Bus 6015 from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong

There are three ways to get to Myeongdong from Incheon Airport: by bus, AREX train and Taxi. In this post, we will guide you on how to take a bus from Icheon Airport to Myeongdong. Bus is the most economical and convinient way to get to Myeongdong from Icheon Airport. We rate AREX train second for the reason that you need to change line from AREX to Seoul Metropolitan Subway at Seoul Station.

Which Bus to Take from Incheon to Myeongdong

So exactly which bus do you need to take once you arrive at Incheon International Airport?
Answer: BUS 6015.
You can catch bus 6015 at either exit 5B or exit 11B outside the arrival hall (1st Floor) of Incheon Airport. Watch out for stand signage as below.
Exit 5B: Bus 6015 will pick up passengers here to Myeong-dong
Bus Route and time table for bus 6015 to Myeong-dong
The bus seats are comfortable. There are spaces on the bus for your to put your luggage. So don't worry if you have some luggage with you. The bus is specifically catering for passengers from the airport.

Ticket for Bus 6015 to Myeong-dong

A one way ticket for Bus 6015 from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong costs KRW 15,000 (approx US$13, price updated on 24 April 2016). This ticket can be bought at the ticket booth inside the arrival hall (1st Floor) near Gates 4 and Gate 9. After you get out of the arrival halls, you can buy the ticket at the ticket booths near near Gates 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and gate 9C. Just tell the ticket booth that you want a ticket for bus 6015 to Myeongdong. The ticket booth looks like this.
Buy the ticket at the ticket booth for Bus 6015 from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong

Timetable for Bus 6015 to Myeong-dong

There is a Bus 6015 departing from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong every 20 to 35 minutes. The waiting time is maximum 20 minutes during peak hours. The first bus departs from Incheon to Myeong-dong at 5:35am in the morning while the last bus departs at 10:50pm in the evening.
The journey from Incheon Airport to Myeong dong takes about 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on downtown traffic condition.

Bus 6015 stops at Hotel PJ, Myeongdong Skypark 3 Hotel / Nine Tree Hotel at Myeong-dong

Good news for those who choose to stay at Hotel PJ and Nine Tree Hotel in Myeongdong. Bus 6015 will take you from Incheon Airport right to the front of Hotel PJ and Nine Tree Hotel. The station name is exactly "Chungmuro Station" for Hotel PJ and "Myeongdong Station" for Myeongdong Skypark 3 Hotel, Nine Tree Hotel, Prince Hotel, Sejong Hotel, L7 Myeongdong by Lotte and Loisir Hotel Myeongdong. In addition, Bus 6015 also stops at Ibis Myeongdong, Royal Hotel, Best Western Gukdo and Hotelbiz and Tmark Hotel Myeongdong. Announcement will be made before and when the bus arrived at each bus stop.

Hotel PJ is a new hotel at Chungmuro Station while Nine Tree Hotel and Myeongdong Skypark 3 Hotel are new hotels near Myeongdong Station. These hotels are always full because of their strategic locations at the bus stations. Personally, I prefer Nine Tree Hotel which is behind the "Myeongdong Station".

NOTE: Effective 19 September 2014, Myeongdong Station has moved downward 70 meters from in front of Sejong Hotel (Exit 10 Myeongdong Subway station) to the new location below in front of Nine Tree Hotel (near Exit 8 of Myeongdong Subway Station).

New Location of "Myeondong Station" for Airport Shuttle Bus
Incheon Airport Limousine Bus 6015's Bus Stops Around Myeongdong Area

Bus From Myeong-dong to Incheon Airport?

Yes, you can take the same bus (6015) from Myeong-dong to Incheon Airport. The first bus departs from Sejong Hotel (Myeongdong station) at 4:50am in the morning while the last bus departs at 8:35pm in the evening. 
If you prefer not to take bus, you can use the AREX train and Seoul Subway to travel between Incheon Airport and Myeong-dong. Otherwise, you may also taken taxi from Myeongdong to Incheon Airport. The taxi fare / rate is about the same as from Incheon airport to Myeongdong, whcih is approximately 65,000Won (plus 7,700Won toll). All said, shuttle bus 6015 is still the most preferred way for many tourist because it is a cheap, reliable and convenient way to go from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong or from Myeongdong to Incheon Airport. 


