SM ENTERTAINMENT RELATED PLACES IN SEOUL (2019 UPDATED FULL GUIDE WITH DIRECTIONS)

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SM ENTERTAINMENT-RELATED PLACES IN SEOUL (2019 UPDATED FULL GUIDE WITH DIRECTIONS)

Undoubtedly, SM Entertainment is a prominent player in the KPOP scene. And it so happens Seoul, Korea is where it all started. In this blog post, I’ll talk about all the SM Entertainment related places and buildings you need to visit in Seoul!

M TOWN COMMUNICATION CENTER PICTURE

 

SM ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNICATION CENTER

Inside SM Entertainment Communication Center, you can find SMTOWN CAFÉ, SMTOWN Restaurant, and SMTOWN SUM Market. The names are somewhat self- explanatory, but it doesn’t hurt to clarify. SMTOWN CAFÉ offers drinks, desserts, ice creams, and cakes. The prices are reasonable and I was satisfied with what I got. I got the ice cream and Americano set as well as the cake pop. The cake pop was a little bit dry but other than that everything was on point. I highly recommend the ice cream.

SM TOWN ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNICATION CENTER EXO ARTISTS

SMTOWN CAFE CUPCAKES

I didn’t have enough time to try the restaurant but I will post a picture of the menu, so you can decide for yourself. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about the restaurant. I will try it another time and let you guys know! I’ve seen a lot of pictures of the food floating around on Google and Instagram, so check it out!

SM TOWN CAFE INTERIOR

SMTOWN CAFE CAKE

As for the SMTOWN SUM Market, I’ve already covered a couple of places where you can buy SMTOWN Entertainment goods in Seoul, so I won’t go into much detail here. The goods they sell inside are pretty identical if not the same goods you can find at COEX Atrium. Still, it’s the experience that counts, so why not take a look. It never hurts to look around!

SM TOWN RESTAURANT INTERIOR

SM TOWN RESTUARANT MENU

 

Address: 648 Samseong-ro, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Directions: Cheongdam Station Exit 1 (1 minute from the station)

Phone: 02-6240-9800

Café Hours: Everyday 9:00- 22:00

Restaurant Hours: Everyday 11:30 – 22:00

Market Hours: Everyday 10:00 – 22:00

 

SMTOWN COEX ATRIUM

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I dedicated a separate blog post on SM TOWN COEX ATRIUM so for those of you interested, make sure to check it out. I’m sure nobody wants to read long paragraphs, so I’ll cut to the chase. SMTOWN COEX ATRIUM is a six-floor complex located right next to COEX Mall. Inside the facility, it’s equipped with a market, cafe, museum, and music hall. If you pay a fee you can participate in the many activities they provide. One example is the hologram musicals. It’s the spot to check out if you’re an SM Entertainment Artist Fan.

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Address: 513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Directions: Samsung Station Exit 2 (1 minute from the station)

Phone: 02-6002-5300

Hours: Everyday 10:30 – 22:00

SM ENTERTAINMENT STUDIO CENTER (CHEONGDAM HEADQUARTERS)

SM Entertainment Studio Center and SM Communication Center are the two places where you’d most likely be able to spot your favorite k-POP IDOLS going in and out of the buildings. This place is also referred to as the headquarter building is where the artists plan concepts for their next album, have meetings with producers, etc.

SMTOWN ENETRTAINMENT COMPANY BUILDING

Please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way advocating you stay outside the building the whole day in the hopes of catching a glimpse of your favorite SM Entertainment artists. There are no guarantees that you will be able to see one if not any celebrity just by standing outside the building. However, I am just providing this information because I have been getting so many questions regarding SM Entertainment and all the buildings associated with the company. If you aren’t pressed for time, it doesn’t hurt to casually walk by and see how the building looks like in real life.

Address: 114 Seolleung-ro 190-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Directions: Apgujeongrodeo Station Exit 2 (16 minutes) or Cheongdam Station Exit 13 (18 minutes)

Phone: 02-6240-9800

Hours: Everyday 9:00 – 19:00

 

SM ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRITY CENTER

Formerly, this was SM Entertainment’s Apgujeong Headquarters. Now it is has turned into a celebrity center. You may be wondering what this place is. Trust me I was wondering the same thing as well. From the name alone, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly “SM Entertainment Celebrity Center” is. The short answer to your question is, it’s a place where SM Entertainment holds their exhibitions. The themes change from time to time. As of today June 7, 2019, the company is celebrating KPOP Boy Group IDOL SHINee’s 11th anniversary by holding an exhibition in their honor. The exhibition is called SHINee Day.

SM TOWN ENTERTAINMENT HEADQUARTERS

SMTOWN COMMUNICATION BOA

Address: 423 Apgujeong-ro, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Directions: Apgujeongrodeo Station Exit 2

Phone: 02-6240-9867

Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 – 18:00

 

SMT SEOUL

SMT SEOUL is a Fusion Restaurant that SM Entertainment runs. They offer a wide assortment of Korean/ Western Food. On the first three floors, they offer tapas and drinks and on the upper floors, private dining is available. I haven’t been here myself, so it’s hard to say much about this place. But if I do ever drop by this place I will leave an in-depth review.

SMTOWN ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING

 

Address: 125-24 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Directions: Cheongdam Station Exit 13

Phone: 02-6240-9300

Hours: Everyday 11:00 – 2:00 (11 AM – 2AM)

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All About Jongno gu Seoul : Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong, Gyeongbokgung Palace

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All About Jongno gu Seoul : Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong, Gyeongbokgung Palace

In this blog post, I will give you a complete list of the trendiest places, in Jongno-gu Seoul worth visiting.  If it’s your first time visiting Korea, you most likely have a list of places you’ve seen on Instagram or YouTube that you want to go to. Not only is the problem that you probably don’t know specifically where you want to go but also how to get there.  In either case, instead of wasting time hopping from one part of Seoul to the other, I’ve made a complete list of places you should see when visiting Jongno-gu (Jongno District) in Seoul Korea.

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A handful of the most popular and well-known tourist attractions in Seoul are in fact located in the Jongno-gu (Jongno District) of Seoul. This includes Insadong, Samcheongdong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace and more. In summary, three stations you shouldn’t skip when in the Jongno District area are Anguk Station, Gwanghwamun Station, and Jongno 3 – ga Station.

3 STATION IN JONGNO GU SEOUL WORTH GOING TO 

  1. Anguk Station
  2. Gwanghwamun Station
  3. Jongno 3-ga Station

As a matter of fact, there are many more stations located in the Jongno-gu area. However, the three stations I’ve mentioned above are in my opinion crucial to making your trip a memorable one.

PLACES NEAR ANGUK STATION (JONGNO-GU SEOUL)

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  1. Bukchon Hanok Village
  2. Insadong Ssamzigil
  3. Samcheongdong-gil road’
  4. Changdeokgung
  5. MMCA Seoul

PLACES NEAR GYEONGBOKGUNG STATION (JONGNO-GU SEOUL)

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul Gyeongbokgung

  1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
  2. Gwanghwamun Square

PLACES NEAR JONGNO 3-GA STATION (JONGNO-GU SEOUL)

  1. Ikseon-dong

WHAT TO DO IN ANGUK STATION (JONGNO-GU SEOUL)

Firstly, Anguk Station is located in the Jongno gu area. Five places I recommend visiting in Anguk Station are Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong, Samcheongdong-gil Road, Changdeokgung Palace, and MMCA Seoul.

1. BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE

If you’re typing in “Cultural village in Seoul”, look no further. As a matter of fact, the place you’re probably looking for is Bukchon Hanok Village, a 600-year-old residential neighborhood in Jongno gu Seoul. It’s a must see and a favorite amongst Seoul Tourists. Around the neighborhood, you can see people admiring the Traditional Korean Houses in their Hanbok attires.

How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station old village seoul

Additionally, a commonly asked question regarding Bukchon Hanok Village is about the admission fee or cost of entrance. To answer this question, there is free and there are no entrance fees because it’s just an old residential neighborhood comprised of Traditional Korean Houses.  For more information about Bukchon Hanok Village such as hanbok rentals, food and things to do, check out my thorough blog post: How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station [Best Hanok Village In Seoul]

Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong (Anguk Station Exit 2)

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

Price: Free

How To Get To Bukchon Hanok Village

From Anguk Station Exit 2 walk straight passing the four-way intersection. Keep walking until you see a CU Convenience Store. Take a few steps forward from the convenience store, you’ll see a tiny sign that says Bukchon Hanok Village with an arrow pointing to your right.

 

2. INSADONG

Insa-dong is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seoul. Contrary to popular belief, there’s actually more to do around Anguk Station than just looking around Insadong Ssamziegil.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul insadong culture street

undoubtedly, Insadong is interesting with the streets filled with cute souvenir shops, street food, and colorful decorations everywhere. They do have a lot of cute souvenir shops and the prices are reasonable. So if you plan on purchasing gifts for your friends and family back home this is the place to do so.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul insadong ssamziegil

Address: 44 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Anguk Station Exit 6)

Hours: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Price: Free

How To Get To Insadong

From Anguk Station Exit 6 walk straight until you see an Information Center, turn left when you see the color red and blue lanterns hanging.

 

3. SAMCHEONGDONG-GIL ROAD

Besides Angukdong is Samcheongdong, a neighborhood located right next to Bukchon Hanok Village. Samcheongdong is a lot like Sinsadong Garosu-gil in that there are lots of restaurants, cafes, and places to shop.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul Samcheongdong store

There’s nothing really special about this place except other than the fact that it’s one of the prettier streets in Seoul. But because it’s so close to Bukchon Hanok Village it doesn’t hurt to peek in and see what the hypes about.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul Samcheongdong gil road 2

Samcheongdong –Gil Road is especially worth going to during the Spring and Fall time. The streets look even more beautiful with the addition of flowers during the springtime and leaves during the fall time.

