Over the last few years, Seoul has seen it's increase in tourists. It tends to be overlooked due to backpacking trips through Southeast Asia and travelers getting lost in the alluring city of Kyoto. Bustling, bright lights, and historic, Seoul, the booming capital of Korea has a neighborhood and activities for everyone.
Here are some neighborhoods in Seoul that can't be missed - and my favorites.
A trip to Seoul would not be complete without visiting the melting pot of Seoul. Itaewon has residents from all over the world living and working together. Here you'll find foods from almost every nation: Turkey, India, Africa, Mexico. Itaewon is a big party place for the foreigners and local Military community. Travelers can enjoy shopping, a huge selection of restaurants, clubbing and bars. Don't forget to venture through the alley to find boutique stores and stop by the Mosque.
Get on comfortable shoes for Bukchon Hanok Village,
and walk upwards to get a spectacular view of Seoul.
The bustling shopping mecca of Seoul for cheap and reasonably priced clothes, shoes and everything in between. Shopping lovers will find known stores such as Forever 21 and H&M (there's more than one) and Korean stores that cater to all styles. Korean beauty is all the rage right now and shoppers will be swept into stores like Etude House, Innisfree and Skin Food with baskets filled of goodies. You'll surely get a little dizzy and tired walking and shopping for hours surrounded a sea of people, so take a rest at the famous Hello Kitty Cafe and buy the many choices of delicious street foods and drinks.
ABOVE | Streets of Itaewon BELOW | Mosque in Itaewon
A touch of the past and present, Insadong takes travelers to the past with walks through Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village, and to the future filled with stylish cafes and boutiques. Travelers can shop for traditional Korean items in Insadong and take a break enjoy a table filled of appetizing Korean food at the many restaurants. These photogenic neighborhoods capture the hearts of travelers with it's history, romance and beauty.
Fall in love at Gyeongbokgung Palace
Sinsa-dong, the place to be when visiting the district of Gangnam. It's one of the three wards of Gangnam that also include Apgujeong and Cheongdam. Beautiful ginko-trees line the streets of Garosu-gil and creates the perfect backdrop for those Instagram photos where you are feeling fabulous. Boutiques, cafes, galleries and posh restaurants make up this grand neighborhood. I spent hours here For those vintage lovers at heart. 9 Owels is a vintage boutique that can't be missed - it has styles from the 1970s and 80s, and there's a wall of Chanel bags that you might be tempted to splurge on.
Enjoy a table filled of appetizing Korean food at the many restaurants in Insadong.
Usually the images that come to mind of Hongdae are late nights of partying and drunken college students stumbling through the oh so popular clubs. This is the place to be to shop for new and hip clothing that 20 somethings fawn over. This is the underground and live free neighborhood where one can feel young and self-express in style from clothing, tattoos and piercings. Enjoy cafes, galleries, fashion shops, cultural events, art and restaurants.
Gangnam has always been a fashion hub for those willing to spend money on brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and other known luxury brands. Even though Sinsadong is more more of the 'it' spot, Apjujeong and Cheongdam is area is still the hang out for the rich and famous of Korea to shop, meet with friends in cafes and visit popular plastic surgery clinics.