This article is intended to give an overview of Seoul for those of you who are not really familiar with Seoul. Also, if you are looking for homework information, such as the population and size of Seoul, you will not find it in this article. Instead, you can expect a brief description of the main areas of Seoul that you definitely shouldn’t miss if you visit the city.
This is one of the oldest and most developed areas of Seoul. The ancient palaces of the Chosun Dynasty are still present here. In the city center, you will find not only a bustling business district where the “suits레깅스룸” are busy driving the country’s economy, but also a vibrant shopping district and many places to enjoy Korean and other international cuisines.
Mye0ng-dong is where you will find a large shopping and dining area hidden behind the old skyscrapers that drove South Korea forward in the 1970s and 1980s. It is also a street for the young crowd, especially on weekends when the suits are off the street. So what’s good here? Well, your best bet is to buy clothes and try some of the well-known Korean restaurants that are 50 years old or older.
Insa-dong is where traditional Korea is found. Its streets are filled with places that sell and display traditional Korean arts and crafts. The area is also famous for its many art galleries. Your best bet in Insa-dong is to sample traditional Korean food and tea while collecting small souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Samcheong-dong is where you will find an eclectic collection of restaurants and cafes representing traditional Korean and Western cuisine. Getting to Samcheong-dong is a bit difficult, as the nearest subway station will still leave you with a 10-minute walk. Samcheong-dong is home to small art galleries and neat little restaurants.
Hongdae is considered a symbol of Korea’s youth. It is located near four famous universities and is the place for all the pleasures of youth: dancing, drinking and partying. Friday nights are clubbing days and it is easy to see endless lines of young people trying to get into their favorite clubs. Friday nights in Hongdae don’t end until sunset.
Eating out in Hongdae is also one of the must-see experiences. All the restaurants in Hongdae have evolved to cater to the taste buds of young people and their light pockets. You will find the tastiest and cheapest places in Soeul to satisfy your palate and fill your stomach.
Sinchon is located between two of Korea’s top universities: Yonsei University and Ehwa Women’s University. If you think this means that the area will be full of bookstores and libraries, you are wrong.
Sinchon is full of small stores catering to female students who love to dress up and accessorize. The items are sometimes original, sometimes fake, but mostly cheap and beautiful.
Sinchon is also the place where alcohol finds its way into the bodies of Korean students. You can’t walk a hundred meters without passing about thirty bars, izayakas, hofs or pochas (these are all places where drinking is its main activity).
Garosugil, which means tree-lined street, is where the young and trendy meet for good food and espresso. The tree-lined street is also full of good stores and restaurants that are more European than almost anywhere else in Seoul. On sunny weekend days, the street fills up with well-dressed young women gathering to enjoy international cuisine and their expensive dose of caffeine.