South Korea Seoul Trip Part 2: Walking around Myeong-dong in the Rain

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[Introduction]

I traveled to Seoul, South Korea, in early September. Although I was not blessed with weather at all, I enjoyed the trip as the food was delicious and people were kind. In this article, I will write about walking around Myeong-dong in the rain as part of Day 1. As the largest entertainment district in Seoul, Myeong-dong had everything you need and had several spots where tourists can enjoy regardless of the weather, including “Myeong-dong Cathedral”, “ARC・N・BOOK” and “Star Avenue”.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Gimpo International Airport
* Day 1: Myeong-dong [This Article]
* Day 1: Myeong-dong (Light-up)
* Day 2: National Museum of Korea
* Day 2: War Memorial of Korea
* Day 2: Dongdaemun
* Day 2: Dongdaemun (Light-up)
* Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace
* Day 3: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art etc.
* Day 3: Seoul Station
* Day 3: Seoul Station (Light-up)
* Day 4: Coex Aquarium and Starfield Library
* Day 4: Lotte World
* Day 4: Lotte World (Light-up)
* Day 5: Paradise City
* Day 5: Return Home from Incheon Airport & Stay Overnight at Narita Airport

[Travel Date]
2018.09.05-09

[Main Part]

Bibimbap at Gogung (古宮)

Following the previous post, I will walk around Myeong-dong after checking in “Sejong Hotel”, though it was raining.Seoul Myeong-dong rain1

A stuffed bear held an umbrella.Seoul Myeong-dong rain2

The rain was so hard, and I stopped by “Gogung (古宮)” to keep out the rain.Seoul Myeong-dong Gogung

“Gogung (古宮)” is a traditional bibimbap restaurant whose main shop was located in “Jeonju (全州)”, the birth place of bibimbap.

In the restaurant.""

As a feature of Korean cuisine, there are a variety of appetizers.""

I ordered Yukhoe Bibimbap as a main dish.Seoul Myeong-dong Gogung bibimbap

To be honest, I visited the restaurant mainly because I would like to hide from the rain, but the food was more delicious than I expected and the staff were kind. So, I realized I would be able to find enjoyment in food even if I am not blessed with the weather in Seoul.

Walking around Myeong-dong in the Rain

As the rain became weaker a little, I will resume walking around Myeong-dong.""

This is the main street of Myeong-dong. It seemed visitors were less than usual due to the rain.Seoul Myeong-dong rain3

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There were lots of familiar shops along the street.""

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A brunch of Woori Bank. “BLACKPINK”, a famous South Korean girl group, was an image character.Woori Bank BLACKPINK

I came to Myeong-dong Cathedral.Seoul Myeong-dong Cathedral1

Myeong-dong Cathedral is the very first Roman Catholic parish church in Korea, which was built in 1898.Seoul Myeong-dong Cathedral2

In the church.Seoul Myeong-dong Cathedral3

I heard the church was also famous as shooting spots for dramas and movies.""

Then, I will walk around the area where several shopping malls were located. First, “NOON SQUARE”.Seoul Myeong-dong NOON SQUARE

A reddy bear called “Teddy Island” welcomed me.Seoul Myeong-dong NOON SQUARE Teddy Island

In “Lotte Young Plaza”, there was a shop of “LINE FRIENDS”.Seoul Myeong-dong Lotte Young Plaza LINE FRIENDS

In addition, “KAKAO FRIENDS” shop was also located in “Lotte Young Plaza”.Seoul Myeong-dong Lotte Young Plaza KAKAO FRIENDS

“Lotte Department Store” was more luxury and had lots of  upscale brand shops.Seoul Myeong-dong Lotte Department Store

I came to “ARC・N・BOOK”.""

“ARC・N・BOOK” is a stylish bookstore with cafe.""

The highlight was  a tunnel-like passage way with books.Seoul ARC・N・BOOK1

Bookshelves were attractive.Seoul ARC・N・BOOK2

While “Starfield Library” was famous as a photogenic library in Seoul (- I will visit it on the fourth day), “ARC・N・BOOK” was also impressive.Seoul ARC・N・BOOK3

I returned to “Lotte Department Store” and dropped by “Star Avenue”.Seoul Myeong-dong Star Avenue1

Just like “Avenue of Stars” in Hong Kong, handprints of Korean stars were exhibited.""

Videos of Korean idols such as BTS and TWICE were aired.Seoul Myeong-dong Star Avenue2

Then, the rain became harder again, so I will return to the hotel for the time being to wait and see how the weather is going.

Here is a photo I took on the way to the hotel at LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store.Seoul Myeong-dong LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about walking around Myeong-dong in the rain as part of Day 1.

As the largest entertainment district in Seoul, Myeong-dong had everything you need such as shopping, food and accommodation. In particular, there are a variety of cosmetic and fashion shops. Even if you are not so much interested in shopping like me,  Myeong-dong had several spots where tourists can enjoy regardless of the weather, including “Myeong-dong Cathedral”, “ARC・N・BOOK” and “Star Avenue”. So, I realized I made a right decision to stay in Myeong-dong as a first trip to Seoul.

In the next article, I will write about evening scene in Myeong-dong as part of Day 1.

[Map]

1. Gogung
2. Myeong-dong Cathedral
3. NOON SQUARE
4. Lotte Young Plaza
5. Lotte Department Store
6. ARC・N・BOOK
7. LINE FRIENDS Flagship Store

[Related Link]
Visit Seoul – The Official Travel Guide to Seoul

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