From Myeongdong Station (Seoul) to Nami Island

Nami Island is a must visit for lovers and fans of Korean Drama "Winter Sonata". This romantic island is located more than 60km from Myeongdong. You can get there either by train or bus.

How to go to Nami Island by Train from Myeongdong Station

The journey from Myeongdong Station to Gapyeong Station where Nami Island is located will take about 1 hour 30 minutes. As you need to change train line 3 times for this trip, it is not advisable to sleep or take a nap during this trip or you may miss the stations to change line. 
With that said, let's get started with the journey to Nami Island:
  1. From Myeong-dong Station, take LINE 4 train heading to the direction of Chungmuro Station to get to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.
  2. When arriving at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, change to LINE 2 and take the train heading towards Sindang Station to get to Wangsimni Station.
  3. When arriving at Wangsimni Station, change to JUNGANG LINE and take the train heading towards Cheong-nyangni to get to Mangu Station.
  4. When arriving at Mangu Station, change to KYEONGCHUN LINE and take the train heading towards Galmae Station to get to Gapyeong Station, which is our destination.
Train Route from Myeong-dong Station to Gapyeong Station (Nami Island).
This train journey from Myeongdong to Gapyeong will cost you KRW 1950 (T-Money Card) or KRW2050 (Cash) one way.

From Gapyeong Station to Nami Island

  1. Taxi - Once you are at Gapyeong Station, you need to take a short taxi trip (costs about KRW2500-3000) to get to the ferry wharf to Nami Island. 
  2. Walk - You could also walk but it will take you 20-30 minutes and the direction to the ferry wharf is not straight forward. 
  3. BUS - At Gapyeong Station, you can take the Shuttle Bus for Gapyeong Tourist Resort (Course A) to go to Nami Island. The bus ticket can be bought from the bus driver at costs KRW6,000. This ticket can be used UNLIMITED time for the whole day to go to all popular destinations on the bus route as below:
    • Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal <-> Gapyeong Station (Train Station) <-> Jarasum <-> Gapyeong Rail Park <-> Nami Island <-> Petite France <-> Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal <-> Cheongpyeong Station <-> The Garden of Morning Calm
Once arriving at the ferry wharf, proceed to the ticket booth to buy your "Entry Visa" to Nami Island which costs KRW8,000, which includes ferry to and from Nami Island and, of course, entry to Nami Island. 
That's it. A simple guide to get to Nami Island from Myeong-dong Station by train. Sounds complicated at the first look but this is the flexible way to get to Nami Island from Myeong-dong. Unlike bus trip which has only one departure and return time, you can depart and return to Myeongdong at anytime of the day you want. However, if you prefer less hassle of changing train line, try taking a bus...

From Myeong-dong to Nami Island by Shuttle Bus

First of all, the bus to Nami Island does not depart from Myeong-dong. The bus depart from Insadong and there is only one bus a day. Make sure you make advance booking before the trip to secure your seat. Booking can be one done by calling the enquiry line phone number at +82-2-753-1247. 
So, with that said, here is how to go from Myeongdong to Nami Island by shuttle bus. 
  1. Take the subway from Myeongdong Station to Insadong. First, take the train from Myeong-dong Station on LINE 4 to Seoul Station. Once arriving at Seoul Station, change to LINE 1 and take the train towards City Hall station to get to Jonggak Station
    Train from Myeong-dong to Insadong Tapgol Park bus stop to Nami Island.
  2. Upon arriving at Jonggak Station, get out of the station using EXIT 3. Walk to the east direction for about 250 meters until your rach Tapgol Park. The Bus Stop for bus to Nami Island is right next to the Tapgol Park at Insadong. 
  3. Take the bus directly to the ferry wharf of Nami Island.  NOTE THAT the bus departs at 9:30am. The return bus will leave Nami Island ferry wharf at 4:00pm in the afternoon to head back to Insadong.
The two-way ticket for shuttle bus to Nami Island costs KRW23,000. This is not expensive given that it also includes the KRW8000 "Entry Visa" (ferry included) to Nami Island. 

From Myeongdong to Nami Island

Yes, the journey from Myeongdong to Nami Island is not straight forward, either by train or by bus, but it is definitely worth it once you are there at the beautiful and romantic Nami Island. You may feel exhausted by the end of the day but you will certainly return to Myeongdong with sweet memories from Nami Island. 


