At 5:00 p.m. on an ordinary day, a large crowd of people starts spilling into the streets of Myeongdong. Delicious smells that stimulate taste buds waft up from the main street of the area, Jungang-ro. The smells herald the coming of numerous street food carts and stalls. Once they are set up, they will attract visitors and tourists with a variety of street delicacies, from grilled sausage kebabs on skewers and nut and egg muffins to “32 parfait,” which can only be found in Myeongdong. The area, which is renowned as a shopping district, has also become a paradise of street food. Thanks to the convenience the street stalls provide, visitors can do some shopping while filling the empty stomach with the easy-to-get yet delicious food. It is not that hard to see a tourist with shopping bags in one hand and street food in the other. The street food paradise goes from Exit 6 of Myeongdong Station on subway line 4. <Korea AgraFood> introduces below nine street foods that are representative of Myeongdong.
Nut and Egg Muffin
This muffin is the encounter of an ordinary egg muffin with wholesome nuts. The egg muffin topped with savory nuts tastes soft and crunchy at the same time. It is one of the representative snacks of Myeongdong that are both tasty and good for the health. KRW2,000 per muffin.
Rainbow Cotton Candy
Some huge colorful cotton candy will catch anyone’s eye. You can choose from three colors among yellow, blue, orange, pink, and others. You can have it packed to go but most likely you won’t be able to resist the sweet temptation of the softest candy and will have it right away. KRW4,000.
This huge ice cream is named after its height: 32cm. You can choose from among several flavors including green tea, chocolate, vanilla, and mango. If you have difficulty choosing just one, another option, a mixture of two flavors, is also available. KRW2,000.
Boneless Short Rib Ball Skewer
Drifting along with a whiff of grilled meat, you finally find yourself standing in front of boneless short rib ball skewers. These are made with minced soft meat and various vegetables that are shaped into mini-balls and grilled. They melt in your mouth while the sauce stimulates your taste buds. KRW3,000.
Grilled scallop is especially popular in the winter. It is made by grilling scallops until their mouths are slightly opened, cutting the scallops into bite-sized pieces, spreading cheese and corn on the top, and melting the topping with a torch. It features the nice taste of roasted food. KRW8,000.
Strawberry mochi (rice cake stuffed with a whole strawberry) is a beautiful street food that captivates one’s eyes. It is slightly larger than an ordinary glutinous rice cake. When cut in half, it reveals a whole strawberry inside. The food has a wide appeal among gourmets because the fresh strawberry is not as excessively sweet as the red beans in red bean mochi. KRW2,500.
Tourist Attractions in Myeongdong
Myeongdong Cathedral, a symbol of Korean Catholicism, was the first cathedral built in Korea. The building, which is also a landmark of Myeongdong, was constructed from 1892 until 1898. It is the oldest brick complex in Korea and includes a priest’s house, four old and new cathedrals, and a Catholic center. The area around the Cathedral had been the center of missionary work since the 1830s. In the 1970s and 1980s, it became a mecca for democratization activists and played an important part in the country’s politics, society, and culture.
Seoul Kimchi Academy House
Seoul Kimchi Academy House is a place where visitors can learn about Korean history and culture through kimchi, a representative traditional dish. They can also have a hands-on experience making kimchi and tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake). Learning how to make kimchi under the guidance of instructors takes about 30 minutes, and at the end you can take the kimchi you have made with you. Learning to make tteokbokki takes about 20 minutes. The Kimchi Academy House is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with no days off.
Myeongdong Tourist Information Center
The Myeongdong Tourist Information Center provides maps and promotional booklets of Seoul and famous tourist attractions in the rest of Korea free of charge. You can buy souvenirs and charge your cell phone there. On top of that, you can try on hanbok (Korean traditional garment) and take a picture of yourself in hanbok in a photo zone for 10 minutes. The photo zone is comprised of several background settings featuring natural sceneries, cultural assets, and festivals.
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