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Club Volume: DJ tunes and hotties everywhere
This place is good, prettty much better than any other club in Korea.
Volume brings in many of the world's higher ranked DJs, and the Friday/Saturday entrance fee reflects this. Entrance is usually 20,000 won before 11pm, with a free drink. After 11pm, price is 30,000 won with a free drink.
DJ spins in the center of a large LED lightbank displying visuals. Interior is multi tiered, with the second floor reserved for VIPs.
Mixed drinks are not cheap, over 10,000. Heinekens are only 5,000 each.
Atmosphere inside was great! Everybody out for a good time, and friendly...
The entrance fee discourages both the military guys and Koreans that like to get drunk and cause a rukus from going.
Dress Code: They have a sign ay the entrance, saying "Dress code: Club Trendy".
A bit more upscale than the typical gungy Itaewan or Hongdae club, but I still got in wearing jeans and a Tshirt. Very similar to Apgujeong clubs. Dress to impress.
- Beer Tasting
Other Things To Do: Cheaper to Drink in Hotel ROOM!
It's way cheaper to drink at hotel room than going to hofs and night clubs and bars. If your sort of a cheap skate then this is way to go. You can Buy beers at 7-11 stores for 1000 won for a 600 ml bottle and 2500 won for a 1.5 liter bottle plus snacks for 500 to 2000 won and if your room has a kitchen then you can cook frozen foods which can be bought for as low as 1000 to 4000 won hence you save a lot and still get drunk and happy while at it and still you save about 70% when going to bars! try it!
Dress Code: none! this is your hotel room, you can be naked for god sakes!
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- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Other Things To Do: Barbecue Stalls!
You Can Order Assorted Korean Style Barbecues which are Both Sweet and Spicy. Prices range from 800 to 2500 won (depends if its beef, chicken, fish, pork, etc.) and Barbecue stands are available everywhere and even in the Markets like Namdaemun since it is way cheaper to buy these things as bar chow too!
Dress Code: none!
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Other Things To Do: Makoli!
Hang out in the park in Hongdae long enough and you'll get to meet the Makoli man! He's such a character it's worth it. Only a buck a bottle- give the guy a break! But careful drinking that stuff... Plus something interesting usually happens in the park- from live music to dj's to improve to art or korean punks up to nogood. (haha)
M2: Biggest club in Hongdae
I used to go alot, but no more. Music got too trancy.. people got too snobby. But if you're in town for the weekend- it's a sure thing to be packed and a good time. There is a Hiphop club upstairs which is equally huge and also good.
Dress Code: They don't care about girls... dunno for guys.
Shopping / Partying: Itaewon ~ Under construction
Itaewon is a place where quite a reasonable number of South Koreans speak English because of the American presence there.
This is because ~ I have never see American Military Police (8 of them) going round each bar/shopping outlet in full military gear Exerting/Showing their presence and keeping the "Peace" in another sovereign country like South Korea
Apart from this there are loads of shops selling wares which can easilt obtained in Dongdaemun. Comparitively more expensive then other places but the has the ADVANTAGE of nightlife which unrivalled in other spots.
I did not spend a lot of time here but some people enjoyed it.
Dress Code: Usual wear.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Other Things To Do: Salsa night!
Want salsa, but too new to adventure?
This is for you. They have free lessons almost everyday, and once you learn the basic steps, half is already done.
ok ok. I am a bit exaggerating. but it's true that they have free lessons everyday, I am very new though, and also I don't think I was talented about dancing, but was a great fun to be there. There are also many warm-hearted people, who'd be willing to dance with you even htough you can only do basic things.. =)
Dress Code: whatever suits you the best. you can also bring your clothes there and get changed int he club. =)
Hong dae ip goo (the university of hong ik): Have a good fun in club day!
In front of the University of Hong-eek, there are a lot of bars and clubs. Usually the street is packed with people who seek for good fun for the night on the weekends..
The last friday of everymonth is called club day. On the day, if you pay about 15 US$ you will get a white band. With the white band around your arm, you can enter around 10 clubs for free, and have free beer, coke etc as much as you want. ( unless you order something real posh.. ) Once you get there, you can get all those available clubs' info pretty handy.
Well... However, since almost every club's jammed with people, you gotta keep special eye on your belongings, and also be careful of drunk-violent people, too. I wouldn't recommend going there all by yourself.
you can get there by subway, line2, come out from the gate 6, it's about 10 min walk away.
Dress Code: Whatever suits you is alright
Other Things To Do: Soju: The National Drink
If you go out drinking with Koreans, prepare to consume a lot of soju. Soju is that national drink, and it comes in small bottles of clear liquid. It is not as strong as vodka or gao liang, with an alcohol level of about 25%, but if you drink it in the copious amounts that some Koreans do, you'll be buzzing nonetheless.
Drinking with Koreans comes with its own set of customs, the most important of which is that you never pour your own glass. If your neighbor's glass is empty, he is expecting you to fill it (but would never ask). Once you top him off, he'll return the favor.
