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

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. 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.
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Lotte World Ticket
Normal Ticket Counter Price - KRW52,000 per person
Online Price - KRW33,000 per person (Booking Website)
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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.
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Other Ways to go from Myeongdong to Lotte World

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 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.
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Everland Ticket Price:
  • Normal Ticket Counter Price - KRW54,000
  • Online Ticket Price - KRW34,858 (Booking Website)
  • Online Ticket Price + Bus Transfer - KRW52,000 (Booking Website)
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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.
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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). 
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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.
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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). 
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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.
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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). 

Ski Purple Bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang

If you are in Seoul from late November to early March, don't miss the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding at Korean's favourite slopes at Alpensia Resort. Alpensia Resort is about 3 hours plus of driving from Seoul but take it easy. There is a comfortable shuttle bus service named "Ski Purple Bus" that can take you from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort, but make sure you BOOK IN ADVANCE.
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HOW TO TAKE THE SKI PURPLE BUS TO ALPENSIA RESORT FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL?

Ski Purple Bus to Alpensia Resort picks up passengers right in front of Prince Hotel, Myeongdong, Seoul, which is located just 20 meters from EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station (Line 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway). The location map of this bus stop for Ski Purple Bus is shown below.

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[CLICK TO ENLARGE] Location map of Prince Hotel Near EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station where you can take bus to Alpensia Resort. 

Wait for Ski Purple Bus to Alpensia Resort in front of Hotel Prince in Myeongdong, Seoul. 
[DISCOUNT COUPONS FOR ALPENSIA RESORTS - 2016/2017 SKI SEASONS]
Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization
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BUS SCHEDULE / TIMETABLE FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL TO ALPENSIA SKI RESORT

There is only one bus trip daily to Alpensia Resort from Seoul. If you are boarding the bus at Myeongdong, the departure time is 7:55AM in front of Hotel Prince. Make sure you are there 10 minutes before departure time to be safe. If you miss the bus, the next pick up point is Dongdaemun Gate at 8:15AM. The last pick up point is Sports Complex Station at 9:00AM. After Sports Complex Station, the bus will be on express non-stop trip to Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang. The Whole journey is about 3 hours plus but it is worth it once you arrive at the beautiful Alpensia Resort to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. For your information, the bus will stop at the Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort upon reaching its destination.
For returning trip to Myeongdong, you can use the same bus service. There are two bus trips daily from Alpensia Resort back to Myeongdong Seoul. The first bus trip departs at 12:30PM from the bus Stop at Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort. The second and last bus trip returning to Myeongdong departs at 4:30PM also from the Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort. If you miss the 4:30PM bus, you will have to stay overnight at Alpensia Resort. The best choice of accommodation here will be Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang
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BUS TICKET FARE TO ALPENSIA RESORT FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL

The one way bus ticket from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort cost US$19 for adult and US$16 for child below 12 years old (free for baby below 24 months). For return tickets (round trip) from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort and back to Myeondong or any stop in Seoul, the bus ticket fare is USD34 for adult and USD28 for child. Therefore, it is more worth it to buy the round trip with return ticket because you can save USD4.
It is important to note that upon arrival at Alpensia, you can buy the day pass Ski Lift Pass at USD$46 per person which include the gondola. On the other hand, ski gears like ski, pole and boots can be rented at the rate of US$19 per person. If you go in a group, you can get ski coaching lesson at USD200 per group. 
Since there is only one trip a day from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort, you must book your bus seat no later than 7 days before your trip via the Ski Purple Bus website. Payment can be done via Credit Card (Paypal) or wire transfer. Upon confirmation, you will be given a BAR CODE for your booking which you must show to the driver to take the bus. Booking less than 7 days before the bus trip to Alpensia Resort can still be done by calling the Ski Purple Bus call center at +82 70 7847 5850 or +82-2-335-5889. The cut off time of booking is 5:00PM the day before the bus trip. 
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How to go to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang from Myeongdong Seoul

In summary, you just need to book yourself a Ski Purple Bus ticket for a bus trip from Prince Hotel Myeongdong, Seoul to Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang. Advance booking via website or phone call is required. Buy the round trip ticket to Myeongdong to get discount. If the shuttle bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort is too expensive for your family, you may consider Vivaldi Park Ski World which provide free shuttle bus from Myeongdong. 

