Main sights: Hongdae, Sinchon, Yeonnam-dong, Mangwon Market, World Cup Stadium
Mapo is best known for its vibrant student communities concentrated around four top Korean universities - Yonsei, Hongik, Ewha, and Sogang. The unique location of the area has heavily influenced its image and vibe. The streets around the universities are full of cheap and fun bars, bbq places and chicken restaurants. Everything here is aimed at students: from crowded all-you-can-drink joints with K-pop music to underground bowling alleys, game arcades and pool clubs.
Hongdae is an area around Hongik University, where trendy youth and subcultures of Seoul converge to create what must be one of the most exotic ambiances in South Korea. Hongdae has long been serving as the bastion of Seoul’s subculture and indie culture, where young passionate artists can express themselves through urban art, live busking performances and opening up their own stores. The district overflows with unique themed cafes, small galleries, accessory and flagship stores that cannot be found anywhere else in Seoul.
Hapjeong-Mangwon is a classier, quieter neighbor of Hongdae. Up until the development of the World Cup Stadium and its surroundings, Mangwon was considered a run-down area with the big Mangwon Traditional Market at its center. With the recent gentrification, it has evolved into one of the trendiest spots in Seoul famous not only for the YG Building and the market but also for countless designer shops, cute cafes and hip food joints.
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News & Events
IGVC - Minwha Painting Museum Tour
National Museum of Korea
September 20th, 2019 10am - 12pm Come join us for an amazing art event on Friday, September 20th from 10:00am to 12:00pm! Itaewon Global Center will be taking a trip to the National Museum of Korea to learn the traditional Korean folk Painting: “Minhwa”. Participants will also have an opportunity to draw on a traditional Korean fan! Schedule: - Concept and brief background explanation about Korean traditional painting: Minhwa - Learn about the usual images used in Korean folk art and basic painting techniques using Korean brush - Design your own fan Instructors will be there to assist you when professional help is needed. This class is for beginners so no artistic background is necessary! Cost: 5,000won (per person/Cash Only). You can sign up in person or by email only.
Two Museums in One Stroll
National Museum of Korea
September 25th 3:00pm - 4:30pm Come join Itaewon Global Village Center as they host the event “Two Museums in One Stroll” touring both the National Museum of Korea and the National Hangeul Museum! Don’t miss the opportunity to appreciate Korean cultural heritage through the National Hangeul Museum and the National Museum of Korea at the same time! You will have a chance to view the exhibition “Document Heritage of Korea” which includes petroglyph, Korean people of prehistoric times, the first brush of Korea, metal-type printing and the Korean alphabet “Huminjeongum.” The tour offers: 1) An English speaking docent with detailed explanations 2) A walk through the beautiful Yongsan Family Park. This program is free of charge and registration could be completed through email or in person. Email: email@example.com
Itaewon Global Village Festival (이태원지구촌축제)
Every year the Itaewon Global Village Festival brings together a fun mix of Korean traditions and foreign cultures making it stand out as one of the most internationally diverse celebrations in the world! It is a remarkable and fun multicultural event where people learn about and experience different cultures while making new international friends. A range of events take place during the festival beginning with an opening ceremony, K-pop performances, and traditional dance performances from Korea to countries all over the world! If you're a foodie the Global Food Festival is your chance to try a bunch of international dishes! The Food Festival runs throughout the weekend. Programs - Parade - Food Festival - Performances - Etc.