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      Myeongdong Cathedral

      Myeongdong Cathedral, the first Western-style brick building in Korea, was completed in May 1898. It is located at the shopping district of Myeongdong. Myeongdong Cathedral played an important role as a center of political and labor protests in the 1970s and 1980s (during the period of military governments) and became the mecca of pro-democracy activities.

      It is the symbol of Korea Catholicism and the unique building of pure Gothic style at the heart of Korea. The site of Myeongdong Cathedral was the place where Catholics formed religion community right after Catholic entered Korea, and missionary secluded themselves and spread the gospel after 1830. Bishop셲 house, currently called 쁝postle hall is one of the oldest western type building existing in Korea.
      Designation: Historical Site No. 258

      Location: 74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 3 Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
      Contact: 82-2-774-1784
      Transportation:
      Exit 5, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Subway Line 2
      Exit 12, Euljiro 3-ga Station, Subway Line 2, 3
      Exit 5, 8, Myeongdong Station, Subway Line 4
      English Mass: 9am on Sundays
      Admission: Free
      http://www.mdsd.or.kr

       

      Myeongdong Theater

      Myeongdong Theater opened in June 2009 after renovation of the old National Myeongdong Theater, and is known as a special theater for play performances. The Architecture of the Outer area was built in a Baroque style in 1934 and within the theater is a modern style performance facilities which blends in well harmoniously. While it was about to be sold to Korea Total Finance in 1975 and be torn down, citizens including Kim Jang Hwan, chairman of Myeongdong Co-op of Shopkeepers, organized a campaign for the relief of this theater in 2003, and the Ministry of Culture and Sports purchased the building and restored it. Restoration of the Myeongdong Theater played a pivotal role in the 쁓eoul Full of Life moto.

      Location: 35, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
      Contact: 82-1644- 2003
      Transportation: Exit 6, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station, Subway Line 2, Exit 8, Myeongdong Station, Subway Line 4

       

      Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum

      As the single textile art museum that exhibits textile arts of Korea and abroad, it displays the passed down traditional quilt skills that has disappeared and now promotes the Korean textile arts to the whole world.

      Location: 66, Toegye-ro18-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
      Contact: 82-2-753 - 4075~5
      Transportation: Exit 4, Myeongdong Station, Subway Line

       

      Korean Shooting Club

      "Korea Shooting Club," located in the center of Seoul, Myeongdong, is where you can experience shooting with live ammunition! This location is well-known as a filming site for dramas and movies, "Korea Shooting Club" boasts the largest number of firearms and the best facilities for shooting in the country. Guided by a safety guard and offering high-tech safety devices, anyone can enjoy shooting.

      Cost: For 10 shots, it costs 40,000 KRW and 50,000 KRW depending on the caliber of the gun. For those who want to try shooting, it is required to show either your passport or a certificate of alien registration.
      Payment: Credit Cards are accepted
      Location: 27 Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
      Contact: +82-2-777-6604
      http://www.koreashootingclub.com

       

      O셎ulloc Tea House

      Following recent renovations, the Myeongdong branch of O셎ulloc Tea House now offers visitors an even more elegant and comfortable place to relax and immerse themselves in the wonderful world of tea. A true paradise for green tea lovers, the bar-like counter on the first floor allows visitors to talk face-to-face with tea sommeliers and get detailed information about the tea. The first floor even has a section where customers can pick their green tea and watch it brewed. A large cauldron at the entrance is used to roast the fresh tea leaves. The second floor of the teahouse is a cultural space for visitors to experience green tea; the third floor has a meeting room, presentation equipment, and an outdoor terrace. If you셱e in a hurry, don셳 worry! The teahouse also offers take-out services so customers can enjoy the flavors of Jeju green tea on the go.

      Payment: Credit Card are accepted
      Location: 47-1 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
      Contact: +82-2-774-5460
      http://www.osulloc.com/
      Opening Hours: Mon- Sun. 09:00 - 22:30

       

      Lotte Department Store

      The main branch of Lotte Department Store which was opened in 1976.
      Situated in Myeongdong nearby Euljiroipgu station (Line 2 Subway) being connected with Young Plaza and Lotte Hotel, it attracts hundreds of travelers and visitors from all over the world.
      The Department Store is composed of 14 stories including the Lotte Duty Free Shop and the premium AVENUEL store which offers luxury brand goods.
      It basically has everything and offers a variety of discount and sales options to allure shopping customers.
      Korean Department Stores usually have a food court on the basement floor and restaurants on the top floors.

      Operation Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:30-20:00
      Closed: Usually on Monday (varies)

       

      Nanta (궃 also known as Cookin Nanta or in Chinese: 阿길돀燁)

      Nanta is a must-see nonverbal comedy performance in South Korea which incorporates traditional Korean samul nori music. Hitting on large drums to create a rhythm is samul nori (something like the Japanese taiko drums). The word samul means 쐄our objects and nori means 쐏lay; samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean drum-like musical instruments but in the case of Cookin Nanta, it is performed with improvised instruments that you can find the kitchen e.g. knives, cutting boards and large containers. The story is about three cooks in a restaurant trying to prepare a wedding banquet within a tight deadline while the manager disrupts the process by putting his incompetent nephew among the kitchen staff. You don셳 have to understand a single word of Korean as the performance is almost completely non-verbal. When they do speak, it is mostly in English.

      Overall, it is a very interesting and fun experience catching the Cookin NANTA show. It is 100 minutes long and it is interesting to see how they improvise on kitchen items to produce music. The Myeongdong NANTA Theater is located right in the heart of Myeongdong.

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