Hongdae is known for the nightlife, especially with the younger generation. Still, there is so much to do in Hongdae with a variety of rich culture that is interesting for those of all ages. Located on line two of Hongik University station stop, going out of any and every exit of the station calls for a new exploration. For a few suggestions, especially on a budget, go for the free activities which are around from day to night.
Street art. Hongdae has been displaying a handful of street art made by locals which allows for guests to examine and admire the creativity of students in the area. Being that Hongdae is known for their subject of art, there is always something that is eye-catching.
Music. From exit nine, take a left at the first block and a right at the following. You will find a handful of musicians sitting around at night with a circle of crowd around them enjoying their music, personality, and the time together. Musicians range from locals to foreigners, and English teachers (mostly locals). For the most part, many of them are able to sing English songs, which is always impressive to the crowd.
Hongdae Park. During the day, you can find a handful of events going on which slowly breaks away for the change of atmosphere at night. Hongdae park is one place where many locals and foreigners hang around on to enjoy Magkeolli (Korean rice wine) sold by the “Magkeolli man” that everyone loves. Furthermore, there are always singers and dancers around performing and having a blast. A straight walk from exit 9, taking a left at the light and going straight until the end of the block where the university is. Take a right at the light and you will see a street going up the hill. Hongdae park is located behind the many stands of goods.
Booking. This one is a Korean culture, more for girls. With so many clubs in Korea, the culture of “booking” is where girls have free admission to clubs and enjoy drinks from guys who pay for it. The only problem is with the booking culture, girls are dragged from table to table to meet guys which sounds like a horrible thing, but it is definitely something to experience to understand the Korean culture.
Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.
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