Myeongdong Euljiro Area

myeongdong-shopsMyeongdong Shopping Area

Myeongdong Euljiro Area

Myeongdong Euljiro area is the most popular shopping places you can enjoy in Seoul. You can explore the streets lined with department stores and shops that display arrays of brand-name cosmetics, clothes, shoes, accessories, souvenirs, and recent popular products.

The area is known for its night markets and street-side food stalls serving up delicious treats, including tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), gimbap (seaweed rice rolls), hotteok (sweet pancakes) and more. There are also karaoke rooms located throughout the area, perfect for those looking to let off some steam.

Myeongdong Euljiro is bustling with life and energy day and night, making it a great place to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Seoul. Whether you’re looking for street food or designer clothes, there’s something for everyone here.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the crowd, take a break in one of the neighborhood’s many cafes or parks and enjoy a little peace and quiet. 

Myeongdong Euljiro is also to some of Seoul's best attractions, from Namdaemun Market to the bustling streets of Myeongdong. Visitors can easily explore the area on foot, stopping to sample local delicacies or shop for souvenirs.

The area is well connected by public transportation as well, making it easy to get around Seoul. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable nightlife experience or just want to explore the city, Myeongdong Euljiro has something for everyone.  Don’t miss out on experiencing this vibrant neighborhood – you won't be disappointed! ​​

You'll find plenty of things to do in Myeongdong Euljiro, from visiting cultural attractions like the National Palace Museum and Changgyeonggung Palace to exploring the traditional markets.

You don’t need or have to buy anything but you might enjoy simply by ‘eye-shopping’ and feel happy watching people passing by and doing the same thing as you or others do. That way, you are learning about travel, local culture, multi-culture, and human behaviour in general especially among travellers and tourists.

myeongdong-street-shoppersMyeong-dong shopping area

Myeongdong Theatre

Myeongdong Theatre
If your feet got tired and you want to be creative while resting, you might enjoy something cultural. You can enter into Myeongdong Theatre that showcases various plays. You don’t only feel relax but also enjoy and learn culture through entertaining plays. It is a cool place as well!

The theatre is built with a Baroque-style building constructed in 1934. It looks antique while its auditorium design narrows the distance between the stage and the audience. This theatre is considered the Mecca for Korean live theatre in South Korea.

Location: Myeongdong Theatre is located just 7 minute walk from Exit 6 of Euljiro 1-ga Station (Line 2), or Exit 6 of Myeong-dong Station Line 4.

korean musical instrument changguA Korean musical instrument called 'changgu'looks like an old sandglass watch.

UNESCO House
UNESECO House is the UN’s UNESCO office in South Korea. In this building, you can other facilities including the famous Nanta Theatre. 

UNESCO House in Myeongdong is a multi-purpose cultural center run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits and events related to culture, science, technology and education.

The building itself is a beautiful landmark in the bustling neighborhood of Myeongdong. From the outside it looks like a modern cube with intricate patterns on its facade.

Inside there are several exhibition rooms that showcase different aspects of UNESCO’s activities around the world. There is also a lecture hall, library, café and other facilities. UNESCO House in Myeongdong provides an opportunity to learn more about global cultures, discover new stories and explore fresh ideas on education, science and technology.

UNESCO House in Myeongdong is a popular tourist attraction located in the heart of downtown Seoul. The building is home to an interactive exhibit that showcases all of UNESCO's worldwide projects and initiatives.

Visitors can learn about the history and mission of the organization, as well as explore a variety of multimedia exhibits, including videos and photographs. There are also interactive activities for both children and adults.

Additionally, UNESCO House in Myeongdong has several shops offering souvenirs and traditional items related to UNESCO’s projects, making it the perfect destination for anyone interested in learning more about this important organization.

Myeongdong Nanta Theatre
This theatre is also popular. Basically, you will enjoy a fast-moving action-comedy of players on stage. The players, for example, play in rhythm, chopping vegetables that entertain viewers. A restaurant is also accessible in this same building.

