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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.
We found that the Hongik University area had more going on and was packed with more people late at night than ANY other area in Seoul. It was disappointing to find that the popular markets such as Namdaemun pretty much closed up after 7pm on...More
We went here in late afternoon into the night primarily to shop, eat and drink. We had coffee and snacks in a cafe, spent considerable time shopping that the sun went down. Night time brought crowds more of people but the mood was fun due...More
I suggest if you are staying in the area to take a walk in the morning to get a feel for the layout and what stores are there. In the evening it gets very crowded and harder to navigate. We enjoyed the buskers.
Kinda regretting that we didn't spend longer time here. Make sure to visit during weekend, especially Saturday as you can spot many busking activities. The places to eat, shops and strolls are in abundance.
The place is near a campus (Hongik University, hence, the name)...More
If you enjoy street art scenery, then this spot is for you! Hongik University (Hongdae) area is full of it from day to night. There's always a performance that you can see, from singing, dancing or even magic. And to make it even better, this...More
I visited this street so many times. Travel via the metro to get to the street. So much offers of food, clothes, drinks and the prices are competitive. Pop Entertainment on a weekend is the best. Massive crowds however it's safe and the market is...More
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.