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Snapshots from Seoul: Myeongdong

11 Mar


From Wikipedia: Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s main shopping districts featuring mid-to-high priced retail stores and international brand outlets, including Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Nature Republic. It is a particularly popular area for young people and tourists as a center for fashion and sight-seeing.Several large shopping centers and department stores are in the district including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Migliore, M Plaza, and Noon Square. The floating population of Myeongdong is estimated to be around 2 million a dayand in terms of floorspace rents, Myeongdong is one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world.Many hotels, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, and historical sites complete the diverse mixture of the area.Seoul’s financial hub is divided between here and Yeouido where the Korea Stock Exchange is located. Major insurance, securities, financial services companies, and investment firms with headquarters in Myeongdong include Citibank, SK Corporation, Kookmin Bank, Korea Exchange Bank, Lone Star Funds, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, AIG Korea Insurance, Hana Bank, and HSBC. The Bank of Korea is also in the vicinity.

Other notable landmarks in Myeongdong include the Chinese Embassy, YWCA headquarters, UNESCO Hall, Myeongdong Theater, and the oldest Catholic cathedral in Korea, Myeongdong Cathedral.

Except for early morning and late night delivery hours, the main street and most of the alleys are blocked off for pedestrians to roam freely without being hindered by traffic.

Below are the photos I took:

It's Skin Shop

the saem Shop

Nature Republic Shop

Myeongdong Cathedral

Myeongdong streetfood

Myeongdong streetfood

Myeongdong streetfood

Myeongdong Shops

Lotte Department Store Myeongdong

I was not able to take a lot of photos in Myeongdong because I was rushing in and out of the shops. Myeongdong is not only a shopping haven but it is a feast for the senses – the colourful and many shops and products, different streetfood hawkers, music blaring in shops, and the list goes on. Going around Myeongdong is hazardous to your wallet, though πŸ˜‰ I guess it was a blessing in disguise for us to have shopped there for just a couple of hours πŸ˜‰ If ever I go back to Seoul, I would love to get lost in Myeongdong all day πŸ™‚

Β Cheers! πŸ™‚