Seoul is a truly massive city. In fact, it’s one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world! Even after living in the city for over 5 years, I still discover new places almost every week. Even with a year to explore the city you would barely scratch the surface.
However, while Seoul is a vast city with thousands of places to visit, there are a few key areas that stand out above the rest. In this article, I want to introduce some of the best streets in Seoul. Each of these streets has a unique appeal that makes it stand out among the thousands of streets in the capital.
If you’re travelling with time constraints, these are the streets that are worth visiting above others. While there are other streets around the city that I may have omitted, visiting these streets will give you a taste of all of the different elements that Seoul has to offer.
While I did my best to include a combination of popular streets and hidden gems, there are sure to be overlooked areas. It’s hard to list all of Seoul’s best streets because there are so many! Anyway, if you feel like I’ve forgotten something please feel free to let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you and update the list with more great Seoul streets. With that being said, let’s jump straight in!
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1. Ikseondong Culture Street
If you’re looking for the most unique and iconic streets in the capital of South Korea, the streets of Ikseondong should be on your list. I lived in Seoul for a couple of years before first visiting Ikseondong, which I regret. However, after I saw it for the first time, Ikseondong quickly became one of my favourite areas in the whole city – it feels so special!
Ikseondong’s main street will take you through a traditional hanok neighbourhood that feels straight out of history. Where skyscrapers tower in the distance, the roads of Ikseondong are flanked by single-story buildings with neowa (shingle) and giwa (tile) roofing. While Ikseondong is a hanok village, it’s totally unlike other hanok villages in Seoul.
Why? Because Ikseondong is a fusion of traditional and modern. As soon as you set foot on the main street of Ikseondong, this will become apparent. Restaurants in the area sell an extensive range of international cuisine, and clothing stores provide the most elegant, modern Korean fashion. In fact, despite being traditional in appearance, Ikseondong is one of the most hip neighbourhoods in Seoul.
While walking down the main street of Ikseondong, you will also quickly realise that this area of Seoul is not cheap. Quite the contrary! Most stores in Ikseondong are luxury, and you will find that the prices reflect this. Therefore, expect to pay significantly more to dine or drink in Ikseondong than you would in other areas of Seoul.
The upside, however, is that what you find in Ikseondong can’t be found elsewhere. The stores, restaurants, cafes and bars that line the streets of Ikseondong are incredibly unique and different. Restaurants with indoor lakes? Check. Cafes with stepping stones over calm waters? Check. Shooting range in a traditional hanok building? Of course!
2. Myeongdong Shopping Street
If this list didn’t contain Myeongdong, it simply wouldn’t be complete. The most famous street in Seoul for travellers and visitors, Myeongdong’s main street is incredibly well-known. But, unfortunately, this also means that it’s often jam-packed!
As soon as you exit the subway station, you will be surrounded by buildings standing many floors tall. Since rent in Myeondong is some of the most expensive in the world, you will also find many big brands here. On top of this, it’s pretty standard for companies to have their flagship Korean stores located in Myeongdong.
Many travellers love Myeongdong because it contains almost everything. There is a ton of shopping to be done, lots of street food to try, and history to explore in attractions such as the Myeongdong Cathedral. So you can’t go wrong with visiting Myeongdong.
Of course, the catch here is that Myeongdong is very often crowded. Extremely so. At the same time, I recommend visiting at least once; if you prefer to avoid crowds, you might want to skip Myeongdong though. While the pandemic has significantly decreased how busy the streets are, I envision that life will return to normal in this bustling shopping district over the next few years.
If you visit Myeondong, make sure to check out the food offerings! There are thousands of restaurants with hundreds on the main street alone. While many of these will be more expensive than you would find elsewhere in Seoul, there are many places with fantastic quality cuisine!
3. Namdaemun Market Street
Another trendy street in Seoul is Namdaemun Market Street. This particular street runs from Exit 5 of Namdaemun Station right through the centre of the market. The market itself is the most famous in Seoul and a place that everyone should visit!
Namdaemun is a modernised traditional market. That is to say, while it is a traditional market and feels that way, it has also been updated over the years, and these days it feels very tourist-focused. This is not a bad thing, but it is worth noting that Namdaemun doesn’t have the very traditional feel of some other markets in Seoul.
