On the first day of my Seoul trip, the first place that I went to was the vibrant artistic Hongdae Area that was named after the nearby Hongik Daehakgyo (Hongik University Street) ,the famous art and architecture institution in South Korea.
Hongik University Street
This coolest neighborhood is surrounded by vibrant urban arts and cozy places(cafe,club,theaters, art galleries) for hangout. Hongik University Street is packed with young people. As night getting late, travelers can watch live music/dancing/hip hop/rap music street performances by local talented youth that still has no Facebook fanpages or Youtube channel videos. This area never sleeps.
Hongdae also has many venue stages for art drama choreography such as BBoy Theater that well known for award-winning musical show that called “Ballerina Who Loved A B-boy” (B-boy mean Break-Dancing Boy).
Hongdae Shopping Street
Hongdae foods price also inexpensive as seller main target market are university students.It’s too bad that I could not find the famous Hongdae Mural Street (Picasso’s Street) that often become dating spots for couples as I was lost and went to the wrong direction.
After walking around Hongik University Street, I spotted a cheap and delicious BBQ place instead of the Picasso’s Street..LOL.. (~￣▽￣)~
I met a very kind-heart Ahjumma(Auntie) here around Hongdae Shopping Street. Her food stall was number two from metro subway exit if I was not mistaken. The wind was very cold and strong at that time and I was only wearing a thin bomber jacket so I got red runny nose. When I stopped by to buy a skewer from her food stall, she saw I was shivering so she invited me to come inside her food stall because she has heater inside and she gave me a cup of hot soup to make me warm and said that I should wear a scarf to prevent me from cold weather. She also helped to wipe my snot using tissue.Then she wanted to gave me another cup of hot soup again which I declined politely as I felt shy to accept.
“Oh My God,” I talked to myself, this Ahjumma must be an angel. I was only a stranger who purchased one skewer from her that cost 2,000 Won but she was very kind to me. I was really touched by her kindness and thanked her deeply and promised myself that will be back to visit her food stall again next time I go to Seoul.
When I looked back at the picture that I took from her food stall, I realized that her skewers tasted very delicious but the price was very cheap(from 1,000 to 2,000 Won only) as I compared to other street food stalls that I bought the next days at other places. When I told all my family and friends about her, they feel very surprised and very curious about my experience meeting such a kind down to earth local Korean Auntie. “Kamsahamnida, Ahjumma !! ” ＼(￣▽￣)/
Hongik University Station
To get here, just go to Hongik University Station (Line 2) then exit 9. Hongdae also has Hongik Children’s Park which is also a popular spot for English Teachers and Korean Univ students to hangout.
Arts/free market,museum,festivals,indie music band shows and various events are often held here surround the playground.
As the center of youthful nightlife, since 2001, many clubs at Hongdae host event called “The Hongdae Club Day” which promote admittance for party clubbers to get into 11 clubs (includes 1 drink) by paying 15,000 Won ticket only on the last Friday of each month. I was too tired already that day so I skip the clubbing part. (｡-_-｡)