To build off of my massive where to stay in Seoul guide, I thought I’d dive into the specific neighborhoods to stay in. This one is all about the best hotels in Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s most famous shopping districts!
Truthfully, I don’t pass through Myeongdong too often unless I’m going somewhere specific, like a trendy cafe. I’ve only stayed here once to experience Myeongdong MOM House, which is owned by my favorite Korean singer’s mom. It’s basically a shrine to him with his photo everywhere and his music playing in the cafe on the main level.
Mostly everything you can find here, you can find everywhere else in Seoul and the country for better prices. However, my friend Autumn pointed out that of all the shopping districts, it’s the most central, so she winds up going there with visitors even when she doesn’t mean to. So if you’re hoping to do some serious shopping and want to be fairly close to areas like Insadong and the palaces, Myeongdong might just be the perfect place!
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What’s in Myeongdong?
As far as shopping goes, there’s a lot. I mean, you don’t really need to go with a mission, just get off at one of the Myeongdong subway stops and start walking. The one specific place I can remember going to is to the Stylenanda Pink Hotel. You’re going to find a lot of normal franchises in Myeongdong, not necessarily the random, no-name brand shops you see in Hongdae or Gangnam Station.
There’s also a lot of street food options in Myeongdong, though it’s probably the most money you’ll pay for it vs. other neighborhoods. I did get that fun rose-shaped ice cream here when I was meeting a friend around Myeongdong Cathedral!
One of the nice sightseeing things to do is Cheonggyecheon, a man-made stream. It’s more along the northern edge of the neighborhood, closer to Gwanghwamun than the main shopping areas of Myeongdong.
For some more of what to do specifically, try these tours or activities:
- Nanta Show at Myeongdong Theatre
- All These Food Experiences
- Traditional Sauna Experience
- Hanbok Photoshoot
- Kimchi Making & Ddeokbbokki Class
10 Best-Rated Hotels in Myeongdong
If you decide to stay in Myeongdong, here are the ten best hotels I found. I put some super budget hostel and Airbnb recommendations at the bottom if you’re looking for something different!
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1. Hotel28 Myeongdong $$
Located off Euljiro-1, Exit 5/6, Hotel28 has a super fun, cinema-themed interior. It’s definitely a big luxury pick and with good reason — one of its more detailed touches is that all rooms come with an air purifier. You can also enjoy the rooftop garden, onsite restaurant, and a gallery featuring emerging artists.
Address: 13, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-Gu, Jung-Gu, 04534
2. Aloft Seoul Myeongdong $$
Closest to Myeongdong Station, Exit 5, Aloft Seoul is another luxury pick. Pick between aloft, savvy, urban, and breezy rooms, and enjoy morning buffet or continental breakfasts. Don’t miss the CO Bigelow toiletry items either!
Address: 56, Namdaemunro, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04535
3. 88 Guesthouse $
88 Guesthouse is quite close to Myeongdong Staton, Exit 4. It’s also nicely located near the main shopping area and the beautiful Myeongdong Theatre. Expect a complimentary breakfast!
Address: 14-10, Toegye-ro 16-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04631
4. J-Honor Guesthouse $
For a more budget-friendly option, try J-Honor Guesthouse! It’s between Myedongdong Station Exit 5 and Exits 7 and 2. You can also enjoy a fairly simple breakfast, and J-Honor even has a terrace!
Address: 8, Sogong-ro 6na-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04630
5. The Grand Hotel Myeongdong $$
Right outside Myeongdong Station, Exit 10, the Grand Hotel is another accommodation on this list with a rooftop garden. It also includes a business center and bathrooms with Templespa toiletries.
Address: 38, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04537
6. G2 Hotel Myeongdong $$
You can reach G2 Hotel from Euljiro-3-ga Station, Exit 12. In addition to typical amenities, you can expect from Korean hotels, there’s also a fitness center and an on-site restaurant.
Address: 24, Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04555
7. Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Seoul Myeongdong $$
Quite close to Myeongdong Cathedral, Solaria is also closest to Myeongdong Staton, Exit 6. Expect either an Asian or Italian breakfast and really gorgeous design. The hotel even has some rooms with balconies.
Address: 27, Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04536
8. Philstay Myeongdong Station $
Another budget-friendly option! Super close to Myeongdong Station, Exit 6, Philstay looks like a really fun place for solo travelers as it as a bit of a community vibe.
Address: 7, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04536
9. Step Inn Myeongdong 2 $
Another budget pick, this is the second location for Step Inn Myeongdong. It’s also super close to Myeongdong Cathedral, you can get to Step Inn from Euljiro-1-ga Station, Exits 5 or 6.
Address: 55, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04538
10. Metro Hotel Myeongdong $$
Right near Euljiro-1-ga, Exit 5 and 6, Metro Hotel has a bit of history in Seoul! It goes all the way back to 1960, and it’s the first government-registered tourist hotel. After a huge renovation in 2014, it looks brand new with spacious rooms and clean designs.
Address: 14, Myeongdong 9ga-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04534
Where Else to Stay in Myeongdong
There are a lot of Airbnb options in Myeongdong for super cheap rates. I’d try looking around Myeongdong Station, like these apartments:
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Have you ever stayed in Myeongdong? Anywhere you’d recommend?