Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore

With the many stores and eateries side by side, it can be a little overwhelming if it is your first visit to this shopping paradise. From beauty brands, to luxury brands and even departmental stores, you can find almost everything in Myeongdong!

My first 2 visits to Myeongdong were at night, so the experience walking the streets of Myeongdong in daylight was slightly different. When I first visited this popular shopping destination a couple of years back, it was indeed overwhelming when we exited the Myeongdong Station and almost haphazardly maneuvered our way to get to the N Seoul Tower. πŸ˜… The second visit was a short shopping spree so although I had been there, I did not know the area as well as on my third visit over the course of 6 days staying in the vicinity.

And so on the third visit, after our hearty and satisfying meal at Gobong Samgyetang 고봉 삼계탕, it was time to explore Myeongdong and start on a little shopping to warm up (the autumn breeze can get pretty cold). 

Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
Walking into one of the alleyways and exploring the area
Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
The sun was out and bright, but don't be deceived by brightness, it was actually pretty cold (around 15 or so degrees).
Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
Cute plushies, gadgets and other quirky items.
Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
Typical souvenir items
Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
And how could we forget the beauty products? πŸ˜†

 The weather was actually pretty cold for someone like me who has a low tolerance for the cold. So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw a cute heat packs (the Koreans call them "hot packs") at Art Box

Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
Art Box
Exploring Myeongdong: Shopping Galore
Heat packs for 1,000 won each. They were pretty warm and handy when the weather got cold; lasting up to 12-13 hours!

C was on a mission: her sister wanted her to get ginseng extract from Namdaemun Market. So we took a little stroll from Myeongdong to Namdaemun Market. It wasn't really a long walk, around 20 minutes or so from the end of the Myeongdong street and we were there. For navigation we used Google Maps app, and while it did not provide the best directions (or any at all for that matter), it was pretty handy to pinpoint our location and in which direction we should be heading to next. 😹

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