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Guide to Myeongdong Shopping Street & Getting There | Seoul, South Korea

Guide to Myeongdong Shopping Street - Shops, Food, Map

(+Korean Brand Stores, Shopping Malls, Street Food, Myeongdong Station, Lockers, Airport Limousine Bus Stops, Recommended Cafes, Restaurants, Hotels & more...)

서울특별시 중구 명동길 (명동1가) | Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Opening hours vary according to stores. Generally from 11:00 to 22:00.

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  • Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 5/6/7/8 onto Myeongdong).

  • Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (line 2, exit 5/6). 2 mins walk.

Note: Myeongdong Shopping Street is a large pedestrian-friendly zone (see map below). Vehicles are generally not allowed.

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Myeongdong is Korea's famous shopping and fashion district. Shoppers can enjoy total shopping and dining experiences at the pedestrian-friendly (/car-free) zone in Myeongdong.

Many local, international brands and department stores lined the streets and alleys, selling everything from cosmetics, clothes, shoes to accessories.

Myeongdong Shopping Malls

  1. Noon Square

  2. M Plaza

  3. Lotte Department Store (flagship store)

  4. Lotte Young Plaza

  5. Shinsegae Department Store (flagship store)

Top Korean Fashion Brand Stores in Myeongdong, Seoul

  1. SPAO - casual wear, suits to children clothing.

  2. 8 seconds - casual wear to accessories.

  3. TOP TEN - men & women casual wear.

  4. 3CE STYLENANDA - women makeup & fashion.

  5. ZIOZIA [relocated along Myeongdong 8na-gil] - men fashion.

  6. Bean Pole [closed. nearest store @Lotte Department Store Main Store] - designer clothes and leather goods.

  7. Line Friends Flagship Store [closed. nearest store @Lotte Young Plaza] - clothes, toys, accessories & more.

  8. Teenie Weenie [closed] - signature Korean Teddy Bear apparel designs.

  9. WHO.A.U [closed] - mid-priced casual wear.

  10. MIXXO [closed] - ladies casual, lingerie to work wear.

  11. Roem [closed] - stylish women clothing.

  12. Indibrand [closed] - chic & trendy women fashion brand.

  13. Codes Combine [closed] - clothing for men & women, accessories and leather goods.

  14. Basic House [closed] - casual wear.

  15. TNGT [closed] - men fashion.

Popular International Brand Stores in Myeongdong

  1. adidas

  2. Nike

  3. New Balance

  4. CONVERSE

  5. THE NORTH FACE

  6. EIDER

  7. Skechers

  8. H&M

  9. ZARA

  10. MNG [closed]

  11. UNIQLO - the largest store in Korea [closed in Feb 2021]

Korean Cosmetics Brands in Myeongdong

1. Laneige

2. AHC

3. Nature Republic

4. The Face Shop

5. MISSHA

6. ETUDE HOUSE

7. Innisfree

8. Banila co.

9. SKINFOOD

10. TONY MOLY

11. The SAEM​

12. MediHeal

13. Holika Holika

14. Too Cool for School

15. All Mask Story

16. PRETTYSKIN

17. Mamonde [closed]

18. PRIMERA [closed]

19. A'PIEU [closed]

20. CHICOR [closed]

21. KLAVUU [closed]

22. It's Skin [closed]

Olive Young Flagship Store & Branches in Myeongdong

Olive Young, the "Korea’s No. 1 Health and Beauty Store" is the must-visit for many beauty-lovers to Seoul. There are a total of 6 Olive Young stores in Myeongdong, including its largest flagship store in Korea.

▶ Check out Olive Young Branches in Myeongdong

 

Korean Sportswear Brand Stores

  1. ABC Mart

  2. Kumkang

  3. Folder [closed]

  4. Les More [closed]

Myeongdong Shopping Street - ABC-Mart | KoreaToDo
Myeongdong Shopping Street - KumKang | KoreaToDo
Myeongdong Shopping Street - LESMORE | KoreaToDo
Myeongdong Shopping Street - FOLDER | KoreaToDo

Korean Bags & Accessories Brand Stores

  1. MCM [closed. nearest store @Lotte Department Store Main Store] 

  2. LLOYD (watches, earrings, etc) [relocated to a smaller store along Myeongdong 8-gil] 

Supermarkets

Supermarkets used to be found only at basement level in Myeongdong have sprang up over the years to street level at many prominent locations, bringing more convenience to visitors.

HBAF

HBAF is a popular seasoned almonds snack brand in Korea. Interestingly, multiple HBAF stores with striking storefront have sprung up in Myeongdong selling their almonds snack in all different favours.

