Myeongdong Gyoja (Myeondong KyoJa) 明洞饺子

If you think Myeongdong is only famous for fashion and shopping, you missed a best part of it. Surprisingly, many locals come here for the food and restaurant. Wandering what to eat at Myeongdong? Myeongdong Gyoja (Myeondong KyoJa / Gyoza) 明洞饺子, the restaurants which is most famous for its meat dumpling and hand made noodle is not to be missed. 
For over 40 years, Myeongdong Gyoja has been the local favorite in Myeongdong and the greater Seoul with its authentic Korean Gyoja and noodles at very affordable price. Despite the fact that many new restaurant and eateries being set up in recent years, Myeongdong Gyoja continue to have crowd to its door steps. No wander it was awarded the Best Korean Restaurant in Seoul!
Myeongdong Gyoja won the Best Korean Restaurants in Seoul Award

How to go to Myeongdong Gyoja Restaurants

There are two Myeongdong Gyoja shops in Myeongdong. Despite having two shop on the same street, with only 200 meter apart, both shops are always busy with continuous flow of customer. 
If you are not staying at Myeongdong, the easier way to get to Myeongdong Gyoja restaurant is by taking the Seoul Subway train. Just take a train on LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway to arrive at the Myeongdong Station. Upon arrival, get out of the station using EXIT 8. The map to Myeongdong Gyoja restaurant (Shop 1 and Shop 2) are as below. 
From Myeongdong Station EXIT 8 to Myeongdong Gyoja Shop 1

From Myeongdong Station EXIT 8 to Myeongdong Gyoja Shop 2

From EXIT 8 of Myeongdong statoin, walk for a few steps and turn left into the first alley in this photo (Turn left when you see the bakery. Walk straight for about 100 meters to get to Myeongdong Gyoja Shop 1. 
When you get out form EXIT 8, just walk for less than 10 meters and take the first left turn to go into the street / alley leading to Myeongdong Gjoya. Go straight for about 30 meters to get to a cross junction. At the junction, go straight (do NOT turn left or right). Myeongdong Gyoja shop 1 is only about 60 meters from the cross junction. You should find Myeongdong Gyoja Shop 1 on your right.
Myeongdong Gyoja Shop 1, on the right.
If this shop is full or the queue is long, you can continue walking along the same street for another 100 meters to get to Myeongdong Gyoja Shop 2. This shop is on your left as shown in the photo below.

Myeongdong Gyoja shop 2, on the left.
Once you are there, the waiter and waitress will help you to get you seated. There are only a handful of items on their menu but all of them are really good. Just pick what you like but don't miss its famous gyoja!
The Famous Gyoja (dumpling)
Last note, try the special made source that goes really well with the Gyoja dumpling. It is really appetizing. Rice is provided complimentary at Myeongdong Gyoja.

From Myeongdong Subway Station to Namsan Tower / Namsan Park / N Seoul Tower

A bit of climbing, a bit of walking but they are all worth it when you arrive at Namsan Park from the nearest subway station, Myeongdong. Enjoying the panoramic view of Seoul from N Seoul Tower completes your visit to Seoul.
Tips: If you plan to go up to the Observatory of N Seoul Tower , it is advisable to book your admission ticket online first because the QUEUE at ticket counter can be horrendous during PEAK HOUR in the evening. 
  • Normal Ticket Counter Price - KRW10,000 per person.
  • Online ticket price - KRW6,997 per person (Booking Website)
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Beautiful Namsan Park

N Seoul Tower / Namsan Tower, one of the top attractions in Seoul.
Here is how to get to the top of N Seoul Tower, the highest point in Seoul.

From Myeongdong Subway Station to Namsan Cable Car Station

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Assuming that you take subway train to Myeongdong, or better, staying in Myeongdong, lets start the journey to the top from Myeongdong Subway Station on LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway network.

Once arriving at Myeongdong Station, get out from the station through EXIT 3. You should be able to locate a 7-11 convenient store in front of you.
Exit 3, Myeongdong Subway Station
7-11 on your left, go straight into this street.
Go straight into the street with 7-11 on the left and keep walking straight (going uphill at some part) for about 5 minutes until a small junction where you need to turn right briefly (walk a few steps) and turn left before continue going straight (like the car below). 
Turn right briefly like the car in this photo
Then turn left and continue walking in the same direction (like the car in the photo)
The next part of the walk is getting more uphill and can be quite tiring. make sure that you wear good walking shoes.
Keep walking until you reach the Namsan Cable Car Station.

Arriving at Namsan Cable Station
That's it! You have successfully arrived at Namsan Cable Station from Myeongdong Subway Station! The next step should be easy as the Cable Car will take you to Namsan Park. The fare for cable car is KRW6,300 won for round trip and KRW4,800 one way. The cable car operate from 10:00am to 10:30pm daily. Apart from the 10 minutes walking from Myeongdong Station to the Namsan Cable Car, the visit to Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower should be quite relaxing and fun!