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.
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. That way, you are learning about travel, local culture, multi-culture, and human behaviour in general especially among travellers and tourists.
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.
UNESECO House is the UN’s UNESCO office in South Korea. In this building, you can other facilities including the famous Nanta Theatre.
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.
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).
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.
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.).
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 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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