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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul
"You will start your night shopping tour when you are picked up at your hotel and go to the Myeongdong Fashion Street. The Myeongdong Fashion Street is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million s Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea’s tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics economy and culture.After seeing the Myeongdong area you will check out the Dongdaemun Doota Shopping Mall which is a fashion mall full of trendy fashion items. There are 540 stores throughout the 8-story building including designer shops select shops
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Korean Demilitarized Zone and Dragon Hill Spa Tour
"Hotel pickup for this tour will be at 8 or 8:40am in Seoul. From there you will head to Imjingak Pavilion located at 50km northwest of Seoul. This pavillion was built for 5 million people who had lost their homes. Major facilities include the North Hall where you can get a view of the North Korean lifestyle.After the Imjingak you will head to the DMZ a demilitarized zone formed after the Korean War between South and North Korea. It is 2km wide in the North and 4km wide in the South based on the truce line crossing the Korean Peninsula. Visitors can see that the DMZ area’s ecosystem has been preserved you will go to the third infiltration tunnel which was discovered in October 1978. This tour will show you through the 3rd underground tunnel that North Korea which has been continuously provoking the South since the armistice
From $160.00
Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour
"Experience both the urban modernity and historic traces of Seoul on a three-hour walking tour. Meet your local guide and head to Bukchon Hanok village a residential area dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The village is lined with hundreds of hanoks (traditional Korean houses). Walk along the quiet alleys and admire the latticed windows and patterned brick walls. Today many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers restaurants and tea houses providing an opportunity to become immersed in traditional Korean culture.Next visit the Tteok Museum a unique museum detailing the history
From $52.00

Myeong Dong Cathedral Tips (18)

Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping

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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Feb 04, 2004

Myeong-dong -- Vibrant street scene

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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Jan 08, 2008

Practice Your Faith

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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Apr 26, 2005

Myeong Dong. - Downtown Seoul

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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Sep 04, 2005
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Myeongdong Cathedral * *

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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Dec 07, 2006

Myeong Dong Catholic Cathedral

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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Jan 15, 2005

Attend a Catholic Mass

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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May 08, 2006


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

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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Jun 25, 2006

Myeong-dong shopping district

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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Nov 17, 2002


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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Jun 05, 2003

Hang out in Myeong-dong

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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Jun 12, 2004

Things to Do Near Seoul

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Cheong Gye Cheon - Man Made Stream

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Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

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Heunginjimun Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate

Dongdaemun is known for its shopping area, a place for a cheap clothing items in Korea. But actually means Great East Gate. This is more commonly called Dongdaemun Gate, first built in 1398. This was...
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Dongdaemun Market

I visited this night market during my last night in Seoul. I was not impresed as it was mainly a clothes market. The area though is great to walk around in the evening as it is surrounded by the big...
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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

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Ongo-food Communication,- Day Tours

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