Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang

If you are in Seoul from 15 December 2017 onwards, don't miss the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding at Korean's favourite slopes at Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang. Alpensia Resort is about 3 hours plus of driving from Seoul but take it easy. There is a comfortable shuttle bus service that can take you from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort. ONLINE BOOKING required.


Shuttle Bus to Alpensia Resort picks up passengers at EXIT 4 of Myeongdong Subway Station (Line 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway) in front of McDonald. The location map of this bus stop for Shuttle Bus is shown below.
[CLICK TO ENLARGE MAP] Map of Bus Stop Location at EXIT 4 of Myeongdong Station for Shuttle Bus to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang

The Bus Stop for Shuttle Bus to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang is located in front of McDonald's and EXIT 4 of Myeongdong Subway Station.
Note: Another pick up point in Myeongdong for shuttle bus to Alpensia Pyeongchang is located at Lotte Hotel Myeongdong near Euljiro 1-ga station exit no. 8


There is only one bus trip daily to Alpensia Resort from Seoul. If you are boarding the bus at EXIT 4 Myeongdong Station, the departure time is 7:50AM in front of McDonald's. Make sure you are there 10 minutes before departure time to be safe. If you board the bus at Lotte Hotel Myeongdong near Euljiro 1-ga station EXIT 8, the pick up time is 7:30AM. After pick up at Myeongdong Station EXIT 4, 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. The return bus trip departs at 5:30PM from the bus Stop at Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort. If you miss the 5:30PM bus, you will have to stay overnight at Alpensia Resort. The best choice of accommodation here will be Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang


The one way bus ticket from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort cost US$18.40 for adult and US$16.50 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, the bus ticket fare is USD27.60 for adult and USD23 for child. Therefore, it is more worth it to buy the round trip with return ticket because you can save USD9.20.
It is important to note that upon arrival at Alpensia, you can buy the day pass Ski Lift Pass which include the gondola. On the other hand, ski gears like ski, pole and boots can be rented. If you go in a group, you can get ski coaching lesson. 
Since there is only one trip a day from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort, you must book your bus seat before your trip online. Payment can be done via Credit Card (Paypal) or wire transfer. Upon confirmation, you will be given a booking voucher for printing and a mobile voucher for your booking. You can present the printed or mobile voucher to take the bus on the booking date. 

How to go to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang from Myeongdong Seoul

In summary, you just need to book yourself a Ski Bus ticket for a bus trip from EXIT 4 of Myeongdong Station, Seoul to Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang. Advance booking via website 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.
NOTICE: Winter Round Trip Bus to Vivaldi Park starts on 1 Dec 2017 and ends on 2 March 2018. ONLINE BOOKING required.


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 2017 until end of ski season (2 March 2018). This roundtripshuttle 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.


The Bus Stop of Round Trip Shuttle Bus to Vivaldi Park is Located in front of Lotte Hotel Myeongdong, same bus stop as the Airport Limousine Bus.
The bus stop for the round trip  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



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 (be at the bus stop10 minutes earlier to be safe). 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.


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 Klook Website for round trip bus reservation no later than 3 days before taking the bus. On the reservation website, Click on the Book button on the page. Then choose the Ski Package and then for the Shuttle Bus Pick Up Location, choose "8:00AM MYEONGDONG" as the station you will wait for the 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. 



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).

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!

How to go to Myeongdong Nanta Theater (Nanta Show)

No doubt Myeongdong is most famous for shopping, cosmetic, street food. However, for many people, their most memorable experience in Myeongdong is none other than watching Nanta Cookin Show. In this post, we will show you how to go Myeongdong Nanta Theater to watch this famous show (by the way, you don't need to understand Korean language to watch this show. It is so special that they don't need to speak a word to keep you entertained for 1 hour 30 minute).
  • Show Time: 5:00pm, 8:00pm everyday (Book ticket earlier to avoid sold out)
  • Ticket Price: KRW40,000 (Buy at Theater) KRW28,388 (Book Online).

Direction From Myeongdong Station to Nanta Theatre

If you don't stay in Myeongdong, the most convenient way to get here is by taking Seoul Subway. Myeongdong Station is on LINE 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Upon arriving at Myeongdong station, go up to the ground level by using the EXIT 6. Then following the walking map below to get to Myeongdong Nanta Theater which is located just some 300 meters away. 
Map Direction from Myeongdong Station to Nanta Theater Myeongdong
Not clear? No worries. More photos to come. Just be on the look out for CHECKPOINT A and CHECKPOINT B and you won't have problem to get there.
If you are arriving via subway, just use EXIT 6 to get to the ground. If you arrive via taxi, just get the driver to drop you at EXIT 6 of Myeongdong Station. It is easy to find because Loisir Hotel is located exactly at EXIT 6 of Myeongdong Station.