Address: Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Anguk Station Exit 1)

Hours: Depends

Price: Free

How To Get To Samcheongdong-gil Road

From Anguk Station Exit 1 walk a couple of steps forwards until you see a girl’s high school to your right. When you see a high school, enter the road. The road is called Deoksugung Stone Wall Road. At the end of the road, make a left turn and this is where Samcheongdong-gil officially starts.

 

4. CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE

Changdeokgung alongside Gyeongbokgung is probably one of the better-known palaces amongst the Five Grand Palaces. It was the second palace to be established after Gyeongbokgung. Because it’s located east of Gyeongbokgung, it’s often times referred to as “East Palace”.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul changdeokgung palace

The completion of the palace lasted 7 years from the year 1405 to 1412. As of today, Changdeok Palace is comprised of 13 buildings which total up to be 110 acres. The 13 buildings include a main hall called Injeongjeon, a sub-office next to the main hall called Seongjeongjeon, the king’s private living quarters Huijeongdang, Daejojeon, and Nakseon-jae.

Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Anguk Station EXIT 3)

Hours: [Feburary – May, September & October] 9 AM to 6 PM

[June – August] 9 AM to 6:30 PM

[November to January] 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Price: 3,000 Won

Website: http://www.cdg.go.kr/eng/

How To Get To Changdeokgung Palace

Take Anguk Station Exit 3, walk straight. Hyundai Engineer should be to your left as you keep walking straight. You;’’ see the entrance to Changdeokgung after a couple more steps.

 

5. MMCA SEOUL

If you run out of things to do in Samcheongdong, you can drop in one of the many museums in the neighborhood. MMCA which stands for The National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art is a contemporary art museum. They have an impressive collection and gallery focusing mainly on contemporary Korean Artists.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul mmca seoul samcheongdong museum art gallery

Address: 30 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Anguk Station Exit 1)

Hours: Sun – Thurs 10 AM to 6 PM / Fri – Sat 10 Am – 9 PM

Price: Depends on the exhibition

Website: https://www.mmca.go.kr/eng/

How To Get To MMCA SEOUL

It takes about 14 minutes from Anguk Station by walking. Come out of Anguk Station Exit 1, walk past the first four-way intersection (Angukdong Intersection). Keep walking straight, until you come to the second intersection which is (Gyeongbokgung Intersection). Make a right turn when you arrive at the second intersection. Walk straight past Hyundai Gallery and three other buildings, and you’ll arrive at MMCA SEOUL.

WHAT TO DO IN GYEONGBOKGUNG STATION: (JONGNO- GU) SEOUL

Likewise to Anguk Station, Gyeongbokgung Station is also located in the Jongo gu area of Seoul. Two places I recommend visiting are Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Square.

1. GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE

Gyeonbokgung, established in 1395, was the main and the grandest of the Five Grand Palaces in Seoul. The Five Grand Palaces in Seoul are Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul Gyeongbokgung palace picture

There are free pamphlets in front of the palace where you purchase your tickets. Make sure you pick this up when buying your admission tickets because there are informative historical facts about Gyeongbokgung Palace that are extremely helpful when touring the place.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul changdeokgung

This palace has been through numerous extensive restoration projects throughout the years and is still ongoing till this day. The restoration project aims to restore Gyeongbokgung Palace to its once glorious state and is projected to be fully restored within the next twenty years.

Things To Do In Jongno District Seoul changdeokgung palace inside view

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM

Price: 3,000 Won

How To Get To Gyeongbokgung Palace

There are two ways you can get to Gyeonbokgung Palace.

The first way is by taking Gyeongbokgung Station Line 3) Exit 5. I recommend this method because it’s the faster one of the two ways mentioned.

The second way is by taking Gwanghwamun (Line 5) Exit 2 and walking straight. It takes about 7 minutes.

 

 2. GWANGHWAMUN PLAZA

Gwanghwamun is the largest and main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. As for Gwanghwamun Plaza, it’s an open space in the middle of the city. There are two landmarks within this plaza: a statue of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun Sin. Both are prominent historical figures of Korea. King Sejong was the King who invented the Korean Alphabet and Admiral Yi Sun Sin led Korea to victory during the Japanese Invasion of Korea from 1592- 1598.

Things to do in Jongno District Gwanghwamun gate

Gwanghwamun Plaza is a lot like Cheonggyecheon. It’s nothing spectacular but it’s definitely something you’ll only find in Seoul. These spaces are what distinguishes Seoul from other metropolitan cities.

Things to do in Jongno District Gwanghwamun Plaza king sejong

I recommend coming out of Gwanghwamun Gate after looking around Gyeongbokgung Palace. Because Gwanghwamun Plaza is located right in front of Gwanghwamun Gate, this will enable you to see more of Seoul without too much walking.

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Address: 172 Sejong-daero, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: 24 Hours

Price: Free

How To Get To Gwanghwamun Plaza

To get to Gwanghwamun Plaza directly, take Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5) Exit 2.

WHAT TO DO IN JONGNO 3-GA STATION (JONGNO-GU) SEOUL 

The last station worth visiting when in the Jongno gu are of Seoul is Jongno 3-ga. Specifically, worth checking out is Ikseongdong Alley.

1. IKSEON-DONG ALLEY SEOUL

Just like Seongsudong and Dongmyo, Ikseon-dong is another famous “hot place” amongst the locals in Seoul. Basically, it’s just a few alleys that still have the characteristics of “Old Seoul” before all the economic growth and development. These so-called “hot place” are becoming rarer in Seoul because of all the city development going on, so make sure to take pictures while you can.

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Address: Supyo-ro 28-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: Depends

Price: Depends

How To Get To Ikseondong Seoul

To get to all the hot places in Ikeseongdong Seoul, take Jongo 3-ga Station (Line 5 and Line 3) Exit 4. Walk straight through the furniture stores, and you’ll arrive at the center of Ikeseondong.

 

HOW TO GET TO ANGUK STATION JONGNO GU SEOUL 

Anguk Station is line 3 also called the orange line and is located in between Jongno 3-ga Station and Gyeongbokgung Station. Popular tourist attractions near Anguk Station: Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station, Myeongdong Station, Itaewon Station, Apgujeong Station, Hongdae Station. Thus, take that into consideration when planning for your trip.

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1. DONGDAEMUN CULTURE AND PARK STATION TO ANGUK STATION (APPROX. 9 MINUTES)

TAKE DONGDAEMUN CULTURE AND PARK STATION (LINE 4) to CHUNGMURO STATION (LINE 4)

TRANSFER at CHUNGMURO STATION (LINE 4) to CHUNGMURO STATION (LINE 3) [Headed Toward GUPABAL STATION]

PASS EULJIRO 3- GA STATION and JONGNO 3 – GA STATION

GET OFF at ANGUK STATION

2. MYEONGDONG STATION TO ANGUK STATION (APPROX. 8 MINUTES)

TAKE MYEONGDONG STATION (LINE 4) to CHUNGMURO STATION (LINE 4)

TRANSFER at CHUNGMURO STATION (LINE 4) to CHUNGMURO STATION (LINE 3) [Headed Toward DAEWHA STATION]

PASS EULJIRO 3- GA STATION and JONGNO 3 – GA STATION

GET OFF at ANGUK STATION

 

3. ITAEWON STATION TO ANGUK STATION (APPROX. 18 MINUTES)

TAKE ITAEWON STATION (LINE 6) to YAKSU STATION (LINE 6)

PASS ITAEWON STATION, HANGANGJIN STATION, BEOTIGOGAE STATION

TRANSFER at YAKSU STATION (LINE 6) to YAKSU STATION (LINE 3)

PASS DONGGUK UNIVERSITY STATION, CHUNGMURO STATION, EULJIRO 3-GA STATION, JONGNO 3-GA STATION

GET OFF at ANGUK STATION (LINE 3)

 

4. APGUJEONG STATION TO ANGUK STATION (APPROX. 13 MINUTES)

TAKE APGUJEONG STATION (LINE 3) STRAIGHT to ANGUK STATION [TOWARDS DAEWHA STATION DIRECTION]

PASS 8 STATIONS: OKSU STATION, GUEMHO STATION, YAKSU STATION, DONGGUK UNIVERSITY STATION, CHUNGMURO STATION, EULJIRO 3-GA STATION, JONGNO 3–GA STATION

GET OFF at ANGUK STATION (LINE 3)

5. HONGDAE STATION TO ANGUK STATION (APPROX. 20 MINUTES)

TAKE HONGDAE STATION (LINE 2) to EULJIRO 3-GA STATION (LINE 2)

PASS 7 STATIONS: SINCHON STATION, EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY STATION, AHYEON STATION, CHUNGJEONGNO STATION, CITY HALL STATION, EULJIRO 1-GA STATION, EULJIRO 3-GA STATION

TRANSFER at EULJIRO 3 –GA STATION (LINE 2) to EULJIRO 3 –GA STATION (LINE 3)

PASS JONGNO 3 –GA STATION (LINE 3)

GET OFF at ANGUK STATION (LINE3)

 

How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station [Best Hanok Village In Seoul]

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Directions To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station [Best Hanok Village In Seoul]

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Bukchon Hanok Village

If you’re searching “Old village in Seoul” and you’ve come to this blog post, then you’ve come to the right place. Bukchon is one of the oldest traditional villages in Korea dating back to 600 years.

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There is no entrance fee to Bukchon Hanok Village as it is just a residential area. It’s comprised of Wonseo-dong, Jae-dong, Gye-dong, Gahoe-dong, and Insa-dong. Insadong is the most famous of the neighbors, due to its immense popularity amongst tourists.

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Although it seems that the pictures of Bukchon Hanok Village are plastered on the web, rarely few address the most important thing: how to get to the place. So in this blog post, I’ll tell you step by step directions and pictures on how to walk to Bukchon Hanok Village.

