Best Area to Stay in Seoul - MYEONGDONG

Orientation of Seoul:

Seoul is generally divided across the Han River:​

  • North of the Han River are popular places like Myeongdong, Seoul Station, Namsan Seoul Tower, the five remaining palaces of Joseon Dynasty, Dongdaemun, Hongdae, Edea/Sinchon and Insadong.​​

Best Area to Stay in Seoul - Map - North of Hangang River (Seoul) | KoreaToDo
  • South of the Han River is where the famous Gangnam and Lotte World are located.

Best Area to Stay in Seoul - Map - South of Hangang River (Seoul) | KoreaToDo

3 Most Popular Areas to Stay in Seoul:​

With most of the local tours offering pick up and drop off services at Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and Hongdae, it explains the popularity of these 3 suburbs for many tourists to Seoul and the top choice for their stay.

Central Shopping & Dining District
Late Night Shopping
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Our Recommendation on the Best Place to Stay in Seoul: MYEONGDONG

Myeongdong is one best area to stay especially if you are travelling to Seoul for the first time, with family or would like to stay at the central of Seoul with easy access to:

  • many popular tourist attractions (e.g. palaces, seoul tower, insadong, bukchon hanok village)

  • tourist information centres

  • subway/metro stations

  • 2 subway stops to 'Seoul Station' for trains to other parts of Korea (e.g. Busan)

  • airport limousine bus stops

  • day tours pick up points

  • shops

  • major department stores, supermarkets & duty free (e.g. Lotte, Shinsegae)

  • restaurants

  • convenience stores

  • money changers

  • theatre (for NANTA, Korea's longest running show)

  • pharmacies

Orientation Map of MYEONGDONG:

Check out the most happening pedestrian-friendly zone, street food lanes, subway stations and airport limousine bus stops at Myeongdong.

Best Area to Stay in Seoul - Map of Myeongdong | KoreaToDo

Where Exactly to stay in MYEONGDONG?

As the hottest and favourite place to stay for many visitors to Seoul, Myeongdong offers a wide range of accommodation options from high-end 5* hotels to mid and lower end hotels, guesthouses and hostels. In recent years, guesthouse that operates from a few floors of a building (instead of the whole building) has gained popularity due to its excellent location, newer facilities, affordable rates and no-fuss services in a relax atmosphere.

Recommended Hotel Location: anywhere near Myeongdong Station, preferably on the same side of the road as 'Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong' (i.e. 2 mins walk to airport limousine bus drop off/pick up bus stop, near exit 8 of Myeongdong Station)

Notes: If you are staying within the pedestrian-friendly zone at Myeongdong (i.e. not along the yellow main roads as shown on the map above), you may need to drag your luggage to your accommodation on the well-paved streets/alleys. Nonetheless, it is an interesting (& never boring) walk passing by shops, street stores and restaurants. It is a common sight to see travellers with their luggage in Myeongdong too. 🤗

L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE
Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong
Loisir Hotel Seoul
The Grand Hotel Myeongdong
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul
Philstay Myeongdong Station (B&B)
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How to get to MYEONGDONG from Incheon International Airport?

Take Airport Limousine Bus from Incheon Airport (T1/T2) to City (i.e. Myeongdong Station Bus Stop)

Bus #: 6015

Interval: 4-6 departures per hour

Duration: 80 mins

Fare: ₩15,000 (discount may apply when used with T-money Card)

  • No reservation required. Just join the queue and it is free seating on board.

  • Bus ticket can be purchased at arrival hall's counters, by cash to driver or using T-money cash card purchased at any convenience stores at airport.

Airport to Myeongdong - Airport Limousine Bus - 6015 | KoreaToDo

Departing from T1 to Myeongdong Station

First bus 05:45 | Last Bus 23:15

Walk outside of arrival hall (1F) at Gate 5, look for Bus #6015 to Myeongdong at bus platform 5B.


Departing from T2 to Myeongdong Station:

First bus 05:25 | Last Bus 22:55

Go to Basement 1 for platform No. 28

Incheon International Airport - T2 - Platform 28 (6015 Bus to Myeongdong)

Alternative travel option to Myeongdong:

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul | KoreaToDo


How to get to MYEONGDONG by AREX Express Train from Incheon Airport?

Alternatively, you can take the non-stop AREX Incheon Airport Express Train from Incheon Airport direct to Seoul Station (T1 - 43 mins / T2 - 51 mins).

How to get to MYEONGDONG from Seoul Station?

From Seoul Station, transfer to subway line 4, 2 stops away to Myeongdong Station.

Note: You may need to carry your luggage up/down the stairs on train transfer and at Myeongdong station. At Myeongdong Station, use exit 1, 3 or 7  with escalator access to street level if required. This is probably the cheaper option if you are travelling light.



Alternatively, you can travel in comfort on private car transfer to/from Airport as well.

Incheon Airport Transfers (ICN) for Seoul | KoreaToDo

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