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Address: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This is the nexus of Seoul’s youth and indie culture. Funky boutiques...
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.
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Went in May 2015. Many things to see, more of an artistic place to roam and many youths were there performing. Should go

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Went in May 2015. Many things to see, more of an artistic place to roam and many youths were there performing. Should go

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hongdae is the hotspot for the youngsters in Korea. There are many shops which sell affordable clothes, cosmetics, shoes and accessories. There are also many famous restaurant which the well-known one is PaJangMakChang, opened by Haha (one of the running man member). Other than that, you can try the street food as it is much cheaper than those street food... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A few good blocks of shopping. Items were on par with Myeongdong, but at slightly cheaper prices. Knock offs and local goods mostly and not many designer brands if that's your thing. Worth an hour or two if you have some shopping to do but not for luxury goods.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A place full of youthful vibes with a large number of university students in this area. Best time to visit is the weekend & there'll be more entertainment towards evening with street performances & busking. When it comes to food, there are lots of cafes, restaurants and coffeeshops to choose.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of cheap clothes for students and some not so exceptional restaurants. This is the only area Korea where we saw grafitti on the walls and garbage on the streets. Nothing in this area worth seeing unless you are absolutely bored out of your mind and have nowhere else to go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

if you like to shop, and have a few drinks after dinner. This is definitely the place to come. It's packed with boutiques, cosmetic and make up houses for those who likes to shop, and they have varieties of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes all over the place. Explore the narrow alleys and you might stumble upon a neat hangout.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

there got a lot of pub and clubs, u can know more about koreans' lifestyle at here. Hongdae got lot of creative food also. People will perform at the performance street at night and also free market in weekend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon there are small market on the playground in Hongdae, where they sell their handcrafted items. I was told by a friend that korean value the importance of arts, therefore they are given platform to perform and sell their art work. In Hongdae, you not only can see people selling artwork, you can also watch people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We went on a Saturday to the free (flea) market located at the children's playground near to Hongik University and it was a great find with quirky knick knacks and uniquely designed items. There were also many stores selling fashion items. Many youths visit on a weekend hence it can be quite crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This area is where a lot of nearby university students hang out. There are lots of markets and food stands set up around with an abundance of shopping where stores stay open quite late (close at around 11PM I believe). We came across plenty of street performers too. It's a very lively area with lots of great people watching. Great... More 

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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.