Christmas Street Lighting in Myeongdong

As Myeongdong streets received its first snow on 28 November 2015, you can sense that Christmas is not too far away. Despite the cold winter weather, Myeongdong streets remain hot with beautiful Christmas lighting at night to welcome shoppers to this favourite Christmas shopping district in Seoul.

Christmas Lighting at Night in Myeongdong

Beautiful Lighting at Lotte Young Plaza Myeongdong at Night (Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization)
As Usual Shinsegae Myeongdong went all out for Christmas Lighting (Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization)

Trees in Myeongdong Street are lit up to welcome Christmas Shoppers (Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization)

Myeong-dong in Winter and Christmas Season

If you think a winter visit to Seoul is only good for skiing or visit to theme parks, you may missed the best part of Seoul. Myeongdong remains the most lively shopping district for people in Seoul throughout winter. Certainly, Myeongdong is busier than ever in this season. People in Seoul continues to visit Myeong-dong to shop for fashion, cosmetic and skin cares and for nice restaurant and street food in winter. It is also the best time to take nice photos in Myeong-dong especially at night with the beautiful Christmas Lighting all around. So, bring your DSLR camera if you have one.

How to get to Lotte World from Myeongdong Seoul

There are a few ways to go Lotte World Theme Park from Seoul, including taxi, public bus, shuttle bus, KAL Limousine Bus, and subway train. In this post, we will show you the cheapest and fastest way to get to Lotte World from Myeongdong, that is by using Seoul Metropolitan Subway trains.
Lotte World Ticket
1-Day Pass - KRW33,000 (Book Online) or KRW52,000 (Ticket Counter Price)
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How to take Subway Train from Myeongdong Station to Lotte World

Lotte World theme park is directed connected to EXIT 4 of Jamsil Station on Seoul Metropolitan Subway Line 4. As Myeongdong Station is on Line 2 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway, you will need to change from Line 4 to Line 2 at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station. 
Subway Train Route from Myeong-dong Station (Line 4) to Jamsil Station (Line 2) to get to Lotte World. 
Here are the steps to get to Lotte World from Myeongdong:
  1. First board the subway train at Myeongdong Subway Station (Line 4) heading towards Chungmuro Station (not Seoul Station). This is marked with D in the map above. 
  2. Get off the train at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Change to Line 2 and take the train heading towards Sindang Station direction. This is marked with T in the map above. 
  3. Get off at Jamsil Station, where Lotte World is located. Exit Jamsil station using EXIT 4 and Lotte World is in front of you. This is marked with A in the map above. 
The whole journey will take about 33 minutes to go from Myeongdong to Jamsil Station where Lotte World is located. In this subway journey, the train will pass through 13 station. Arrival at each station is clearly announced in many languages and indicated on the signage on the train. So, do not worry that you will miss the station. 
Upon arrival at Lotte World, you can enjoy your time at Lotte World by visiting Lotte World Adventure, Lotte World Water Park and the Lotte World Aquarium. After having fun and enjoying your time at Lotte World you can head back to Myeongdong by taking train the the reverse direction heading back to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and change line to Line 4 to take the train heading towards Myeongdong direction. 
Travel Time from Myeongdong to Lotte World (Myeongdong Station to Jamsil Station)

Subway Ticket Fare from Myeongdong Station to Jamsil Station (Lotte World)

Taking subway train to got Lotte World is not only the fastest way, but also the cheapest way. If you are buying the subway ticket for a single trip from Myeongdong to Jamsil station, the ticket fare is only 1450Won. Therefore, the round trip will only cost you 2900 Won. If you are using transit card such as T-Money Card, then you can save more money because the single trip going to Lotte World will only cost you 1350 Won and the round trip ticket fare from Myeongdong to Jamsil and return to Myeongdong is only 2700 Won. 

Subway Ticket Price from Myeongdong Station to Jamsil Station where Lotte World is located. 
Children aged between 7 to 12 years old can enjoy cheaper ticket price (only 500 Won) for the subway trip from Myeongdong Station to Jamsil Station. If you have teenage family members (aged between 13 to 18 years old, it is most worthwhile to buy them transit card because they also enjoy a discount ticket price at 800 Won for their subway trip from Myeongdong to Lotte World. Anyone aged 19 and above are considered adult and must pay full fare for the subway ticket.

Other Ways to go from Myeongdong to Lotte World

If you are staying in Myeongdong and would like to go to a good theme park that is nearer to Seoul, Lotte World is the best choice for you. Apart from taking the subway train, there are also other ways to get to Lotte World from Myeongdong using public transport. Of course if you do not want the hassle of taking subway train, you can take the taxi which is a lot more expensive. You can also get to Lotte World using Seoul public buses such as Green Bus and Blue Bus but they are less suitable for tourists who are not familiar with the places and Korean language. Therefore, taking subway train is still the best way (fastest and cheapest) to get to Lotte World from Myeongdong Seoul.

Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Everland

How about spend a day away from Myeongdong to visit to Everland, Koreans' favourite theme park, to complete your vacation in Seoul.
Everland Ticket Price:
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Everland offers lots of fun and adventures for everyone all year long through a wide range of themes from Global Fair, Magic Lan, American Adventure, European Adventure to Zootopia. Best of all, there is a shuttle bus service that will bring you direct from Myeongdong Seoul to Everland Resort.

Direct Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong, Seoul to Everland

Most travel websites will recommend you to take Seoul Metropolitan Subway and train from Giheung Station to Jeondae Everland Station or to take bus 5002 or 5700 from Seoul to go to Everyland. However, none of these public transports start from Myeongdong.

In this post, we will show you a special shuttle bus offered through Klook Travel in collaboration to Everland that will take you direct from Myeongdong Seoul to Everland. The trip time is only about 40-50 minutes. Unlike taking subway and train, you don't have to worry about changing train line.
This shuttle bus service departs from the bus stop at EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station (In front of Hotel Prince) at 10.30am everyday. The location map of the bus stop is shown below.
Location Map of Everland Shuttle Bus Station at Myeongdong (Mark with a tick)

The Bus Stop for Shuttle Bus to Everland is located at EXIT 2, Myeongdong Subway Station, in front of Hotel Prince (as shown by the arrows). 

Ticket Fare for Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong to Everland Seoul

The round trip bus ticket fare for shuttle bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Everland and return to Myeongdong plus Everland One-day Pass ticket is 52,000 Won. However, this is not expensive considering it includes Everland One-day Pass ticket is 54,000 Won if you buy it directly at Everland. Klook Travel who offers this shuttle bus service from Myeongdong to Everland is able to get such discount on Everland One-day Pass because they buy for large group. In other words, those who follow this actually get Everland One-day Pass plus shuttle bus service from Myeongdong to Everland at a price cheaper than the original Everland One-day Pass price. Perhaps Klook Travel has been given a good deal by Everland for bringing so many visitor to their theme park. That is why they can sell Everland ticket at cheap price and including complimentary shuttle bus service as well.

Booking Everland ticket and Shuttle Bus ticket at the Same Time

As there are only one bus a day, in order to get the shuttle bus plus Everland One-day Pass deal, you have to book your trip online as early as possible (at least two days) before your trip.  In fact, the shuttle bus plus Everland One-day Pass package require advance booking and available for tourist (foreign passport holder only). 

Shuttle Bus returning form Everland to to Myeongdong Seoul

As the shuttle bus ticket and Everland One-day Pass package include return trip, you can use the same shuttle bus service to return to Myeongdong Seoul after spending a day of fun at Everland. The returning bus will depart from Everland 15 minutes after Everland closing time at either 8pm, 9pm or 10pm depending on season. This make sure that you are able to enjoy the fireworks performance to end your Everland trip. Make sure you are on time and be there a little early. Keeping in mind Everland is a large place and you should give your ample of time to walk to the car park area to catch the bus. There will be many buses there to pick up tourists from different tour groups. Your tour guide will tell you exactly where the shuttle bus from Everland to Myeongdong will be parked at. Please note down the exact parking lot number and platform number your guide told you.

How to go from Myeongdong Seoul to Everland

In this post, we introduce the shuttle bus service offered by Klook Travel in collaboration with Everland that will bring you directly from Myeongdong to Everland. Of course, you can still choose to use the subway and train option, that is less convenient as you need to change train line etc. Best of all you can get your Everland ticket at a cheaper price and including a free round trip shuttle bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Everland and return if you book the trip online from Klook Travel (refer to booking section above). 

AREX / Subway Train from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong, Seoul

Taking AREX is the cheapest way to go from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station (fare: or KRW8,000 (buy at airport ticket counter or KRW7,330 (Book Online).

Having said that, if you are going to Myeong-dong, taking train and subway from Incheon International Airport to Myeong-dong is the second best choice because you need to change from AREX train to Subway Line 4 at Seoul Station. The best choice is still to take Bus 6015 (fare: KRW 10,000 = approx US$8.80) that takes you directly to Myeongdong.

Before you continue reading, just be WARNED that taking train to Myeongdong is NOT advisable if you have to carry heavy luggage with you. You have to walk for about five minutes Seoul Station to change line from AREX train to Line 4 of Seoul Subway to get to Myeongdong Station. In addition, the subway station is deep underground. The stairs at subway stations are quite high and long to climb and the walkway could be bumpy for luggage too.