 

Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Map (Directions)

How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station 1

1. Walk straight out of Anguk Station Exit 2

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How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station

2. Pass the Constitutional Court of Korea (left side), keep walking

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3. At the four-way intersection, head straight

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4. When you see a CU Convenience Store, you’ll see a Bukchon Hanok Village Sign

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5. Turn right, you have arrived at your destination: Bukchon Hanok Village

 

Bukchon Hanok Village Tip

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The directions I mapped out is from the middle of the Bukchon Hanok Village Route also known as the Bukchon Hanok Village photo spot. There are 14 points in the Bukchon Hanok Village Route.

Personally, I found the directions I mapped out the easiest because it only involved walking straight. However, if you want to start from point 1 and make your way to point 14, you can simply make a right turn at the four-way intersection. This will lead you to Bukchon Traditional Culture Center which is where Bukchon Hanok Village starts.

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I feel like there’s so much to do in Angukdong that spending too much time at Bukchon Hanok Village wouldn’t be ideal. So plan your Angudong Itinerary wisely. Palaces like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung close early depending on the season.

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During the winter it closes at 3 PM. So if you waste all your time wandering around the streets of Bukchon you might miss seeing the other gems of Seoul. It might be better to see the palaces first during the day time and saving Bukchon Hanok Village for the night time.

 

Bukchon Hanok Village Food

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Two things I love to eat when I’m near Bukchon are Samgyetang and sweet potato bingsu. My favorite place to grab Samgyetang is Tosokchon Samgyetang. It’s closer to Gyeongbokgung Station so make sure to check it out on your way to seeing Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Click here to read a detailed blog post on Tosokchon Samgyetang where I explain the dish. For dessert, I head to Bora Café to eat my favorite sweet purple bingsu. From the texture of the bingsu to the presentation everything is to my liking here. If you’re around Bukchon, make sure to check my two favorite foods.

Best samgyetang in Seoul Tosokchon samgyetang

Tosokchon Samgyetang

Address: 5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Gyeongbokgung STA Exit 2)

Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM

Phone: 02-737-7444

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Bora Café

Address: 75-3 Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Anguk STA exit 1)

Hours: 12 Pm – 10 PM

Phone: 070-8613-5537

 

Bukchon Hanok Village Hanbok Rental

How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station Hanbok Rental

When walking around the streets of Bukchon, wearing a Hanbok elevates the Korean Experience. Plus if you are wearing a Hanbok, entrance fees to all the palaces are free. So it’s not like throwing money on the ground playing dress up. Here is a list of Hanbok Rental Near Bukchon from Google with a rating of 4.0 or higher,

 

Hanboknam (Korean Traditional Dress)

Address: 109 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Phone: 010-6485-8507

 

3355 HANBOK – Bukchon Hanok Village Store

Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, 재동 38-1 삼삼오오 한복

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

Phone: 02-764-1255

 

About Hanbok Rental: Price and Rental Time

Price: Themed Hanbok prices vary from 20,000 Won to 50,000 Won.

Whereas the rental prices for Regular Hanbok (less fancy detailed embroideries) cost anywhere from 10,000 Won to 30,000 Won.

Rental Hour: There are four options for the rental period.

  1. 5 Hours
  2. 5 Hours
  3. 4 Hours
  4. All Day (Themed Hanbok: 50,000 Won and Regular Hanbok 30,000 Won)

Rules For Hanbok Rental

  1. When picking your Hanbok, you mustn’t exceed 30 minutes.
  2. You can try up to two different Hanbok when picking your outfit.
  3. Extra cost arises each time a rule is not followed

Free Hanbok Experience (Try On)

ow To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station Hanbok Rental

If you don’t want to rent a Hanbok, you can simply try on a Hanbok for free. However, one downside of the free Hanbok experience is that you have to stay within the facility.

K Style Hub (5th Floor)

Address: K-Style Hub 5F, KTO Seoul Office, 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last fitting 17:30) [16 fittings per day, 6 people per fitting]

Phone: +82-2-729-9433

Website: English.visitkorea.or.kr (English)

 

Bukchon Hanok Village Museum

Contrary to popular belief there isn’t an actual Bukchon Hanok Village Museum because Bukchon Hanok Village is just a 600-year-old residential area in Seoul. However, there are many museums near Bukchon. Here are two museums near the area.

 

How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station MMCA SEOUL BUKCHON MUSEum

MMCA SEOUL

Address: 30 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: 10 AM -6 PM

 

How To Walk To Bukchon Hanok Village From Anguk Station National Folk Museum Of Seoul Bukchon Museum

The National Folk Museum Of Seoul

Address: 37 Samcheong-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: 9 AM – 6:30 PM

 

Directions To Places Near Bukchon Hanok Village: Insadong, Samcheongdong, Changdeokgung Palace

How To Get To Insadong

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The simplest way to Insadong from Anguk Station is by walking straight from Anguk Station Exit 6. Make a left turn when you see the Information Center.

 

How To Get To Samcheongdong

how to get to samcheongdong from anguk station

There are two ways to get to Samcheongdong from Anguk Station.

The first way is to come out of Anguk Station Exit 2 and walk straight until you see the four-way intersection. At the intersection, go left.

The second way is to come out of Anguk Station Exit 1 and walk straight until you see a high school. When you see a high school to your right, go into that road. This road is the famous Deoksugung Stone-wall Road. Walk through the road and when you get to the end head left. If you turn left, it’ll take you to Samcheongdong, if you turn right it’ll take you to Bukchon.

 

How To Get To Changdeokgung Palace

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Come out of Anguk Station Exit 3 and walk straight past Hyundai Engineer. Keep walking straight and you’ll see the entrance to Chandeokgung Palace on your left.

 

How To Go to Bukchon Hanok Village From Myeongdong 

Often times, people plan Myeongdong and Bukchon Hanok Village in one day for their Seoul Itinerary because of the close proximity. To Get to Bukchon Hanok Village (Anguk Station) from Myeongdong follow these directions.

From Myeongdong Station (Line 4) go to Chungmuro Station (Line 4)

Transfer at Chungmuro Station (Line 4) to Chungmuro Station (Line 3)

Go 3 Stations and get off at Anguk Station (Line 3)

Get off of Anguk Station Exit 2

Walk straight past the four-way intersection.

Keep walking until you see a CU Convenience Store.

Look to your front and you’ll see a sign with Bukchon Hanok Village with an arrow pointing right.

[Refer to the pictures, I’ve attached for guidance.]

 

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What To Do In Daehangno (How To Go To Naksan Park and Ihwa Mural Village)

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What To Do In Daehangno: Daehangno Theatre, Naksan Park, Ihwa Mural Village

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Daehangno

Three things that Daehangno is well known for are theatre, Naksan Park, and Ihwa Mural Village. Daehangno is located in Hyehwa Station (Line 4) near colleges such as Sungkyunkwan University and Sogang University. It’s a college zone like Sinchon and Hongdae.

In addition, Daehangno is known as Seoul’s theatre district and has numerous performing arts halls of all sizes. I’ve been to several plays in Daehangno and they were all fantastic and well worth the money.

Most of the plays I’ve been to were in the smaller sized playhouses and it involved lots of singing and interaction with the audience. One downside is that the performances are in Korean, so if your Korean isn’t up to par you won’t be able to enjoy the play. However, for those of you who can understand Korean, I highly recommend attending Daehangno Theatre to go see play.

 

Naksan Park 

Naksan Park is a park located in Jongno-gu Seoul Korea more specifically Daehangno. Historically, Naksan was a favorite amongst the Joseon Royal Family because of its breathtaking view of the city.

What To Do In Daehangno parks in seoul naksan park

However, during the period when Korea was colonized by Japan, most of the mountain was ruined. In order to preserve what was remaining the government decided to designate Naksan Mountain as a park in 2002.

What To Do In Daehangno moon village seoul naksan park

As for the name, the name “Naksan” was derived from the fact that the features of the mountain resembled those of a camel. “Nak” is short for “Nakta” which means camel and “san” means “mountain” in Korean. Combined they form the words Naksan.

 

How To Go To Naksan Park

Naksan Park is located in Daehangno and the nearest subway station to Naksan Park is Hyewha Station (Line 4). These are step by step directions to Naksan Park attached with pictures.

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1. Come out of Hyehwa Station exit 2

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2. Make a left turn when you see Ieum 

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3. Walk straight through the mini park

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4. Follow the area that says, Naksan Park,

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5. Walk straight past GS25

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6. Walk straight pass CU as well

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7. Make a right turn when you see the next sign

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8. When you see the pharmacy sign make a left turn

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9. Walk straight up

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10. When you see the street separate into two, take the right one

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11. Keep walking 

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12. Keep going up until you see the stairs leading up to the amphitheater looking space

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13. Go up the stairs and follow the arrows to either Observation plaza 1,2 or 3

 

Naksan Park Night View VS. Naksan Park Day View

One of my favorite places in Seoul is actually Naksan Park. I’ve been to this place numerous times. Regardless of the time, I find that the view at Naksan Park is always amazing and never fails to make me feel alive and happy.

What To Do In Daehangno naksan park view sunset

During the day, you can get a better view of the city. Because you’ll be able to distinguish one part of Seoul from the other and get to see the surrounding nature. The pictures that I took with my cellphone during the day time definitely look better.

What To Do In Daehangno naksan park view

After sunset, Naksan Park no longer feels like the normal park it once was during the day time. The beautiful lights transform it into a magical place that feels surreal.

What To Do In Daehangno unique things to do in seoul naksan park

Although you can’t see the individual rooftops of the houses and buildings, you have millions of bright dots staring back at you. The night view is beautiful in its own way. One downside is that if you try to take the night view pictures with your cellphone, your cellphone will most likely not be able to capture the raw beauty.

 

Ihwa Mural Village 

Ihwa Mural Village used to be one of the better-known 달동네 which translates into Moon Neighborhood. Distinct characteristics of “Moon Neighborhoods” include crowded housing, no paved roads, alleyways are so small no cars can fit through, insanely long stairs.

