What comes into your mind when you hear “Myeongdong”? It is a place in Seoul popular among tourists who visit Korea. Myeongdong has the famous shopping district where you can find a wide variety of items, food selection, and many more. Here are some of the things that you can do in Myeongdong to relieve your stress.
1. Shopping Cosmetic Products
First on the list is shopping for cosmetics products. Aside from Kdrama and Kpop, Korea is also known for its K-Beauty products. When you go to Myeongdong almost every street and corner has at least one Korean cosmetic shop which offers variety of products from makeup, facial mask, hand cream, lotion, and other skin care products that you will definitely end up buying. The joy of shopping for K-beauty products in Myeongong is that they usually give free items for every purchase, small or big amount.
2. Buying Kpop and Kdrama Merchandise
Speaking of Kdrama and Kpop, if you are a Hallyu fan, you should definitely check out official and unofficial merchandise that you can buy in Myeongdong. One of the famous spot for Kdrama and Kpo merchandise shopping in Myeongdong is the underground shopping center. However, most of the items there are unofficial. For official merchandise, you can also find it from Music Korea store and Lotte Young Mall. Know more about it here.
3. Exchanging your Currency to Korean Won
Another thing that you can do in Myeongdong is to exchange your local currency to Korean won. There are a lot of money changers in Myeongdong that offer good rates and are even better than money changers at the airport. So do not worry in case you ran out of cash while shopping. Just make sure to bring your passport when exchanging your currency. Learn more about exchanging your currency to won here.
4. Shopping for Korean Snacks and Souvenirs
The thing that you shouldn’t miss doing when you are in Myeongdong is to buy for Korean snacks and souvenirs. You can but it from stores at the underground shopping center but there are also shops and grocery stores scattered around Myeongdong shopping street.
5. Eating Korean Street Food
Visiting Myeongdong wouldn’t be complete without trying the famous Myeongdong Street Foods. There are variety of street food available that will surely satisfy your cravings. See the list of must-try Myeongdong street food here.
6. Dining at Korean Restaurants
If you will still crave for a proper meal, then head to any of the restaurants in Myeongdong that serve authentic Korean food. You can have a taste of Korean cuisine such as samgyeopsal, bulgogi, dakgalbi, Korean fried chicken, and many more!
7. Chilling at Aesthetic Coffee Shops
But if you want to just chill and relax over a cup of coffee after roaming around Myeongdong, then you can go to any of the coffee shops within the area. Some of them are so aesthetic and Instagram-worthy that you wouldn’t think of them as café upon first glance.
8. Attending a Mass
And lastly, relieve your stress and lay anything that weigh you down by attending a mass in Myeongdong Cathedral. It is actually the first-ever Roman Catholic Church in Korea. For more information, read here.
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