Hongik University Street

Hongik University Street, Seoul: Hours, Address, Hongik University Street Reviews: 4.5/5

Hongik University Street
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
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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The area
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Hongik University • 2 min walk
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Trung
Ulsan, South Korea1 contribution
Crowd place
Jul 2021
Due to the COVID-19, it was few performances here compared with last time I visited.
Some shops already closed, so the diversity of goods was reduced.
Written August 1, 2021
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joshlgordon
Houston, TX14 contributions
Cool to see
Oct 2019
Being a foreigner to see who young college students live and socialize was neat experience. I would reccommend seeing the area.
Written July 28, 2020
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Diviva
Singapore, Singapore3,091 contributions
More locals than tourists
Nov 2019
This young and vibrant shopping district has more locals than tourists compared to Myeongdong. There are more shoppings and it is a good place to understand the local culture. There are no lack of restaurants in Hongdae.
Written March 4, 2020
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jh s
9 contributions
typical korean eating/drinking area
Feb 2020
a typical korean college area, sometimes super crowded. it has some street performers and unusual shops but basically it's a place with the typical korean socializing and eating/boozing culture.
Written February 17, 2020
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Deta
Jakarta, Indonesia232 contributions
Vibrant and Trendy
Jan 2020
This is a place for you to laidback and have some fun.
Just stroll around the area and you will find many things that very hip and trendy.

We take 3 night stay in Hongdae area just to enjoy the vibes.
And for me personally, its way better than in Myeongdong area that is very touristy.
In Hongdae, you can enjoy more variety of restaurant, some bar to sip a bottle of Soju in the winter night. Even you can shop some cosmetics (which is the same store that you can find in Myeongdong!)

The street itself also quite artsy with some mural and street performance during night.
So if you want to know the other side of Seoul that is more interesting, just stay in Hongdae!
Written February 14, 2020
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dblim
Singapore, Singapore152 contributions
Young people heaven
Jan 2020 • Friends
This place never sleeps! It is filled with mostly teenagers and young adults as there is a variety of things to do here from street shopping, eating real good Korean bbq and bingsu, taking booth photos and drinking/clubbing.

You can be sure to see youths awake even at 5am and during the weekends even restaurants are packed at that hour. Definitely worth checking it out if you need supper and like the night scene.
Written January 19, 2020
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Fengww
Singapore, Singapore1,488 contributions
A street of youths !
Dec 2019
Lively youths and cute fashionable cafes and shops along the streets where the local youths hangout .
Written December 29, 2019
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joannehurley
London, UK852 contributions
Trendy shops and side streets
Dec 2019
This place is worth a visit, we bought three jumpers for around £6 each and the quality was pretty good. Lots of cheap clothes shops and boutiques.
Written December 27, 2019
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Karen Q
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia71 contributions
Lively neighbourhood with loads of eateries and shops
Dec 2019 • Family
This is a nicer place to eat and shop compared to Myeongdong. Things here are much cheaper. We tried the Noonaholdak Oven Baked chicken - it was delicious! Pauline Pancake which is closer to the university area also is a must must try. The pancake is so soft, fluffy, light and melts in your mouth!
Written December 22, 2019
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Richard L
2 contributions
Nice trendy place with youngster
Dec 2019 • Family
It so a nice trendy place for youngster. Lots of food. We stayed in an AirBnB at Hongik. Nice neighborhood with lots of nice cafe. One of it is the Bread Comma, must visit if your are there. I would rate it 5/5.

Just nearby is the Hondae with lots of young people during the weekends. And your can also find the famous Kyochon chicken there too.
Written December 16, 2019
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