Taxi Fare from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong (Seoul Downtown)

For travellers who want comfort, convenience and certainty, taxi is still the best choice to go from Incheon International Airport to the door step of your hotel / destination in Myeongdong or anywhere in downtown Seoul. Before you continue reading, it is worth knowing that there is also a convenient limousine bus service that can bring you directly from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong at the fare of only KRW10,000 (Click "Airport Bus" on the menu above for more information).

Flat Taxi Fare for International Taxi from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong

For many foreigners arriving in Seoul, International Taxi Service is the favourite type of taxi to take at Incheon International Airport. International Taxi has two advantages. Firstly, unlike other taxi drivers, the international taxi drivers can at least understand and speak basic English. Secondly, the taxi fare for international taxi is fixed at flat price according to zones of travelling. Therefore, you do not have to worry about traffic jam if the taxi driver is using meter. If you want to go from Incheon International Airport to Myeongdong, the flat taxi fare is KRW65,000. Best of all, this flat taxi fare is not more expensive compared to other Seoul taxis using meter. 

How to hire an International taxi at Incheon Airport to go to Myeongdong (Downtown Seoul)

There are two international taxi counters where you can hire a taxi to Myeongdong upon arriving at Incheon International Airport. The first counter is located between exit Gates 4 and Gate 5 in the arrival hall (Desk No 23) and the second counter is locted between exit Gates 8 and Gate 9 in the arrival hall (Desk No 46). 
Two International Taxi Counters Located at the Arrival Hall of Incheon Airport, one between Gate 8 and 9 and another one between Gate 4 and 5.
International Taxi Counter - The staff can speak fluently in English, Mandarin and Japanese languages
Just approach the friendly staff at any of these counters to tell them that you want to hire an international taxi to Myeongdong (or give them the exact hotel or destination name).

How Many Passengers can a Taxi Carry from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong, Seoul?

You can choose between Medium Taxi, Luxury Taxi and Large Taxi. Medium Taxi can carry 3 adult passengers and 2 to 3 luggages depending on size. Luxury Taxi is a luxury car with more comfort and space for 3 passengers and 4 luggages. Large Taxi can carry up to 7 adult passengers and 7 luggages.
The staff at the taxi counter will determine the taxi fare based on the zone of your destination and the type of taxi you choose. In case of Myeongdong, which is located in Jongno (Zone B), the flat taxi fare is KRW65,000 for Medium Taxi and KRW95,000 for Luxury Taxi or Large Taxi. These taxi fares from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong or destinations in downtown Seoul are not expensive if shared among a few travellers in a group. Using taxi can also save you quite a fair bit of walking and pulling your heavy baggage compared to using airport limousine bus or AREX train. 

Medium Taxi in Orange Color
Large Taxi in Black Color
The best thing about hiring an international taxi at the airport counter is that the taxi driver will come to the taxi counter and help to take your baggage and lead your to the taxi without you having to figure out the direction to the taxi stand. You will also get a taxi card with the driver's name taxi registration number for your safety and record.

Taxi Fare from Myeongdong to Incheon International Airport

Similarly, you can also take international taxi from your hotel in Myeongdong to Incheon Airport on your way back. Most tourists staying in Myeongdong favour this option because they usually have heavy baggages to carry after their shopping sprees in Myeongdong. The return taxi fare from your hotel in Myeongdong to Incheon International Airport is similar to the taxi fare from the airport, which is around 65,000won to 95,000won depending on the types of taxi you hire. 
If you are worried about not being able to get a taxi in time catch your flight at Incheon Airport, you can also book your international taxi in advance to pick you up at the hotel with no extra charge. Booking of international taxi must be done at least 24 hours before departure. Reservation can be made by calling telephone number +82-1644-2255 (drop +82 when call inside Korea) or email to reserve @ intltaxi . co . kr or visit h t t p : /  / intltaxi . co . kr /  Home  /  book. Please note that reservation office only operate from 9.00am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday. The office is closed on Sunday and Korean public holidays.
For travellers flying into Incheon Airport, it is worth noting that you can also make a booking for international taxi from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong in advance before you arrival (at least 24 hours). However, don't worry if you don't have a booking. There are usually a lot of taxis at Incheon Airport. You can easily hire one upon arrival.

