There are many places to go to in Seoul to enjoy the most out of your Korean trip. But if you like to shop, eat, drink, and party till dawn, then Hongdae is your place to go! It’s a place where a majority of the hip and cool places are gathered. Once you set foot into the main street of Hongdae, you’ll immediately feel the youthful atmosphere surrounding you. Here are a couple of things that you might enjoy from the vibrant streets of Hongdae.
1. Street Performers
Almost every night in Hongdae, street performers come out to sing and dance. The area attracts young, artistic, and creative local artists who love to put on a small concert for the public. People gather around the performers to enjoy K-pop dancing and pop songs. If you are a fan of K-pop, Hongdae is a place you definitely must visit.
2. Eat Delicious Food
If you’re stuck on what to eat, you’ll be given so many answers in Hongdae. Besides all the local and international restaurants there, try getting some street food. They’re cheaper and quick to get. Some popular street food are chicken skewers, Tteokbokki, Soondae, egg bread, and Boongeou Bbang. Some might make you a bit confused and wondering what type of food they are, but we recommend you try a bit of everything. Who knows? They just might become your favorite food during your stay in Seoul.
Hongdae is absolutely perfect for shopping. Including all the big brands mixed in the area, there are many local shops that offer more affordable clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. Once you pass the big shoe store ABC Mart in front of Exit 9 of Hongdae Station, you’ll come across many major chain brands, such as Nike, H&M, and Adidas.
4. Party Until Dawn
Hongdae is the nightlife of Seoul. Filled with plenty of clubs, pubs, and bars for you to choose, the area is perfect if you want to burn your night away with drinking and dancing. Young people from all over the city gather around these streets on both weekends and weekdays to party to a variety of music. Some of the popular clubs in the area include NB2 and Cocoon.
Hongdae may be one of the many places where you can enjoy a good day in Seoul, but it is the only place where you can enjoy street food, shopping, live street performances, and nightlife. Be sure to walk around every street in Hongdae, because you’ll find that the place has a life of its own during the day and night.