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“Myeongdong Area”

Myeongdong Shopping Street
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Myeongdong District Tour and Shopping with Traditional Lunch
Ranked #7 of 751 things to do in Seoul
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Myeongdong Area”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is such a vibrant and amazing shopping area. During the day it is pretty quiet and has just the usual shops open, but as night descends the whole place comes to life. Suddenly vendors appear from all over with their carts of wares, and really one can buy just about everything. The area has a very good Seoul Information Centre which we just discovered this time. They were so informative and really helpful, also selling various Korean things. In the area there are so many places to eat, all the usual ones, but also a wealth of other places, especially in the quieter side streets. There are also some lovely hotels in the area, and we have stayed at the Savoy and the Metro, both of which are very fully booked
, so one has to book early. The subway is also right there which makes access so easy!! I have visited it many times and will return again when I visit Seoul!!

Visited March 2014
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“Cosmetic! Cosmetic! Cosmetic!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you aim to shop for lots of cosmetic, this is the best place!

There are Etude, The Face Shop, Skin Food, Missha, Innisfree, Natural Repubilc and some other not-so-top brands. If time permits, don't buy yet when you first enter one of these shops. There may be another selling the same brand down the street which offers better deal. I bought lots of ginseng masks from one Natural Republic store which had a "buy one free two" offer. I only paid for 10 but got 30 masks! Other stores only offered "buy one free one".

Besides shopping for cosmetic, there are countless eateries in this area too.

Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Shopping and people watching”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you have tons of spending money, here's the place to burn it. Three story H&M? Check. Five Etude Houses on the same block? Check. More shoe stores than you can possibly visit in one day? Check.

It is unbearable on weekends, so try to go during the week or early in the morning.

If you're lucky, you'll see the "666 You're Going to Hell" guys walking around with giant signboards.

Lots of restaurants, lots of tourists. If you go underground, there are lots of cheap shoes, bags, and accessories.

Namdaemun market isn't too far away if your prefer something traditional, but expect to haggle and perhaps pay a "foreigner tax" there.

Visited June 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Shop, eat, shop, eat then shop again”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

This place is everyone shopping paradise for those who just love to shop till you drop dead gorgeous. Just make sure to melt your credit cards away making plenty of purchase. Dont be afraid to drop dead while shopping as food is just within reach... Every turn and every where you can just see these restaurant that sell every kind of korean and international food.

Visited June 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Every trip!”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have to say that a trip to Seoul won't be completed if you don't go to Myeongdong. I always go there more than once every trip. Good shops, good food, nice crowd, and a new shop pop up every time! If you love Korean cosmetics, this is a place where you can get every brands. If you are into K-fashioin, this is a must place also. highly recommended!

Visited April 2014
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