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Myeongdong Shopping Street

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
As featured in 3 Days in Seoul and 12 other guides
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Address: Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Makeup shopping galore!!

I'm 3 shades darker than any of the makeup products for face offered in ALL of myeongdong but nonetheless i had a great time window shopping. The eats around there and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm 3 shades darker than any of the makeup products for face offered in ALL of myeongdong but nonetheless i had a great time window shopping. The eats around there and the roadside entertainment can keep you busy ALL day!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's rows and rows of shops selling cosmetics and face masks. Be wary of those touting free samples, as taking a sample will mean you have to pay a visit into the store, and not buying anything could result in them snatching the sample back from you. All a very ride experience. Nonetheless, if you are looking for cosmetics and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You cannot go to Seoul without roaming down this street! Be sure to eat the street food, it's all delicious!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Eat while you shop! One of the best places to shop in Seoul is Myeongdong Street. Prices are reasonable and cheaper compared to other shopping districts in Seoul. I just loved trying out the street food while hopping from one store to the next.

Thank Pete E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Myeongdong has everything you possibly needs. From over 100 make up counters to boutiques, to a wide range of clothing stores to accessories store. Surrounding the shopping street is street food!! Everything that you see in Korean dramas are all there!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

All the yummy street food! Start at 4pm till late night! Lots of restaurants as well. Lots of choices. Lots of shopping though not the cheapest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

my hostel is in myeongdong..i was able to try nd eat the street food everyday hahaha..tasted them ..yummy! stir fried rice is burning my mouth to much spicy..i love it.. but too bad got allergy to dried squid..souvenirs are good and i love those socks they are selling..colorful..its a nice place to explore especially on cosmetics nd malls

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went there for the street food at night rather than shopping. You can find cheaper products(from the same brand) in other places.

Thank jesseemiraflor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food. Be sure to try the amazing Korean beef. Melts in your mouth. Street food. Go for the piping hot pancakes. Keeps u comfortably warm. Music. Nanta musical is one class act.

Thank Dr Daniel C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to visit and splurge your money on souvenirs! But must be great in negotiating skills hahaha. Also lots of street food. The place is literally next to the subway station. Safe for female solo travelers. Be careful though, you might overspend your budget because of the cheap prices and fancy souvenirs available here. I spent a good 2... More 

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Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighbourhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighbourhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighbourhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
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