Everyone has heard of Gangnam district (and if you say you haven’t you’re lying!) due to a certain song that is quite infamous. However, once you get there you forget about the song, Gangnam is cool in its own unique way… For other reasons!
Gangnam is famous for being one of the most expensive places to live in Seoul. Many large companies have headquarters here, and it’s famous for shopping and activities (and the nightlife!). In Gangnam you can find pretty much any type of activity or restaurant that you could want, it’s all there!
The backstreets of Gangnam aren’t what most people expect them to be. With lots of stores and restaurants stacked vertically and with neon signs everywhere, it’s very similar to other places in Seoul.
The backstreets aren’t the skyscrapers that you expect to see here, but rather they are full of restaurants and bars. On any night of the week you can expect these streets to be packed, Gangnam district is easily one of the busiest places in Seoul! It also has a fantastic underground shopping center in the subway station.
The main street of Gangnam.
Buildings that house all manner of different companies, people, and services line the streets. Not only that though, as cafes, shops, and restaurants are also present… Really, if you want it, it will be here. The only thing not here is cheap goods! There are many better places for specific things (I.E electronics – Yongsan, cameras – Namdaemun, clothes – Dongdaemun) but nowhere has the variety that Gangnam has.
Gangnam Station, one of the busiest stations in the city!
Even on the Thursday night that I visited it was packed! You can’t see it in these photos, but beyond the station were hundreds of people. On a Friday or weekend evening it will be even busier.
Gangnam is the most famous district of Seoul due to Gangnam Style, a song that went viral a few years ago. But there is a lot more to Gangnam that makes it a very unique and fun place to experience. I would definitely recommend checking out some of the backstreets of the district if you get the chance!