What To Do In Daehangno ihwa mural village shops

There are quite a few “Moon Neighborhoods” throughout all parts of Korea. These neighborhoods were often time a result of the poverty in South Korea, especially after the Korean War.

Ihwa Mural Village was one of the “Moon Neighborhoods” until the government to step in and preserve the surrounding areas. While they made Naksan Mountain into a park they got volunteers to paint the ghetto streets of Ihwa Mural Village which in turn made it a trendy hot spot for locals and tourists alike.

Naksan Park to Ihwa Mural Village

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Naksan Park and Ihwa Mural Village are of close proximity to each other. So why not, knock both places off your “to go places” while going up to see Naksan Park. To get to Naksan Park to Ihwa Mural Village, simply come down from the observation plaza and walk down back to the amphitheater-like space. From there

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Make a right turn

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Walk Straight

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Walk Straight

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Right Turn

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You have arrived!

 

How To Go To Ihwa Mural Village

TIP! Directions 1-10 is the same for both Naksan Park and Ihwa Mural Village. 

Ihwa Mural Village is located alongside Naksan Park in Daehangno. Likewise, the closest subway station to Ihwa Mural Village is Hyewha Station. If you plan on going to Ihwa Mural Village you should check out Naksan Park and vice versa because it’s on the way. Refer to the pictures on Naksan Park Directions.

  1. Come out of Hyewha Station exit 2
  2. Make a left turn
  3. Walk straight through the mini park
  4. Follow the area that says, Naksan Park
  5. Walk straight past GS25
  6. Walk straight pass CU as well
  7. Make a right turn when you see the next sign
  8. When you see the pharmacy sign make a left turn
  9. Walk straight up
  10. When you see the street separate into two, take the right one
  11. Keep going up until you see the stairs leading up to the amphitheater looking space
  12. Make a right turn and walk straight
  13. Another right turn 
  14. When you see the uniform rental place you have arrived at Ihwa Mural Village

 

Ihwa Mural Village Review

 

Although I’ve been to Naksan Park too many times to keep track, I realized this was my first time coming to Ihwa Mural Village. It’s literally right next to each other and I wondered why I never have seen it before.

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It’s a compilation of little stores and houses. Vibrant mural paintings fill the streets of Ihwa Village. There are places to eat, buy souvenirs, rent old Korean school uniforms, and take unique pictures. The place itself isn’t that big, I’d say one hour would be plenty of time to look around.

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Stations Near Daehangno

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Daehangno (Hyewha Station) is close to the following stations: Dongdaemun, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, Myeongdong, Hoehyeon (Namdaemun), Jongno 3-ga, Anguk. So keep that in mind when planning your Seoul Itinerary.

I tried coming down by literally walking straight from Iwha Mural Village, it led me to no direct stations. I had to walk about ten minutes to find the closest station which was Jongno 5 (ga). It was pretty far so I don’t recommend this route. Instead, I’d recommend going back down to Hyewha Station and riding the subway to your next destination wherever that might be.

 

Daehangno (Hyewha Station) To Dongdaemun Station [Approx. 2 Minutes]

Hyewha Station (Line 4) to Dongdaemun Station (line 4)

1 Station Away

Click here to find out things to do in Dongdaemun

 

Daehangno (Hyewha Station) To Myeongdong Station [Approx. 8 Minutes]

Hyewha Station (Line 4) to Myeongdong Station (Line 4)

4 Stations Away

Click here to find out things to do in Myeongdong

Daehangno (Hyewha Station) To Hoehyeon Station (Namdaemun) [Approx. 9 Minutes]

Hyewha Station (Line 4) to Hoehyeon Station (Line 4)

5 Stations Away

 

Daehangno (Hyewha Station) To Jongno 5 ga Station (Gwangjang Market) [Approx. 11 Minutes]

Hyewha Station (line 4) to Dongdaemun Station (Line 4)

Transfer at Dongdaemun Station (Line 4) To Dongdaemun Station (Line 1)

1 Station Away

Dongdaemun Station (Line 1) to Jongno 5(ga) Station (Line 1)

Click here to find out things to do in Jongno 5(ga) Station (Gwangjang Market)

 

Daehangno (Hyewha Station) To Anguk Station (Insadong) [Approx. 2 Minutes]

Hyewha Station (Line 4) to Chungmuro Station (Line 4)

Transfer at Chungmuro Station (Line 4) To Chungmuro Station (Line 3)

3 Stations Away

Chungmuro Station (Line 3) to Anguk Station (Line 3)

 

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Where and What to do in Seoul at Night? [Local’s Guide to Seoul Korea]

This blog post will cover two vital things: what to do in Seoul at night and where to go in Seoul at night. Hope this helps in planning your trip to Seoul! With further ado let’s get started.

What Can I Do in Seoul at Night?

There are endless possibilities because Seoul is a city that doesn’t sleep. These are just some of my favorite things to do at night in Seoul. Feel free to check out my other blog posts for more ideas. Most of the pictures I attached in this blog post are from during the day time. Because some of the pictures I took at night were either blurry or not that high quality due to my not so high tech camera. If taking photos is your motive,  I suggest you go to these places in the day time. However, if you are going purely for the scenery either time would be fine.

 

1. Eat Ramen at Hangang River

Ramen tastes the best when eating it outdoors while the wind is blowing. If you haven’t tried this you are missing out. Eating ramen inside in the comfort of your home is tasty too but eating it outdoors makes it ten times tastier.

If you don’t like ramen, then you grab another snack at the convenient store. My favorite convenient snack aside from ramen is Buldak Fire Noodles with Mozzarella and sausages.

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If convenience food doesn’t suffice your appetite then you get your choice of food delivered to you. But most restaurants deliver food till around 9 PM so if you plan on plan on ordering food do so early.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Banpo Hangang

There are six Hangang Parks that come to mind right now: Yeoido Hangang Park, Banpo Hangang Park, Jamsil Hangang Ttukseom Han River Park, and Ichon Hangang Park. I recommend either Ttukeseom Han River Park or Banpo Hangang Park because I feel these two parks have the best night views.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night hangang Park

Ttukeseom Han River Park

Address: Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, Jayang-dong, 704-1

Hours: Open 24 hours

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night hangang Park

Banpo Hangang Park

Address: 40 Sinbanpo-ro 11-Gil, Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 24 hours

 

2. Seoul Night View at Eunbong Mountain

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If you’re searching the web for places in Seoul that are unique and hidden, this is the place for you. This place isn’t really known even amongst the locals in Seoul. Eunbong Mountain is not crowded and it’s not a tourist attraction like Myeongdong where you’ll get bombarded and squished by people. It’s quiet and almost deserted.

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Plus, the hike up to the Mountain is one of the shortest trails especially compared to the other famous destinations like Naksan Park or Namsan. Not to mention, the pictures that can be taken from above are stunning. Click here for more.

Eunbong Mountain Park

Address: 267-1 Eungbong-dong, Seongdong-Gu, Seoul

 

3. Shop, Eat, Browse at Dongdaemun Night Market

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Dongdaemun Night Market

Dongdaemun Night Market is from 10 PM to 5 AM. Malls like Doota Mall, Migliore generally speaking, malls across or facing DDP are open during the day time and are retail shops; whereas the malls next to DDP are all wholesale shops. Migliore closes at 10 PM Doota Mall closes at 5 AM. So keep that in mind.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Doota Mall

Even if you don’t buy anything you can watch the liveliness of the night market with people packing and purchasing bundles of clothing. Also if you can hungry while shopping you can eat Korean Corn Dogs and other street foods in nearby. Don’t forget to take a photo of Heunginjimun Gate at night. Trust me the game looks way magically when the pictures are taken at night. The gate is right in front of Dongdaemun Station exit 1. Click here for more.

Doota Mall

Address: 275 Jangchungdan-ro, Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 10:30 Closes 5AM (Mon-Sat)/ Sun Closes 12 AM

Heunginjimun Gate

Address: 288 Jong-ro, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

 

4. Take Selfies in Front of DDP Led Rose

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One of the things Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is known for is their Led Rose Garden. Basically, it’s a field of artificial roses that light up only during night times. It is a popular attraction even amongst the locals.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night DDP LED ROSE

Perhaps either before or after shopping and eating you can take some Instagram worthy pictures in front of these bright led rose lights.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park DDP LED ROSE

Address: 1 Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Hours: 24 Hours

 

5. Burn Calories Going Up to Naksan Park

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Naksan Park View

Naksan Park is one of the popular places in Seoul. I fancy this place so much I’ve been to this place countless times regardless of time. I have to say I liked my evening time visits the best. Because the lights come on at night and the place just looks dreamier plus the view is gorgeous at night. If you want to see the morning views and step by step directions to going there, click here.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Naksan Park

Address: 41 Naksan-Gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 24 hours

 

6. Experience Korean Spa at a Jimjilbang

Jimjilbang is a national favorite pastime. There are numerous jimjilbangs all throughout the city. For those of you who don’t know what a jimjilbang is, it’s a place where you go to sweat. You go into cute themed sauna rooms with the special clothes they give you and get your sweat on. There are cold rooms where you can cool off. They also have a common area where you can lounge around watching television, eat boiled eggs and Sikhye. Click here for more.

What To Do In A Jimjilbang (Korean Spa) dragon hill spa

Dragon Hill Spa

Address: 40-712 Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Hours: 24 Hours

Spa Lei

Address: Seoul, Seocho-Gu, Jamwon-dong, 8-22

Hours: Open 24 hours

Siloam Sauna

Address: 49 Jungnim-ro, Jungnim-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 24 hours

 

7. Sing Your Heart Out At A Noraebang

Karaoke (Noraebang) is big in Korea. People of all ages come to this little room and sing their favorite songs. Teens and even the elderly enjoy noraebangs. If you haven’t been here before, be careful because you might get addicted.

