seat in South Korea
Myeongdong ( korean : 명동 ; Hanja : 明洞 ; light. ‘bright cave ‘ or ‘bright tunnel ‘ ) is a ding in Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea between Chungmu-ro, Eulji-ro, and Namdaemun-ro. It covers 0.99km² with a population of 3,409 and is largely a commercial area, being one of Seoul ‘s independent shopping, parade route and tourism districts. [ 1 ] In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Myeong-dong was listed as the ninth most expensive shopping street in the world. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The area is known for its two historically meaning sites, namely the Myeongdong Cathedral and the Myeongdong Nanta Theatre. [ 5 ]

history [edit ]

Myeongdong dates binding to the Joseon Dynasty when it was called Myeongryebang ( korean : 명례방 ; Hanja : 明禮坊 ) and by and large a residential area. [ 6 ] During the japanese era the diagnose was changed to Myeongchijeong ( korean : 명치정 ; Hanja : 明治町, Meijicho in japanese pronunciation ) and became more of a commercial zone, being influenced by the rising commerce in the adjacent Chungmuro area. [ 1 ] It became the official zone of Myeongdong in 1946, after independence. [ 7 ] After the Korean War and into the 1960s, the economy blossomed and the fiscal 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, shop centers, restaurants, upscale shops and boutiques set up their businesses in Myeongdong and it became popular with the unseasoned and trendy in the 1970s. [ 1 ]

Besides being a major commercial and fiscal district, Myeongdong has been a popular location for political demonstrations and protests, particularly during the disruptive years of the 1980s and 1990s. Myeongdong Cathedral has been a frequent spot for many of these demonstrations and still is to this day. [ 7 ] 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 go ‘s main road. [ 8 ]

characteristic [edit ]

Hawkers around Myeongdong during evening Seoul ‘s fiscal hub is divided between here and Yeouido where the Korea Stock Exchange is located. major policy, securities, fiscal services companies, and investment firms with headquarters in Myeongdong include Citibank, SK Corporation, Kookmin Bank, Korea Exchange Bank, Lone Star Funds, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, AIG Korea Insurance, Hana Bank, and HSBC. The Bank of Korea is besides in the vicinity. other noteworthy landmarks in Myeongdong include the taiwanese Embassy, which was first opened on January 4, 1949. [ 9 ] YWCA headquarter, UNESCO Hall, Myeongdong Theater, and the oldest catholic cathedral in Korea, Myeongdong Cathedral. [ 10 ] Except for early dawn and late night delivery hours, the independent street and most of the alleys are blocked off for pedestrians to roam freely without being hindered by traffic. [ 11 ]

lavishness shop [edit ]

Myeongdong is one of Seoul ‘s main shopping districts featuring mid-to-high priced retail stores and international post outlets, including Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, H & M, Zara, Forever 21, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton, american samoa good as korean cosmetics brands such as Nature Republic, Missha, The Face Shop and Skin Food. [ 12 ] It is a particularly democratic area for young people and tourists as a center for fashion and sight-seeing. [ 1 ] Several large shopping centers and department stores are in the zone including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Migliore, M Plaza, and Noon Square. [ 13 ] In August 2012, as separate of Lotte Department Store ‘s expansion plan into China, a replica of the street of Myeongdong is featured in its new shop in Tianjin, with outlets of Missha, The Face Shop and Skin Food. [ 14 ]

The floating population of Myeongdong is estimated to be around 2 million a day [ 15 ] and in terms of floorspace rents, Myeongdong is one of the most expensive shopping districts in the worldly concern. [ 16 ] many hotels, restaurants, cinema, theaters, and historic sites complete the diverse concoction of the area. In a poll of about 2,000 foreign visitors, conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in November 2011, stated that 13.4 percentage named shopping in Myeongdong as their favorite activity in Seoul. [ 17 ]

tourist attractions [edit ]

The Myeongdong Cathedral, a democratic tourist attraction towards the end of the patronize district. Myeongdong Festival has been hosted since 1982 to vitalize the commercial area and encourage tourism. [ 18 ] It is normally held doubly a year : from the end of March to the middle of April in spring, and the month of September in fall. Parades, music and dance performances, manner shows and other spectacles are part of the festivities. many shops and stores offer product sales and discounts during this time angstrom well. In 2012, the sphere hosted the street parade of the Cheonan World Dance Festival in October. [ 19 ]

local transportation [edit ]

The southern separate of Myeongdong is served by Station # 424, Myeong-dong on Seoul Metro Line 4.svg Line 4 of the Seoul Subway, while the northerly area is closer to Seoul Metro Line 2.svg Station # 202, Euljiro 1-ga on Line 2 .

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