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Hongik University Street, Seoul

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#10 of 106 in Sightseeing in Seoul
Landmark Tourist Spot
Indulge in some of the capital's trendiest nightlife at Hongik University Street, a student-oriented neighborhood known for its live music and arts scene. Delve into this area around one the nation's finest art-oriented universities and you'll find an array of lively cafes, shops, and galleries frequented by locals. Kick back in front of the main stage to catch a performance from a variety of bands that call the neighborhood home, enjoy some colorful street murals, or pick up a handicraft as a souvenir from a street-side stall. For some after-hours entertainment, head to a nightclub or bar to view everything from underground rock bands to big-name artists. Add Hongik University Street and other attractions to your Seoul trip itinerary using our Seoul vacation builder.
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  • Hello kitty cafe moved to a new location in Hongdae that is off the main waking street. So it's not as easy to spot and it's a lot less crowded since we last visited in 2014. It's on a much bigger pre...  more »
  • Lovely place especially at night, with street performances everywhere. Lovely crowd! And when you're tired of walking or shopping, there are tons of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Great place t...  more »
  • There's always something going on in Hongdae. Good shopping and people watching. Great way to spend a day!  more »

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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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