Should You Choose Taxi, Shuttle Bus or Train to go from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong / Downtown Seoul?

Myeongdong is a popular place to stay for tourists and travellers to Seoul. Limousine bus 6015 can take you directly from Incheon Airport to many popular hotels in Myeongdong at only 10,000won. The disadvantage is that you have to walk from the bus stop to the hotel compared to taxi. This can be a bit adventurous and difficult especially if you are travelling with elderly, kids or have large and heavy baggages. 
On the other hand, if you choose to take AREX train from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station and then take LINE 4 subway to Myeongdong Station, the total fare is only 9,250won. Taking train is slightly cheaper than bus but it requires more walking when you change line at Seoul Station and to get to the ground when you arrive at Myeongdong subway station.
Of course, taking taxi from Incheon International Airport directly to Myeongdong is easiest and most comfortable way of transportation. Needless to say, the taxi fare of 65,000won is more expensive compared to taking shuttle bus 6015 or AREX train to Myeongdong. However, if you want more comfort and less hassle, taking taxi is still the preferred and worthwhile way of transportation to get from Incheon International Airport to Myeongdong and downtown Seoul, especially if you are travelling with family or small group. 



Hotels Near Myeongdong Subway Station and Airport Shuttle Station

Here are the most popular hotels that are less than 30 meters from the exits of Myeongdong Subway.
This is one of the newest hotel in Myeongdong. Strategically located in Myeong-dong, Nine Tree Hotel Myeong-dong is the ideal base for you to explore Seoul. Nine Tree Hotel within walking distance to Chunjiyun Spa and Shinsegae Department Store.The staff are also very helpful and can speak English, Mandarin, Japanese very well. They are more than happy to help you with directions to various shops and restaurants in Myeongdong. In addition, you can also buy and top up the T-Money card for Seoul Subway from the reception counter here. Once every month, they run Nine Tree Jeans Day where guests wearing jeans will be offered free breakfast or other goodies.
View of Nine Tree Hotel Myeongdong in the Evening

For guests arriving through Shuttle Bus 6015 from Incheon Airport, once arriving at "Myeongdong Station", walk downhill a few steps downhill until you see a bakery called "Tours Les Jours", turn right to the alley / street. Nine Tree Hotel is 20 meter in front of you.

New Location of "Myeongdong Station" for Airport Shuttle Bus 6015 and Bus 6001 effective 19 September 2014
Turn right into the street when you see Tours Les Jours Bakery. Nine Tree Hotel is the black building behind. 
For guests arriving through Myeongdong Subway Station, exit the station through EXIT 8 and walk straight for less than 10 meters before turning left to the first alley / street when you see a bakery "Crown Bakery".  Nine Tree Hotel is 20 meter in front of you.
From EXIT 8 of Myeongdong Subway, turn left into the alley. Nine Tree Hotel is 10 meters in front of you.
Due to its popularity among visitor to Myeongdong, Nine Tree Hotel is always fully booked especially during peak season. Therefore, early booking is advised. If your travel agent cannot find a room for you at this hotel, try to book online at Agoda.com. They pre-book a lot of rooms at Nine Tree Hotel for their online booking service due to the high demand. They could offer lower room rates too due to their bulk pre-booking.

Sejong Hotel (Right in front of EXIT 10 of Myeongdong Subway Station)

For first time visitor to Seoul, Sejong Hotel used to be the best choice because Shuttle bus from Incheon and Gimpo Airport stops right in front of this hotel in Myeongdong. HOWEVER, EFFECTIVE 19 SEPTEMBER 2014,  the bus station have moved downward about 70 meter from the entrance of this hotel. Having said that, it is still a popular choice because in front of this hotel is also EXIT 10 of Myeongdong Subway Station. The only drawback of this hotel is that it is quite old. Having said that, the Sejong Hotel is still well maintain and kept up to standard of its class. Apart from enjoying shopping, food and sightseeing in Myeongdong, guests can also climb Namsan mountain which is located across the hotel to enjoy the panoramic view of Seoul at the peak of N Seoul Tower. From Myeongdong Subway station you can easily reach Cheonggyecheon, Korean House, Duksukung, Insadong and Bukceon Korean House.
Sejong Hotel, the most popular hotel among first time visitor to Myeongdong

