Myeongdong: Shopping, Street Food All Day Long

Visiting Seoul of South Korea, Myeongdong is a not-to-be-missed area simply because the atmosphere is great, particularly at the weekend evenings. There are so many cosmetics shops everywhere. Many of them have more than one branch to make sure you won’t miss them. Restaurants and cafes are mixed in the street but most tend to be on the side or upper floors. Shops open late around 11am and close around 9pm at night during the weekdays (except for cosmetics shops). The area gets very busy at the weekends with more stalls and street food in the middle of the street.

Lotte Young Plaza in Myeongdong
Lotte Young Plaza is relatively new, next to Lotte Department Store, targets younger market. There are lots of young fashion and accessories.
Myeongdong 明洞
Myeongdong is not exactly in the middle of Myeongdong Station. If you take Subway Line 4 and get off at Myeongdong Station, take exit 6 and walk into the main area near UNI QLO and Nature Republic.
明洞並不是在明洞站中心,假如你搭地鐵4號線到「明洞站」,出6號出口,然後在 UNI QLO 和 Nature Republic 行入中心地區。
Myeongdong 明洞
Design Place is a relatively new shopping plaza that sells mostly fashion and accessories.
Design Place 是比較新的商場,規模不大,主要售賣時裝和精品。
Myeongdong 明洞
These red mannequins hanging down from the ceiling and the pictures on the wall is very attractive.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
Most of the street food starts later in the afternoon. These are potato chip sticks.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
Chestnuts and gingko nuts.
Myeongdong 明洞
Steamed octopus and snails.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
There are a lot more variety of street food now. These cheese balls are not traditional Korean.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
Waffles are also new. I like the way they specialize in one kind of food and make a larger than life product ad a signage to attract customers.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
Strawberry desserts.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
Many stalls are run by young generation. Hence more improvised in product offering. This is wrapping sausage with fish cakes.
Myeongdong street food 明洞小吃
The fresh pomegranate juice is pretty expensive.
Myeongdong 明洞
Myeongdong gets busy at night. Street hawkers selling all kinds of clothing, accessories, food, promoters trying to get customers into the stores.
Myeongdong 明洞
You may find all Korean cosmetics brands in Myeongdong. They used to give away a free face mask or some souvenir to entice customers to walk into the shops but less often now.
Myeongdong 明洞
Hats On, a shop that specializes in hats obviously.
Hats On 是帽子專門店。
Myeongdong 明洞
The kids hats are cute.
Myeongdong 明洞
ALAND is a trendy fashion shop that sells Korean designer goods. It is really big in Myeongdong with separate stores for men, women and accessories.
韓國時裝店 ALAND 在明洞的店相當大,男裝、女裝和雜貨都有獨立店。
Myeongdong 明洞
So crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Artbox is one of my favorite stores in Korea. You may find many “made in Korea” goods and souvenirs.
Artbox 是我在韓國最喜歡逛的商店之一,因為可以買到許多「韓國製造」的產品和小禮物。
Many socks in Korea are local made.
“How are you” pouch.
mmm…. I am perfect. I love you. Just a touch of short message and cute design make a big difference.
I bought quite a lot of stationeries every time I visit the store. These are also great souvenirs “made in Korea”.
Line Friends
The Line Friends store is new in Myeongdong. It’s packed any time.
明洞的 Line Friends 專門店是新開的,永遠擠滿顧客。
Myeongdong 明洞
This KM Place store is gone.
這間 KM Place 已經結業了。
Myeongdong 明洞
Getting there and around: Myeongdong is in between Subway Line 4 Myeongdong Station exit 6 and Line 2 Ejiro-1 (202) exit 5 or 6. It’s like a maze so make sure you get a map and remember some landmark buildings so that you won’t get lost. Well, there’s always a Google map if you have wifi/data.
明洞位於地鐵4號線6號出口和2號線「乙支路一街」(202)5或6號出口的中間,商店很多重複,人又多,最好有一張地圖和記住地標,以防迷路。 當然今時今日,你可以用手機定位。

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