EXPLORING SEOUL : HONGDAE // SEOUL SEARCHING 2016

Hongdae is one of those places you will never not hear about when people talk about Seoul. It’s where the hip and young people are at, where both graphic art, handcrafts and performing arts bloom. I was at Hongdae for 5 days straight, just exploring the area, observing the surroundings, being around so much art and music. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do but it grew on me. I’ve been to Hongdae so many times, by the end of my trip, I didn’t need to refer to a Subway map to go there anymore.

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Hongdae or Hongik University is just like any university street in Seoul, but not really. The area is buzzing 24/7 with youngsters, since it is a university street. If you go at night, you can observe the nightlife. Local artists and musicians come to Hongdae to perform and showcase their talent, probably hoping to get discovered by talent agents or just wanting to spread their love for music.

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There are stores upon stores upon stores, definitely a great place for shopping. Shopping is affordable in Hongdae with an endless array of stores selling shoes, clothes, accessories ranging from KRW10 000 and above. If you wonder why Koreans are so fashionable, it’s because their fashion is affordable. Street fashion is literally by the street, completely accessible to all groups of people. They also have your highstreet stores like H&M and Bershka, but they’re definitely on the pricier side. If you’re looking for a MAC store in Seoul, you can find one at Hongdae.

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Hongdae is also food haven with local Korean food, Korean barbeque, fancy bistros, hipster cafes and food carts selling your usual tteokbokki, odeng/fishcakes, twigim and some even sell ice-cream waffle sandwiches for KRW1000 each. Hongdae can break your wallet and save it at the same time.

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Best fries I’ve had in my entire life 

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On Saturdays, Hongdae hosts a Free Market at the Children’s Playground. It’s called a free market because entrance and participance are free. It’s where local artists gather to sell their handmade items, showcase their handcrafts and painting skills. If you’re not buying anything, you can hang around to watch local artists perform. It was one of my favourite things that I did in Seoul, it’s something I really recommend for everyone to check out, especially if you’re into art or you just want to check out the local art scene in Seoul.

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Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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