Planning a trip to South Korea? You’re covering Seoul as well on your trip, right? If so, then make sure that your Seoul itinerary must include a visit to the shopping district of Myeongdong. We have been to this place and trust me, for even a moment, it didn’t feel like this place is not worth it. Whether you are looking to enjoy an ultimate shopping tour or wish to relish the taste of cheap Korean food, Myenongdong has everything, literally. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Myeongdong which you can explore and experience during the day time. Not just this, Myeongdong also plays an important role in Seoul nightlife. As the sun falls asleep, the region turns neon and become appealing to tourists with its array of activities. Here in this post, we talk about what to do in Myeongdong.
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Myeongdong Street Food
Myeongdong is a paradise for food lovers and connoisseurs. Hence, do not come here on a full stomach. You will not be disappointed while searching for delectable cheap eats in Myeongdong. While almost all the street food in Myeongdong is incredible, but most visitors and locals love to eat Kalguksu with its chewy noodles, rich broth, and scrumptious meat. Along with Kalguksu, you can also try Kimchi – a Korean side dish. But again, the Korean food culture in Myeongdong Market is not just restricted to these dishes. You can enjoy a wide range of Korean street food here in Myeongdong.
53-9 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Shopping in Myeongdong is indeed one of the best activities to do. Being home to Myeongdong shopping street, the region is lined with hundreds of shops and stores selling a wide range of items. Its a lot like Hongdae minus the drinking. What appeals to visitors are fashion items. Here you can expect to get the best and the trendiest fashion. Apart from the local brands, the area is also dotted with some big brand stores like Zara, H&M, and America Apparel. Along with that, you can also expect to pick the amazing range of skincare products while Myeongdong shopping.
Visit Myeongdong Cathedral
The region of Myeongdong is not just known for its glitz and glamour. You can also visit a sacred site, Myeongdong Korea Cathedral. It is one of the most unique places to visit in the region owing to its brilliant architecture and rich history. Dates back to the 19th century, the French Gothic style architecture of the church is the key highlight of this attraction. During the Christmas season, the cathedral is even special to visit.
74 Myeongdong-gil, Jeodong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Sauna in Myeongdong – Mud Spa
Ever heard of Mud Sauna? Well, if not, then experience it in Myeongdong. It is one of the most relaxing experiences to relish in Seoul. The spa gives you a chance to get various skin treatments with natural mud from Boryeong – a quaint part in South West Korea. However, the spa is only for women. After a long day of sightseeing, there won’t be a better thing to do than to relax and unwind yourself while enjoying Mud Spa.
22 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong cat cafe
If you really want to do something out of the box, then visit Godabang Cafe – a themed cat cafe in Myeongdong. This is a great place not just to relax but also to spend some pleasant time. Wondering why? Well, because you get to spend time with fluffy and mischievous cats. But rules are quite strict here in order to ensure the complete safety of the animals.
Upon entering, you’ll be asked to wash your hands. Besides, they’ll also make you agree on a few terms like not touching cats while they are sleeping and not running after any cat to catch them. But, these are just rules and trust me, you’ll be in no such situation where you’ll have to go against these rules as the cats here are quite friendly and will easily come to you. On the whole, by visiting this cafe, you will give yourself a time full of happiness and beautiful moments which you will cherish for a lifetime. You would be amazed to know that this is not just the only cafe of its kind in Korea, there are hundreds of such cafes in entire South Korea.
8 5 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
1 PM–10 PM
Are you a museum lover? If so, then there is a beautiful treat for you in Myeongdong referred to as the Grevin Museum. The museum houses the wax statues of various famous personalities from present and history. Here you can expect to catch a sight of the idols of Korean athletes, Joseon kings, famous actors, and K-pop idols. Not just Korean, but you can see the wax figures of various internationally-renowned personalities like Queen Elizabeth, Einstein, and even American presidents. Grevin Museum is one of the most interactive places to visit in Myeongdong and it also offers a range of digital games. A visit to this place becomes become even more special.
23 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Make Your Own Perfume
Loves perfumes? If so, then Myeongdong is the right Seoul tourist attraction to visit. Myeongdong G.N perfume studio is one of the most talked-about places amongst tourists. Here you can take a class on how to make a perfume and by the end of it, you can take your personalized perfume home. They have more than 150 different base scents and around 20 natural flavors to choose to make a new and unique perfume fragrance. If you are really fond of perfumes or just always prefer to smell good, this activity deserves to be on your Myeongdong itinerary.
3f, 14 Myeongdong 7-gil, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
To know more about what else Seoul has in its fold to offer to their tourists, check out our South Korea blog section. We cover all of the top places like Hongdae, Myeongdong, Jongno-gu, Insadong and much more. If you are on your first trip to Myeongdong, Korea, then our travel essential will certainly help you have a hassle-free tour on Myeongdong Street.