Traditional Markets / Shopping Districts


Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeongdong is a representative shopping district in Korea. It also houses the headquarters of banks and securities brokers, and many Western and traditional restaurants. Compared to Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Market which sell products at low prices, most shops in Myeongdong deal with mid-level price items. The main street in Myeongdong is lined with quality brand name shops, while mid-class brand name shops and no-name brand shops are located in the side alleys. Moreover, large shopping malls like Avatar or Migliore and department stores are present as well. All kinds of shops and restaurants are densely located on the main street with lanes which resemble the shape of a chess board, so its advisable to divide Myeongdong into a few sections in your mind and explore each section separately.

Tourist Information Center
Tel : Myeongdong Street TIC +82-2-774-3238 (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chn)
Main Street TIC +82-2-774-3447 57-0088 (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chn)
Hours : Nov. ~ Feb. 10:00-18:00/Mar. ~ Oct. 10:00-19:00 Open year round


Seoul Subway Line 4 Myeongdong Station Exit 7

Myeongodng Festival is held around May or June. A parade, folk games, a fashion show, and special discounts are offered during the festival period.

Myeongdong Street (A)
Migliore, U-too Zone (Shopping Malls)/ Brand Name Shops (Levis, Bean Pole, Geumgang Shoes Store, Elkanto Shoe Store, Esquire Shoe Store, etc.)
Side Alley (B)
mid-priced brand name shops (Ssamzie, Club Monaco, Guess) / No-Name Brand Stores/ Trend 20, Myeongdong Uiryu (Shopping Malls)
Side Alley (C)
No-Name Brand Shops/Brand Name Shops (Giordano, Jangbangee)/Restaurants/Coffee Houses
Central Street (D)
National Souvenir Center / Avatar (Shopping Mall)/banks/fast food restaurants
Chinese street (E)
Chinese Embassy/Chineserestaurants/stores for Chinese medicine, books, etc.