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Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping

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Address: Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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For shopping, trying exotic new street food, this is the place you have to go. You can easily kill 6 hours walking around eating experiencing all of it. It is also really close to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Seoul, South Korea
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I strolled through this district one evening and found it both overwhelming and disappointing. The streets were packed with shoppers carrying multiple shopping bags. The stores looked like typical chain stores of youthful fashion in the US. Every other store seemed to be a cosmetic store with aggressive sales ladies hawking beauty products at the door. If your idea of... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Too many people in one space. Advertising galore. Brand name peoples paradise but not for me. Noisy and competition.... I like to shop in peace thanks.

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Seoul, South Korea
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

For shopping, trying exotic new street food, this is the place you have to go. You can easily kill 6 hours walking around eating experiencing all of it. It is also really close to City Hall, Namdemun market, Just remember to go to a coffee shop or restaurant to get some energy so you can keep going!

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Manila, Philippines
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Myeongdong definitely became one of my favorite places in the world! Neon lights, shops and especially bargains! If I could, I'd sleep at the shops and never leave!

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

My hotel was not far Myeongdong's shopping area so it was easy to walk to it one afternoon. First thing that will hit you is the bustling activity every where you turn. When you arrive it's probably best to set a mental marker or meeting spot if you get separated from your group. There are streets and alleys in all... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Myeongdong is a popular shopping paradise. Most tourists came here to shop for souvenirs, clothings, shoes and skin care products. Lots of street food are sold here too.

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place has it all. Clothes, shoes, cosmetics, more cosmetics, knick knacks. There are restaurants and street food after about 6pm. Love the local street food like fried glass noodles and korean noodles. Just can't have enough of this. Greeeeeat shopping experience. If you ran out of money, the exchange by the Chinese Embassy (behind Korea Post Tower) has the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Kept going back there to have a walk and shopping with friends. Very nice place to shop, especially for girls.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to shop but be aware that there will be a lot of tourists especially from other parts of Asia. Every time I've been to anywhere near or even in Myeongdong, including the duty free, I have been pushed and shouldered way too many times so I avoid this place as much as I can.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The place to go if you're a shopaholic! A few big malls within each other with Doota! being the best for fashions. Opens til wee morning!

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighborhood 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 neighborhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighborhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.