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Things to do in Mapo-gu

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
University
“Hongik University is responsible for giving this area the name “Hongdae”. Many students gather in this area to visit friends, relax after classes and enjoy their lives outside of the campus walls. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Park
“one of hottest parks in Seoul! good for walking and running as well. close, clean and peaceful place during the day, but full of joyful things at night, especially for summer season!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Homeplus for mega supermarket like a lotte mart is in same building. If you want to visit the nearest highper market at Hongdae, Here is answer. 像LOTTE MART這樣的大型超市的Homeplus都在同一棟樓裡。 如果您想參觀弘大最近的高端市場,這是答案。”
  • 36 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Small hip hop club. Operating system like nb1, nb2. If you break the ticket, you can use two clubs.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Hongdae is a neighborhood known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground culture, 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 local youth and a fascinating place to walk around. These unique places plus the cultural events, street performances, and festivals held here make Hongdae an area that is always packed with people and excitement. Special streets such as ateliers’ street (lined with 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.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Plaza
“its busking street where many people are sining and dancing on the street. and many Korean BBQ, yummy restaurant, small shops are along the way. Do not miss it. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Cocoon is one of the Hongik University clubs. Exciting songs come out and you have to stand in line. There are mainly 20s.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“It's just 1min walking distance. This place is the most famous club between early 20's people. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“It's a casual place to enjoy jazz. Having been in the same place for more than 10 years, this place has an impressive atmosphere like a small concert hall. Scarlet light gives you a warm feeling. It's a good idea to have a quick beer and watch a jazz performance. Among the jazz bars in Seoul, it is a place where young jazz musicians gather. This is because they audition for jazz rookies every quarter.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“- Kakao Friends Brand Store - Sale of various character goods - Such as diaries, accessories, clothes, cushions”
  • 12 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“'A true FLEX, Hongdae's Pedestrian-Friendly Street' Hongdae's Pedestrian-Friendly Street was selected as one of Korea's 100 representative tourist attractions in2019-2020. Facilities for tourists’ convenience, such as performance stages, resting spaces, Mapo Tourist Information Center,luggage storage, and moreare all located in the park that spans over approximately 330 square meters. As a place where various artists can come and host cultural events and street performances throughout the year,the place is always packed with fun things to see. A place that will change your view of the world at the end of your trip! Let’s go on a real adventure! Trick Art Photo Zone Here, you can see the history of Korean fashion from the 1980s to the 2010s through fun trick art. In addition to the joy of seeing interesting artwork, this is a cool place where you can have good time with yourfriends and take fun pictures. There is also a resting area near here where you can unwind a little while enjoying the artistic sentiment. Make sure to take your best selfies at the Trick Art Photo Zone,the hottest spot on Hongdae's Pedestrian-Friendly Street that attracts countless visitors. Busking Performances Known as the mecca of busking, this place is always crowded with a range of busking performances 365 days of the year. Busking performances are only permitted in the spots designated for the vitalization of busking culture in Hongdae, to ensure that both the street performers and the audience can enjoy the performances in a safe environment. A total of 11 busking zones are set up in Hongdae to accommodate a range of performances. From independent bands to niche genre performers, a range of artistic performances can be enjoyed on the streets of Hongdae. The streets in Hongdae are transformed into cultural performance stages 365 days a year, as a place that is filled with the passion of buskers. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“The complex was first opened on Hongdae Street in Seoul. To support non-mainstream artists’ creative activities and provide a wide range of cultural experiences to the general public, the company operates various programs and artist support projects throughout culture and arts, including performances, movies, design, visual arts and education.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Metro Station
“Hongdea, Shopping, cute cafes, bars, clubs, Music festivals, free markets Young people fashion district. ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“For the coffee lover, must visit 3 cafe in Hongdae 1) manufact coffee in Yeonhui area 2) coffee libre in Yeonnam area 3) Talyer Coffee in Hongdae. White plate, Latte tastes good, all staff are gentle and good look : D its little pricy, 2000won will be discounted for take out. #penthaus #casamia-haus is super close from this cafes. 對於咖啡愛好者,必須參觀弘大的3家咖啡廳1)延禧地區的人造咖啡 2)延南地區的自由咖啡3)弘大的Talyer咖啡 白板,拿鐵咖啡很好吃,所有員工都很溫柔和好看:D 外賣的話可獲得2000won折扣。 #penthaus#casamia-haus離這家咖啡館超級近”
  • 7 locals recommend
Women's Store
“It is a four-story clothing store. There is a pink pool cafe on the fourth floor. So you can enjoy shopping and use the cafe.”
  • 3 locals recommend
General Travel
“This is a place where you can easily get a tour of Hongik University. You can get a tour and a good restaurant here.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Plaza
“its busking street where many people are sining and dancing on the street. and many Korean BBQ, yummy restaurant, small shops are along the way. Do not miss it. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a place where you can enjoy snacks such as No.1 street food in Korea, Tteokbokki and Sundae.”
  • 11 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“The Korean casual restaurant(Franchise) where You could enjoy beef , Pork barbecue and Kimchi Stew”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bunsik Restaurant
“If you r okay with spicy food, I recommend this restaurant. It's the best 'tteokboki' restaurant in whole korea I think. But to eat here with the best experience, you need to keep some rules. 1. Order with 'butter garlic potatoes ' . 2. Once you almost done with tteokbokki, ask them to stir fry with rice , cheese, and Nalchial (flying fish roe) . ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
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  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of the best Whole Ginseng Chicken Soup restaurants you could find in this neighborhood. They are pretty good~. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
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