Myeongdong Nanta Theatre is a traditional Korean theatre located in Myeongdong, Seoul.

It offers a unique theatrical experience by combining interactive performance and traditional cooking. The performances are based on SamulNori, an ancient Korean folk percussion art which involves four players performing various rhythms with an array of drums and gongs.

Audiences can participate in the performance by clapping along to the rhythm and chanting simple instructions from the cast members.

The theatre also features an interactive kitchen where audiences can learn how to make traditional dishes such as kimchi, japchae and seaweed soup.

With its vibrant atmosphere and delightful performances, Myeongdong Nanta Theatre is truly a must-see destination for anyone visiting Seoul.

Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center

tourism touristA tourist in Seoul

This is the place you can visit should you need more information and advice to better plan your travel in South Korea.

Myeongdong Tourist Information Center is South Korea’s largest trust information centre. It offers over 400 various travel brochures. From here, you can get free Internet access, secure online reservations for your accommodation and other events you want to book.

If you happen to have issues or experiencing difficulties about travel you can make complaints and receive advice at this centre. Also, check out their souvenir shop which is filled with government certified products for your friends and family members back home.

Location: It is a 3-minute walk from Exit 5 of Eulji-ro 1-ga Station (Subway Line 2).
Phone: 02-778-0333

Myeongdong Cathedral

myeongdong cathedral church buildingMyeong-dong (Myeongdong) Cathedral's facade

Myeongdong Cathedral is a Christian church building (Catholic) standing on top of the hilly part of Myeong-dong area.

Myeong-dong Cathedral is Korea’s first Gothic church building built a hundred years ago. It is considered the most iconic cathedral in the country, which symbolises Korean Catholicism.

The church runs regular religious celebrations (mass, baptism, etc.). Many curious travelers and visitors explore the church building’s structure, including its underground tombs.

Catholics and visitors alike enjoy the colourful lights and celebrations, especially during the Christmas season.

Location: Walk for 8 minutes from Exit 7 or 8 of Myeong-dong Station on Line 4 from this station.

Depatments Stores and Shopping Malls

As aforementioned, Myeongdong and Euljiro area is where you can explore shopping places and enjoy shopping or simply exploring.

The area is home to many major local department stores and shopping malls. Over a hundred stores specializing in fashion, accessories, toys, sports facilities, travel products, and more fancy gears can be purchased.

Certainly, you can easily find delicious Korean food and international cuisines, mostly at the lowest level per building. You can also buy various food products from their wide array of both local and international food displays, both fresh and sealed (canned, dried, etc.).

myeongdong-accessoriesAccessories at various Myeong-dong shops

Namsangol Hanok Village

jeju folk village jars hangariA sample of 'hanok' village in Korea

Namsangol Hanok Village is an old village that was preserved from the Jose Dynasty period. The village features hanok (old thatched-roof Korean house) house, pavilions, and a pond with some water lilies and fish.

After exploring this village, you can join a traditional cultural experience activity, including a traditional Korean wedding ceremony. If you want to do this wedding ceremony, you are required to book it in advance.

The admission to this village is free, and translations for Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese languages are available upon request and advance notice.

Location: It is a 3-minute walk from Exit 3 or 4 of Chungmuro Station (Line 3 or 4).
Phone: 02-2261-0517, www.hanokmaeul.or.kr

Korea House

korean food sidedish main dishSamples of Korean side dishes and main dishes

Korea House is located nearby Namsangol Hanok Village. It is a cultural place that offers traditional Korean culture through various means.

Korea House has a restaurant that offers royal cuisine based on the Joseon Dynasty period. Besides food (Hanshik), the house also offers various traditional experiences, dances, performances, and other entertaining and educational services.

Korea House is open all-year-round except on every Monday of the third week of the month, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok day, and other public holidays.

Location: It takes 3 minutes on foot from Exit 3 of Chungmuro Station (Subway Line 3 or 4).
Phone/website: 02-2266-9101; www.koreahouse.or.kr

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