA is the most representative performance in Korea, in addition to K pop. If you come to Korea you won't be disappointed if you watch the NANTA show.
Even if you don't know Korean, you will enjoy the show, because of the lively acting of the actors and chef who plays with fun recipe. Not only in Hongdae and Jeju, but you can now meet NANTA in the Myeongdong Theater. There are performances everyday and you don't have to feel crowded from too many people.
If you don't know what to do in Myeongdong, NANATA is a show that is worth the running time. I'm sure it will leave you a deep impression.
Above posting was about Myeongdong Itinerary made by us. Although there are many people visiting the place just for the currency exchange or shopping, there are still many, rich itineraries to enjoy.
Dear friends, we will see you next time.
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