The good news is that Namdaemun is very accessible. Many vendors here will speak English, there are staff to help give navigation advice and information, and it’s easy to convert money. There are also almost infinite accommodation options located near this street – primarily since Myeongdong is located nearby!
The main street of Namdaemun is filled with street food, clothing store, accessory stores, packaged food stores, and more! However, my favourite attraction is the camera market at the end of the street (the opposite end to exit 5). Nine out of ten times, I visit Namdaemun Market to go to the camera section!
If you are looking for wholesale food or textiles, you can also find them here. After exiting from Exit 5 and following Namdaemun Market Street for a few minutes, you will encounter an intersection. Turn right and follow that road – it will take you right into the textile section of the market.
If you’re looking for food, I recommend turning left at that same intersection. There are a lot of alleyways that house fantastic restaurants. These can seem daunting at first (they are quite small and can be dark), but there are many hidden gems within.
4. Sungshin Shopping Street
You won’t find Sungshin Woman’s University Rodeo on other posts discussing the best streets in Seoul. Why? I’m not too sure. It’s a street that’s often overlooked in the face of far more trafficked areas such as Itaewon and Hongdae. That being said, it’s more than deserving of a place on this list!
In Korea, the word ‘rodeo’ is often used to refer to the main shopping street of an area. You will hear this word often in this article, and it’s one worth being familiar with. If you hear it, I’m not talking about cowboys! Instead, it’s how locals refer to the most famous streets in an area – usually for shopping.
Sungshin Rodeo is a street in Seoul that I highly recommend visiting. While it’s off the beaten path for tourists in Korea, that’s simply because it doesn’t have the same media coverage as more famous streets. I often refer to Sungshin Rodeo as ‘mini-Hongdae’. Admittedly, it’s far smaller. However, it’s a diverse and fun area with a lot of activities and shopping. This is especially true if you are looking for woman’s clothing or cosmetics.
Sungshin Rodeo is typically very busy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. However, on other week-nights, it’s a lot less active. This makes it a great way to get a feel of Seoul’s most popular youth streets without being overwhelmed by the crowds.
This street is very hip, and you will find that it is mainly frequented by high school and university students. This means that there is a ton of entertainment. Want to go bowling? Watch a movie? Experience a VR cafe? Play arcade games? You can do it all and more near Sungshin Woman’s University Station.
Another tip! Since this street is a 5-minute walk from a Woman’s University, it’s great for shopping. If you’re interested in Korean women’s fashion, you will find a large variety at affordable prices.
5. Ewha Fashion Street
Similarly to Sungshin Woman’s University Rodeo, Ewha Fashion Street is another street suited for young women. This street and the surrounding area have hundreds of clothing stores that sell everything from clothing to accessories to shoes.
What makes clothing shopping in this area so great is that it’s both convenient and cheap. No matter what you are looking for, it’s likely that you can find it within a few minutes. The clothing stores are densely packed, and it’s hard to find a more convenient place to shop! Secondly, the prices are very affordable with some clothing items being as cheap at 5000KRW!
On top of this, Ewha Woman’s University Fashion Street has a wide range of styles. So it doesn’t matter if you are looking for vintage clothing or trendy, modern clothing. There’s a very high chance that it can be found on this Seoul street!
While clothing is the main appeal here, there is other shopping to be also done! If you’re looking for cosmetics, you will be able to find all of the big brands here. Further, there are a lot of hair salons for anyone looking for a bit of a makeover. It’s easy to visit Ewha Street and come out as a totally different person!
Also worth noting is that the Ewha area is a great place to visit if you need some adjustments made to clothes. While you can find tailors all around Seoul, they are ubiquitous in this neighbourhood. So whether you want a small adjustment made to a piece of clothing or want to make a radical change, you will be able to find someone capable of altering here.
6. Daehakro Entertainment Street
Located directly outside Exit 4 of Hyehwa Station in Jongno-gu, Daehakro is almost unanimously loved by locals yet somehow unknown to most travellers. So, when approached by the Korean Tourism Organisation to write an article, I chose to write about often overlooked neighbourhoods in Seoul. Atop that list sat Hyehwa. In many ways, it’s a hidden gem in Seoul.
The main street (Daehak-ro or Daehangno) is always lively, and there are always things happening. Whether you visit at 11 am, or 3 am, expect to find this Seoul street always busy. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, especially dinner, you can’t beat Hyehwa. There are so many different restaurants and cafes with a massive range of international and local food.