EXIT 6 Myeongdong Station Loisir Hotel
Once you are at EXIT 6 of Myeongdong Station, walk into the alley at the side of Loisir Hotel. After a few steps, you will come to CHECKPOINT A junction, where Nature Republic building (in green) is located on your left and Lloyd in front of you. GO STRAIGHT at this CHECKPOINT A junction, do not turn.
CHECKPOINT A - You can see Natural Republic on your left. Go straight towards Lloyd Direction
From CHECKPOINT A, continue to walk for about 200 meters to get to CHECKPOINT B. On the way, there are many shopping "distractions" as you will pass through Forever 21, Zarra, M plaza and many fashions and cosmetic stores. That is why shopaholic may find this 200 meters street a "long" walk.
Keep walking for about 200 meters. You will walk pass Forever 21 and Zarra at M Plaza along the way
After walk the 200 meter walk, you will come to CHECK POINT B, which is a cross junction where you will see Myeongdong Theater in front of you. However, Myeongdong Theater IS NOT Nanta Theater. Myeongdong Theater is a cinema like theater and does not run the famous Nanta Cookin Show. This is where many people are confused.
CHECKPOINT B - At this cross junction, you will see Bank on your left and Myeongdong Theater (NOT Nanta Theater) in front of you. Turn LEFT at this junction
So where is Myeongdong Nanta Theater? At CHECK POINT B, you need to turn LEFT and walk for about 100 meters to reach Myeongdong Nanta Theater.
After turn left at POINT B, walk for about 100 meter to get to CHECKPOINT C where Myeongdong Nanta Theatre is located
Yes, after about 100 meters, you will reach the UNESCO Building (in the photo below). If you don't pay attention, you may not notice that the famous Myeongdong Nanta Theater is actually located here (Can you notice the tiny RED Nanta Theater sign board above Skinfood?). Perhaps Nanta Show is famous enough that they don't even need a big sign board to promote Nanta Theater.
POINT C - Nanta Theatre is on your left at the UNESCO Building, above Skin Food shop
That's is it! You have arrived at Myeongdong Nanta Theater. There is only one other theater in Seoul, which is located in Hongdae. 

How to go to Myeongdong Nanta Theater from Euljiro 1-ga Subway Station

On the other hand, if you are arriving at Myeongdong through LINE 2 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway, then you can get off at Euljiro 1-ga Station and use EXIT 6 to get to the ground. 
Direction Map from EXIT 6 of Euljiro 1-ga Station to Myeongdong Nanta Theater 

EXIT 6 of Euljiro 1-ga Station on LINE 2 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Walk straight from here to go to Myeongdong Nanta Theater.
Once you get to the ground through EXIT 6, continue to walk ahead straight for about 200 meters until you see the famous Lotte Young Department Store on your right (across the road).

TURN LEFT at this junction where you can see LOTTE YOUNG Department Store on your right. 
At this point, TURN LEFT into the side street and continue to walk for about 100 meters before you arrive at Myeongdong Nanta Theater which is located at the UNESCO Building on your right, above Skinfood shop. That's it. You have arrived at Myeongdong Nanta Theater from EXIT 6 of Euljiro 1-ga Station.

Two Ways to get to Myeongdong Nanta Theatre

 Here you are, getting to Myeongdong Nanta Theater is not difficult. In this post, we show you how to get to Myeongdong either by using LINE 2 Subway and alight at Euljiro 1-ga or LINE 4 Subway and alight at Myeogndong Station. Most people will come to Myeongdong Nanta Theater earlier in the morning to buy tickets for the show in the afternoon and evening because Nanta Show tickets sold out quickly especially on weekends and even during weekday of holiday seasons. If you have credit card, Paypal or Alipay to make online purchase, you can buy your tickets a few days earlier online to avoid any hassle of ticket being sold out on the day itself.

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.
  1. By Bus - KRW25000 (Book Online)straight forward and more comfortable but  more expensive. Bus goes direct from the famous Shinsegae Duty Free Store in Myeongdong to Nami Island. Read more below...
  2. By Train - KRW18700, cheaper but complicated for first timer as you need to change train lines 3 times to get to Gapyeong Station and then take a bus to Nami Island. Read more below...

1. By Train - 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 2250 (T-Money Card) or KRW2350 (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...

Video Preview - Nami Island


2. By 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 but fortunately Insadong is just a short subway ride from Myeongdong. Please take note that there is only one shuttle bus a day at 8.30am. Make sure you make advance booking online AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE to secure your seat because ONLY ONE BUS PER DAY. (Note: Choose Shinsegae Duty Free in Myeongdong as your "pick-up location" when booking. Other available pick-up locations are Insadong and Namdaemun).

The two-way ticket for shuttle bus to Nami Island costs KRW25,000. This is not expensive given that it also includes the KRW8000 "Entry Visa" and round trip ferry tickets to Nami Island.

So, with that said, here is the pick-up bus stop location to go from Myeongdong to Nami Island by shuttle bus (CLICK TO ENLARGE MAP).
Pick-up Bus Stop Location for Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong to Nami Island.
As you can see from the map, the bus stop for Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong to Nami Island is located right in front of the famous Shinsegae Duty Free in Myeongdong. It is strategically located within walking distance from both Myeongdong Station and Hoehyeon Station (subway stations).

From here, the shuttle bus will take you directly to the ferry wharf of Nami Island to cross the river to Nami Island.  NOTE THAT the return bus will leave Nami Island ferry wharf at 5:00pm  in the afternoon to head back to Myeongdong (to same location- Shinsegae Duty Free). To be safe, you are advised to take the ferry from Nami Island whalf to the bus parking bay AT LEAST half an hour before the return bus departure time to Myeongdong. You will be back to Myeongdong at around 6.30pm or 7.00pm if there is heavy traffic on that day.
TIP 1: If you want to squeeze Nami Island, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm and Gapyeong Rail Bike all in one day, the most effecient way is to join a shuttle bus day tour from EXIT 2 Myeongdong Station (KRW100,000 - all 4 admission tickets included).
TIP 2: Winter ski season will start from 1st December 2017. If you want to go to Vivaldi Park for ski after visiting Nami Island, BOOK THIS BUS instead. 

From Myeongdong to Nami Island

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