You can sing as loudly as you want and nobody will be screaming at you for being loud because this is a place to be loud. In a private tiny room, you can pick and choose all the latest tunes to belt out the notes to. Not all noraebangs are open 24 hours so make sure to do your research in advance. For starters, the places in Hongdae tend to close later so look around the area.

Su Noraebang Hongdae Main Branch

Address: 364-24 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 24 hours

Price: Prices Start from 10,000 Won and goes up depending on how fancy the rooms are

Three buildings in Seoul to get the best night views in Seoul include Lotte World Tower, Namsan Tower, and 63 Square (Yeouido). Although they do cost money, from experience I think that all three options are well worth the money.

 

8. Go Up To Seoul’s Favorite Towers

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Lotte World Tower (Seoul Sky Observatory)

Lotte World Tower holds the title tallest building in Korea and stands at an impressive 555 meters. It is the place to go if you are hoping to get some serious night views of Seoul. But it is on the more expensive side compared to the other options on this blog post. It costs \27,000 to go up to the Seoul Sky Observatory.

Address: 300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-Gu, Seoul

Hours: Sun – Thurs 10:00 – 22:00/ Fri – Sat 10:00 – 23:00

Price: \27,000

Website: 300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-Gu, Seoul

63 Building

63 Building commonly referred to as 63 Square was opened to the public in 1985 and was the tallest building in South Korea until 2003. It’s located in Yeouido and is approximately 250 meters. Currently, it holds the title of the fifth largest building in Korea.

 Address: 50 63-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 ( last admission : 30 minutes before closing time)

Price: 13,000 Won

Website: http://www.63.co.kr/

N Seoul Tower

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Namsan Night View

N Seoul Tower is the first radio wave tower that holds the antennas for KBS, MBC, and SBS. Originally completed in 1971, Namsan Tower was not opened to the public until 1980. Ever since it’s opening N Seoul Tower is now a prominent landmark in Korea.

Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Hours: Sun – Fri 10:00 – 23:00 / Sat 10:00 – 24:00

Price: \10,000

Website: Seoultower.co.kr

 

9. Look at the Twinkling Stars at Namsan

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Above I introduced Seoul N Tower as an option. Going up to Seoul N Tower is 10,000 Won but going to Namsan Park and seeing the night sky is free. In my opinion, it’s just as good.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Namsan Park

There are many ways of going up to Namsan Park, so make sure to check out my detailed blog post on ways to go up to Namsan. Additionally, Namsan is near in distance to Myeongdong, so when you plan your Seoul Trip make sure to block the two into the same day. Click here for more. 

 

 10. Play the Latest Computer Games at a PC Bang

If you love playing the latest computer games in a comfy chair look no farther. On average, pc bangs cost about 1,500 Won per hour. For \1,500 which roughly translates into $1, you get to play all the latest games on a pretty big computer screen equipped with a headset, mic, and keyboards. If you ever get hungry while playing games you can also order ramen, bap, chips, and drinks. This is one of the places where a dollar can get you so much.

Hera PC Café

Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, 362-2 서교동

Hours: Open 24 Hours

Peak PC Bang

Address: 144 Seokchonhosu-ro, Samjeon-dong, Songpa-Gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 24 Hours

쓰리팝 (교대점) Three Pops Kyodae

Address: 53 Seochojungang-ro 22-Gil, Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul

Hours: 24 Hours

아이센스 PC (I Sense)

Address: 327 Nonhyeon-ro, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Hours: 24 Hours

 

Where Can I Go at Night in Seoul?

Most of the landmarks and attractions in Seoul close around 10 PM. So if you plan on seeing the palaces and touristy places make sure to set out early. Some of the palaces are closed by 3 PM, so please keep that in mind when planning for your Seoul Trip.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Gangnam Picture

Although the touristy places are closed super early, fortunately, the rest of Seoul doesn’t sleep so you can get the most out of this city while you visit. Seoul is one of those cities that have 24-hour places: cafes, noraebang, pc bang, clubs, bars. As you wander around the streets of Seoul you’ll be surprised to see the number of places that are open for business.

Where and What to do in Seoul at Night Gangnam

If you plan on spending the night and seeing the nightlife, I recommend going to populated places or places near universities. For instance, Hongdae, Gangnam, Itaewon, and Sinchon are prime examples of nightlife cities. Check out my other blog posts that cover these areas.

Hongdae

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<Hongade Stylenanda Pink Pool Café [Full Guide]>

Gangnam

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Itaewon

<19 Itaewon Restaurants in Seoul>

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Stunning Yet Free Instagrammable Night Views of Seoul: Eunbongsan Mountain and How To Go To Eunbong Mountain Park

Stunning Free Instagrammable Night Views of Seoul: Eunbongsan Mountain and How To Go To Eunbong Mountain Park

Stunning Free Instagrammable Night Views of Seoul: Eunbongsan Mountain and How To Go To Eunbong Mountain Park

In this blog post, I’m going to be talking all about the best places for seeing night views of Seoul. Personally, I think Seoul is a city that is more attractive at night.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

Stunning Free Instagrammable Night Views of Seoul: Eunbongsan Mountain and How To Go To Eunbong Mountain Park

When staring directly into it while walking, often times than not it looks tacky. But from a top, the view is stunning and it’s the bright catchy lights that help Seoul looking stunning at night.

Where can I see Seoul Skyline?

Honestly, there are probably countless places to see Seoul Skyline. But the catch is that most of the time, it’s either too crowded or it costs money for instance. Never fear, I have the perfect place in mind. It’s none other than Eubong Mountain Park.

Eunbong Mountain Park

This place suffices the two problems I’ve stated above because it’s not crowded and it’s free. If you’re into Korean Drama you’ve probably seen this place countless times. It is “the place” where the main characters propose and say there romantic yet cheesy lines to their crush or lover.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

As a kid, I’ve always wondered where that place is because literally, it comes out in so many dramas. Well with some research on Naver.com, I was finally able to find out exactly where this place is located. Keep on reading for my review of Eunbong Moutain Park’s night view.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

I suggest going to Eunbong Mountain Park after café hopping at Seonsudong because Seongsudong is near the area.

How To Go To Eunbong Mountain Park

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

Eunbong Station is (Gyeongui–Jungang Line) which isn’t the main subway lines of Seoul. So transferring will probably be unavoidable.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

Come out of Eunbong Station exit number 1. Follow the signs that point to the mountain. Refer to the pictures I took while going to Eunbong Mountain Park.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

Seongsu Station To Eunbong Station:  

 Take Seongsu Station (Line 2) to Wangsimni Station (Line 2)

Transfer to Gyeongui Line at Wangshimri Station 

Get off at Eunbong Station (Gyeongui Line) Exit 1

Follow the arrows on the floor

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

Eunbong Mountain Park Night View Review

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

I highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a place to see night views of Seoul.

  1. It’s not crowded.
  2. The hike up is relatively short compared to other famous places to see Seoul Skylines.
  3. It’s quiet.
  4. Pictures taken from above look fantastic.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

Looking down from a top looking at Seoul’s Skylines heals me. I feel so calm and happy when I see the sparkling city in amidst the darkness. It’s one of my favorite things to do whether it be I’m happy or sad. A stunning night view of Seoul always cheers me up and when I’m happy it makes me feel ecstatic.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

With that being said, I’ve been to a lot of places to get the best night views of Seoul. But there’s something so down to earth and peaceful about this place. It probably helps that it isn’t a widely known place and they are hardly any people around.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

The experience is so precious and magical because it’s a secluded place away from all the bustling and business of Seoul. Also, the hike up is not that bad compared to places like Sky Park, Naksan Park, and Namsan Tower.

There’s something so stunning about the city when it’s dark and the artificial lights come on. Vibrant and bold green, red, blue, yellow lights flash the streets of Seoul.

The pictures you can get from above is well worth the hike up. You can literally just take pictures and it’ll still look Instagrammable. The pictures taken from Eunbong Moutain Park aren’t your average “Seoul Night View” pictures you can Google. It’s on the unique side because you get to see the freeway intersections and get to see both parts of Seoul: Ganbuk and Gangnam due to the location of this park.

Other Free Places to see Night Views of Seoul

Naksan Park

Address: 41 Naksan-Gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Hours: Open 24 hours

Namsan Mountain

Address: 105 Namsangongwon-Gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Tower Closes at 11 PM

Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky (Not Free)

Address: 300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-Gu, Seoul

Closes: 10 PM

Banpo Bridge

Address: 40 Sinbanpo-ro 11-Gil, Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul

Hours: 24 Hours

Ttukseom Han River Park

Address: Seoul, Gwangjin-gu, Jayang-dong, 704-1

Open: 24 Hours

Itaewon Streets

Itaewon Station (Line 6)

Gangnam Streets

Gangnam Station (Line 2 and

Hongdae Streets

Hongdae Station (Line 2)

Where Can I Go At Night in Seoul?

There are countless things to do in Seoul at night because Seoul is a city that doesn’t sleep. For starters, here are some options. You can go to a 24 –hour jimjilbang, PC bang, go clubbing, bar hopping, go to Hangang River, Noryangjin Fish Market, Dongdaemun Night Market, and check out the breathtaking Seoul Night view. To name specific places, Hongdae, Itaewon, Gangnam are some of the areas you can start with. Click here for more.

What Can I do At Seoul at Night?

At a 24- hour jimjilbang you can crack eggs on your head and try Korean Spa. As for at a pc bang you can eat and play computer games, Clubbing and bar hopping is self -explanatory so I won’t get into detail here. But to add on, Korean Alcohol is on the cheaper side. For instance, a bottle of soju is around a dollar so you won’t go broke drinking in Seoul.

You can watch the twinkling stars at Hangang River Park. There are lots of Hangang River Parts all throughout Seoul, and they all have beautiful views so you can pick and choose to your heart’s desire. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, check out the fresh seafood at Norayangjin Fish Market. Lastly, for all you shopaholics, I haven’t forgotten about you. Dongdaemun Night Market is another option for eating and shopping at night. Click here for more.