Hyehwa’s main street is located close to SKKU’s campus, and therefore Hyehwa is very popular among students and youth. I would go as far as to say that Hyehwa is one of the hippest areas in Seoul. While many tourists will visit Hongdae to get the feel of ‘youthful Seoul’, Hyehwa is where many locals will go instead. While it doesn’t quite have the same nightlife, it has a ton to offer during the day.
If you’re looking for accessories (phone cases, jewellery, bags, etc.) Hyehwa is a great place to shop. There are so many stores located densely together that shopping for these items becomes a breeze. If you get bored of shopping, there is also a great range of cafes – especially dessert cafes!
Daehak-ro is also famous for performing arts and theatres. So you can almost always find shows and events, and if you have the time, it’s well worth watching one! You can also find nature on Daehak-ro in the form of Marrioner Park (which also hosts markets) and Naksan Park, which is fantastic for cherry blossoms in spring!
7. Gwangwhamun Cultural Street
While perhaps not so much a street, Gwangwhamun Plaza is made up of multiple streets that run parallel. They run straight through Gwangwhamun district in Seoul and stop just in front of one of the capital’s most famous landmarks, Gyeongbokgung Palace.
If you are looking to experience the culture, there’s no place quite as good as Gwangwhamun. Not only is Gyeongbokgung Palace located at the end of the plaza, but you can find a range of museums and art galleries close by. For example, the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, National Palace Museum of Korea, Seoul Museum of History, The National Folk Museum of Korea and more are located either on the road or nearby!
Another big attraction located just a 10-minute walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace is Cheonggyecheon Stream. This small stream runs through Jongno-Gu and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Seoul. Throughout the year, the stream hosts a range of festivals, such as the lantern festival. While the stream is nice during the day, I recommend visiting at night when it’s truly stunning.
While Gwangwhamun is not an excellent area for shopping, that isn’t to say that there’s nothing to buy. If you’re hungry, you can head over to exits 1, 7 and 8. In this area, there is some food to try and some select stores. If shopping is your primary goal, however, Gwangwhamun is not the best place.
8. Cheonggyecheon Stream Street
Cheonggyecheon itself is a stream with paths on either side. These make for a beautiful nighttime walk and a great place to take photos – this stream is second only to the Han River regarding famous water attractions in Seoul.
However, while these paths are excellent, a loop road sits just above the stream. This road goes both ways and follows the stream for almost its entirety. Although the eastern end of the stream is nice for a walk, I recommend visiting the Dongdaemun and Gwangwhamun parts of the stream’s street.
On the Gwangwhamun end, you can find a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. These have beautiful views of the stream and make for a great place to chill out and relax during both day and night – provided the weather is nice, of course!
The Dongdaemun section of the stream runs through the Dongdaemun Market, and you will find large malls on either side of Cheonggyecheon. If you want to shop for clothes or even souvenirs, this is a great street to follow. It will take you right through the centre of the market and makes for a delightful shopping experience.
Cheongyecheon-ro (Cheongyecheon Street) ends year Yongdu Station where the Naebu Expressway takes over instead. If you have a spare few hours, I recommend walking from Yongdu Station to Gwangwhamun Station. If you have an afternoon to spare, you can even shop and eat as you walk!
9. Garosugil Luxury Shopping Street
The fanciest street on this list (except perhaps Ikseondong Street), Garosugil Street runs straight through one of Seoul’s most affluent neighbourhoods. As soon as the road comes into view, it’s easy to see that it differs from typical streets in Seoul.
The street is lined with trees that are well maintained and stand over the road. The buildings are all modern, with stores having large windows lining the street and cafes and bars being tall. However, it’s neither of these factors that always strikes me first – it’s the people. Fashion on Garosugil Street is impeccable and almost everyone is elegantly dressed.
While anyone can freely visit Garosugil, I recommend dressing up unless you are comfortable feeling out of place. I always feel like I don’t fit if I wear my regular clothes. For that reason, I always put on my nicest clothes before visiting. Of course, this is up to you, but I do think it’s worth mentioning.
Along Garosugil Street, you will find a lot of cafes, restaurants, and designer/luxury stores. It’s telling that Seoul’s sole Apple Store is located on this street! Another big appeal of Garosugil is the multitude of vintage (secondhand) designer stores. However, while secondhand, these are by no means cheap.
