Nightclubs and bars in Seoul

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    Itaewon-dong: Itaewon-dong

    by imstress Written Feb 25, 2005

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    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."

    Itaewon-dong
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    Dongdaemun Market: Dongdaemun Market

    by imstress Written Feb 25, 2005

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    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.

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    Gecko's Terrace: Popular Itaewon bar

    by iwys Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    referred to as "Butterfly" korean~ ³ªºñµµ²ÉÀ̾ú´Ù: cool place to chill out

    by Christianzagar Written Mar 19, 2006

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    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

    the pond in the middle of the bar
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    NORAEBANG

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 19, 2008

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    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.

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    CLUB DAY

    by ancient_traveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    HAN RIVER CRUISE

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 18, 2008

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    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.

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    The best site for pubs and clubs in Seoul

    by Vita500 Written Jun 5, 2007

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    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!

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    N SEOULTOWER

    by ancient_traveler Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    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.

    Seoul Tower, 2006 ticket counter, 2006 Seoul Tower from Myeong-dong
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    Visit the Myeong Dong area at night

    by victorwkf Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    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.

    Myeongdong at night, Seoul
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    Seven Luck Casino: Gambling

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 21, 2014

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    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.

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    B1 ( B One): Good place to meet new people

    by aquamarine_cf Updated May 3, 2007

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    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

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    Bungalow Bar: Sand in my shoes

    by aquamarine_cf Written May 3, 2007

    I was taken there by my Korean friend, and the first thing that surprised me was that before we entered the actual room, he told me that I ll have to take my shoes off (?!), and I spotted a shelf full of shoes. Then I understood why....the floor in the room was made of sand :D.
    Actually, I liked the design of a place. I was in the separate room with cca 10 other people and two tables. Music was not too loud, drinks were ordered by bottle. Kind of "cozy" atmosphere.
    Very good place to share a conversation in the group.

    Dress Code: whatever you can wear at the street

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    Do Ga Hun Wine Gallery: Great atmosphere to relax in

    by amambaw Written Apr 28, 2005

    Do Ga Hun Wine Gallery was a real splurge for us. We saw it on our first day in Seoul, and decided to visit it during the evening to enjoy the wine list. The wine at the Gallery was quite pricey, but the selection was decent. There collection of wines were all young (the oldest was 1998, even for the reds), so I imagine that this place wasn't very old. The wines were mostly from the more popular wine regions in France, Germany, California and Australia, although I was pleased to see two Canadian Ice Wines on the list. With our wine, we enjoyed the papaya and lime juice dessert, and we were treated to cheese as well, thanks to our host. The whole evening was quite enjoyable.

    Dress Code: There was no dress code, but the place was quite upscale, so I would imagine that it would be ill-advised to wear tatty or ripped clothes. I wore jeans, and the host didn't comment.

    Cheers
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  • Chongdong Theatre: Traditional Korean Music and Dance - Part II

    by mke1963 Written May 13, 2005

    Despite all this praise, the Pan-gut was not as good as the version we heard at the Suwon Korean Folk Museum. At the Chongdong Theatre there were only five percissionists, compared to fifteen or so at the folk village. Also Pan-gut deserves to be seen outside, in the sunshine, with the stamping feet kicking up dust and gravel. It’s not genteel stuff for a theatre environment. Having said that, they more than made up for this with the excellent combination of percussion, string and wind instruments in what presumably is a contemporary composition.
    For the finale, the music continues up through the audience, out of the doors and up into the courtyard garden where the audience is pulled into the middle to join in. Afterwards, the audience can chat to these remarkably talented young – and not so young – musicians and dancers.
    This is a truly unmissable and memorable event. If you really get into the spirit of Korean traditional music, note that the show is sightly different on different days of the week.
    Note that the Chongdong Theatre also has participation events teaching techniques in Korean traditional dance.
    Daily except Mondays 8pm April to September, 4pm October to March (no performances second half of March).
    The first few rows are 30,000 won and further back 20,000 won, with a discount for children.

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