What comes into your mind when you think of Myeongdong? Food Street? Shopping? Cosmetics? If you are a Kpop or Kdrama fan, you will surely love Myeongdong because this is where you can find variety of merchandise. Here is a list of 21 best things that you can buy in Myeongdong.
Myeongdong is a haven for every Kpop fan who likes collecting albums. Kdrama fans could also buy Korean drama OST albums there. The price varies per album but it usually ranges from 15,000 to 20,000 Korean won. The albums being sold at the Underground Shopping Center of Myeongdong station are way cheaper than the ones from music stores.
There is a also a Music Korea in Myeongdong where you can buy albums that are counted in the charts. It is located on the 3rd floor of the big Nature Republic building. When you go out from Myeongdong station Exit 6, the building is on your left. Sometimes they even have Fan Sign Events for various Kpop groups. I actually joined one of their fan sign events and I got it. You can read more about it here.
You can also buy blankets with a print of your favorite Hallyu artists. But don’t expect the blanket to be a big one. Actually, its size is more of a towel than the blanket. Estimated price is 10,000 Korean won.
Bracelets with the logo of different Kpop groups are also available in the Underground Shopping Center in Myeongdong. Price ranges from 3,000 to 5,000 Korean won.
4. Button Pins
Another item that you can buy are the button pins. There is a variety of selection from Kpop and Kdrama artists’ faces, Kpop group logos and even light stick designs. It is also available in different sizes. Price ranges from 3,000 to 5,000 Korean won.
One of the best buys for Kpop and Kdrama fans are the calendars. It has different versions such desk calendar, wall calendar and scheduler-type calendar. Most of the popular Hallyu artists are available. Price ranges from 7,000 to 10,000 Korean won.
6. Character Dolls
You can buy official character dolls of some Kpop groups from the store located at the first floor of Lotte Young Plaza. Price ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 Korean won.
7. Cosmetic Products
Myeongdong is famous for its wide selection of cosmetic shops. Some of them offer items with the faces of their endorser Hallyu artists. Common products are facial mask and hand cream. Sometimes you could even get freebies such as photo card and fan when you buy with the required minimum amount of purchase.
8. File Folder
File folders are also available in stores at Myeongdong. The unofficial ones from the Underground shopping center cost 2,000 Korean won while official ones from the Lotte Young Plaza cost 3,000 to 4,000 Korean won.
One of my favorite buys in Myeongdong are the cute keyrings with the design of the logo of different Kpop groups. There are also keyrings with light stick as its design. Price ranges from 5,000 to 7,000 Korea won. They also sell mini light stick keyrings of other Kpop groups with price ranging from 19,000 to 25,000 Korean won.
10. Official Light Stick
Speaking of light sticks, they are also available in Myeongdong. Note however that shops ifrom the Underground shopping center are selling them twice their original price. For example, a BTS light stick version 3 costs 65,000 Korean won but its original rice is only 33,000 Korea won. But they also have rare items that are no longer available online like this Day6 light band which costs 40,000 Korean won each.
You can buy cheaper light sticks from the Kpop merch store in Lotte Young Plaza. Mark up is usually 2,000 to 5,000 Korean won from the original selling price.
Notepad is one of the cheapest Kpop and Kdrama items that you can buy for as low as 2,000 Korean won. They are available in variety of designs from Kpop groups to Kdrama actors.
12. Official Fan Club Welcome Kit
Another best thing that you can buy are the Official Fan Club Welcome Kits. Of course, the fan club IDs are not included in the sale but usually you can get the whole kit which is still sealed. There items are rare find for only those who registered for the official fan club can get it. Price ranges from 35,000 to 50,000 Korea won.
13. Passport Kit
Make your travel memorable with a passport kit in Kpop style. It even comes with a boarding pass. Price is 5,000 Korean won.
If there is a blanket, of course, there is also a pillow. Unofficial pillows from the Underground shopping center cost 8,000 to 10,000 Korean won. But you can buy official pillow from Lotte Young Plaza.
If you can’t get enough of button pins, try these pins designed with Kpop logo ot their light sticks. Other Kdrama actors have their versions too such as Park Bo Gum and Song Joong Ki. Price is 5,000 Korean won.
Posters are also on sale in different sizes and shapes. Price ranges from 7,000 to 10,000 Korean won.
The stickers also come in different sizes, shapes and materials. There are standee stickers, metallic stickers, and even transparent stickers. They only cost 2,000 to 5,000 Korean won.
These cute standees are usually sold per group for 7,000 Korean won.
19. Summer Package and Season’s Greetings
Another rare find merch in this list are the Summer Package and Season’s Greetings. Price ranges from 20,000 to 40,000 Korean won depending on the artist.
And lastly, you can also buy a tumbler. Both official and unofficial ones are available on Myeongong. The unofficial tumbler costs 10,000 Korea won. If you are a BTS fan, you can buy BT21 items from the Kakao Friends shop in Myeongdong too.
After shopping, make sure to delight yourself by trying the street foods in Myeongdong! That is, you if you still haven’t spent all your money by buying these Kpop and Kpop merchandises.
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