Hongik University Street, Seoul

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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. Hongik University Street is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Seoul Edition.
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  • AKA Hongdae. Always busy, fun, and full of young people, shops and restaurants. Trendy and cool. Nightclubs nearby too.  more »
  • Each stay in Seoul, I spend my evenings a listen but also stroll through the many small shops. Very lively at night, where you can see groups of singers of streets.
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  • Can Myeong-dong more lively and not at all too often touts. Personally, both shopping and dining of hongdae are cheaper but nice shops. Because the Club staff, lively and shops are open till late at night. Street performances and dance group dancing at night or even the legions of fans that surround it, are newcomers. Guest House, but also a beautiful chilly becoming ready is. Is also enough so spend in hongdae now so close to Incheon and Gimpo is thought.
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