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MyeongdongSeoul

This central Seoul shopping district is the place to buy quality brand products and stop for a bite to eat. 

Myeongdong is one ofSeoul’s most accessible shopping districts for tourists. It’s located in theheart of the city and caters to Western tastes, with big-name brands andEnglish-speaking staff. Big malls also stock local labels, but don’t come toMyeongdong looking for traditional Korean culture.

The Myeongdong district isdivided into five distinct areas. The main area of retail outlets is onMyeongdong Street. Sizable shopping malls such as Migliore and U-too Zonemingle with shops stocking well-known brands. Prices aren’t cheap, but you areguaranteed genuine products rather than imitations.

Two side alleys branch offto the east and west halfway up Myeongdong Street. These sell mid-range brandssuch as Club Monaco and Guess.

Continue east to MyeongdongCathedral, a rare example of Gothic-style architecture and the first cathedralin Seoul to be built from brick. The north section of Myeongdong is taken up byCentral Street, home to the National Souvenir Center (another big shoppingmall) and a cluster of fast-food restaurants.

China Street is a smallenclave of Chinese stores, stalls and restaurants. It’s located just behind theformer Chinese Embassy. The street has a retro feel and is popular withSeoulites looking for something out of the ordinary. They also come here toenjoy spicy Shandong dishes. If you prefer to eat Korean, consider dining atone of Myeongdong’s many local restaurants and eateries. Try kalguksu (“knifenoodles”) or donkas (deep-fried pork cutlets).

Myeongdong has its ownsubway station on Line 4. This will get you to the south end of the district.To start from the north, go to Euljiro 1-ga. Stores tend to open mid-morning tolate evening.


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LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is £45 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,392 reviews)

"Good Location in the center of Seoul, Clean and Fancy, and Great Price"…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2020

LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £148 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Myeongdong Street ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,108 reviews)

"I have stayed at this hotel a couple of times, and always had a good experience. This time however, they tried to put me in a room that looked nothing like what was on their or Expedia's website. It was dark, with bedside lamps that were leaning over awkwardly, brown orange and red striped carpet ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Lotte Hotel Seoul
L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE
L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE
4 out of 5
137 Toegye-ro Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is £45 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Myeongdong Theater, Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park. Namdaemun Market and Seoul City Hall are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,705 reviews)
Tw thumbs up

"Nice and comfortable with great view :)"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

L7 Myeongdong by LOTTE
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
3.5 out of 5
27 Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is £67 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is steps away from Myeongdong Theater and Myeongdong Street. Namdaemun Market and Seoul City Hall are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,825 reviews)

"Everything is sweet, room size, room upgrade, staff"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong
Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower
Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower
5 out of 5
30 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £214 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Myeongdong, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lotte Department Store, Seoul City Hall, and Myeongdong Street. Cheonggyecheon and Deoksugung ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (217 reviews)

"부모님 호캉스 보내드렸는데 만족스러워 하셨어요. 객실도 맘에 들고 음식이 좋으셨다네요. 사진 보니 인테리어도 고급스럽게 잘해놓고 기대 이상이어서 추천합니다."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Lotte Hotel Seoul Executive Tower
ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
4 out of 5
302, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £41 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Park, Myeongdong Street and Korea House. Cheonggyecheon and Lotte Department Store are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (918 reviews)

"The sauna and onsen is nice and free of charge Not much people using But the most complicated is need to swap key before entering every day. I don’t understand what they need to do so in this way."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong
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