Myeongdong is where you will run into serious shoppers. There is almost any store you can imagine in the area including Western stores such as Forever 21, and not one, but two H&Ms. Although shopping is what draws most locals and foreigners alike to the area, there are several other attractions that personally make Myeongdong one of my favorite spots in Seoul.
1. Free hugs girl: If you're walking through the streets of Myeongdong make sure to stop and get a free hug from one of the cutest girls in Korea. The girl pictured above has the tiniest voice and smallest frame, but you sure can't miss her gigantic free hugs sign as she holds it proudly above her head.
2. Giant frozen yogurt cones: For only 1,000 won you can walk away with a foot long fozen yogurt cone. Simply stop at one of the several outside stands located throughout the main streets and ask for your favorite flavor. The flavors vary by stand, and range from green tea and plain twist, to mango and strawberry twist, or a classic chocolate and vanilla combo.
3. Store vendor costumes: And in America we thought only commercials and schools had mascots! You simply can't get enough time to recover from your laughs between looking at all of the ridiculous store vendor costumes. Who wouldn't want to buy skin products from a giant yellow alien person?
4. Couples outfits: If you have the inkling to buy your significant other matching clothes you are in luck. Myeongdong has the best selection of couples outfits in all of Seoul. The best way to buy these matching outfits is to bargain with one of the street vendors. They have everything so that you can match your lover from head to toe; don't forget the matching socks and shoes!
6. Dr. Fish: Get an all natural pedicure for only 2,000 won while tiny fish feed off the dead skin on your feet! Many people refer to the nibbling as little baby kisses that tickle. After about 15 minutes you can feel the results of extremely soft skin.
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