Popular Neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea

Whether you are coming to Seoul for the food, museums, history, shopping, culture, or all of the above, here are some resources you may find helpful.

Neighborhood Overview

  • Apgujeong - Seoul's answer to Beverly Hills. It's in the heart of Gangnam and famous for its Rodeo Street. Lots of restaurants and young people out and about.
  • Banpo - more residential with beautiful waterfronts
  • Cheongdam - you'll find high end restaurants and nightclubs here. part of Gangnam.
  • Daehangno - university town with inexpensive shops and cafes
  • Dongdaemun Market - food and shopping markets. Great food tour here.
  • Ewha - Womans University here. Lots of student cafes, nail salons and cosmetic stores
  • Gangnam - Central neighborhood with wide street, electric lights and high price tags. Some great happy hour/drinking places (like Japanese Izakaya) can be found here.
  • Garosugil/Sinsa - For creative types in the artistic fringe
  • Hongdae - Party until tomorrow here, nightclubs and bright lights
  • Insadong - historic and tourist-laden. Come for traditional Korean dishes and crowds
  • Itaewon - Many expats, LGBTQ friendly bars, and ethnic markets. Borders American military base
  • Jongno-gu - Towering office complexes and trendy bars
  • Jung-gu - residential neighorhood housing Seoul's City Hall and Seoul Tower
  • Myeongdong - tourist beat for shopping
  • Namdaemun - maze of eateries and shopping stalls in this packed market
  • Noryangjin - famous fish market and petite suburb
  • Samcheongdong - you'll find traditional Korean homes, beautiful Autumn foliage and cozy ramen shops
  • Sangam - hosted 2002 World Cup
  • Seocho - residential district of affluent families
  • Sinchon - more college town partying
  • Yeongdeungpo - Korea's Chinatown
  • Yeouido - Similar to New York's Financial District. Lots of banks reside here
  • Yongsan - transit hub