Welcome to Day 7 of our trip!
On Day 7 - our final day in Seoul, we mainly explored the Hongdae area but also ventured out to Gangnam later on in the day. Read on to find out more about what we did!
If you would like start with Day 1 of our itinerary - click here.
Hongdae is a youthful neighbourhood that embodies the fashionable and trendy spirit of South Korea's capital. Often described as the cultural hub of Seoul, this area’s lively character comes in the form of its quirky cafes, shops and youthful attitude. Hongdae is always popping with energy as many universities, including Hongkik University and Ewha Woman’s University are in the area.
Walking around, you'll notice unique architecture and novel stores that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Hongdae is best visited on a Friday or Saturday night as that's when the neighbourhood is most exuberant. During this time, street performers often showcase their singing and dancing talent to large crowds - so keep an eye (and ear) out!
Tip: Bring your wallet and fill it up with cash. Many stores sell local clothing for cheap, and they only take cash.
Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang, AREX), Exit 8 or 9.
Thanks Nature Sheep Cafe
You may have visited a dog or cat cafe around Asia but have you ever visited a sheep café?!
This quirky and unique café offers cute cakes and cool iced drinks with the promise of petting these fluffy animals. After filling yourselves up on these treats, you can play with Thanks Nature’s sheep in the outside pen.
The café’s interior is decorated in sheep memorabilia, so a visit is sure to be a novel experience.
Ewha Womans University
The Ewha Woman’s University has a long and rich history of providing education for women since 1886. Near Hongkik University, the area is now also a popular shopping and beauty district for young local women. Oh, it also looks like it came straight out of a Harry Potter movie.
Exits # 2 & 3 of Ewha Womans University Station (Subway Line 2)
Gangnam Style Monument
The Gangnam Style giant statue was hoisted in April 2016 as a celebration of the extravagance and style Gangnam represents, as well an homage to K-Pop Idol Psy’s 2012 global megahit, Gangnam Style.
Located outside the East Square of CoEx Mall, this statue symbolises the massive cultural impact Psy's 'Gangnam Style' had on exposing K-Pop culture to the Western mainstream, and is a worthy photo-op on our trip to Seoul.
Korean K-pop sensation PSY and the video that catapulted him into Western mainstream success.
Gangnam Public Library
The Starfield Gangnam Public Library was only recently opened in 2017 and is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most photographed spots in Seoul.
The 2800 square meter library spans two stories and is completely free to enter. Starfield Library holds up to 50,000 books and magazines, so you could easily spend a day here just reading to your heart’s content.
Located at the center of Central Plaza within Starfield CoEx Mall, B1-1F, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Where to stay in Seoul
To read about where you should stay in Seoul, scroll to the bottom of our Day 1 blog post to find our accommodation guide! :)