Myeong-Dong is a very popular shopping district in Seoul, and it quickly became one of my favorite places in the city. It has everything you need, from clothing to beauty stores to restaurants and anything in between. I was very happy to find a lot of American stores there, mostly because I'm on the bigger side and it is not easy for me to find clothes that fit in Korea, so the awesome 4-story Forever21 there... well, has saved my ass a couple of times. They have a main street with all the big stores and a lot of teeny-tiny streets where you can find all kinds of sweet little shops, street food, etc.
What I love the most about shopping at Myeong-Dong is that they have all my favorite stores in the same place. Forever21, Converse, a fairly big Daiso, Etude, Roxy... the list goes on and on. I also find socks for my collection for 1000KRW (which is less than a dollar.)
|The Myeong Dong Converse Store has a Custom Studio!|
I was very excited to see that the Converse store has a Converse Custom Studio, I have played with the custom shoe making tool online but I can't wait to do it myself, hands on. I have to say this is something I have never seen before and I am pretty excited to try it out with my husband. I bet it's going to be a little bit pricey, but I will enjoy making my very own pair of Chucks that fit my personality.
Myeong Dong also has a lot of street vendors, they set up their booths at 5:00PM on weekdays and all day during weekends. Beware, Myeong Dong is packed during weekends! It's a little easier to shop during weekdays when it's not so crowded. The best time would be in the morning, but if you want the street vendors as well, you'd have to wait 'til the afternoon.
I have found Myeong Dong prices to be fair. It is not as cheap as Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, but way less expensive than a mall, and the fun thing is that you can find different stuff in every area. The American stores have their stuff priced around the same than in the States, with a couple exceptions, of course, but in my experience Forever21, Roxy and Converse have been around the same thing.
|Guy dressed up as a kitty, advertising for one of the Cat Cafés|
I just love Myeong Dong, and I can see myself going back plenty of times. I know there is also a Cathedral there somewhere, so I might have to explore that as well!
- Closest Subway Station: Myeong-dong, Line 4 or Euljiro 1-ga, Line 2
- Foreigner Friendly Area
Thanks for reading,