One of the best places to shop cosmetics and clothes would probably be Myeongdong. Many brand name shops and department stores can be found in this shopping district. Unlike Dongdaemun or Namdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeongdong. Here, you can also find Shinsegae, Migliore, and M Plaza. There are also lots of restaurants, fast food, and street food. You’ll never get hungry in Myeongdong! But aside from all these, there’s also the Myeongdong Catholic Church which has become a famous tourist attraction.
Here’s how to get to Myeongdong although my favorite exits are Exit 5 and 6 because they take me close to Uniqlo 🙂
- Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8; or
- Euljiro Il-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral
Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral is the main Catholic Church in Korea and is also considered as the symbol of Myeongdong. It has drawn a huge number of visitors because of its grand exterior. As further described in the Official Visit Korea Website: “The church buildings were built with bricks, but the color and shapes are all different. If you pass the figure of Christ standing in front of the church and go inside, you can see the magnificent inner pillars, the stained glass windows and the luxurious altar. If you turn around you will see the choir seats and the pipe organ on the 2nd floor. On the basement floor there is a small sanctuary and at the basement graveyard the remains of the martyrs are enshrined. On Christmas Eve, a solemn midnight mass is held at the Myeongdong Cathedral.”
Here’s how to get there although I would suggest that you take either Exit 8 or Exit 10 of Myeongdong Station.
Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 8
Walk along Toegyero-gil st. for about 300m and turn right at the intersection.
Walk along Myeongdong-gil st. for 100m to the Catholic Center
Walk up along the center.
Euljiro Ipgu Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 2), Exit 5
Turn right and walk along Myeongdong3-gil st. for 400m
Turn left and walk along Myeongdong-gil st. for 400m to the Catholic Center
Walk up along the center.
NANTA has been running since October 1997 and is the most popular show in Korea. There’s no dialogue, just banging of cookwares, dancing, and some crazy chefs doing their thing as they tried to prepare for a wedding banquet in just an hour.
We got our tickets online like a day before the show. Tickets cost all the way up to 70,000krw but we only got the A class worth 40,000krw and enjoyed the show just the same. The only difference is that you’ll get a higher chance of getting picked to join the chefs on stage if you have the more expensive ticket 🙂
There are different NANTA Theaters and show schedules differ per location. We went to the Myeongdong NANTA Theater and it is easily accessible via the Myeongdong Station.
Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6.
Go straight for 300m along Myeongdong 8 gil.
Turn left in front of Woori Bank.
The theatre is 100m ahead on the left.
Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6.
Go straight for 220m and turn left onto Myeongdong gil.
The theatre (Unesco Building) is 120m ahead on the right.
Til my next post! Annyeong! 🙂
This is part of a series of posts about Seoul. Check out the others:
- [Updated] Getting a Korean Visa
- Seoul Series: Why I Love 126 Mansion (review)
- [Seoul Series] Day 1: Arriving in Seoul and Exploring Samcheongdong and Bukchon
- [Seoul Series] Day 1: Gyeongbokgung Palace (and Changing of Guards and Hanbok Wearing Experience)
- [Seoul Series] Day 2: Nami Island/Naminara Republic
- [Seoul Series] Day 3: COEX Mall, COEX Aquarium, Kimchi Field Museum, Doota Mall
- [Seoul Series] Day 4: Insadong, Ssamzie-gil, Jogyesa Temple
- [Seoul Series] Day 4: O’Sulloc Tea House and Nakwon Music Complex
- [Seoul Series] Day 4: N Seoul Tower
- [Seoul Series] Day 5: Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheong-dgong Walkway