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“free market”(26 reviews)
“hongdae area”(25 reviews)
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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Seogyo-dong, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-338-5742
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Always full of people, lights, music and such. Anytime of day and night you will find animation here, it's really a trendy place.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank britocarvalhobruno
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's definitely a tourist place when you visit Korea, although it might peak sometimes it is worth to walk around. A shopping paradise, have a break, walk around. Let yourself missing in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank shuxintan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely and lively street with loads of restaurants and shops. Gets really crowdes in the evenings especially on weekends. Still safe and interesting place to hang out!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Minskun
Reviewed 1 week ago

I like to come here to kill time and shop. You can shop, go to cafe, eat street food, and watch street entertainment, especially in the summer time or when the weather is nicer. You can see many different talents on the street, trying to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HiSophie4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took subway green line 2 from euljiro 1 to hongik station ( direct line ) = 10min from myeongdong area. There are many shops to sell cheap bags and clothes. I bought 2 bags @10000 won. There are so many korean bbq restaurants. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TanWidya
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

One of my fav place in Seoul, for sure. It has this chic vibe. There are so many good and not expensive restaurants (맛집) here and so many good little boutiques. There’s a movie cinema too and one of the Nanta show theatre is located...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank alinelunardy
Reviewed December 30, 2018

Hard to explain what exactly this place is about...it has good shopping street, loads of small eateries to sink your teeth into, and not to mention the street performances by what seems to be young budding K-pop singers, dancers, performers, etc.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Erico2709
Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Went to this Harry Porter themed cafe. 3 floor of decoration similar to the movie. Quite interesting. You can borrow the Harry Porter robe to do you IG shot. However there are only 3 robes, find it if you can.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jennytgo
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

Have everything restaurant,shopping , street food crowdedness but manageable you will enjoy many makeup and natural creams shop for ladies who skin care fan , shopping princess not expensive just be selective

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sherif76m
Reviewed December 19, 2018

Hi. It's me again.... the guy who is not much into shopping centers. Well this one surprised me a bit. I do not know if it was the lay out of the center or if it was more organized. I did not get to visit...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ken S
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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
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October 12, 2018|
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Response from aggarwalrka | Reviewed this property |
Just take sub way and explore. No need of booking
August 19, 2018|
Response from Camille S | Reviewed this property |
On Fridays mostly. I did not see on Sunday nor Monday.
Vanessa W
August 5, 2018|
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Response from ryrychan_ | Reviewed this property |
It is a walking street lined with food stalls and shops close to the famous Hongik University so to answer your question yes it is opened all year round.
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Hi TA Experts, We are 6 adults + 2 kids (9yo,2yo) traveling to Korea for the first time, for 2 weeks during end April-early May. We fly in & out of Seoul. Would appreciate if you could provide feedback on our itinerary & the questions that follow, thank you. Day1 : Arrive in Seoul. Yeouido Hangang Park (if cherries blossoming). Namdaemun. Myeongdong. N-Seoul Tower Day2 : Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok, Samcheongdong, Insadong Day3 : Bukhansan National Park (?) Day4 : Lotte World ...More
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You're going to have a tough time finding two rooms for 8 people at 120 USD a night TOTAL. You will have to look at guesthouses or expect low quality rooms like a motel. Especially if you want to stay in popular tourist areas. Out of the way areas, you might find better luck.
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Maybe Mecenapolis is right, instead of Mecentopolis. Common Ground on day 2 and Dongdaemun on day 3 is away from the rest in the same day each, so how about moving one of these 2 to day 4?
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