If you want to experience the more affluent part of Seoul, you can’t go wrong with Garosugil. This street is incredibly wealthy, and it feels vastly different compared to the rest of the city, especially compared to the northern part of Seoul.
10. Insadong Cultural Street
Insadong is the most frequented street in Seoul by those who want a taste of the local culture. While the main road is very modern and well-maintained, the area it is located in has a strong cultural significance and long history. Bukchon Hanok Village, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung are all located within walking distance.
Insadong’s Cultural Street is the best place in Seoul to purchase souvenirs for friends and family back home. There is an excellent blend of gift options, and you can find everything from traditional paintings (my favourite) and calligraphy to modern pottery and jewellery.
While this is the cultural heart of Seoul, there are also a lot of contemporary locations worth visiting. One such attraction is Colorpool Museum, which has every colour you can imagine and allows for breathtaking photos.
While the main street is mainly made up of stores, you will be able to find cafes and restaurants located just a street or two back. I highly recommend checking out these locations because you can try fantastic Korean cuisine and even traditional tea houses!
On top of all this, Insadong is just a lovely street in Seoul. Similar to Garosugil, this street is lined with trees, and the road itself is tiled. This gives it a unique feel compared to what you will find everywhere else in the capital. So if you want to spend a calm afternoon out, Insadong is an excellent place to do so.
11. Bukchon Hanok Street
Another street that just had to be included on this list, Bukchon Hanok Village Street, is another street in Seoul worth a visit. The particular street in question is the one from the image above, famous for the contrast between historic, low lying buildings in the foreground and the skyscrapers in the background.
Bukchon Hanok Village is the most famous hanok village (Korean traditional building village) in Seoul and likely the most famous in Korea. It’s trendy for tourists who have rented hanbok, and therefore it’s become a prevalent photo location.
Bukchon Hanok Village Street is lined with traditional houses that have stood for hundreds of years (although many have been rebuilt since). You won’t find any cafes or stores on this part of the street, but just houses as this is a residential area. What you can see, though, are locations for beautiful photos!
Hanbok can be rented for as low as 10,000KRW, and if you are looking for some photos to symbolise your trip to Seoul, Bukchon can’t be beaten. Even better, Gyeongbokgung Palace is close by, and this makes it easy to rent a hanbok and get all of the photos you need within a few hours!
If you get hungry or want to shop for some unique Korean souvenirs, then you can follow the road down. It will gradually turn into a business area with a lot more to buy and eat – especially if you want to try some local Korean food!
12. Hongdae Party Street
When it comes to visiting Seoul, there tend to be a few key areas. These are Gangnam, Myeongdong, Itaewon and Hongdae. All of them are famous for different reasons, yet they all offer fantastic shopping. Especially Hongdae!
Hongdae is considered the hotspot for youth in Seoul. While there are other areas where the young adults like to flock (such as Ewha, Sungshin and Hyehwa), there is no denying that the most popular place is Hongdae Shopping Street. This is for good reason as Hongdae has an almost overwhelming number of stores and activities!
Hongdae Shopping Street is, as the name implies, great for shopping. Whether you are looking for accessories, the latest fashion, technology, or really anything else, you can find it here. There is almost unlimited shopping to be had. In addition, Hongdae has some of the most unique cafes in Seoul, such as the Akdong Healing Cafe that is home to some raccoons and Meerkat Friends.
When darkness comes, Hongdae takes on a whole different feel. Among Seoul’s biggest nightlife districts, Itaewon, Gangnam and Hongdae, Hongdae is the most popular area for youth. Out of the three, it’s also the most affordable!
If you want to visit Hongdae Shopping Street, I recommend going in the evening. This is the peak time of the area and when it truly comes alive with performers and street acts. However it’s also the most crowded, so if you prefer to avoid the crowds, it might be worth visiting in the morning or early afternoon.
13. Itaewon Food Street
Located just behind the main road of Itaewon, Itaewon Food Street has food from everywhere in the world. Are you feeling like Indian food? Brazilian? Mexican? You can find it all here! But, of course, if you are looking for Korean food that’s also present. With that being said, you can often find better Korean food elsewhere, so Itaewon Food Street is best for international foods.
