Are you looking for the best way to spend your Friday night in Seoul? Or some crazy activities never to experience elsewhere? Keep reading about the top 10 unique things to do in Hongdae, one of the hottest, vibrant youth districts in Korea.
Hongdae is arguably the most vibrant district in Seoul, exuding youthful energy both day and night. Located next to Hongik University, in the western Mapo-gu, Hongdae has tons of cool things to offer. Whether you’re looking for Instagram-worthy Korean food experience, wacky shows and games, or the perfect night-out, Hongdae has it all! Since it has anything and everything, we’ll recommend some awesome things to do in Hongdae, based on your personality.
Curious Adventurers: Visit wacky attractions!
Aren’t afraid of trying out new, wacky things? This one’s for you!
1. Trick Eye & Love Museum Seoul
The Trick Eye Museum offers a number of extraordinary optical illusions for you to completely fall for! Get ready to be completely tricked and mind-blown by their disorienting paintings and AR features. The Love Museum also offers a range of romantic paintings and sculptures for you and your significant other to take some lovely photos together.
2. Cookin’ NANTA Show Seoul Discount Ticket
Ready for some funky Nanta beats, inspired by Samulnori, Korean folk music? Want to watch some dazzling nonverbal comedy show? This family-friendly show, Cookin’ NANTA, tells a story of four cooks trying to prepare for a wedding reception on schedule. In the meantime, they use their cooking utensils, like knives, pots and pans, to build up an awesome rhythm. Feel the energy and get ready to clap along with the beat!
Crafty Artists: Put your sleeves up and get crafty!
Love letting your creative juices flowing doing hands-on activities? We’ve got you covered!
3. Custom Ring Crafting Workshop
Traveling with your besties, or your significant other? Go and make your own custom ring right at the heart of Hongdae. You can completely customize the ring, whether that be changing their width, shape, plating, and adding gemstones or engravings. Join in the new trend of young Koreans getting matching rings with their loved ones. Friends, couples, singles ready to mingle… Everyone’s welcome to hop on this trend!
4. Leather Goods Crafting Workshop
If you’re not so much into jewelry, these leather crafting workshops are perfect for you! From bracelets to card wallets to passport cases, the options are all open for you to choose. Make your own personal leather good to take home, and learn some basic leathercrafting techniques while doing so. With a professional leather artist right by your side to help you, you’ll be able to create a one-of-a-kind leather good in no time!
5. Neon Sign Crafting Workshop
Go ahead and make your own Neon Sign at this Neon Sign Workshop. With a professional guiding you, you’ll be able to craft awesome pieces to put up in your room to remind yourself of your trip to Korea. Don’t you agree that these funky neon signs capture the hustle-bustle of Seoul perfectly? But make sure to book a session in advance, or else you won’t be able to join in on this popular, hip workshop
Geeky Gamers: Visit themed cafes with friends!
Enjoy getting competitive and solving puzzles with your friends? Look no further!
6. “No Escape” Room Escape Game
A fervent CSI or Sherlock watcher? This suspenseful No Escape room escape cafe is basically made for you. You’ll be locked up in one of the themed rooms, and it’s up to you and your friends to figure out a way out of the room! Have a careful look at the clues (Don’t worry, they’re also in English!) and cooperate with your friends and family to solve puzzles in these hair-raising environments. Hopefully, we’ll see you outside!
Beauty Gurus: Get a makeover at K-beauty hotspots!
Love shopping away K-beauty products? Take hours to get ready? Click away!
7. Hair & Joy Hair Salon
Korean salons are known for their premium service and amazing techniques. Visit this English-speaking Hair & Joy Salon and see what they can to do give you a fresh look. Meet their professional, experienced hairstylists to change up your look without damaging your hair. Go into this luxurious salon and you’ll feel at ease immediately!
8. OU Nail Salon
Have you been drooling over Korean nail designs on Instagram? You sure should! From luxurious and fancy designs to quirky and cute looks, the OU Nail Salon in Hongdae has all the designs you want. Go for a basic polish, or a long-lasting gel polish, depending on your preferences. If you’ve been wondering how all the K-pop artists keep their nails so pretty and healthy, head on over to the Salon to find the secret!
Party Animals: Party away with some booze!
Crazy for late Friday nights and trying out new drinks? You’re at the right place!
9. Dine & Discover Korean Traditional Alcohol
If you’ve been watching some K-dramas and movies, you might already be familiar with the Korean alcohol, soju – the strong one in the green bottle! But to locals, (who love a drink with their meals) there are so much more options that go along with specific foods. If you want to know more about Korean traditional alcohol and have an awesome tasting experience, go ahead to Hongdae and explore Korean food culture!
10. Seoul Nightlife Tour: Pub Crawl
If you’re looking for a must-go pub around Hongdae to fully experience Korea’s amazing nightlife scene, join the Seoul Pub Crawl at the RetroGameBar! Here, you can spend a Saturday night here for a perfect night out, dancing away among Korea’s younger generation. Make sure you book in advance for special discounts for drinks and to participate in lots of games. Ah! Also, make sure you’re legal and bring your ID with you. Go dive right into Seoul’s nightlife center!