If you are being required to drink more than you can hold, it is possible to sneak water into your soju glass and get away with a few shots of H2O if no one is looking. But if you get caught, be prepared to drink enough soju to more than make up for what you skipped.
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Woodstock: Sinchon's origional!
Woodstock is a tiny, dingy place. The music is loud and the place is usually packed. The music is by request and you can hear anything from The Doors to Britney in the same night. This is a great place to let go and dance and drink pitchers of beer.
Chongdong Theatre: Traditional Korean Music and Dance - Part I
I have seen many performances of traditional and folk music in many countries over the years but this has to be one of the best. 80 minutes of excellent music that goes way beyond Pan-gut (but don’t worry, it includes that as well!) including some stunning musical performances that show how dynamic and varied Korean music can be.
The theatre was filled for the performance, and most people seemed to be Koreans, suggeting that there is a great domestic appetite for Korean traditional music.
Each day, the orchestras play the SamulNori (including a contemporary composition), the Buchaechum or Fan Dance, the O-gomu (the spectacular five drums dance) and the Pang Gut.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays you also et the Sanjo Ensemble, the Hwagwanmu or Flower Dance and The Gayagum. On Wednesdays, Fridsys and Sundays these are replaced with the Court Music Ensemble, Taepyungmu, and an exhibition of Pansori Korean opera.
Other Things To Do: Night Stroll Along the Han River
Han is a very big river that runs through the center of the city. It was full moon then and the night views of the Seoul lights created a dreamy effect...I run out of adjectives!
At the grassy areas along the river, there are several food stands located that sell beverages and snacks. Many of these shops are open 24 hours.
Sorry if the picture is blurred...I was shivering while taking that shot hahaha.
Info from Korea Travel Guide:
A symbol of Seoul, the Han River runs through Seoul east to west, with an average depth of 2.5m and width of 175m. The river is crossed by 23 bridges and there are excursion boats plying between Yeouido and Jamsil.
At 12 different points along the 41.5km-long riverbank are Hangang Riverside Parks equipped with sports facilities such as soccer and baseball fields, volleyball and basketball courts and swimming pools. Facilities for water skiing, yachting, boating and fishing are also available.
Dress Code: Wear a nice comfortable pair of walking shoes and warm jacket. The night can be sooo cold.
- Hiking and Walking
Other Things To Do: gay seoul
Seoul is a conservative city, but also one that is changing fast, and its small - but heady - gay scene is a perfect illustration . Tucked between a mosque and Itaewon`s hiphop-blasting ghetto-fabulous red light district is "Homo Hill" : a cluster of bars and clubs offering Seoul`s best night out, in an unparralleled exotic location.
Make no mistake, Korean boys work hard but they party harder! If you are coming from Tokyo (as I did) you might well be shocked -pleasantly! - by the jostling dancefloors and the upfront , outgoing attitude.
On Summer nights clubbers take breaks between bars, hang with their friends and flirt on the cobblestoned street outside- a cool, cruisy vibe!Often theres as much fun going on on the streets as inside!
There are two dance clubs - "G" is the best. Recommmended for funky house music and a fun crowd (tip: the pretty fashionista boys congregate in the left hand corner by the airconditioner). "Why Not?" , a few doors up, is small and hella cruisy. If you cant pick up here, give up. Poppier music.
"Queen" is a charming, chilled bar directly opposite. Go here first, enjoy the dirt-cheap happy hour and then head off for a night of dancing."Soho" is a relaxed, sophisticated bar/restaurant , good for intimate dates.
Scattered around Itaewon there are a few other gay haunts - ask around. "Heaven" is particularly recommended. An art deco theme, (ironic?) show tunes blaring, a charmingly flirtatious tapdancing barman and regular fondue nights make this a novel addition to Seoul`s scene.
For fun of a more , ahem, intimate kind, there are several "saunas" around the Hill. One is in the middle of the African street (see: "Itaewon" must see page), halfway up, next to a Pakistani restaurant, Look for the "sauna" symbol...but be ready for anything- its rough-as-hell, with absolutely no frills, and not for the faint of heart!!!
Still, a taste of Seoul`s fast emerging (and hard-living) gay scene may well provide your most exotic, and exciting memories, of the city.
Dress Code: None
- Gay and Lesbian
Street Markets: Street Food
If any of these apply to you, then you must grab some grub at those street vendors:
1) you need an airy, smoke-free place to eat;
2) you are on the borderline of being broke;
3) you got hungry in the middle of your frenzied shopping at one of the night markets;
4) you were walking by the food stall, and it smelled damn good;
5) you're drunk and hungry, and cannot find anything indoors that is open.
- Budget Travel
Red Mango: Ice Cream is Great Anytime!
Ok, this is not probably supposed to be in 'Nightlife' but I usually went here before, during or after a nighit out. It's just fantastic.
Bascially it's a bing-soo (Korean dish also popularin Taiwan and many other Asian countries in different forms) place but a chain (Ice Berry is another one) and it's good. They take shaved ice, add yoghurt to it and top it with your choice of 2,3,4 or 5 fruits. Mmmmm. Gettin ghungry just thinking about it.
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