Hongik University Street
Hongik University Street
4.5
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
This is the nexus of Seoul’s youth and indie culture. Funky boutiques, avant-garde galleries, and great nightclubs are this neighborhood’s mainstay. Come here for a fascinating look at the other side of traditionally conservative Korean culture.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Hongdae
Carefree enthusiasm is everywhere in this energetic neighborhood centered on Hongik University, Korea’s top art school. From its assortment of murals to the occasional amateur street performances, creativity and expression make up the wild and beating heart of vibrant Hongdae. At the Free and Hope Market (weekends at the Hongdae Children’s Playground) you'll find one of Seoul’s most popular handmade and creative markets drawing consistent crowds. At Hongdae, there’s never a shortage of things to do and see; food and drink options are nearly endless as are shops and noraebang (karaoke) rooms. Hongdae is also one of Seoul’s top party and club scenes catering to a younger demographic; if a packed club isn’t your scene, you'll also find a range of music venues and bars offering live music in all genres. Although Hongdae has lost much of its unique appeal and undergone rapid commercialization in recent years, be sure to explore Hongdae’s edges in areas such as Sangsu-dong and Yeonnam-dong where Hongdae’s fiercely independent streak still runs freely.
How to get there
  • Hongik University • 2 min walk
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4.5
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NomTumYum
Singapore, Singapore332 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Hongdae is very lively and crowded especially at night- one of the better more interesting places to go if you want a large variety of shopping, food and nightlife.

The nightlife however, I have to caution all female travelers. They are quite shady and crowded places so not have good security so do not drink with strangers. Men tend to grope and touch in clubs and the clubs come alive after 1.30am or so. Go in groups and also, ask for pitchers instead of shots as the drinks are quite cheap but shots are not worth the money.

There are a lot of young University students and there are many clubs so walk around and don’t feel obligated to order a drink. The clubs are quite dirty and toilets are scarce so visit the bathroom whenever you find one.
Written July 10, 2023
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Travelove58
15,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Hongdae is a youthful & energetic district, you see mostly local young people here besides tourists. Great atmosphere & a vibrant lively place with lots of nice shops & dining catering to young people tastes & needs. Very different from Myeongdong Street. Good place to shop if you want latest, trendy & youthful clothes & accessories.
Written December 8, 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
The atmosphere! All I can say is go! Food, fashion, buskers, shopping, music and more. Home to the fashionable University crowd. Loved it. Get lost, walk and enjoy it. Buzzing. Go on a Saturday afternoon, early evening as this is when it comes to life the most. Everything is good natured and safe. I was a solo female traveller. Post C-19, Korea has only just opened up again. Other areas are still recovering but this area appears way ahead and back to normal!
Written June 4, 2022
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is the neighborhood where young people dress outrageously to be seen - and it's fun for the rest of us to watch. Both parties get what they come for.

We did as everyone else does: bought a large iced coffee and found some benches where we could sit and observe all the funny, quirky, and sexy people passing by. It's better than watching a movie.
Written May 27, 2024
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TIersHasie
Sydney, Australia890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I wasn't sure about going out to explore this neighbourhood but was glad I did not having done any research. I thought it would feel more like a univeristy complex but it felt like a vibrant suburb instead. Lots of cafes, shops, and the shopping street is quite long with all sorts of shops and walking street as well.

Talk to the red visitor guides to see what you may wish to visit if you haven't done your research. They have karaoke booths, arcades, the Kakao and LINE Friends flagship store, various pet cafes, harry potter store, CU store with diy ramen to name a few.

Being a university neighbourhood lots of late night eats and variety when you get hungry also!

Don't forget nightly performances (mostly kpop)
Written July 16, 2024
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Heng
Singapore, Singapore5,200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Many would have claimed that Myeongdong is the to-go and to-do place in Seoul, however I would beg to differ. Hongik is the embodiment of the energy of Seoul with street performances, awesome restaurants, gleaming street lights and flashy retail shops. Of our 13 days in Seoul, we spent 3 nights here and we still cannot get enough of this place. So hope onto the metro and pop by. You will not regret.
Written July 16, 2023
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aliysue
Singapore, Singapore246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
You do not have to go to Itaewon area to get your halal kebab. There is one store at Hongdae area. Once you are out of Exit 9, turn left. Turn left again at the second turn. The first junction is just a small road. The second junction is slightly wider road. Walk ahead for about 80m. Kebab store is on your right.

If you exit via Exit 8, walk a short distance, then turn right. Turn right again and walk 50m. Kebab store is on your left.
Written January 5, 2014
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23cynthiae87
Hong Kong, China161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
You can literally feel the young vibe in this place. If you are visiting on the weekend just be prepared it will be so much crowd with more street performance. Hongdae is one of the hip place for youngster so if you don't really enjoy crowd and noisiness,please don't come to this area!

As you get out at exit 9 at Hongik Univ station, you can just follow the crowd to the street with a lot of street performance from singing to dancing which usually more popular with k-pop dancing. Along the street you can find a lot of restaurants and small shops as well.
Written April 9, 2018
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luvholiday9
Singapore, Singapore457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
After finding a few districts to stay for our trip, we settled for hongdae and didn't regret it! The nightlife there is really happening! The place doesn't sleep at all. Even at 1am, clothes shops and cafes, restaurants are still open. people are still walking everywhere past midnight and on fri/sat, you will see long queues outside the clubs. There are also young people performing on the streets at night. The district is a bit quieter from sun-thurs but it is still a vibrant neighbourhood. I think hongdae is a local spot rather than a tourist spot since tour packages usually don't bring u there. We were on a F&E trip though!

The main area of hongdae is at exit 9. There are many pushcarts of street food and they are very delicious. Hongdae is also well-known for its many cafes. Just walk 30m and you will see a few cafes right in front of u. Look further deep in and you might find another two. Most of them are the local korean cafes and they have really interesting themes and all of them look very cute and attractive. Hello Kitty cafe is behind watsons. Please try the lemonade soda sold on the street at 2500-3000 won. Very refreshing! Restaurant food is also cheap and good.

I love the area a lot. It is located on subway line 2, which is very convenient as compared to staying downtown somewhere on line 4. Also, hongik station itself is connected to AREX commuter line so it is very very convenient to get to the airport, or to Seoul station to change to subway line 4. It just takes 20mins to get to myeong dong. And it is connected directly to jamsil for lotte world and everland.

However, people spit freely. This is the district where we see most saliva everywhere on the ground.
Written July 30, 2012
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michelle923
Temple City, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
The only area in Seoul that looks prepandemic-ish, most of the Seoul looks pretty dead, people are happy and mingling without fear of COVID, you see a lot of foreigners too, most restaurants are open, the good thing about pandemics is that you can get a spot without having to wait in line
Written April 10, 2022
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