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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
Fee: No

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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Economical place to go for shopping and food

I stayed nearby during my Korea trip. We went there almost everyday. There are many cheap and nice food and shopping. Very crowded during weekend. Trick eye museum and Diaso... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it was very artistic, and fashionable street. about 3 years a go, now it just has big companies, cosmetics, starbucks, coffee bean, donuts and so on. you may drink all night long in here until sun rise up. but near here is quite expensive.

Thank Yeon K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed nearby during my Korea trip. We went there almost everyday. There are many cheap and nice food and shopping. Very crowded during weekend. Trick eye museum and Diaso are also there.

Thank SforSingapore
Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always nice if u have nothing to do to walk around this area. Especially during the evening time you can find street entertainment everywhere!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hongik University Street or Hongdae is the place where Korean youth hanging-out at night. You could see they sing a song with guitar, or doing a group of energetic breakdance on the street. The street is very close to Hongik University, where Korean youth gathering during night, in unique cafes, art markets, fashion shops and gourmet eateries. This place with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

a very crowded place..alive and fun and full of energy. so many street foods and has.a wide range of shops.

Thank Felina O
Singapore River, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This area is filled up with a lot of shopping and good cafes. A lot of young people go there. It sell clothes that suit for young people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i booked my hostel in this area. close to metro station, the area is full of korean and westren restaurants bars coffee shops and street food. you can find there a lot of fashion stores, cinema, arcade and many more. nice and cool atmosphere to meet the locals

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a place that is busy every time, this is the best place to go. Along the way you can find accessories, clothes, foods, etc. The price is cheap, and a lot of varieties. You can find park around here. One of the attraction around this place is Hello Kitty Cafe.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shopping area. Mainly on clothes and accessories. This area is consider big where you need to do a lot of walking, that shouldn't be a problem for people that love shopping. Price is consider on the lower side, quality is good. There are restaurants around but not as many compare to Myeongdong.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for night life, this street is for you. There are loads of cafe, restaurants, fashion boutiques and much more. It's crowded with people, mostly with young people seeing the university is nearby. Come here and unwind after a long day

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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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