The name gets a snicker sometimes when you first hear/read it, but it's not to be missed. Go on a weekend or holiday and especially in the warmer months (starting in late May)...this is when thousands of Korean students and young people head there for a day of eating (lots of restaurants, including Western ones), drinking (lots of hofs, too), shopping (many stores) and coffee drinking (rumored largest Starbucks in the world is right here!).
Like Namdaemun it stretches for quite a few blocks, turn around if you start to get into areas with fewer than 100 people on the street (you're outside of the Myoungdong).
What to buy: Pretty much anything that a young person would want. Real and fake clothes (2 Adidas stores with 20-foot Beckham posters within a block of each other), accessories, tourist stuff. There are bazzar-department stores (like in Dongdaemun), chain fashion and other stores (like in the West) and street sellers (see What to Pay)
What to pay: Bargain everywhere. Never pay full price, always 10%-20% should come off. Never take your wallet out until you have the price firm. Never get too excited about an item. Always show flaws or make up some option or color you would prefer (one that they cannot give, thus should give you a discount for not having it). Always buy 2 or more items...should get a 20% discount at least for that. If you get 30%-35% off consider yourself a local.
Not likely to get a discount in the Western/Chain stores, but worth a try.
This is Myeong-dong it's a really wild place i thought. There is a number of streets and there all brusting with people, mostly young people. There so so many people that you could hardley move. There were tons of shops most of the shops were targeted towards the youth, and in the middle of all the shops there was 2 malls. The Lotte department store and the Utoo Zone department store. The shops are all open late and one of the best times to go here is once it gets dark becuase there is alot of signs and they are all lit up at night and its just a really exciting place. I normaly hate shopping but this place made me want to buy something so if your a shopahoilc then stay away.
Myeongdong is the premier, fashionable shopping district of Seoul. This is the central business district - the beating heart of modern Seoul, full of department stores, shopping malls, banks and finance houses.
Seoul Cathedral is here.
What to buy: The latest fashions
If you want to go to Seoul's primary non-tourist shopping center to buy clothes, music, books or anything else (ice cream!), the best place to go is the Myeongdong neighborhood of downtown Seoul. It is Seoul's answer to the Ginza, 5th Avenue or any other big city shopping district. Sorry, I'm not really up on my shopping, but it's also a fine place for people-watching or just getting a flavor for 21st-century Seoul if all you've done is visit palaces and shrines.
Myeong Dong is the liveliest place in Seoul, ý have witnessed..
There ara many shops with all known brands in an area, which consists of several adjacent roads..
I liked Myeong dong so much, although did not bought anything..But if you are a shopping freak, but dont like covered malls, than spent your time at Myeong dong, you will not regret..
Myeongdong is one of the major shopping areas in Seoul and there are many streets lined with clothing stores, restaurants, department stores etc. The crowd is huge especially during the weekends, mostly teenagers who are dressed to kill. A visit to Seoul will not be complete without doing some shopping at Myeongdong, but be warned that the prices are not cheap here.
Streetful of fabolous shops! From Giordano, Spice Alley, Basic House, Asics, and Might Mac. More and more shops, more and more brands. Make up from Skin Foods, The Face Shop, Missha, and Etude House. Korean make up are cheap and everytime you go in the shop they hand out free samples! Who doesn't love that!
There's cute lil cafe shops(tried to find one where they make heart pics with the cream on top of the coffee hehehe no luck!), pizza shops, and restaurants for teenagers to hang out. Very chaotic on Friday and weekends. But I totally love that whole atmosphere.
Everyone having fun and just enjoying themselves. I went mad in Myong Dong. 20 bags of cute trinkets, clothes, and all the shoes (20 pairs) I bought at the shoe stores in Myong Dong. They were like 10 bucks a pair.
What to buy: They have anything and everything here!!
What to pay: Can't bargain in Myong Dong. But the prices are pretty sweet!
Myeongdong is a center of the Seoul. This area is situated along fashion shopping malls with department stores, cafes and small stages live concerts. Restaurants with Fashion boutiques. and the edge end of street at situated Catholic Cathedral. Cathedral was a very important place of 1970~1980 Korea at that time.
What to buy: About Fashion and Food
The Myeongdong area is a very popular shopping area among young Koreans, mostly women. It has dozens of name-brand stores such as Nike, New Balance, Levis, and others. Prices here are very steep, but it is worth walking around here just to people-watch! This area will get very crowded around lunch time and in the evenings. It is estimated that two million people per day visit Myeongdong.
This is the most famous fashion district in Seoul, and one of the most expensive shopping areas in the world.
Myeongdong is next to Namsan and Namdaemun Market. Myeongdong is home to the Myeongdong Cathedral.
Laneige Flagship Store at Myeong Dong
Much less expensive than buying at the foreign countries.
Various product lines.
Many gifts to the purchase!
What to buy: Sleeping Pack and whatever you like.
What to pay: 80ml sleeping pack: about $17
but I found out later that you can buy the same one at the duty free store in the airport for $15. Anyway, you can have several trial gifts for the former.
If you can go to Myeongdong during off hours you'll probably enjoy it more- but if you want to see how many people can fit into small spaces head over on Sat afternoon! I enjoy shopping here you can get most of the Korean brands, all the sports brands, some expensive foreign brands and see lots of Japanese tourists too. Myeongdong Dept. store can provide accessories and cheap souvineers. Above the Kosney's there are a few good shops I like and the Young plaza as well. (don't forget the basement and the top floor!)
What to buy: Clothes, Shoes, Jewelery, Home furnishings, Food, Korean pop stay memorabilia
What to pay: cheap to expensive- look around
You can find all kinds of things here, although the prices may be more than they were during my time in Korea. Like the East Gate area, it's a great place to browse, watch the people, and simply hang out.
What to buy: Here, you can find nearly anything.
What to pay: After all these years, I couldn't say how expensive it is now.
While shopping for bags, shoes, clothes, etc, do check out with a second store for prices. Sometimes, bargaining at one store is useless unless you know how much exactly this piece of item you want is worth in that area. E.g. I purchased a pouch at 6000 won after bargaining and thinking I got a deal, but at the end of the road, a store is selling the same piece at 4000 won before bargaining.
Tip from the guides: "The further you walk in, the cheaper the things"
Tested and proven. ^_^
Myeongdong is one of the major shopping districts in Seoul. Here you will find all the major brand named boutiques: Gap, Banana Republic, Landrover, and so on. You will also find my favorite cosmetics shop, Lush, which is why we came in the first place!
What to buy: This is a fun place to browse around and check out where Korean fashion is at. Aside from the familiar brand boutiques, you'll also find unique Korean brands like UGIZ, Who.A.U., and Basic House. Alongside these are unique shops that carry clothes, shoes and accessories. Fun!
What to pay: This area is not cheap. The clothes are real, not knock offs, so you'll likely pay full price. Check the sale racks for the best buys.
When you are at the Myeongdong area, you can visit the Lotte Shopping Centre, which is essentially a huge department store of Lotte selling mainly women clothings, cosmetics, handbags etc. This shopping centre is located just across the road of Myeongdong and you cannot miss it because of the huge "Lotte" signboard.