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.
News & Events
Welcome to Chosun
Korean Folk Village
Korean Folk Village Seasonal Event: "Welcome to Chosun" (April 6 ~ June 24) Watch and be amazed as Chosun figures from the past comes back to life in this exotic program and through performances!
Eat the Seoul + COEX - Food Festival
Period: April 25 ~ May 6th Location: COEX 1F (Eating area) COEX Square (Food Booth) Eat the Seoul in collaboration with COEX will be holding a food festival featuring Western, Asian, Fusion and many more types of cuisine and street food! * Over-Action Rabbit Figure Event If you present your receipt proving that you've purchased at least a certain amount: You will be able to receive prizes featuring the cute 'Over-Action Rabbit Figure' At least 30,000 KRW: Re-usable Cup At least 50,000 KRW: Eco-Bag or a 11,000 KRW worth ticket for <Very Goods 2019> At least 80,000 KRW: Re-usable Cup + Eco-Bag + A Certificate
Free Hanbok Experience + Instagram Event!
Free Hanbok Experience + Instagram Event Try out Korean Palace themed traditional Hanbok for free inside COEX Aquarium! Operating Hours: Monday ~ Friday, 12 pm - 6 pm Does not operate during holidays Location: Garden of Korea Instagram Event: Post your photo after your put on the Hanbok! Post on instagram with the following hashtags from the picture, and you will receive a special 10% discount at Cafe Ullim, and the Gift Shop! You must first show your instagram photo post at Cafe Ullim, and the Gift Shop to receive the discount * This event is only for foreigners