Out of all of the streets in Seoul on this list, Itaewon’s Food Street is by far the most diverse. This is not only reflected in the range of food on offer, but also in the people you will find there. Itaewon tends to be especially popular among international residents in Seoul, and it attracts people who want a taste of home!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Itaewon’s nightlife. At night, Itaewon becomes a party district. Very much so! Where Hongdae is a hotspot among the youth and Gangnam is most popular among those in their late 20s, Itaewon is the midground for these age groups. Of course, it’s also a popular area for foreigners to party.
The best part about Itaewon Food Street is that many of the restaurants on the street are open late. While it depends on the store in question, many restaurants will stay open until 11 pm, midnight, or even later! Some of the restaurants are open until 4 am even!
Itaewon Food Street tends to be relatively expensive. At the same time, many of the foods available here are hard to find or non-existent outside of Itaewon. As such, it’s a great place to visit if you are missing the taste of home or want to diversify your taste!
14. Haebangchon Food Street
Located close to Itaewon Food Street, HBC (Haebangchon, more often abbreviated as HBC) is another unique area in Seoul with a distinctly international feel. HBC is especially popular among ex-pats from English-speaking countries. In fact, many local businesses in the area are owned and operated by people from other countries.
While HBC may seem similar to Itaewon from this brief description, there are a few key differences. Perhaps the biggest of these is the atmosphere. Itaewon is one of the more chaotic and busy streets in Seoul, whereas HBC is the contrary – it’s calm, quiet, and often relaxing.
In many ways, the main street of HBC feels a lot like a small village within Seoul. The diverse, loud, and constantly moving city surrounds the neighbourhood, while HBC feels like an oasis.
If you’re looking to escape the sensory-overwhelming that Seoul can cause, the streets of HBC are worth visiting. You will be able to find a range of cafes and restaurants that offer international cuisine from around the world. Even better, you can enjoy these meals in the relative peace that Haebangchon offers.
15. Seongsudong Cafe Street
I feel like I’ve said this for nearly every entry on this list, but this one is exceptionally unique. I guess there are just a lot of notable streets in Seoul? Anyway, this one is located in Seongsu, close to Seoul forest. What was once an industrial area filled with factories has now become a hip-hangout for Seoul’s trendiest.
Up until recently, Seongsu dong was famous for producing shoes. While some of the factories remain and others have downscaled, the area has now largely changed from production to services. However, what makes this street uniquely appealing is that many of the factories haven’t been torn down. Instead, the cafes have quite literally moved into them!
This creates a fascinating atmosphere where the industrial past blends with modern trends. So while you probably haven’t ever wished to visit a cafe inside a factory or abandoned warehouse, now’s your chance! I, for one, never realised how excellent this idea could be!
If you have an afternoon free, then I recommend visiting Seongsu Dong Cafe Street. The cafes here are truly unique and can’t be found anywhere else in the city, or likely even in the world. Who knew that factories and other abandoned buildings could be so trendy?
16. Gangnam Shopping Street
By this point, Gangnam is famous. Nay, it’s infamous. We can all thank a particular song for that! Anyway, regardless of your music tastes, Gangnam’s shopping street is one of the hottest areas in Seoul. Whether you are looking for the trendiest Korean fashion, the latest tech, or enjoying some drinks in the evening, Gangnam has it all.
Gangnam’s main street starts right from the station and passes directly through the centre of the neighbourhood. On either side of the road, you will find chain stores from some of the most famous brands in the world. Alongside these stores, you will see other familiar names such as Starbucks.
This Main Street of Gangnam is dedicated primarily to luxury stores and upper-class cafes. However, if you move behind the wall of buildings to the roads that run parallel to the main road, you can find the actual offerings of Gangnam.
Stores, cafes, restaurants and bars line the roads. While Gangnam is always popular, it comes alive in the evening and during the night when locals come to Gangnam to party. So while the nightlife here isn’t quite as lively as Hongdae, it’s also a different setting.
Expect to pay a lot more here and also to find older audiences. While there are still many youths in Gangnam, the area tends to be more popular among people in their late 20s and onwards.
17. Dongdaemun Fashion Street
Dongdaemun is a district located in northern Seoul. Most famous for being the fashion centre of South Korea, Dongdaemun also houses one of the biggest markets in the city. On top of this, it’s also home to some of Seoul’s most prominent attractions, such as DDP, Naksan Mountain, and Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Being the fashion capital of Korea, there’s nowhere better to shop for clothes in the city. While some areas specialise in a specific type of clothing – Ewha is great for women’s clothing, Garosugil for luxury vintage clothing, and Hongdae for affordable, trendy clothes, to name but a few, nothing beats the variety of Dongdaemun.
