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Hongdae
Travel Guide

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This is Seoul at its most youthful and liveliest. Come here for cafés, bars, clubs, cinemas and boutiques.

The Hongdae district is close to Hongik University, and is a favourite with young revellers. Hongdae Young Street constitutes the main artery of life in the area. Soak up the urban culture found in the shops and galleries by day. After dark, this is the place to experience Seoul’s nightlife.

Start at the Hongdae Tourism Information Center, where friendly staff will provide you with a map and information about what’s happening in the area. The center is open late.

If you’re looking for gifts or items for yourself, explore the various boutiques and vintage stores that line Hongdae Young Street. Don’t miss Sangsangmadang; this 11-story building houses an independent cinema, performance hall and various stalls selling arty souvenirs. If you appreciate street art, bring your camera. The area around Hongik University is covered in accomplished work created by students and other artists.

You won’t have any trouble finding cafés and restaurants in Hongdae Young Street. There are many independent outlets selling homemade food for affordable prices. There’s also a massive variety of cuisine, including everything from Korean to Irish to Vietnamese.

Hongdae Young Street is the center of Seoul’s nightlife. During the day, you’ll likely see buskers and break dancers in the street. At night the clubs and bars along the street blast all types of music: indie, electronic, hip-hop and acid jazz. Many bars are open late and some are open 24 hours a day, especially at the weekend.

There is often a special event happening in Hongdae Young Street. Club Day, on the last Friday of each month, gives you entry to a number of clubs in the area for the price of one normal entrance fee. Every Sunday, Hongdae hosts a bazaar, where you can pick up secondhand goods and handmade crafts.

To reach Hongdae Young Street, catch the subway to Hongik University Station.

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Where to stay in Hongdae

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Mercure Ambassador Seoul Hongdae
4 out of 5
144, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
The price is SG$91 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Mapo, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trickeye Museum and Hongik University. YG Entertainment Building and Ewha Woman's University ...
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L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
L7 Hongdae by LOTTE
4 out of 5
141, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
The price is SG$106 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Mapo, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Trickeye Museum and Hongik University. YG Entertainment Building and Ewha Woman's University are also ...
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RYSE, Autograph Collection
4.5 out of 5
130, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Located in Mapo, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hongdae Music Show Theatre and Hongik University. YG Entertainment Building and Ewha Woman's ...
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Reviewed on 29 May,2021

RYSE, Autograph Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Atomy Stay
Atomy Stay
3 out of 5
175, Yanghwa-ro Mapo-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is SG$154 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Mapo, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Trickeye Museum and Hongik University. YG Entertainment Building and Ewha Woman's University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable, and brilliantly-located. A really great option in lively Hongdae."

Reviewed on 13 Oct,2019

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New Luxury Penthouse With Greatview
New Luxury Penthouse With Greatview
327-8 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul,, South Korea, Seoul
Located in Mapo, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Trickeye Museum, Hongik University and Ewha Woman's University. Namdaemun Market and YG Entertainment ...
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Sio Suite
Sio Suite
3 out of 5
5-8, Sinchon-ro 2-gil, Seoul, Seoul
The price is SG$155 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Mapo, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Trickeye Museum and Hongik University. Ewha Woman's University and YG Entertainment Building ...
3.4/5 (10 reviews)
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Reviewed on 5 Nov,2020

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