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Things To Eat At Lotte World Mall Jamsil Seoul

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If you’ve ever been to Jamsil Lotte World Mall, you probably know this but it’s huge! There are so many different types of food all throughout the mall. Below are some of the places I’ve tried.

Aside from the food I’ve listed below, I also recommend Vatos, Miz Container, Emoi which is located right before the entrance of Lotte World. So technically it isn’t part of Lotte World Mall but it is extremely close.

Not to mention the food inside Lotte Department Store’s FoodCourt, for the price it’s exceptional. But honestly, most of the foods they sell are tasty.  I highly doubt there would be many dishes you wouldn’t like.

Don’t be afraid to try new food!

1. Bills – Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants

Bills - Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants ricotta pancake

Bills (Jamsil)

Located on the 1st Floor of Jamsil Lotte World Mall Jamsil

29 Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Mon-Sun 10:30AM – 10PM

02-3213-4349

Speciality: Brunch

Price Range: ₩13,000

Website: https://www.billskorea.com/en

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Bills Jamsil Menu

Small Plates ₩9,000 –
Salads ₩18,000 –
Sandwiches, burgers ₩15,000 –
Bowls, Grains ₩20,000 –
Big Plates ₩24,000 –
Sweets ₩7,000 –

Bills - Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants grilled cheese

What I Ordered

1.Ricotta hotcakes,banana and honeycomb butter ₩19,800
2.Grilled cheese brioche, avocado, spinach, and green goodness ₩15,000
3.Matcha and vanilla ice cream frappe ₩8,800. Read on to find out why I gave this brunch place a three out of five stars.

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My Taste Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This post is not sponsored along with all the posts in my blogs. I paid my own money for the food; so rest assured my opinions are honest. 🙂

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Honest Review: Bills Jamsil

I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Bills, so I was pretty hyped up about trying this place. For starters, the ricotta pancakes were fluffy. It was definitely different from your average blueberry or chocolate pancake. The pancakes were a little too ricotta like rather than pancake like for my liking. I like my pancakes to taste like pancakes!

Bills - Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants interior

As for the grilled cheese, I was disappointed because I like my grilled cheese to be cheesy. But this one had too little cheese and was not cheesy at all. The matcha vanilla frappe was alright nothing amazing. In fact, it tastes very similar to the Starbucks Green Tea Frappe.

Bills - Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants interior seats

Overall, my experience at Jamsil Bills was a little disappointing. Maybe my menu selection had something to do with it. On a happier note, I’d definitely give it another go!

2. Abiko Curry – Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants

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Abiko Curry
Located on the 3rd Floor of Lotte World Mall Jamsil

29 Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Mon-Sun 10:30AM – 10PM

02-3213-4349


Specialty: Curry and Donkatsu

Price Range: ₩7,500 – ₩10,500

Menu: 10 different types of curry

Basic Curry ₩7,500
Egg Plant Curry ₩8,000
Vegetable Curry ₩8,000
Mushroom Curry ₩8,500
Herb Chicken Curry ₩8,500
Pork Curry ₩9,500
Hambak Curry ₩10,000
Beef Curry ₩10,500
Shrimp Curry ₩10,500
Seafood Curry ₩10,500
**Free rice refills**

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How To Order
1. Choose curry
2. Pick spicy level (1-5)
3. Add toppings such as tonkatsu (additional charge)

My Taste Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This post is not sponsored along with all the posts in my blogs. I paid my own money and ate the food, so rest assured my opinions are honest. 🙂

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Honest Review
I eat Abiko Curry occasionally. My favorite menu is the basic curry level 2 with tonkatsu. There are multiple Abiko Curry Stores all throughout Seoul. So when it comes to convenience and price I’d give it five stars. The curry has a richness and depth that’s hard to replicate at home. The tonkatsu is crispy and moist on the inside. This is a solid meal for ₩10,000. Is it mind-blowing? No, but it is a filling and hearty meal.

3. Hongdae Donburi -Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants

If you’re looking for affordable meal options inside Jamsil Lotte World Mall, read this blog post on Hongdae Donburi -Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants.

Hongdae Donburi -Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants interior

Hongdae Donburi
Located on the 3rd Floor of Lotte World Mall Jamsil

29 Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Mon-Sun 10:30AM – 10PM

Specialty: Donburi (Japanese food – rice and topping)

Price Range: ₩8,000 –

Hongdae Donburi -Jamsil Lotte World Mall Restaurants menu

Menu: rice and topping
Pork
Beef and Chicken
Fresh Water Eel
Salmon
Shrimp
Onion and Fried
Noodle Soup

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My Taste Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This post is not sponsored along with all the posts in my blogs. I paid my own money and ate the food at Hongdae Donburi, so rest assured my opinions are honest. 🙂

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Honest Review

The menu selection at Hongdae Donburi is nothing special. These types of meals can be found almost anywhere in Seoul particularly near universities. It’s a little overpriced in my opinion. From Hongdae Donburi I got Gyūdon, Katsudon, and mini udon. If I were to eat the exact two menus near my school it would cost ₩13,000 at max. If you’re hungry and looking for a filling meal, this is it. There’s really nothing special about the taste. It’s just your typical rice and topping. However, when compared to some of the other restaurants inside Lotte World Mall, Hongdae Donburi is definitely the cheaper option.

4. Café TTT – Lotte World Mall Jamsil

Café TTT - Lotte World Mall Jamsil menu

These days I love sitting down and drinking coffee. I love to look out the window. My hobby is going to cafes. Today I’m going to dedicate this blog post to my current favorite Café TTT. It’s my new “It” café. The view is lovely, the coffee is great, and the interior is cute. What more can I ask for?

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Menu

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Café TTT has an assortment of cakes, juices, smoothies. But if you haven’t known this about me, I’m going to tell you now. I am in love with coffee. Coffee keeps me feeling alive and alert. My life without coffee is unimaginable. When I feel a little down I tend to gravitate toward Café lattes or Carmel Macchiato something sweet. Whereas when I have a lot of work to get done and I’m feeling game mode I opt for Americano. The bitterness of American helps propel me to get my work done. Leave a comment down below about your relationship with coffee.

Prices

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On average most of the menus from Café TTT are ₩5,000 and up. I’d say this is a fair price considering the fact that the majority of cafes sell Americano for ₩4,000. It might be a little bit pricier but I just like to think of it as I’m paying for the view and the cleanliness of my seat. I don’t think the price is a major game changer.

Taste

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Coffee is just coffee. Just like beer is just beer. I can’t tell the difference between inexpensive and expensive coffee. Also, I feel that I drink coffee as a necessity rather than an indulgence. So I’m probably not the most credible person when it comes to judging a coffee’s flavor and taste. But I can tell you this, if you ever need a quiet place to gather your thoughts, this is the place.

Interior

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The view is fantastic. I don’t want to dish out 20 bucks for coffee just so I can get a nice view. But Café TTT lets you do this for under ₩6,000. I recommend going after the sun sets because the view is much prettier. There’s nothing to see outside but the darkness of the night is so peaceful and serene. Sometimes less is more. By the way for all you Instagrammers, you’ll be able to get a few cute shots at Café TTT. The interior is modern and clean. The kind of place Pinterest users would want to “pin” on their boards.

How I Discovered This Café

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I was shopping in Jamsil World Mall not long ago. It was a weekend and this mall was packed with people. I just wanted to sit down and literally all the other cafes were swarming with people. So I was frantically looking for a place to sit down because my legs were about to give up on me. I found seats at Cafe TTT. Well if you ever do give Café TTT a try comment down below and let me know what you think.

Location

Mon – Thurs 10 AM – 8 PM

Fri –Sun 10 AM- 10 PM

Seoul, Songpa-gu, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Olympic-ro, 300

5. Fauchon – Jamsil Lotte World Mall Cafe

Fauchon - things to eat in jamsil lotte world mall pink interior

Fauchon 

Located on the 1st Floor of Lotte World Tower Building

40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Mon-Sun 10:30AM – 10PM

02-2143-7082

Fauchon - things to eat in jamsil lotte world mall interior
Specialty: French gourmet food and delicatessen

Price Range: ₩10,000-

Menu

Americano ₩5,000
Vanilla Latte ₩8,000
Milk Tea ₩8,000
Macaron ₩3,500

Fauchon - things to eat in jamsil lotte world mall afternoon tea

What I Ordered

I ordered the Afternoon Tea Set from Fauchon. It came complete with Macaron, mini sandwiches, Madeline’s, Scones, Éclair, and two cups of coffee.

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My Taste Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This post is not sponsored along with all the posts in my blogs. I paid my own money at Fauchon, a cafe located inside Jamsil Lotte World Mall. So rest assured my opinions are honest and fair. 🙂

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Honest Review

I’ve had Macaron from Fauchon before. However, this was the first time I’ve tried Fauchon’s other menus. The afternoon tea set I got was ₩36,000. This place is not cheap by any means.

Honestly, I expected a little more. To be fair, Éclair and Macaron were alright. I thought the Madeleine was too dry and brittle. Also, the bite-size sandwiches were the kind you can buy at Paris Baguette for ₩5,000. I wasn’t impressed by those at all!

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Fauchon - things to eat in jamsil lotte world mall cafe seats

The atmosphere of the cafe is modern and laid back. The interior of the cafe certainly did not make up for the overpriced afternoon tea set, in my opinion. Next time, I’ll just stick to my usual Macaron orders. Because Fauchon’s Macarons are darling. Delicate and moist just how I prefer them!

Places To Eat Near Lotte World

The places I’ve listed below are either not located directly inside Lotte World Mall or I’ve forgotten to include them in the thorough list above; either way, all these dining places are of close proximity to each other. The dining places I’ve included are just a fraction amongst the numerous restaurants within the vicinity. I hope some of my suggestions get your brain warmed up and thinking of what to eat.

