The area of seoul known as insadong, is very lively and entertaining. Located in the jongno area, you will find lots of little shops and studios and many pubs and eateries. Step down one of the alley ways and find some unique pubs, where the young people of seoul enjoy some cheap eats and drinks. Or just stroll the main drag and people watch, but you have to try some of the hawker food along the way.
Dress Code: anything
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.
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)
A good place where to go in the evening is Myeongdong.
There are many shops (where you can buy the latest fashion), little restaurants and cafés, live music and pretty girls :-)
The national souvenir center is also located there. You can buy a good selection of typical korean souvenirs for very good prices in the shop, for example wooden boxes with ornaments, green pottery (which had its origin in the Koryo-dynasty), postcards, bookmarks and, and, and ....
And don´t forget to visit Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral - its the oldest in Korea.
Dress Code: There is no dress code
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!
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!
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.
Once in a while there is a firework at the Banks of Han River. The locals are going crazy, but I have to say that I wasn't impressed at all. It was packed like hell and the firework was very short and not good at all.
ChongDong Theatre has nightly Korean cultural shows for a reasonable price. The show is about an hour and a half and costs about $20 USD
From Christmas time to New Years Koreans walk about the downtown area enjoying the illumination. It's really cold at this time so you have to be well dressed to appreciate the lights.
Seoul has several excellent night markets. We visited the Namdaemun Night Market. We especially enjoyed all the bustling food stalls.
i put this in as this photo always reminds me about all the great people i met during my time in korea, a reason i travel, to meet wonderful people from all over the world