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Hongik University Street

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Address: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: 023385742
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Fun and lively

You will never get bored here as there are an infinite number of places to see and do here and you can buy stuff and watch performances too!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You will never get bored here as there are an infinite number of places to see and do here and you can buy stuff and watch performances too!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved walking around Hongdae during night time and seeing the town come to life. There are street performers galore, ranging from musicians to dancers and street games. It's great to see the interaction between the street performers and the crowds and really love the vibe around this area!

Thank Kelvin89
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really like Hongdae street.It is one of the best street ever in my Korean trip.I love all the bustling,fun,entertaining music.I feel ALIVE.I like street that has a lot of street performance eg :music.That street has a lot of talented musicians.The street has a lot of shops.There are some quiet streets.But i perfer the noisy street.With all the live talented... More 

Thank lovetravelling713
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hongdae was my favorite part of Seoul and wandering around here at night was a treat for the senses. Sadly the weather killed my only Friday night in Seoul but lots to see here at anytime. Mainly a younger crowd but really fun and accepting. Not as many tourists as Itaewon/Gangnam/Noksapyeong either so a great place to mix with Koreans.

Thank BrynNomad
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must see when you are in Seoul. There are a lot of interesting cafes and the overall vibe that you get from the area is pretty awesome. We spent hours walking around and stumbled upon several street performers, which was pretty awesome. There are plenty of food options to choose from and a range of option of things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Place for good food, pub and bar and perfect for night life party. many 24 hrs coffee shop, really recommend for teenagers with nightlife preference.

Thank ikiatfuengfoo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there last night from Gangnam, enjoyed the place, full of life, seriously very good street buskers belting out sentimental k pop songs. It's the place for the young ones but I did not enjoy it too. Plenty of small shops selling clothing and with the weather entering Winter, you can find most of your needs here. I even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for an unintimidating area to experience the youth culture in South Korea, "Hongdae" is the area to be. Enjoy live music (street-busking), dancing, and other forms of entertainment as you walk down the busy streets filled with young students, couples, and tourist alike. There also isn't a shortage of bars, restaurants, and little shops for you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

love this place..young and vibrant and trendy. Food is nice here. There are also many cafes. Good fashion for men clothing too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there on a Saturday where there was their "free market". Many interesting and artsy items to buy- most handmade by the sellers themselves! Lovely vibes of this university town with much to do and see.

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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.
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