How to go to Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World from Myeongdong Seoul

It is winter snowing season again and it is the best time to experience snow and skiing at the Korean's world famous Vivaldi Park. Going from Myeongdong at downtown Seoul to Vivaldi Park is easy as well. With more than 10 slopes suitable for beginners to expert level skiing, Vivaldi Park is the most popular winter skiing destination near Seoul.
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HOW TO TAKE FREE SHUTTLE BUS FROM MYEONGDONG TO VIVALDI PARK SKI WORLD

Do you know that there are free shuttle bus that take you from Myeongdong to Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World? This year in 2015, this free shuttle bus will start from 1 DECEMBER 2015 until end of ski season. This free shuttle bus service is specially provided for FOREIGNERS only. In other words, you must hold non-Korean Passport to enjoy this free shuttle service. NOTE THAT ADVANCE BOOKING IS A MUST. Read below for how to do the booking.
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WHERE TO TAKE THE FREE SHUTTLE BUS AT MYEONGDONG SEOUL TO TO GO TO DAEMYUNG VIVALDI PARK?

The bus stop for the free shuttle bus to Vivaldi Park is located at LOTTE HOTEL, MYEONGDONG. Lotte Hotel Myeongdong is located at 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea Lotte Hotel Seoul. It is just 1 minute walk from EXIT 8 of Euljiro 1-ga Subway Station on Line 2. The location map of Lotte Hotel Myeongdong is shown below.
Go to Lotte Hotel Myeongdong to take free shuttle bus to Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World
[DISCOUNT COUPONS FOR VIVALDI PARK 2016/2017 SKI SEASONS]
Image Credit: Korea Tourism Organization
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TIMETABLE / SCHEDULE FOR SHUTTLE BUS FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL TO VIVALDI PARK

There is only ONE free shuttle bus from Myeongdong to Vivaldi Park Ski World daily. The bus depart at 8:00am from Lotte Hotel Myeongdong. Make sure you are on time. The bus journey from Myeongdong Seoul to Vivaldi Park will take 1 hour and 45 minutes. The estimated arrival time at Daemyung Vivaldi Park is 9:45am. You will have plenty of time enjoying skiing at one of the thirteen skiing track at Vivaldi Park.
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[MUST] ADVANCE BOOKING FOR FREE SHUTTLE BUS FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL TO VIVALDI PARK

Since there is only ONE bus a day, advance seat booking for ski shuttle bus to Vivaldi Park is a must. It can be done through VIVALDI PARK Website for shuttle bus reservation no later than 3 days before taking the bus. On the reservation website, Click on the Reservation button on the page. Then choose "LOTTE HOTEL MYEONGDONG" as the station you will wait for the free shuttle bus to Vivaldi Park. After that, fill out your basic information for your reservation. Once completed, you will receive your ski shuttle bus reservation confirmation voucher automatically. You can either print it or save a copy on your mobile phone so that you can show your reservation when getting onto the bus. Don't forget to bring your foreign ID or passport too because you need to show it when getting onto the bus. 

REMEMBER, BOOK YOUR SEAT THROUGH THE WEBSITE NO LATER THAN 3 DAYS BEFORE TAKING THE BUS. YOU CANNOT BUY THE TICKET AT THE BUS STOP AT LOTTE HOTEL MYEONGDONG OR ON THE BUS.
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RETURNING BUS FROM DAEMYUNG VIVALDI PARK TO MYEONGDONG SEOUL

Don't worry about returning to Myeongdong Seoul. Vivaldi Park provide the same free shuttle bus service for your returning journey. After enjoying your day skiing at the world class Vivaldi Park, you can take the shuttle bus back to Myeongdong Seoul. The shuttle bus departs Vivaldi Park at 6:00pm. The returning journey will take about 2 hours. Your expected arrival time at Lotte Hotel Myeongdong is 8:00pm. Similarly, don't forget to book your returning seat in advance as well through the website. Otherwise, you would have to stay overnight at Vivaldi Park (don't worry, there are very good accommodation hotel at Vivaldi Park if you wish to stay for a few days to enjoy the snow and ski).
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How to go from Myeongdong Seoul to Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski World?

In summary, just take the free shuttle bus at Lotte Hotel Myeongdong and you will arrive at Vivaldi Park in less than 2 hours. Remember, advance reservation for this bus seat through website is required and it is specially provided to foreigner tourist only. Don't forget to book your returning bus trip to Myeongdong. Enjoy skiing at Vivaldi Park before returning to Myeongdong for shopping and some warm Kyoja in the winter!