Sunday, 14 February 2016

While there are many other shopping districts like Hongdae (홍대), Itaewon (이태원) and Edae (이대), Myeongdong (명동) turned out to be our most favourite place to shop because of its convenience, atmosphere and the fact there were a lot things to buy and see. (I also loved how it was almost Christmas when we went because the light decorations were just so on-point!) No doubt Myeongdong is the most commercialised shopping district in Seoul, but with the amount of tourists it attracts every year, it's not hard to see why shop owners are putting so much effort into attracting foreigners to spend their time and money there. Even we kept going back!

If you walk along the two main roads of Myeongdong from 6:00pm onwards, you will find many street vendors selling all sorts of yummy Korean street food and sweets. (If you're looking for a bite in the morning/afternoon, it's best to stop by a restaurant instead.) Most items cost about 3,000-5,000 won, so nibbling on some street food is a quick, simple and inexpensive way to dine in Seoul. (Unless you're looking to buy some fruit, that is.) We tried many of the food stalls, but what I liked the most was the egg bread (gyeranbbang 계란빵), sweet and crispy chicken (dakganjeong 닭강정), sweet potato (goguma 고구마), and pomegranate juice (석류 주스) in a plastic bag. However, if you're not into the whole street food scene, you can easily find many good restaurants, cafés and dessert shops in the area.

Honestly, I loved Myeongdong. It was bright, lively and bustling with people. And even when it was crowded, I never felt frustrated like I usually get in Hong Kong. The food was good and the shopping was even better, making the district a really good one-stop place to get most if not all of your shopping needs.



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