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Hongik University Street

Address: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Ranked #22 of 577 things to do in Seoul
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the nexus of Seoul’s youth and indie culture. Funky boutiques, avant-garde galleries, and...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Street performers are close to the station (exit8) heaps of cheap shopping, lots of street food and restaurants. Basically you can spend all day and still have things left over to see. Things Koreans loved eating: 32 cm ice cream, Japanese curry, churros, mochi covered fruit and red bean, and anything fried

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Silkeborg, Denmark
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34 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a nice place to spend an evening. It has a really nice vibe and some pretty cool stores. There is LOADS of food options. It is worth asking a local, which are worth going to, as it can be quite overwhelming with choices.

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The streets were filled with small coffee shops and eateries. if you are not into the inner organs, then some of these shops will scare you away. The coffee shops were good and many have been used in Korean drama, so there may be a crowd if you go during peak times.

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Seoul, South Korea
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Regardless of your age, whether you want to dance or drink or eat the night away or all of the above, this is the perfect neighborhood for you. If you're older, this is where you can soak the energy of youngsters, if you're a youngster, enjoy your youth! I knocked one star off my review because everytime I come here... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Many foreign teacher plus local good looking youth in perfectly dressed costume people area. Plenty of funky chic gimmick shop / restaurants / an cafe .

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Manila, Philippines
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I went here last 2012 but it was in the afternoon so we did not see the lively night of Hongdae but in 2014, I went here two times in 2 consecutive weeks. 1st was with my friends, we went to Hello Kitty Cafe (my friend is a super HK fan, do not ask!). A very lively place! Full of... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Its for the "young" crowd and those who really loves shopping. There not much to see except restaurants and stores. There are quite a number of unique cafe and funky shops. A major highlight would be the Hello Kitty Cafe.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Went the last week, and it was sooo cold! My face was all stoned, anyway there's a lot of restaurants there. And the clothes were cheaper compared to Dongdaemun, lots of students and barbecue restaurants , for me it's a must visit place!

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Malaysia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I went there during winter. Its good place to window shopping! In my experience, its quite easy to get discount. But, make sure you are serious before close deal. I recommended you to buy ring there. Cute and affordable.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It's okay, kind of busy area with some funky shops but not as cutting edge as most cities. But still not a bad spot for a meal or catch a band maybe.

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