The close proximity of Itaewon to the 8th U.S. Army's Yongsan Garrison ensures a steady stream of partiers.
As many of the business owners can speak at least a limited amount of English, many travelers and expatriates head here for a touch of home.
Although famous as a foreigner hang-out, more Koreans have started coming here with the lifting of restrictions prohibiting businesses from operating past midnight.
The area has a vibrant night life. The area has recently become a special tourist zone, with the government lifting the restriction that bars had to close at midnight (which most places ignored anyway).
The area is famous for its Western style pubs ans nightclubs, juice bars (where men buy waitresses ridculously over-priced drinks), and the imfamous "Hooker Hill."
Dongdaemun Market has long been known as a great place to find bargain prices when the wholesalers are open late at night (the area is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.).
Food stalls and tents line the sidewalks around Dongdaemun Market to cater to the hungry buyers and sellers.
Shopping still plays a major part of the scene, with many shops in the newer areas open until late at night with pop music blaring everywhere.
The focus has shifted from wholesale clothing and housing goods to trendy clothes, handbags, shoes, female accessories, and music.
Gecko's is one of the most popular bars in Itaewon. It attracts a lot of foreigners, ranging from Canadian English teachers to American G.I.'s from the nearby base.
There is reasonably-priced draft beer and bar food: mostly western-style stuff like burgers and steak sandwiches.
If you are new to Seoul and don't speak any Korean, this is a good place to go. All of the bar staff and most of the customers speak English.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
This place is a cool spot to chill out with friends or to take someone on a date. It's pretty special and origional for Korea. It's romantic, relaxing and loungy. You sit on the floor and lounge freely on persian rugs and comfy pillows. There is a pond in the middle of the main room complete with floating candles.
The music is "ethnic" buddha bar style. The decor is a mix of ethnic Asian decor. The drinks are pretty cheap there is draft as well as mixed drinks and wine. There are a few things to eat on the menu as well. The place is usually packed and you may have to wait to get in depending on how many people you have with you...
Dress Code: anyhing goes
A vital part of Korean nightlife is the Noraebang (singing rooms, Korean Karaoke) where you can sing (and maybe dance to the music as well) in a private room equipped with video and audio systems. All generations can enjoy their private stages.
Location at Hongik University area. The Hongdae area is one of the most popular night life spots for Koreans and foreigners. The area has a thriving underground music, with many clubs showcasing live bands on weekends. Like any other college area in Korea, there are also many pool halls, noraebangs, and movie rooms. On the last Friday of every month these clubs host a Club Day. With W15,000 ticket gains partygoers admittance into about 15 clubs, with one drink on the house.
Hangang Cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around Hangan that flows through Seoul. Cool wind from the river, the surrounding scenery, which get more beautiful in the evenings, are rewards the ferry cruise can offer you. Illuminated bridges and buildings and wooded areas on both sides of the Han River glide by. Alive concert on the last ride makes the ride a real pleasure.
Searching for pubs and clubs in Seoul? In this case, I'd recommend to have a look at the tips of fellow VTer jburron. He has the best tips on nightlife in Seoul... check it out!
Standing at the top of Mt. Namsan in the heart of Seoul, N Seoul Tower provides the city’s highest viewpoint. It captures everything, from nature to cityscape, from new to old, highlighting Seoul’s six hundred year history and much more. I think, this is a most romantic place in Seoul, you can enjoy a fantastic night scene of Seoul.
Visit the Myeong Dong area at night. This is a very popular and crowded place for young people and it has a lot of stores and restaurants, especially at night. Located next to the famous Namdaemun market are, this place is not to be missed in Seoul. My suggestion is that you visit the nearby Namdaemun area during afternoon followed by Myeong Dong in the evening.
I was alone once on the business trip, and I wanted to go out at night, so I was searching for a place that is easy to find, not-so-wild, and has some quantity of foreigners. After doing some research on the internet, I have found this place on the webpage
I was not disappointed at all. I have had a great night, met some new people (both Koreans and foreigners) and after having a few drinks (that were OK but not the best I've ever had for sure) went to dance at some Hip Hop club.
Bartenders speak good english (one of them is actually a guy from Chicago). About 3rd part of guests is expat, 20-45 years old, according to what I've observed
Dress Code: Casual
Don't forget to bring your passport when entering the casino. You need to have it. I believe this prevents the South Korean community from participating. We didn't go to the casino but people we traveled with checked it out.
Most hotels and restaurants do not allow smoking but there was smoking in the casino.
The Jazz is a bar (on the site of previous bars), located just a half block south of Tapgol Park at the southern end of Insadong. The bar is located on the second floor, above a CU (formerly Family Mart) convenience store. It is a large bar that overlooks two big streets, and it has large comfortable couches for its guests.
We relaxed in this bar for about 45 minutes one Friday before heading to Inchon to fly home from a visit to Seoul. I had an OB Golden Lager and L had a mojito. Our bill was a reasonable 15,000 Won. The bar is open and full of light, and very relaxing, with light Western background music. The biggest negative are the Fruit Loop cereal-flavored balls that taste stale and cheap.
Texas Bar bills itself as an ice bar, but it is more of a traditional Western-style bar. It is Western-style, but not truly Western... this older bar just isn't quite a perfect replica.
We saw the bar from across the street, noticing the big, red facade and outdoor seating. Upon entering, the first thing we saw was the pyramid of beer bottles that looked like a modern Buddhist (Beer-dhist?) temple. We sat a table between the windows and a second bottle-pyramid even bigger than the first. We ordered two Leffe Brune beers, but ended up with Leffe Blonde. Later I was able to get a Leffe Brune. Our bill was around 18,000 Won for the three beers.
Though dated, this is a clean, comfortable spot for a drink.
Pojangmacha, known among Westerners as soju tents, are some of Korea's most popular eating and drinking establishments. The Korean name literally means covered wagon, and the tents are usually heap, temporary structures covered in orange or green tarps on busy streets.
In a city known for its street food, pojongmacha is the cornerstone of late night eating and drinking. Usually you can find, beer and soju here, along with a variety of quick and easy snacks like chicken on a stick, mandu, kimbap, Korean pancakes called hotteok, spicy rice called known as tteokbokki, and Korean blood sausage.
Though the city has tried to eliminate soju tents, it is estimated that over 3,000 still line the streets of Seoul.
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