Prince Hotel (Right in front of EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station) 

Prince Hotel is the most popular hotel among Westerners visiting Myeongdong. Located across the main road from Myeongdong shopping district, Prince Hotel is located right in front of EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station. Myeongdong shopping district is just a zebra cross away. Even though Price hotel is quite old, its rooms have been recently renovated. Despite being a modern hotel, it still keeps traditional Korean features such as under-the-floor heaters and themed rooms such as the White Suite make your stay here memorable. There is also a taxi stand in front of this hotel, making it one of the best choice for business travelers among Myeongdong hotels.
Hotel Prince, Myeongdong
Here they are, three hotels nearest to the Myeongdong Subway Station, and of course, the trendy and happening Myeongdong shopping district.

Before you proceed, please be forewarned that hotel rooms at Myeongdong are typical very small for the very reason that Myeongdong is the prime location in Seoul. 

Having said that, many first time visitors to Seoul choose to stay at hotels in Myeongdong for a few reasons:

  1. Direct Shuttle Bus from Incheon Airport to Myeongdong
  2. Easy to get around to other places in Seoul through Myeongdong Subway Station
  3. Myeongdong is a top shopping heaven in Seoul
  4. Some of the best Korean restaurant is found in here (e.g. Myeongdong Gyoja)
  5. Walking distance to Namsan N Seoul Tower Cable Car Station
  6. The famous Nanta Theater is located here. 
Even though there are a lot to do at Myeongdong, it is likely that you will want to explore other parts of Seoul such as Insadong, Dongdaemong, Gangnam etc. during your visit. Getting around in Seoul is easy if you stay near the subway station. Therefore, most people will choose hotels that are nearest to Myeongdong Subway station.

Myeongdong Cathedral - Map, Direction and English Mass Schedules

If there is a place where you can find serenity and inner peace in the busy shopping district of Myeongdong, it is none other than Myeongdong Cathedral. It is not only an iconic historical building in Myeongdong, but also a Catholic Church with rich heritage and contributed immensely to Roman Catholicism and also democratic movement in Korea history.
Myeongdong Cathedral at the heart of Myeongdong district

How to go to Myeongdong Cathedral - Map and Direction

Apart from coming to Myeongdong to shop and eat, many tourists, foreigners and local Koreans come to Myeongdong purposely because they want to visit Myeongdong Cathedral. Here we present a map with simple walking direction to guide visit to go Myeongdong Cathedral from Myeongdong Station (Subway Station / Bus Station).
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Map of Walking Direction from Myeongdong Station to Myeongdong Cathedral [CLICK TO ENLARGE]
One of the most convenient way to go to Myeongdong Cathedral is by taking the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Regardless of where you start your journey, be it Gangnam, Insadong, Itaewon, Hangdae or any other districts in Seoul, you should take the subway train towards Myeongdong Station on LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway. 
Upon arrival at Myeongdong Station, get to the ground by using EXIT 8 of Myeongdong Station. On the other hand, if you are taking bus, get off or alight the bus at Myeongdong Station. 
From Myeongdong Station, you can follow the map above to talk to Myeongdong Cathedral. The checkpoints on the walking direction map CHECKPOINT A, CHECKPOINT B, CHECKPOINT C, CHECKPOINT D are shown in the photos below.
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[CHECKPOINT A] From Myeongdong Station EXIT 8 or Myeongdong Station for Airport Limousine Bus, turn into the street towards Nine Tree Hotel following the read arrow [CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE]. 
The first checkpoint is CHECKPOINT A where you should make a turn into the street where Nine Tree Hotel is located. For those who arrive from EXIT 8 of Myeongdong Station, you should turn left into this street. For those who arrive from the Myeongdong Station bus stop for Airport Limousine Bus 6015 / 6001, you should turn right into this street following the red arrow on the photo for CHECKPOINT A. Note that travellers staying at Sejong Hotel, Skypark Myeongdong 3 Hotel and Lotte L7 Myeongdong hotel can also follow this direction. 
After turning into the street where Nine Tree hotel is located, you will come to CHECKPOINT B, which is a T-junction. At this point, just walk straight across the T-junction towards MCM flagship store direction, as shown in the photo below for CHECKPOINT B.
[CHECKPOINT B] Walking straight across the T-junction towards MCM direction to go to Myeongdong Cathedral. 
Beyond CHECKPOINT B, you should continue to walk in the straight direction for about 150 meters until you come to CHECKPOINT C, which is a big T-junction as shown in the photo below. Along the way, you will find many attractive shops and and restaurants. It is quite easy to get distracted. So, remember that you are on your way to Myeongdong Cathedral.
[CHECKPOINT C] At this big junction, turn to your right towards Myeongdong Cathedral.
When you reach CHECKPOINT C, you are actually very near to Myeongdong Cathedral. Take the right turn at this junction. and continue walking for about 80 meters. Along the way, you will see convenient store like 7 Eleven and cafe like Starbucks Coffee.
The street leading towards Myeongdong Cathedral (on the RIGHT of this street)
After about some 80 meters of walking from the T-junction at CHECKPOINT C, you will arrive at the CHECKPOINT D, the entrance to Myeongdong Cathedral, which is on your right hand side.
[CHECKPOINT D] Entrance to Myeongdong Cathedral
Finally, you can see the Myeongdong Cathedral in front of you. Just turn right into the small road leading you towards the cathedral which is located on a small hill.
That is it. You have arrived at Myeongdong Cathedral from Myeongdong Station, the total walking distance is less than 400 meters, with lots of things to see along the way. You can always visit the shops and restaurants along your way back after visiting Myeongdong Cathedral. 