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2. Vatos

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3. Miz Container

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4. Tarr Tarr

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5. Guylian Cafe

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6. Croquant Chou Zakuzaku

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A Complete Local’s Guide To Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

DDP Dongdaemun Design Plaza Seoul South Korea

A Complete Local’s Guide To Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station

If you are planning a trip to South Korea, you better not miss Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station.

There are a plethora of places to visit in the vicinity of these two stations. The two stations are of walking distance to each other.

And as it so happens, you can get around to all the places listed below by foot. I personally, went to all of the places on foot to check.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

TIP! I recommend going to all the places in the order I listed for maximum convenience.

No form of transportation was necessary. While walking around from place to place, I was able to see parts of Seoul I missed. I hope you’ll be able to experience all of Seoul as well.

How To Get To Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

All the places located below can be reached by either Dongdaemun Station or Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station. Dongdaemun Station is both LINE 1 and 4.

Likewise, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station are Line 2,4,5. Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station are connected.

So depending on where you are staying you can either head to Dongdaemun Station or Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Dongdaemun Design Plaza also commonly referred to as DDP is the newest landmark in Seoul. It was established in 2014 as a place to “Dream, Design, Play”, and it holds fashion shows and exhibitions.

Even if you aren’t going to see the exhibitions, DDP is worth visiting due to its superb architecture.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

There is no entrance fee for DDP. Taking pictures inside the plaza and looking around at the Dongdaemun History Culture Park is free. However, exhibitions and guided tour of DDP costs roughly 10,000 respectively.

The sheer size of this complex is daunting make sure you take the free DDP pamphlet if you plan on looking around by yourself.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

How To Get To Dongdaemun Design Plaza

To get to Dongdaemun Design Plaza, get out of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station Exit 1.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Dongdaemun Culture Park LED Rose

The LED Roses at Dongdaemun Culture Park is one of the many things Dongdaemun Design Plaza is known for. The LED Roses only light up during the night time after the sunset. So if you want to take pictures amongst the roses, plan on going to Dongdaemun in the evening time.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park DDP LED ROSE

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Doota Mall and Migliore Dongdaemun

Across the street from DDP, there are the shopping malls Dongdaemun is famous for. The whole street is lined with shopping malls, but it does take quite a long to look through all of them. I’ve done that and I’ve realized it’s a waste of time.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Because most of the time, they sell similar if not the same clothes. So if you’re pressed for time I suggest going to Doota Mall and Migliore. Click here for more info.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

How To Get To Doota Mall and Migliore Dongdaemun Station

From Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station (line 2,4,5) come out of exit 14.

From Dongdaemun Station (line 1,4) come out of exit 8.

Cheonggyecheon

Cheonggyecheon Stream holds significant historical and cultural importance in Korea.

Formerly known as Gaechon Stream has seen Korea through its successful economic transformations.

During the 60 years while Korea’s economy developed the stream became a mess.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Cheonggyecheon Stream

As more people moved up and started settling in Seoul, they would often time makeshift temporary shacks along the river stream.

Hence, polluting the river, the river was restored in 2005 and made into a relaxing public zone amongst the bustling city.

How To Get To Cheonggyechon

Cheonggyechon is a long stream that extends 8.4 Kilometers (5.2 Miles). If you’re following the course I’ve laid out, these are the directions.

Come out of Doota Mall and make a left turn and walk straight. At the first crosswalk, you’ll see Cheonggyechon right below.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Cheonggyecheon

From Dongdaemun Station, walk straight from exit number 8, pass JW Marriott Hotels to get to Cheonggyechon.

From Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station, come out of exit 1 and walk straight passed Doota Mall.

With Doota Mall on your left, walk straight and on the first crosswalk, you’ll see Cheonggyechon Stream.

Dongdaemun Market

The official “Dongdaemun Market” called 동대문 종합시장 is a place to buy materials for clothes and accessories.

In other words, it’s like a Joanne or Michaels Fabric of Seoul, a craft store. Dongdaemun Market has everything from fabrics to beads, buttons, cellphone case kits, bows, leather.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Dongdaemun Market

I’ve been here several times to buy some materials for my DIY cellphone case, bracelet, and to buy some cloth.

If you are looking to purchase already made clothing or accessories you’re better off at Doota Mall.

How To Get To Dongdaemun Market

You can get to Dongdaemun Market by coming out of Dongdaemun (LINE 4) exit number 9. As soon you come out of the exit, you should see a building.

Dongdaemun Market VS Namdaemun Market

There are stark differences between the two markets.

Dongdaemun Market is a place to buy craft supplies. This place has everything necessary for clothing and accessory related production

For instance, there are rows and rows of beads, buttons, bows, fabric, leather, chains, bracelet clasps, necklace clasps, DIY cellphone case kits, etc.

On the other hand, Namdaemun Market is a place to buy already made goods. Honestly speaking there isn’t much to buy or see here.

You can find street food along the main streets of Namdaemun. One food you may consider trying when going to Namdaemun is the Kalchi Jorim also known as Spicy Braised Hairtail Stew (갈치조림).

Whenever I’m around the vicinity, I always drop by. You can get a full meal for \7,000. It comes complete with rice, three side dishes, the main dish, and a Gyeran-jjim.

As you look around Namdaemun Market, you can soak in the old aesthetic vibes of Seoul and take some funky pictures.

TIP! Namdaemun Market is close to Myeongdong Station. To get to Namdaemun, you have to get off at Hoehyeon Station exit 5.

Hoehyeon Station is one station before Myeongdong Station. So I recommend going to Namdaemun on the same day you plan on going to Myeondong.

Dongdaemun Night Market

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Dongdaemun Night Market

Dongdaemun Night Market (동대문 밤 시장) is for retail and internet shopping owners. You have to buy most of the items in bulks and dozens; it’s mainly for wholesale.

I’ve tried going several times but it’s not worth the going if you don’t plan on buying wholesale. The sellers won’t give you a discounted price unless you buy in bulk.

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Nonetheless, it is still an experience. When else would you see a bustling night market open at 2 AM? It gets a little crowded and overwhelming with people pushing and shoving. After you look around, you can eat at the nearby Pojangmachas.

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 Heungjinmun

Heungjinmun, built during the Joseon Dynasty, was part of the original Fortress Walls of Seoul.

If you want to get photos of Heunjinmun like the ones on Instagram and Pinterest, you best go during the night time. The view here during the night is amazing.

Things To Do Around Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Heungjinmun

How to Get To Heunjinmun

Heunjinmun is located at Dongdaemun Station Exit 9. It’s right across Dongdaemun Market (동대문 종합시장).

Places Near Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station

When going to Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station make sure you check out all the places I’ve listed above.

It’ll probably take you three to four hours depending on your interests and walking speed.

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Two places I recommend after checking out Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station are Myeongdong Station and Anguk Station.

Meyongdong Station and Anguk station are located fairly close to both Dongdaemun Station and Dongdaemun Culture and Park Station, so you won’t waste much time hopping from station to station.

Myeongdong Station

Myeongdong is the destination if shopping and eating is your motive. The streets are filled with clothing brands, cosmetic brands, street food, and affordable authentic Korean Restaurants.

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Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station To Myeongdong

From Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station take the blue line (line 4) down two stations.  The second station after Chungmuro Station is Myeongdong Station.

To get to the beginning of Myeongdong Shopping street head out of Myeongdong Station exit 6.

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 Anguk Station

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Anguk Station is where you want to be if you want to see the historical side of Seoul.

From Bukchon Hanok Village to Insa-dong and Samcheong-dong, Anguk Station is where you will find it. You’ll be able to recreate all the gorgeous pictures people post of themselves in Hanboks.

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 Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station to Anguk Station

Take the blue line (line 4) from Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, transfer at the next station which is Chungmuro Station.

Transfer to the orange line (line 3) towards Gupabal. You’ll pass Euljiro 3-ga Station and Jongno3 –ga Station. The third station will be Anguk Station.

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Best Instagrammable Seongsu-dong Cafes | Seoul

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim changgo warehouse gallery

Best Instagrammable Seongsu-dong Cafes

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Most of the cafes in Seongsu-dong, Seoul look similar if not the same from the outside. The rusted paint, the dingy windows, cracked stairs, rusting poles keeping the concrete from falling apart. However, there are stark differences when it comes to the interior of the cafes. Each cafe seems to have its own flair. Here are the best five Instagrammable Seongsu-dong Cafes in Seoul.

1. Cafe Onion

There’s something about Cafe Onion that is so addictive. This has been my favorite cafe so far this year. From the outside, it looks like any old factory. Dirty windows, cracked cement floors, rusty, and discolored metal rails. But the interior and vibe of the cafe are what makes Cafe Onion unique.

When it comes to the architecture design and interior, it’s a combination of the modern industrial interior with a dose of imagination. Overall, the cafe is a monochrome color palette with gray color cement floors, walls, chairs, tables.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong Cafe Onion

As for the view at the rooftop, it isn’t what we normally call “beautiful”. In fact, it’s far from what’s commonly perceived as “beautiful”. The view from the rooftop is natural and raw. The barren and bleak rooftop of the other factories and buildings and light poles plastered with flyers from way back in the days. I think it’s this nonchalant vibe Cafe Onion exudes that makes it feel so welcoming and homely.

My Favorites From Cafe Onion

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong Cafe Onion Night View

My favorite menu is the powdered sugar bread, I can’t recall the specific name. You’ll be able to spot the bread right away when you see it. If you have a sweet tooth like me I recommend the Flat White (₩5,000) and Vanilla Latte (₩5,000). The prices are reasonable when compared to mega-chain coffee stores like Starbucks.

Directions To Cafe Onion

Achasan-ro 9(gu)-gil, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-1644-1941

10 AM – 10 PM

2. Baesan

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Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong Baesan

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong Baesan Seongsudong cafe

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong baesan cafe seoul

The interior of Baesan is on point. While Cafe Onion is like a peaceful gray garden, Baesan feels like a futuristic gallery/ bar. I love the vibe this cafe gives off. It’s so different from your mainstream cafes like Starbucks. Baesan has characteristics of a chill bar without all the craziness.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong Baesan Cafe

I haven’t yet seen a cafe like Baesan. It’s definitely unique. The menu is more inclusive at this cafe. They sell everything from pasta, pizza, fried chicken, bread to coffee. You get to eat a meal and drink coffee without changing locations.

