Hongik University Street

Attraction 72-1, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul-si Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
06:00 AM - 11:00 PM
08:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
0.00 USD

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Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Hongdae-ap (the area in front of Hongik University) is a neighborhood known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression.

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Why Hongik University Street is special ?

Hongdae-ap (the area in front of Hongik University) is a neighborhood known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression. Unique cafes, cozy galleries, accessory stores, fashion shops, live cafés and clubs, art markets, and gourmet eateries make this a popular hang-out for locals in their 20s and 30s and a fascinating place to walk around.

Also in this same area is the ‘A ballerina who loves b-boy’ theater and other theaters dedicated to the art of b-boy dance. Another big draw of Hongdae is the weekend ‘Free market,’ (1pm to 6m) where artists gather each week to display and sell their handmade crafts and accessories. During the market time there are usually a variety of open-air concerts and events as well.

These unique place plus the cultural events, street performances, and festivals held here make Hongdae-ap an area that is always packed with people and excitement. Special streets such as ateliers’ street (with full of private institutions for art students preparing for university entrance exams), Picasso’s Street, and Club Street are also must-go places if you’re hoping to fully experience the Hongdae area.

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

What to explore at Hongik University Street?

The Unconventional Side of Hongik University

Hongdae (the abbreviation of Hongik University) has become a symbol of unique cultural identity among Korea’s youth. The area is home to an eclectic mix of cafés and clubs that have served as breeding grounds for many of Korea’s growing subcultures.

Center of Club Culture

At the very center of Hongdae beats the heart of the club culture. Young people from all over the city congregate at the clubs on weekends to drink, dance, and listen to a variety of music ranging from techno to R&B, hip hop and acid jazz. Claiming independence from so-called commercial capitalism, indie bands and underground musicians give live shows in intimate settings such as cafés, bars, and clubs. To the delight of club enthusiasts, a program started in 2001 where visitors can visit multiple clubs with one single ticket purchase (held on the last Friday of every month from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.). This special event (known simply as “club day”), in combination with the area’s unique charm, has attracted a number of international tourists to Hongdae in recent years.

Weekly Sunday Bazaar

The streets around Hongdae are a maze of shops, cafés, and bars that express the artistic talents and stimulate the cultural sensibilities of the area’s youth. Local shops showcase an array of merchandise ranging from handmade clothes to artistic creations and luxury goods. For the nonshopper, the area is packed with art galleries, live performances, and literary exhibits. Every Sunday Hongdae is full of people browsing at the weekly flea market looking for a bargain among the selection of unique crafts, paintings, and second-hand goods. Even if you’re not planning on spending any money, the flea market is the perfect place to mill around and soak in the unconventional style that has become known as the essence of Hongdae.

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr

How to get to Hongik University Street?


Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Railroad).

Selling points

  • A fun place with lots of food
  • Great for people watching, eating, and shopping
  • Center of Nightlife
  • Most vibrant location in Seoul
  • Interesting cafes and restaurants

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  • Toilet is available.
  • There are many programs held in this area such as: Handicrafts exhibitions and sales, indie music/mimes/performing, art workshops, street portraits & caricatures. You can enjoy.
    What to see
  • The main area in front of Hongik University is largely commercialised. For quieter, hipper places, venture further out towards Sangsu, Yeonnam, or Hapjeong.
  • Themed cafes are big here and popular with couples - look out for the Hello Kitty cafe, Charlie Brown cafe, and animal-themed cafes featuring real animals, from dogs to sheep.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You should save your individual materials carefully because this street is very crowded.
  • You should not exchange money in this crowded street.
  • Parking is available.
  • On weekends, check out the "Free" and "Hope" market at the Hongdae Playground. Here, local artists sell hundreds of different handcrafted items.


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nice cool place..trendy students all around the area of hongdae...i wish i could get 1 of those jacket that stated hongik university..its cool.

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Exit Hongkit Univ stop at exit 9 and was greeted by street vendors selling local Korean food, mostly deep fried. Then there streets are lined with stores selling clothes, iphone cases and selfies, socks and shoes Things are not expensive. The streets are wide enough so even though there are plenty of people, it is a nice stroll. There are lots of places to eat as well, from sit down restaurant food to dessert to icecream to snacks. And Korean shaved ice is my favorite. They have ice covered with oreo or fruits or the traditional with red beans. There are street performers dotting the street as well. Prepare to spend about 2 hours at least to experience the place.

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