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Itaewon, Seoul

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Head to the international district of Itaewon, a cosmopolitan center known for its shopping, food, and partying. The local saying goes that expats may not know Seoul, but they sure know this place, and you'll certainly hear a good deal of English in the area, which American soldiers called home in the years directly following the Korean War. Imported clothes fill the stores, while eateries serve up plenty of international cuisine--everything from curries to pizza and burgers. Bars and clubs add to the lively atmosphere of the district, home to a burgeoning LGBT scene. Arrange your visit to Itaewon and discover more family-friendly attractions in Seoul using our Seoul trip generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Least developed country and the far fought police their dispatched me to row l, where the old advanced non-us global neighborhood where there is just a hodgepodge of people leaving the village. Also running a restaurant is also overshadowed by the houses, but the ads did not break into a place cells most guests Negi.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Imagine a place with the most obnoxious and loud tourists (and some other, equally unpleasant 'locals') , tacky aesthetics, ridiculously overpriced restaurants and you get Itaewon. Even the air manage...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    the nightlife is to some extent villt. Not only beautiful areas, worn as it is close to a us base. But yet it has a charm, and you can find clothes that fit the seasons in Europe and colder countries. Prutte are common. Use good time. Is little streets and major roads, all full of cafes, restaurants, shops, stalls, market.
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  • May 22, 2017
    Nice, economic and convenient place to stay in Seoul for visitors. We were a group staying in the dormitory . The Seoul hop on hop off bus stop is just a 7 minute walk along the main Street near Subway station (turn right and cross the road). Convenience store nearby, they have a pantry for preparing some breakfast and even a bit of cooking. Staff very helping. No lifts - have to carry luggage up. Reception is one floor up.
  • July 2, 2017
    It was okay. I used a single room. There were lots of nail holes on the wall and the pillow was yellowish( it was supposed to be white!). The shower space was small it only fits for one person. But it was kind of clean. Though, it was very cheap and the staffs were very nice. There was no curfew.
  • April 26, 2017
    Itaewon Hostel is easy to find near exit 4 of Itaewon subway. It is close to all amenities and night life. The hostel is clean and tidy, the bed I had was comfortable and the sheets fresh. The toilets and showers are of a good standard and regularly cleaned. Slippers and a towel are provided. The dorms have lockers and free padlocks (to borrow) are also given on arrival. A 10 000 won deposit is required and you are given it back on leaving. The front desk is manned 24 hours a day which is excellent, and all staff i met were welcoming and friendly. Itaewon hostel is really good value for money and i would recommend it to anyone for cheap, clean, no fuss accommodation in central Seoul.
  • July 1, 2017
    It was great to stay. The location near with mosque and halal food. The receptionist also very helpful. Thank you for your great hospitality. If I coming back to Seoul will stay here again.
  • June 6, 2017
    It wasn't my first time in Seoul but this wasn't a very good place to stay one night in during the weekend. The place overall was clean and well kept. I got upgraded (no extra charge) from a single private room to a double private room due to overbooking issues. The thing I didn't like the most about my stay was how loud the other guests were being in the hallway. But the staff were friendly and helpful and really wanted to get to know their guests!

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