Fake noses, tons of great street food, cheap imported socks and famous name brands all wrapped up in the excitement of the heart of the city defines Myeongdong. Arguably the most famous of all the markets, Myeongdong is packed with tourists from around Asia and the locals as well.
Got a kid in a stroller or in a wheelchair? Shop elsewhere: So getting to Myeongdong was a pain in the ass. The subway ride was flawless as usual, but once we arrived at the station we noticed that there were no elevators and the wheelchair lift was out of commission. What does that mean? Dad’s gotta haul a stroller up four flights of stairs. Well, on the bright side, I earned the kalguksu we ate later. However, if you are in a wheelchair or by yourself with a small child, please take notice. For those who can walk take the subway to Myeongdong Station (Line 4) and depart from Exit 6 or 8.
What to do at Myeongdong Market: Shopping, shopping and more shopping. We originally intended to go to the Apple Store so I could fix my computer. However, we discovered that the Apple Support area of the store was under renovations. That’s okay. It’s time for shopping. Bring your credit card, especially if you are planning to shop for luxurious brand names. But there are tons of small, outdoor vendors to satisfy your impulse buying needs. For those, cash is king.
Food: Okay, so needless to say, I really went down to Myeongdong to get some cheap street food. The Apple Store just happened to be there. Lots of great snacks from hotteok (호떡) which is an excellent Korean treat which consists of deep-fried dough with honey and nuts stuffed inside. Churros and other sweet goodies are also available. Feel like something meaty? Try a pig’s foot and sausage with a side order of potato tornadoes. It is a street food junkie’s paradise and will only cost you anywhere between 1,000KRW – 8,000KRW. You can easily make a full meal for under 10,000KRW.
Random Sights, Myeongdong Tourist Information Center and a Place to Rest: At the end of Exit 6 is the Myeongdong Tourist Information Center. It was open on Sunday and service was available in multiple languages. Also, the red warriors (Korean tour guides) are station throughout Exit 6 and speak multiple languages. They have maps and more importantly, great advice. We chilled with our hotteok at the end of Exit 6 and Exit 8 at a small intersection with a few spots to sit.
Who Should Visit Myeongdong: A shopper? Looking for street food? Like lots of excitement? This might be the place for you.
Who Should Avoid Myeongdong: It is really disappointing to not see elevators or lifts for the disabled or for people with small children. This is one of the main tourist attractions in the city and the Seoul government didn’t think that there might be a variety of people whom might visit? Shitty move Seoul. Shitty move. Until Logan is a little order and can walk on his own, or if they put in some elevators, we won’t be going back.