Myeongdong, Seoul

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    Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping

    by Hmmmm Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Artist in Myeongdong at 2am. Pic:ADI

    If you like action, masses of humanity, noise, micro-marketing, chaos, and living colour, then Myeongdong is right up your alley, parden the pun.

    Myeong-dong is Korea's trendiest shopping area, with over 300,000 square meters of shops selling clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and cosmetics. Many department stores also have a major presence here. Day or night, young people always crowd into the numerous restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and night clubs in the area. Nearby Myeong-dong Cathedral is a frequent focal point for anti-government demonstrations and dissident holdouts, which sometimes mars the local atmosphere. The area also has an annual street festival.

    Myeong-dong Cathedral. This is the first brick-laid Gothic building ever built in Korea. It was begun in 1894 and completed 1898. It is in the shape of a cross, with three hallways. The main building is 23m high while the steeple rises to 45m while the architectural style us Gothic, there is no complex ornamentation.

    Myeong Dong is also a little famous for street artists.

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    Myeong-dong -- Vibrant street scene

    by Trique Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Myeong-dong is a must visit tourist spot with Korea's trendiest shopping area consisting of over 300,000 square meters of shops selling clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and cosmetics. Many department stores also have a major presence here. Apart from shopping, there are also a number of recommended restaurants and cafes here.

    Great shopping spot with vibrant street scene. It is also about 15 mins walk from Insadong

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    Practice Your Faith

    by i-s-a Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Myeong-dong Cathedral

    I visited this church the first Sunday I was in Seoul and I find the mass very solemn. For non-Koreans, the mass is held at the 2nd floor of the big building at the right side of the main cathedral.

    Info from Korea Travel Guide:
    Completed in 1898, it is Korea's first Western-style brick building designed in a Neo-Renaissance style, with a 45-meter steeple.

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    Myeong Dong. - Downtown Seoul

    by Erkmen Written Sep 4, 2005

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    Man this is the place you must see.. May be to start with...

    Before getting to Seoul, I have checked VT and some other sites, they were all talking about Namdaemun market area and Dondaemun market area.. The names were so weird in the beginnig but you get use to it..

    While checking on the net, I have seen a description as " To reach Namdaemun market get off at Hoehyun Metro station of line four.. However I suggest to get off one stop later, which is Myeong Dong.. It is one of the most lively place you can see in seoul..

    Myeung dong is an area where you can find all fashion brands, restaurants and nice places gathered all together in mostly pedestrainized streets.. This is where the youngs of seoul are gathering and strolling.. Myeung dong, besides many shops offers a nice street scenes..

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    Myeongdong Cathedral * *

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Myeongdong Cathedral is the most impressive Christian church in Seoul. It was completed in 1898 and has a 45 meter tall steeple. This Gothic church has a beautiful interior that attracts numerous visitors to see its stained glass, stone pillars, and pipe organ.

    Myeongdong Cathedral has a famous Midnight Mass at Christmas.

    As the name implies, it is located in the Myeongdong shopping district, north east of the subway station of the same name.

    Christianity is the primary religion of about 21% of the South Korean population. Christian churches and cathedrals are common throughout the land. South Korea has the second highest rate of Christianity in eastern Asia, with the Philippines being first. Christianity in Korea is usually associated with modern reformist thinkers.

    Buddhism, not surprisingly, comes in a close second in Korean religion with about 20% of the population. Buddhist temples are typically beautiful, secluded compounds high in the mountains, though a few are located within the cities. Buddhism is Korea is typically associated with conservative, old fashioned thinking.

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    Myeong Dong Catholic Cathedral

    by jckim Written Jan 15, 2005

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    Myeong Dong Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Seoul. It was also the first parish in Korea and remains a symbol of the Korean Church. In 1784 the first faith community gathered on this spot,
    which was then known as Myeong-Nae-Bang. 1896.Fr. Poisnel, who succeeded Fr. Coste, completed the construction. In the 1970s and 1980s, Myeong Dong Cathedral became a focal point for the democracy govement in Korea an played and important role in social developments and the expansion of human rights.

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    Attend a Catholic Mass

    by yellowbell Updated May 8, 2006

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    Myeongdong Cathedral

    The Seoul Cathedral (1898) stands out not because you can see the tower of 45 meters jutting out of the skyline of Myeongdong but because it's the only Gothic structure of red and gray bricks sitting on a little hill. Pink azaleas lined the courtyard where the figure of Christ stands in front of the church. The marker outside the church said the buildings form a cross when viewed on top but I didn't bother to confirm.