Money Exchange

One other common sight in Myeongdong is probably the money changers. Most of them offer very competitive exchange rates and are commission-free. Passport is required for all currency exchange service.

 

You can find the money changers located in buildings' corner, small lanes or check out the popular money changers located directly opposite Embassy of People's Republic of China in Myeongdong.

Others Popular Shops in Myeongdong

  1. Korean Pharmacies.

  2. Convenience Stores (e.g. GS25, 7-ELEVEN)

Myeongdong Street Food

Besides shopping, street food is a must-try in Myeongdong and there is always something new in your next visit. Cash only. 

Check out Myeongdong Street Food Collection

Popular Restaurants & Cafes in Myeongdong

In between your shopping, take a break at one of the restaurants and cafes in Myeongdong you fancy or check out our recommended list.

You can catch Korea's longest running and award winning show, NANTA right at Myeongdong too!
 

Myeongdong NANTA Theatre

Tourist Information Centers

If you need to make any tourist information enquiries, drop in at any of these two well-located centers in Myeongdong:

Myeongdong Cathedral

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Myeongdong Station

a) Myeongdong Station Lockers

There are lockers available at Myeongdong Station for travellers who need to store their luggage. Prices range from 2,000-4,000 won per day based on the size of the locker. Instructions are available in English and payment by T-Money or Credit Card. No Cash Payment.
 

Myeongdong Station - Lockers | KoreaToDo

b) Stairs inside Myeongdong Station

For travellers taking AREX Airport Express Train to/fro Incheon International Airport or travellers taking Subway Line 4 to/from Myeongdong Station with your luggage, kindly take note that you will need to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs inside the station. If required, you may like to consider taking the airport limousine bus or private airport transfer instead.
 

c) Stairs from Myeongdong Station to Street Level

If you are carrying big or heavy luggage, please use the escalator at Myeongdong Station's exit 1, 3 or 7 to street level or challenge the stairs again...
 

If you would like to immerse in the energy of Seoul and all the conveniences it has to offer, Myeongdong is the definitely the place to visit and stay on your holiday to Seoul in South Korea.

 

🛍Imagine dropping off your heavy shopping bags at your hotel room and popping out again to continue your walks in Myeongdong. 😍🤭

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Myeongdong also offers a great range of accommodation options from hostels, guesthouses to hotels. Most hostels and guesthouses have rooms with private bathrooms too.

The recommended area to stay is near Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4). You can get to many tourist attractions easily on Line 4, including Seoul Station, DongdaemunIhwa Mural VillageSungshin Women's University shopping District, etc.

Also, the bus stop for Airport Limousine Bus to both Incheon Airport (#6015) and Gimpo Airport is conveniently located near to exit 8 of Myeongdong Station.
 

Recommended Hotels near Myeongdong Station

Here are the accommodation hot picks within 3 mins walk to Myeongdong Station.

1

​Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong

★★★ | 8.5 Review Rating

The popular Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong is located within 1 min walk to Myeongdong Station exit 8 with Airport Limousine Bus Stop just around the corner. Once you step out of the hotel, you will be in the middle of Myeongdong shops, restaurants and street food.

2

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Myeongdong

★★★ | 8.8 Review Rating

Located on the 7-22F of M-Plaza building, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Myeongdong is a very well-received and recommended hotel to stay in Myeongdong. The hotel is 2 mins walk from Myeongdong Station exit 8 with many shops and good restaurants along the street outside the hotel.💡If you are taking taxi, drop off at Myeongdong Station and walk to hotel. If you are coming from Airport Limousine Bus Stop (Myeongdong Station - Bus #6015 from Incheon Airport), walk in the direction of bus going off, turn right at Tous Les Jours Cafe and walk straight to hotel, 3 mins walk.

3

L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE

★★★★ | 8.6 Review Rating

L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE is a trendy lifestyle hotel with cozy atmosphere located 50m straight from Myeongdong Station exit 9 (/1 min walk from exit 8) along the main road, Toegye-ro. There is a rooftop bar on the 21F and coin laundry at B1F.

4

Hotel Skypark Myeongdong 3

★★★ | 8.2 Review Rating

Located next to L7 Myeongdong and along the main road (Toegye-ro) is Hotel Skypark Myeongdong 3. Hotel entrance is right in front of Myeongdong Station exit 9 and next to 7-Eleven convenience store.

5

Creto Hotel Myeongdong

★★★ | 8.5 Review Rating

Creto Hotel Myeongdong is located 1 street from Myeongdong Station (exit 10, 1 min walk) and towards the edge of Myeongdong Shopping District. Nonetheless, it is an easy walk to Myeongdong shops with a nearby 7-Eleven and restaurants along its street.

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