Myeongdong Cathedral English Mass Schedule

Myeongdong Cathedral is one of few Catholic Church in Seoul that has English service. The schedule for English Sunday Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral is on every Sunday, 9:00am at the cathedral. In addition to that, there is also English Confession before the 9:00 am mass on every Sunday. 

Myeongdong Cathedral Opening Hours

With the first weekday mass (Korean) starts at 6:30am and last mass at 7:00pm (except Monday evening), Myeondong Cathedral is open for visitors throughout the day. So feel free to walk over for a visit if you are in Myeongdong. 

Myeongdong Cathedral - Map, Direction and English Mass Schedules

That is it. The map and walking direction to go to Myeongdong Cathedral and the schedule of English Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. Of course if you are driving, you would  need to follow the GPS direction to get here. The GPS is 37.5631812, 126.9851717. It is also possible to get to Myeongdong Cathedral by using Eujiro 3-ga Subway Station on LINE 2 and LINE 3 (if you are coming from Insadong) of Seoul Metropolitan Subway but the walking distance will be slightly longer. Otherwise, just follow the map and direction from Myeongdong Station as described in this post. In anyway, your visit to Myeongdong Cathedral will be definitely worth it!

Cherry Blossoms at N Seoul Tower (Namsan Park) near Myeongdong, Seoul

Spring is here and it is time for Cherry Blossoms again. If you are in Myeondong in April, do not miss the opportunity to visit Namsan Moutain nearby to enjoy the beautiful and romantic scene under cherry blossoms.

Beautiful Scenes of Cherry Blossoms at Namsan Park

N Seoul Tower at Night with Beautiful Cherry Blossoms. Visit Cherry Blossoms Festival at Namsan Park until 10 April 2016  *
Bring along a good DSLR camera to capture the most beautiful Cherry Blossom Photos at Namsan Park, especially late afternoon *
Come with your lover to Seoul for a romantic walk under cherry blossoms at night *

 *Photo credits: Korea Tourism Organization

The Best Time to See Cherry Blossoms in Seoul

March to April is normally the best time to view Cherry Blossoms in Seoul. This year, Cherry Blossom Festival ongoing now till April 10 at Daegu , N Seoul Tower. Even after the festival, you can probably still Cherry Blossoms until late April in many places. 

How to go from Myeongdong to Namsan Park for Cherry Blossoms?

Myeongdong is actually very near to N Seoul Tower and Namsan Park. So after spending time shopping and dining at Myeongdong, why not head to Namsan Park later in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful scenes of cherry blossoms. If you don't mind a bit of walking, just walk your way towards N Seoul Tower from Myeongdong Station following the walking direction here. After walking and enjoying the view at Namsan Park, go up to N Seoul Tower enjoy the best night view of Seoul at N Seoul Tower. If you like to take photos, do not forget to bring a good camera or DSLR. Apart from sweet memory, it is also good to capture the nice scenes of cherry blossoms at Namsan Park in your camera.



