Seoul Tour: Hongdae at Night – Seoulistic

Seoul Tour: Hongdae at Night

If you’re doing research for your trip to Seoul, one of the most highly recommended places in Seoul is Hongdae. And for good reason. Hongdae is one of the most popular places in Seoul, and there are tons of things to do. See what it’s like in this video!

Hongdae is one of the most popular places to hang out with friends in Seoul. And there’s definitely things to do during the day, but Hongdae just seems to be much more lively at night. And that’s because…

There are a lot of bars in Hongdae. Too many bars. There’s Korean style bars, Western style bars, hooka bars, live music bars, wine bars, makkelloi bars. There’s literally tons of places people go to loosen up a bit.

Hongdae Children’s Park is one of the most famous attractions in Seoul, and that’s because it’s super lively with tons of people just looking to have a good time. While there this time around, there was the famous Hongdae Silent Disco, tons of street performers, and people just hanging out and having a good time!

Of course if you’re not into being too crazy, you can always just chill out at some of Hongdae’s famous cafes. Hongdae is known for it’s cafes and it even has several streets dedicated to the art of espresso! If you want something more interesting, you can always check out some of the quirky theme cafes that are located in Hongdae as well.

If there’s going to be a lot of people, there’s going to be a lot of eating. Hongdae definitely has a lot of variety, but some of the more popular foods are the street foods (like tteokbokki), Korean barbeque restaurants, and a lot of Japanese and Western food as well.

In addition to eating, there’s also a lot of shopping. And since Hongdae is a college town, there are two benefits: the clothes are relatively inexpensive and shops are open late at night. Also, since Hongik University (the university the area is based around) is an art university, the people there are on the edgiest fashionistas. It’s one of our most highly recommended places to go shopping in Seoul 🙂

And of course there’s clubbing. The Hongdae area is known for it’s partying lifestyle, and it’s definitely a lot of fun if you like that kind of stuff. Hongdae has the highest concentration of clubs in a single area for any part of Korea. And that means there’s a lot of club hopping. If you like clubs, you should come here.

The loud kids always get the attention in school, but sometimes the quiet kids are easier to get along with. And even though Hongdae can be very loud and busy, there are many side streets and alleys to explore that are quieter and calmer. So there’s definitely something for everyone here 🙂

Have you ever been to Hongdae? What do you like about it?
If not, what do you want to see the most here? Leave a comment!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. YukiBabycakes says:

    Omg Seoul’s nightlife is so entertaining and lively. Korean really know how to have fun and i’m not kidding. I live in France and I think its really boring here when it comes to nightlife/parties so sad… im jealous kkk. I can’t wait to experiment all of this in summer!!! Thank you for your hardwork on each article.~

  2. schnapp says:

    I think learning Korean is simply something that a lot of us have an interest in following. You get people using watching Korean videos. A lot of people don’t have the money for studying using courses. Thus there’s time spent on ways to immerse passively. These are good times to be learning languages.

  3. Seoulexplorer! says:

    are the hongdae night markets open every night? I looked on the interenet and some say only saturday and sundays!!! Please help :(!

  4. Tony says:


    Just want to simply say thank you for the effort put into the article, and making the video. I am planning a trip to hongdae; and the video really helped.

    More grease.

  5. Philiana says:

    Hi Keith, i had followed you on twitter and facebook, thanks for the info ^^ We are a bunch of girls planning to go to korea end of this year …. clubbing every night is in our plan, look forward for your new video, cheers ^^

  6. seow says:

    Hi keith! thanks for the really makes me wanna pop by hongdae this coming sept. but i was wondering is it always this happening like everyday? with all those clubs and cafes..and what would be the best timing to hang around the area? btw great job on the videos!

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