Shopping Tour ‘Myeongond Street(명동)’


MYEONGDONG
Myeongdong, located at the historic center of Seoul in Jung-gu, is one of the core districts in Korea and encompasses central areas of the city such as parts of downtown of Seoul city

Myeongdong

Myeong dong

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Myeongdong (Korean: 명동 (明洞), literally ‘bright town’) is a dong in Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea between Chungmu-ro, Eulji-ro, and Namdaemun-ro. It covers 0.99 km² with a population of 3,529 and is mostly a commercial area, being one of Seoul’s main shopping and tourism districts

History

Myeongdong dates back to the Joseon Dynasty when it was called Myeongryebang (명례방, 明禮坊) and mostly a residential area. During the colonial era the name was changed to Myeongchijeong (명치정, 明治町) and became more of a commercial district, being influenced by the rising commerce in the neighboring Chungmuro area.[1] It became the official district of Myeongdong in 1946, after independence.[2]

After the Korean War and into the 1960s, the economy blossomed and the financial sector from Namdaemun-ro and Euljiro gradually expanded into Myeongdong. The area flourished as city renovations took place and highrise buildings were built. Many department stores, shopping centers, restaurants, upscale shops and boutiques set up their businesses in Myeongdong and it became the mecca for the young and trendy in the 1970s.[1]

Besides being a major commercial and financial district, Myeongdong has been a popular location for political demonstrations and protests, especially during the turbulent years of the 1980s and 1990s. Myeongdong Cathedral has been a frequent spot for many of these demonstrations and still is to this day.[2]

As of March 2000, Myeongdong’s has been designated as a special Tourism Promotion Area and is one of the stops on the official Seoul City Bus tour‘s main route. (Source : Wiki)

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