My Favorites From Baesan

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong baesan bread

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong baesan coffee

Coffee just takes like coffee but I feel like the vibe of the cafe is what makes all the difference. I tried the Truffle Fries and Beer Set, and I enjoyed it. The prices here are similar to the prices at Cafe Onion. Most of the cafes in Seonsu-dong are around the same price range.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong baesan truffle fries

Directions To Baesan

322-32 Seongsu 2(i)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-6238-8130

11 AM – 11 PM

3. Humbolt (Humbolteu)

Cafe Onion reminds me of nature while Baesan reminds me of a hip bar. With that Humbolt reminds me of a bright marble castle. The countertops and floors are all marble and the chandeliers really brighten up the room.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong Humbolt

To do a comparison, Cafe Onion uses natural sunlight to lighten up the cafe while Baesan is dim. Humbolt, on the other hand, is the brightest cafe on the list. It’s hard to say which cafe is better because they all have their own merits.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong humbolt

But Humbolt is a coffee roastery as well as a cafe so if you want quality coffee to try this place out. I can’t really tell the difference in coffee so I won’t be able to give you my opinion.

My Favorites From Humbolt

My favorite menu is the powdered sugar bread. The bread is shaped like a tower and there’s powdered sugar on the top. it’s similar to the bread from Cafe Onion but there’s cream inside. Personally, I think the bread is better than the one at Cafe Onion because of the cream. The Summer Latte (₩5,500) and Salted Peanut Latte (₩5,300) are my faves.

Directions To Humbolt

325-17 Seongsu 2(i)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-465-5122

10 AM – 10 PM

4. Daelim Changgo Gallery CO: LUMN

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Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim changgo

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim warehouse

Daelim Changgo also referred to as Daelim Warehouse is both a cafe and gallery. There are works of art displayed all throughout the cafe. You can look at art while waiting for your order to come out.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim changgo cafe

The interior reminds me of an indoor garden. All the plants and works of art intertwined within the space is remarkable to look at. If you appreciate art and have a love for plants and good vibes, you will adore this place.

My Favorites From Daelim Changgo

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim changgo gallery

The menu is similar to that of Baesan. Daelim Changgo also sells pasta, pizza, alcohol, coffee, and non-caffeinated drinks. I won’t get into the detail of the coffee because like I mentioned earlier I can’t really differentiate americanos. As for the pizza, I thought it was delicious. The dough of the pizza was perfection.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim changgo warehouse gallery

The prices for the menu are as followed. The pastas and risottos are ₩17,000- 19,000, salads are ₩13,000 – ₩19,000, pizzas are ₩21,000 – 24,000, drinks are ₩5,000 – ₩8,000. I recommend going on an empty stomach so you can try out more menus! I definitely regretted eating so much for breakfast before dropping by at this place.

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong daelim changgo pizza

Directions To Daelim Changgo

78 Seongsui-ro, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-499-9669

11 AM – 11 PM

5. Zagmachi

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong zagmachi

Best Cafes In Seongsu-Dong zagmachi seongsu-dong cafe

This cafe reminds me of the flower cafes that are emerging in Seoul. There are flowers all throughout the cafe and it’s such a happy environment. This cafe is the smallest when it comes to size. Due to a rather compact size, Zagmachi gives off a cozy vibe that the other cafes can’t. Whenever I’m at this cafe, it feels like I’m hanging at a friend’s basement.

Directions To Zagmachi

317-12 Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

070-4409-7700

11 AM – 11 PM

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Best Things To Do In Seongsu-Dong (Seoul) – Complete Guide

Daerim Warehouse - Seongsudong Cafes art

How To Get To Seongsu-Dong (Directions)

These are the directions to Seongsu-Dong Cafe Street.

Come out of Seongsu Station (Line 2) Exit 3

Turn right as soon as you come down the escalator

Walk straight and you’ll start to see the Insta Famous Cafes like Zagmachi, Daelim Changgo Gallery CO: LUMN, BAESAN, and Humbolteu.


 

1. Take A Look Around Seongsu-Dong

Daerim Warehouse - Seongsudong Cafes outside

If you’ve ever wondered what Seoul looked like before the fancy buildings and evenly paved streets, take a look around Seongsudong. Seongsudong is a place where the new meets the old.

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station)

Decades ago the streets of Seongsudong were bustling with factories and mills. Now the previous factories and storage places have been remodeled into aesthetically pleasing cafes and galleries.

Most of the remanents of the old storage and mill buildings have been preserved on the outside with all the peeling paint and poles sticking out. While the inside has been remodeled into modern day Pinterest “Pinnable” Interior.

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station)

The vibe you get from Seongsu-dong is hard to find elsewhere in Seoul. The juxtaposition of dingy and old with the modern and new is something worth noting. It’s the perfect place to capture Seoul at it’s finest. Seongsu-dong captures the real beauty of Seoul because it’s able to embrace that past with the present in such a harmonious way.

 

2. Go On A Cafe Tour

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station) Cafe Tour

Now if you’re done strolling around the streets of Seongsudong and you have enough Instagram worthy pictures, go on a cafe tour. The streets of Seongsu-dong are filled with the SNS trendiest cafes. There are more than 100 cafes within the vicinity of Seongsudong.

Most of the cafes are remnants of old mills and factories have been recently renovated into artsy galleries and cafes. And it has quickly garnered much publicity and love from the public. People flock to the streets of Seongsu-dong to drink a cup of coffee at the trendiest cafe.

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station) Cafe Pictures

I haven’t been to all of the cafes in Seongsudong, but I’ve been to a fair amount of cafes. My favorite cafes are Daerim Warehouse, Baesan, Onion, and Humbolteu. Read the blog posts below to get a more in-depth review of the following cafes.

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station) Baesan Cafe

<Read Daelim Warehouse/Changgo -Seongsu-dong Cafe>

<Read Baesan (Seongsu-dong Cafes)>

Daelim Warehouse/ Changgo (Seongsu-dong Cafe)

78 Seongsui-ro, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-499-9669

11 AM – 11 PM

Baesan (Seongsudong Cafe)

322-32 Seongsu 2(i)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-6238-8130

11 AM – 11 PM

 

3. Enjoy The Sunlight At Seoul Forest

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station) Seoul Forest

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station) Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest is the third largest park in Seoul. There are acres of green grass as well as nice evenly paved roads to ride bicycles on. They even have a zoo inside the park.

When the weather is nice and clear with bright blue skies, I recommend going to Seoul Forest for a stroll around the park. You’ll feel at peace. If you ever feel overwhelmed by the bustling city, go to Seoul Forest and clear your mind.

Seoul Forest

273 Ttukseom-ro, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

Open 24 Hours

Directions From Seongsu Station (Seongsu-dong) To Seoul Forest

1. BUS – Seongsu Station To Seoul Forest Directions

BUS 2224 Green (5 Stops)

-Seongsu Station

-Tttukseom Station Exit 4

-Tttukseom Station Exit 2

-Seongdong-gu Citizens’ Sports Center

-Ttukdo Arisu Water Purification Center Waterworks Museum

 

2. Subway Station – Seongsu Station To Seoul Forest Directions

Seongsu Station (Line 2)

TRANSFER at Wangsimri (Bundang Line)

Take Wangsimri (Bundang Line)

Go 1 Station

GET OFF Seoul Forest Station (Bundang Line)

Click on this site if you need help navigating your way through Seoul

http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr/en/cyberStation.do?menuIdx=337#wayInfo

 

4. Soothe Your Soul With Gamjatang

Somunnan Gamjatang is a famous Gamjatang place that has been open for more than thirty years. Gamjatang commonly referred to as Pork Bone Soup is a traditional Korean Dish. The pig bone broth is rich and flavorful.

Most of the time, the stew is served with pork meat, potatoes, perilla leaves, and pepper and simmered in a big pot. Gamjatang is eaten both as a meal and Anju. When it’s eaten as an Anju, it’s often times paired with soju. Koreans call it the match made in heaven.

This place was originally popular amongst the older generations who have been going to this place since they were in their teens. But recently this restaurant garnered extra attention when it was featured in the program “Baek Jong-won’s Top 3 Chef King”.

I’ve tried both the big pot version and the single servings portion, but for some reason, the big pot version tastes richer and deeper. The pot version is more expensive but I definitely recommend the pot version. The pot version was around ₩22,000 but it was totally worth it.

Somunnan Gamjatang (Pork Bone Soup)

45 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

02-465-6580

Open 24 Hours

Somunnan Gamjatang (Pork Bone Soup) Directions

Walk out of Seongsu Station (Line 2) Exit 4

Make a U-Turn after coming out of exit 4

Walk straight into the 1st alley and walk past 3 alleys

Make a left turn on the 3rd alley

 

5. Try Gopchang

Things To Do In Seongsu-dong (Seongsu Station) Gopchang

<Read Where To Get The Best Gopchang In Seoul! [Honest Reviews]>

If you’ve read through my previous blog posts you’ve probably caught on that I love gopchang. Historically, Wangsimri is famous for gopchang.

There are lots of gopchang restaurants that have been around since the late 70s and 80s. I’ve been to the most popular ones but it didn’t really fit my taste buds.

Instead of the Gopchang Alley, try the other gopchang restaurants around Wangsimri because they are delicious. Here is one of my favorite gopchang restaurant.

I won’t go into detail and explain what gopchang is here in this post because it’ll make this blog post way too long. Check out my previous post on Gopchang. The link is at the beginning of the paragraph.

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19-50 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

(Wangsimri Station Exit 6 )

02-2299-8998

4:00 PM – 3:00 AM

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