Therefore, taking Bus 6015 is most convenient in most cases because it will take you directly to directly to Myeongdong without changing line or station. However, the bus route takes 1 hour 30 minutes while train route would typically take only 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

Taking AREX Train from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong

Having said all that, if you prefer to take train, all you need to do is to following these steps:
  1. Take the Airport Railway Express (AREX) train from Incheon International Airport Station to Seoul Station. 
  2. At Seoul Station, change to LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway to get to Myeong-dong, which is only 2 stations away from Seoul Station.
  3. Get off at Myeong-dong Station.
NEWS UPDATE: Good news for passengers who use AREX to go to Myeongdong. From March 2015, a new passage from AREX platform to LINE 4 platform has been opened to make it easier for passengers who go to Myeongdong to change from AREX to LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway . This new passage way has shorten transfer walking time from 15 minutes to a short 5 minutes.

Train Ticket Fare from Incheon to Myeong-dong

The one way ticket from Incheon Airport to AREX Seoul Station costs is KRW14,300 (approximately US$12.60). However, there is normally a special discount fare at KRW8,000 (airport counter price) or KRW7,330 (online price). 
From Seoul Station to Myeong-dong, the Subway ticket price  is KRW1,250.
In total, the fare from Incheon to Myeong-dong KRW9,250 (Approximately US$8.15). This is only less than KRW1000 (US$0.88)cheaper than using Bus 6015. 

How to buy AREX Ticket at Incheon International Airport?

Before you proceed to buy the AREX Ticket, it is important to know that there are two types of train service from Incheon to Seoul. One is AREX which is the express non-stop train from airport to Seoul Station. The other one is the commuter train that stops at 10 stations before arriving at Seoul Station which will take more than 53 minutes. 
We recommend AREX train because it is more comfortable, provides spaces for luggage, free WiFi on board and has a restroom/toilet on board.
AREX train is spacious and comfortable
With that said, now lets explore how to buy AREX ticket at Incheon Airport. Upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, there are two places to buy AREX train ticket:
  1. At the Airport Train Information Centre at the Arrival Hall - Th information center is orange in color. The staff here can speak English well. 
    Airport Train Information Centre
  2. At the Airport Railway station - from the Arrival Hall, follow the signage to go to the Airport Railway Station. The signage looks like below. At the station, you can buy the AREX train ticket from the vending machine. Four languages are available on this vending machine, which are Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese. If you prefer to buy over a counter, you can also get the ticket from the Information counter at the AREX Station.
    Follow the Airport Railroad Signage to get to the Arex Station
    AREX Information Counter at Incheon Station
      Vending Machine Selling AREX train ticket
Once you have gotten your ticket, getting onto the train is straight forward. Don't forget that there is an Information counter at the station if you have any question.

AREX Train Timetable

The first AREX train departs from the Incheon International Airport AREX Station to AREX Seoul Station at 5:30am in the morning. The last AREX train to depart from Incheon International Airport is 9:30pm in the evening. 

The journey from Incheon Airport to AREX Seoul Station is 43 minutes. This is very short because it is an express train and does not stop at any station between Incheon AREX station and AREX Seoul Station. 

Arriving at Seoul Station

AREX train will take you to AREX Seoul Station. Upon arrival, you will need to change platform to LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Area Subway Network. NOTE that you need to buy a new ticket for Seoul Metropolitan Area Subway. There are a few types of ticket to buy here depending on your transportation plan in Seoul:
  1. Single-use cards: If you don't plan to use Seoul Subway for the rest of your stay in Seoul, buy this at the Seoul Subway Station Vending Machine or Information Center. 
  2. T-money cards: If you plan to use Seoul Subway to go to places in Seoul during your stay, T-money card is the best choice. It is a prepaid card that can be purchased at the Subway station or any convenient stores. Nine Tree Hotel in Myeongdong sell T-money card at their reception too.
  3. M-Pass: This is the best option for those who want to use public transport intensively in Seoul. You can take up to 20 rides per day with this card. However, it is only commonly sold at Tourist Information Centers, If you plan to get an M-pass, you can get it upon arrival at Incheon Airport at the Seoul Tourist Information Center at Gates 5 and 10 on Level 1 of the Incheon International Airport. 
Once you have got one of the above ticket card, just hope on to the platform of LINE 4 at Seoul Station. Catch the train that is heading to Hoehyeon Station. Myeongdong Station is right after Heohyeon Station. Do not board the train heading to Sookmyong Women's Univ.

Arriving at Myeong-dong Station

Once you are on the train, you are just less than 5 minutes from your final destination: Myeong-dong Station. After leaving Seoul Station, the train will make a stop at Hoehyeon Station before stopping at Myeong-dong station. 
Here you are, finally arriving at Myeong-dong from Incheon Airport. Myeong-dong station has 10 exits, depends on where you want to go (more in the next section).

From Myeongdong Station to Your Hotel

Most people who want easy access to the Seoul Subway will choose to stay at Nine Tree Hotel (150 meters from EXIT 9) or Sejong Hotel (near EXIT 10). An exact guide on how to go from Myeong-dong station to Nine Tree Hotel is available here.
That's it. Howe to take an AREX and Seoul Subway Train from Incheon International Airport to Myeong-dong in Seoul.  Next up, we will post on taking taxi from Incheon Airport to Myeong-dong.