About Myeong-dong

Myeong-dong is Seoul's bustling shopping Mecca. It's not only a shopping area but a hub of commerce, banking and culture activities. Lined up with international fashion brands, luxury department stores, and homegrown cosmetics shops, it offers all in one. Ginseng chicken soup and Korean dumplings are on offer in the casual eateries, while Thai and Japanese snacks are famous street foods. Most of the stores offer tax-free claims. Myeongdong Nanta Theatre will entertain you with shows mixing folk music and drama. This is a place where you can find many well-known and discounted Korean skincare and cosmetics products. 

Trendy Tornado Potato; If you're imagining potatoes whirling inside a fierce tornado somewhere in America, stop! This is crisp potato fry curling around a barbeque stick - now this is your "aha" moment. This invention was made nowhere other than in Myeongdong and has now earned its place among the most loved snacks in the world. Try it. You won't regret it. Nor will you regret shopping for premium brands at reasonable prices in the trendy, glitzy neighborhood called Myeongdong. This is the place for fashion, food, and cosmetics. When done with the earthy experiences, head for the Myeongdong Cathedral, dating back to the 19th century with its Gothic architecture and Roman Catholic faith. Myeongdong will hardly disappoint. Begin packing - the tornado awaits. 

Must See

  • Street Stalls.
  • Luxury Department Stores.
  • Korean Cosmetic Products.
  • Local Souvenirs.
  • Lotte Mart Departmental Store
  • Shinsegae Departmental Store
  • Myeongdong Nanta Theatre
  • Myeongdong Cathedral

How to reach

It's near Myeong-Dong Station, Arrive at  Subway Line No.4 and take Exit 6, or you can take Subway Line 2 and Exit 6. The fare is 1,350 KRW for 10 km of travel. 

The distance from Seoul City Hall, the city center to Myeong-dong is 1 km and can be covered by subway in 5 minutes, by taxi in 1 minute and on foot in 10 minutes. The nearest subway stations are Myeongdong Station and Euljiro 1-ga Station. 

  • 230m from Exit #6, Euljiro 1-ga Station, Subway Line 2 (4 minutes)
  • Exit #6, Myeongdong Station, Subway Line 4
  • The subway fare from Seoul Station to Myeongdong Station and Euljiro 1-ga stations vary between 1200 to 1300 KRW 

Airport Limousine Bus
The bus stop for Airport Limousine No. 6001 and No. 6015 (heading for the Incheon International Airport) is located in front of the Sejong Hotel near Exit #10 of Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4). The Kal Limousine Bus stops in front of the Lotte Hotel.

 City Tour Bus
 Located along the City Bus Downtown Tour route.
 Tour Bus Stop: next to the Prince Hotel, Exit #2, Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4)

Bus fares vary but are usually economical while taxiing fares from Seoul station to Myeong-dong range from 4000 to 6000 KRW.


  • Buy some Korean Souvenirs.
  • Don't forget to bargain to grab a great deal.
  • Be aware of pickpocketers.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. 
  • Photographing is allowed here.
  • The place is less crowded in the mornings.
  • Try local foods in the restaurants nearby.  
  • Shop duty-free at Lotte Mart. 
  • Look for sales and discounts on all the floors of Lotte Mart.
  • Buy a premium brand of Korean cosmetics or clothes at a reasonable price. 
  • Try the Tornado Potato. It is now loved all over the world. 
  • Also try the Korean dumplings, Korean Fried Chicken, Ginseng Chicken Soup and the Japanese or Thai snacks.
  • Shop for Korean handicrafts at the Shinsegae Departmental store.
  • Get a good laugh watching a comedy at the Myeondong Nanta Theatre. 
  • Visit the Myeondong Cathedral for a different experience.

Visit Time

Sunday:       Open 24 hours

Monday:       Open 24 hours

Tuesday:      Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday:     Open 24 hours

Friday:          Open 24 hours

Saturday:     Open 24 hours

Shop timings vary depending on hours of operation.

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2 to 3 hours


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