Myeongdong is one of those places that I feel like true Seoulites don’t visit very often. And you can tell why – it’s really loud, crowded and it can maybe become a little overbearing to spend more than a couple of hours there. But for everyone else who is only visiting, I believe Myeongdong is a must see.
Between too giant Lotte department stores (one hip and trendy, the other upmarket) and a plethora of small shops selling highly popular Korean beauty products, Myeongdong’s is a shoppers paradise regardless of their budget. With K-pop blasting from all the speakers and cheerful promoters inviting you in with free samples and various offers, it’s simply to hard to say no and decline to step into this frenzy. Once you decide your wallet has taken enough battering, you can take a break in one of Myeongdong’s numerous coffee shops and restaurant, ranging from omnipresent chains to small, Korea-style places. One of Myeongdong’s best assets though is definitely its street food offer. Depending on which time of year you decide to visit, you can have a chance to enjoy spicy tteokboki, fired squid, tornado potato and various other street delicacies. Definitely worth a visit, even if only briefly!