How to get to Insadong from Myeongdong Seoul

While myeongdong is famous for its hyper shopping experience, Insadong is a "must visit" in Seoul to experience the artistic and cultural side of Seoul. After shopping for cosmetics and fashions in Myeongdong, how about getting to Insadong to see the ordinary Korean artwork, handicraft and antiques and drop by the restaurants in the alleys of Insadong for traditional teas and wines.

How to get to Insadong from Myeongdong Using Subway

From Myeongdong, you can get to Insadong by taking Seoul Metropolitan Subway Train to either using LINE 3 to Anguk Station (EXIT 6) OR LINE 5 to Jonggak Station (EXIT 11).

1. From Myeongdong Station to Anguk Station EXIT 6 (Insadong)

If you are staying at hotel near Myeongdong Subway Station, getting to Insadong is super easy. Just board the subway train at Myeongdong Station (LINE 4) heading towards Chungmuro Station. At Chungmuro Station, transfer to LINE 3 to take the subway train heading towards Anguk Station. On the way, the train will pass through Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station and Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station as shown on the subway map below. The subway ticket price is only KRW1350 (or KRW1250 using T-money card). For those who stay at northern end of Myeongdong, closer to Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station, you can also board the subway train here to go to Insadong. 
Subway  Map from Myeongdong Station to Anguk Statoin near Insadong. Note that you have to transfer to LINE 3 to Anguk at Chungmuro Station
Entrance to Insadong streets is a short walk from Anguk Station EXIT 6

Upon arriving at Anguk Station from Myeongdong, you should exit the station using EXIT 6. At EXIT 6, go straight and walk ahead for a short distance and you will arrive at the junction entering into Insadong. The junction is easy to identify and you will not miss it because there area large sculpture that set the artistic tone of Insadong.
Entrance to Insadong streets. You can see large sculpture at the junction.

2. From Myeongdong Station to Jonggak Station EXIT 11 (Insadong)

Another subway station near Insadong is Jonggak Station. This subway station is less well-known among tourist who want to go to Insadong but it is equally convenient for those who want to get to Insadong from Myeongdong Station or Seoul Station. The cost of subway ticket from Myeongdong to Insadong through Jonggak Station is only 1350won (or 1250won using T-money Card). This is exactly the same if you go from Myeongdong to Insadong through Anguk Station.

From Myeongdong Station, take a train heading towards Seoul Station (going through Hoehyeon Station). Upon arriving at Seoul Station, get off the train and change to LINE 1 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Take the LINE 1 subway train heading towards Jonggak Station (passing through City Hall Station). Get off the train at Jonggak Station. The subway journey is shown below.
Subway Train from Myeongdong to Jonggak Station at Insadong

Upon arriving at Jonggak Station from Myeongdong, exit the station by using EXIT 11 to get to Insadong main street. Walk straight ahead before turning left at the big junction as shown in the walking map to Insadong main street below. After making the turn, walk briefly before turn slightly left into Insadong main street, which looks like the picture below.
Walking Direction from EXIT 11 Jonggak Station to Insadong Main Street.
Entrance to Insadong Main Street
Essentially, if you use this route to get to Insadong from Myeongdong, you will arrive at the other end of the Insadong main street compare to tourists arriving through Anguk Station. After walking through the main street of Insadong, you can return to Myeongdong from Insadong using the Anguk Station at the other end of Insadong main street. Just a tips on touring Insadong, there are a lot to see and experience in the sub streets or alleys of Insadong besides the main street. Don't be afraid to explore the alleys too for more artwork and yummy food. If you want to bring back some souveniors from Insadong, a good place is Ssamziegil shopping mall along Insadong main street.

From Myeongdong to Insadong

In short, taking the subway train is the easiest and most convenient way to get to Insadong from Myeongdong. You can choose between two routes, either getting to Insadong from Anguk Station or Jonggak Station which are located at opposite ends of the Insadong main street. If you arrive at Insadong at one station, you may use another station to return to Myeongdong after touring the artistic Insadong.