As soon as you exit Dongdaemun Station, you will be surrounded by malls many floors tall. Each of these malls is filled with different clothing brands, both local and international. So whether you are looking for affordable or luxury clothing, Dongdaemun is sure to have something to fill your desires.
More interestingly, for some, Dongdaemun is also home to a big textile and materials market. If you are interested in making your own clothes or perhaps hiring someone to do so, Dongdaemun is the best place to visit. The market has virtually every textile imaginable, and there are a lot of related services on offer.
18. Sinchon Shopping Street
Sinchon is located next to Hongdae and is almost an extension of the aforementioned area. However, saying that doesn’t do Sinchon justice as Sinchon has a lot to see and do itself!
Sinchon is the student hub of Seoul. With Ewha Woman’s University, Yonsei University, Hongik University and Sogang University located close by, there’s almost nowhere else in the city more trafficked by students. This, of course, means that the area has to be up to date and enjoyable for the teenagers and young adults of Korea.
The main road of Sinchon is filled with cafes and restaurants. If you’re looking for a relaxing time, why not visit one of the many book or comic cafes? On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit more active, there are some fantastic pay per hour arcades where you can game to your heart’s content.
As with all student areas in Seoul, you can also expect to find various stores selling primarily clothing and accessories in this neighbourhood. While the selection isn’t as large as dedicated areas such as Dongdaemun, the prices are generally affordable since it’s a student neighbourhood.
19. Samcheongdong Cafe Street
Seoul’s most contrasting neighbourhood, Samcheongdong, is filled with traditional hanok buildings sitting mere metres away from ultra-modern buildings constructed within the past few years!
Samcheongdong is a big attraction for foodies as there are tons of different restaurants and cafes sitting alongside the street. While there are some shops here, this is far from the best shopping area in Seoul and best enjoyed with some food and coffee!
What makes Samcheongdong so special (besides the aforementioned fantastic cafes and contrasting buildings) is that it’s located so close to other highlights in the city. Even among the locations on this list, both Bukchon Hanok Village and Gwangwhamun can be reached within 10 minutes walking from Samcheongdong.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend taking an afternoon to appreciate and explore all three of these areas. While you could spend days in this area alone, an afternoon stroll is a great way to get a feel of the area.
20. Mangwondong Cafe Street
Another Seoul street that makes this list due to its trendy cafes and hip atmosphere, Mangwondong, is an Instagram-lovers dream. Seriously, if you love posting photos on Instagram, this is probably the best street in Seoul to visit. There are so many cafes with fantastic photo opportunities!
To be fair to the neighbourhood, I can’t say that the cafes are the only appeal. There are also some wonderful restaurants there. Many restaurants serve vegan and vegetarian dishes, and also a range of restaurants serve luxury foods.
With that being said, the most significant appeal of Mangwondong’s cafe street are… The cafes. I guess that may have already been obvious. Particularly famous is Cafe Zapangi, with its cute and playful pink vending machine entrance.
This is barely scratching the surface, though. There are so many more cafes in the area that are worth exploring. While the prices here are a bit higher than in more ‘standard’ areas of Seoul, this is to be expected with the neighbourhood’s trendiness.
21. Gyeongui-Line Nature Street
Okay, I will admit that this one isn’t quite a street. However, it’s a long park with a big path which is, I believe, close enough! Therefore, the Gyeongui Line Forest Park makes this list. If you’re looking to take a break from the city and to enjoy some nature, this is a great place to do so.
Of course, being in one of the busiest parts of the city (right next to Hongdae), the Gyeongui Line Forest Park still has a range of restaurants and cafes on either side. Therefore, it’s a great place to enjoy an evening stroll after eating some delicious food nearby.
The park itself sits where the Gyeongui train line used to run in the past. However, the line now runs underground, directly underneath the park. This left a space above, and the government decided to convert the old railway area into a park.
The park has a stream that flows alongside the main path, and there are often exhibits or festivals happening along the park. This makes it a dynamic and ever-changing area worth visiting from time to time.
If you are interested in art, there is a local art market at Donjin Market. Here you can find up and coming artists from Seoul selling a wide variety of different art pieces. While I haven’t visited for a few years, I was amazed at the intricacy and beauty of some of the pieces when I visited in 2018.