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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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Great Food Street

I stayed there for 2 days, there is a lot of korean restaurant such as Korean BBQ,fried chicken and beer and other special korean food hawker along the street. This is closed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

This place is close to Hongyik University and more vibrant compared to Ewha Women's University fashion street, which I visited earlier. There are many more restaurants but there seems to be more fashion shops in Ewha. I personally prefer Ewha as the place is less crowded. If you like a vibrant place, this is worth a visit to experience a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I stayed there for 2 days, there is a lot of korean restaurant such as Korean BBQ,fried chicken and beer and other special korean food hawker along the street. This is closed to Hongik University and others so that you can take a look on cherry blossom every day and have meal here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

My hostel is very near to the area. The place is pretty quiet and there are many local restaurants you can spend your evening. :D

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

good for shopping! can find a lot of local snacks food and cheaper clothes here. i bought a lot of socks here!

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Lots to do around here for cheap eats and shopping. More on the trendier side - $1- Soju... can't beat that!

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Exit Hongkit Univ stop at exit 9 and was greeted by street vendors selling local Korean food, mostly deep fried. Then there streets are lined with stores selling clothes, iphone cases and selfies, socks and shoes Things are not expensive. The streets are wide enough so even though there are plenty of people, it is a nice stroll. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Enjoyed everything about this area. I think we managed to visit this area every night and where able to enjoy a lot of street performers and there is always a good restaurant to pop into on this street.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We love the chicken and beer there. It's cheaper food than other areas and you get to see street performances which are interesting. Worth going.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

There's so much to do in Hongdae, from the Trick Eye and Ice Museum, lots of boutique shops, tons of cafes and restaurants, skin care shops that aren't as aggressive as Myeongdong (I prefer to shop here than Myeongdong) and lots of clubs and bars. There's something for everyone. There are usually food stalls outside exit 9, and maybe a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The area around Hongik University is fantastic, always something going on. Lots of street performances, cheap restaurants around the area. Pojangmachas (tteokbokki, odaeng) and mobile clothes shops are also found there. Easily accessible. Nice place if you like it lively.

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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.