    I attended the mass here and even if I don't understand Korean language, I felt at peace especially when the choir started singing. Notice the pipe organ on the 2/F and the ribbed vault roof. Each pillar has its own large TV monitor so you can see the priest even if you're seated along the aisle.

    One peculiar thing I noticed is that the church-goers went to the altar during the offertory instead of the basket being passed around. I almost thought, the church goers are lining up for the eucharist.

    Weekday: 6:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (mass), 6p.m., 7p.m.(No masses on Mondays 7p.m. )
    Weekend: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.(mass for the youth), 9 p.m. - For the young- 10:30 a.m.(Elementary students), 12 p.m.(Middle/High School students)

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    Myeongdong

    by Vita500 Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Crowds of people, fashion boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops... that's what you can expect to find in Myeongdong, one of Seoul's busiest and most crowded place for shopping and leisure entertainment.

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    See Myung Dong Catholic Church

    by KevinMichael Written Jun 25, 2006

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    One of the things that my wife and I like to do is to visit the Catholic Churches when we travel to someplace new. We appreciate the churches both for their artistic breadth as well as for the chance to have some time for reverence.

    Myung Dong stands atop a hill so get reading for a 2-3 minute hike as you go towards it's entrance.

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    Myeong-dong shopping district

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Myeong-dong Street covers a one square kilometer area from Myeong-dong Station to Euljiro and Lotte Department Store. It is not too much to say that Myeong-dong has the busiest fashion streets in Seoul and is the leader in Korean fashion trends. Not only will you find large shopping malls and famous brand shops where you can find clothing and shoes, but also fast food chains, cafes and specialty restaurants, fill the alleys.

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    Myeongdong

    by DirtyRudy Updated Jun 5, 2003

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    This seems to be a place where a lot of the young crowd hang out! It's pretty active throughout the whole day and there are dozens of places to shop for brand name clothing.

    There are also a lot of restaurants too. Of course, there's a McDonalds, KFC, and other fast food restaurants, but there are many other good places to get good Korean food too.

    On some Sundays, Mass services are held outdoors where devoted Christians worship. Others say the end of the world is coming and we must repent for our sins. And then there are the beggars on the streets, doing whatever they can for change.

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    Myong Dong

    by Jun_Oh Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This quarter has two faces, each of which seems totally different from each other. First, it is a most
    important financial district of Korea, having headquarter buildings of the nation's representative national and commercial banks
    such as the Industrial Bank of Korea, the Korea Exchange Bank, and the Kookmin Bank, as well as The Bank of Korea, the bank
    of issue. Moreover, a total of over 70 bank branches of the various financial institutions, including banks, securities companies,
    and short-term financing companies and investment firms are located within the area. Secondly, Myong-dong is known as a most
    advanced fashion and entertainment center. U2 Zone, V-Exchange, Trend 20, ENVY and Hamburger University are among the
    large number of fashion malls, which are packing the area more dense every year. Those multi-functional shopping spots,
    equipped with update facilities for consumers, mainly for the younger generation, draw in thousands of fashion-minded people from
    across the city. With the slogan, 'From head to feet' they have come to push out more or less the traditional specialty stores in
    this area. Cafes and bars with live music and various kinds of restaurants, in many cases boasting of long tradition, are still
    prospering, while McDonald's, Burger King, and other fast food restaurants are also extending their spaces. So it is natural that
    about two million people flow in and out of this area a day. As the shopping population includes a considerable number of foreign
    tourists and residents, boards and instructions for shopping written in Japanese or Chinese are often seen on the show windows of
    the stores.

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    Hang out in Myeong-dong

    by sjvessey Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    At night

    Called by some the centre of Seoul, Myeong-dong is an area maybe three or four city blocks on a side, containing literally hundreds of shops, with a fair sprinkling of restaurants and bars. It stays open late into the evening, and the streets are usually thronged with people.

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    Myung-Dong in the centre of...

    by carstenj Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Myung-Dong in the centre of the city is a pedestrain mall shopping district. You'll find all sorts of shops and eateries around there, both western, Japanese and of course Korean. Unfortunately they have heaps of Starsucks around there as well.
    It get quite crowded at shopping time and for some reason there aren't that many men there!

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    Shopping fun!!

    by shannen518 Written Apr 28, 2005

    Generally a nice palce to shop. Come here at night rather than in daytime, when you have to look out for traffic. The roads are closed to traffic at night. I was there at daytime on my 2nd trip, and I was hit by a auto-wheel chair. Sob!! Do remember to bargain. "Ka Ka Choo Say Yo" means, pls lower the price!!

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