I live and teaching English in Jeju and spend most of my time here. Althought I love the island and am extremely happy here, I occasionally want to get away for a weekend. In fact, that seems to be the way it is with small island-living; people always comment on getting cabin fever or going a little stir-crazy. The most convenient and cheapest place for me to travel for a weekend getaway is Seoul. A round-trip costs around the neighborhood of $100 and I can stay with some fellow Chungdahm teachers when I am there. The flight lasts a little under an hour and I always just breeze right through the airport. When I head for Seoul for the weekend though, I am not looking for peace and relaxation (I get plenty of that on my resort island!). When I head for Seoul, I am looking for big parties and great nights out. Fortunately for me, Seoul is truly the city that never sleeps.
Seoul is actually one of the wildest and craziest cities I have even been to. I have been to lots of mega-cites with reputations of being party places, such as New York, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Istanbul, etc., but none of them have compared to Seoul. I think it is a combination of Seoul's massive population, lax drinking rules, no last-call rules or closing hours, and the huge drinking culture in Korea. All of these factors have come together to create a perfect place to party the weekend away.
Seoul is also great because it has very distinct neighborhoods that each have their own party vibe. For example, one area might be a good place to go to foreign bars and party with expats or another area might better for a more Korean night out. Another area might be great for clubs and other areas are better for bars or live music venues.
Some of my favorite areas in the city to go out are Itaewon, Hongdae, Sinchon, and Gangnam. In all of these areas, there are lots of options on where to go out depending on your taste. If you want a hip-hop club, you will find it. Or if you want an electronic club, you will no doubt find it. These areas have it all!
And last but not least, here is a great list of the top 5 clubs in Seoul.
When taking a break from teaching English in Korea, get out there and party the night away!