Home to numerous department stores, shopping malls, street side shops as well as restaurants, cafes, and hawker stalls. Myeongdong Market is the place to go if you’re planning to hit the shops while in Seoul. As one of South Korea’s prime shopping districts, you can find a vast range of inexpensive clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, and handbags from local and international brands as well as Korean cosmetic and skincare brands.
Prominent shopping malls in Myeongdong Market include Lotte Department Store, Lotte Young Plaza, Noon Square Shopping Mall, and M Plaza, which houses international labels such as ZARA and Forever 21, Seoul Culture and Tourism Centre, and a performance hall where you can catch live concerts and cultural events. Notable luxury brands available here include Bulgari, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Louis Vuitton.
Shopping enthusiasts also flock to Myeongdong Market to get their hands on the latest skincare and cosmetics items, as there are over 1000 Korean brands here such as Nature Republic, Etude House, The Face Shop, Missha and Skinfood.
Myeongdong Market is not just about fashion. This is one of the best areas for sampling traditional Korean delicacies, with numerous street stalls offering fish cakes, tteokbokki (rice cakes with vegetables stir-fried in sweet red chili sauce), Korean spicy fried chicken, bulgogi (grilled beef sirloin), and soondae (Korean blood sausage stuffed with bean curd, soy bean sprouts, green onions, starch noodles, and mushrooms).
Unlike other shopping districts In Seoul (such as Dongdaemun), Myeongdong Market also offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities as it houses some of Seoul’s iconic landmarks, including the gothic-style Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral and Namdaemun Market, a traditional street market that has been in operation for over 600 years.
Also a must-visit in this expansive shopping district is the Myeongdong Theatre, which is the first venue in Korea to host the globally-renowned Nanta play – a comic, non-verbal performance using the rhythms of Korean percussion.
Accessible via Seoul subway system, Myeongdong Market’s historical significance, tourist attractions, and prime shopping opportunities makes it an iconic tourist destination in Seoul.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:30
Train: Myeongdong Station
Tel: +822 774 3238