I last visited Seoul in 2014. I was back again this year from mid-to-late April on a holiday. You would expect that things would not change much within two years. However, I was mistaken. To summarize, two years ago I thought Seoul was an impressive modern city – colourful, advanced, luxurious and extravagant (when you want to find it), rich with a unique blend of east-west ambiance, lots of shopping, all that good stuff.
I could not expect that within a space of only two years, all these things could get even more intense! More advanced, more colourful, more shopping, more luxurious and extravagant, more impressive, wow!
Myeongdong is a bustling tourist and shoppers’ paradise. Shops, malls, cafes, eateries, street-side hawkers. If you are visiting Seoul and want to do some serious shopping and eating – do yourself a favour and book a hotel nearby. 80% of what you could label as “a South Korean shopping and food experience” can be found here. Go visit other places in the day, then come back here hunting for food and shopping before returning to the hotel.
Street-side hawkers selling local eats. Retail shops with enough brands and varieties of skin and cosmetic products for every skin type. Humble retail shops and eateries for those times when you are in the mood for something simpler. Interesting eateries and boutiques. Classy multi-storey malls selling a wealth of luxury items. Chic cafes and dessert shops to send hippies into joyous seizures.
More to come.