Hongdae street is one of Seoul’s representative area for youth and entertainment, where you must visit if you want to experience Korea’s urban culture. Hongdae stands for Hongik University which is one of Korea’s prestigious university in the fields of Arts.
The campus is surrounded by endless, enjoyable places where you can do anything you want for the whole day! During day time you can enjoy shopping in fashion streets or in department stores, taste bunch of delicious foods in various restaurants and cafes, watch movies in theaters or experience unique activities. In the night times, the Hongdae street is crowded with young people heading to bars, pubs, clubs or outdoor performances(busking). In other words, you can stay until late night or just before the sun rises if you are energetic enough.
Because there are so many places for visitors to enjoy, here are some basic information of representative places in Hongdae that are close to the Safe Stay accommodations which will be introduced below.
1) Thanks Nature Café
Having just a cup of coffee could be typical but feeding and touching the sheep in a café is something you can hardly experience in your life!
- Location : 10, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- Opening Hours : 11:00 ~ 22:00
2) Trick Eye Museum
Don’t be fooled by the scene in front of you! Trick Eye Museum displays fantastic, illusional paintings for visitors to take unique photos. There’s also AR Museum, Love Museum and Ice Museum right next to it.
- Location : 20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- Opening Hours : 09:00 ~ 21:00
3) Cocky Pub
This exotic sport pub offers you tasty western foods & alcohols while playing games such as darts, Fortune of Wheels and Beer Pong.
- Location : 19-8, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- Opening Hours : 17:30 ~ 05:00
Staying up all night inside Hongdae could be a hard task! If you get exhausted and need to take a rest, you can stay in guesthouses that are located in the heart of Hongdae. There’s no need to worry about the final transportation time so literary you can enjoy all 24 hours in Hongdae. However, because it’s a crowded area, there are several accommodations operated in poor conditions, threatening the safety of the guests. Here are two guesthouses listed in Safe Stay so you can feel relieved when using the facility.
1) Wow Hills Guesthouse
Located very close to Hongik University main gate, Wow Hills Guesthouse is a place for people who wants to experience Hongdae youth lifestyle. The interior is colored with white color, making the internal environment clean and refreshing. The owners emphasized that they will provide a fabulous place for relaxation and entertainments. Because of these aspects, Wow Hills Guest is selected as Safe Stay.
The best feature of Wow Hills Guesthouse is that it is equipped with various facilities and services. Fundamental electronic devices like WIFI, TV, computers are provided with free toiletries and a luggage storage. Laundry facilities (drum washing machine, iron&board) are also available. With additional cost, the owner will give you a ride to both Gimpo Airport or Incheon Airport (Reservation required).
The guesthouse provides delicious breakfast (toast, cup noodle). There’s also a large kitchen where you can cook or have a cup of coffee. If you can to eat your foods outside, a rooftop terrace is available where you can do barbeques.
There are 3 types of rooms, each with two different styles (altogether 6 types): Family 1,2 and Dormitory 4P accommodates 4 people, Dormitory 6P can cover maximum 6 people while Single 1,2 can take only 1 person. The price of the rooms differs, ranging from 25,000 KRW to 120,000\ KRW.
- Address: 35, Wausan-ro 24-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
- How to go: About 8 minutes from Hongik univ. Station(Seoul Line #2) Gate #9 by walk
- Reservation: Contact +82-2-325-7888 / +82-10-6605-0640 or visit http://www.wowhillsguesthouse.com/e_main.php and click “Reservation”
- Price: 25,000 KRW (Dormitory) / 50,000 ~ 120,000 KRW (Private Room)
2) Urbanwood Guesthouse
Urbanwood guesthouse is a cozy, peaceful accommodation with calming, nature—inspired designs and ample facilities. More than 180 people leaved a review, praising that Urbanwood guesthouse is a best place for foreigners to stay. The owner, who visited to 44 countries in the last 15 years, is very kind to all people around the world and can speak both Spanish and English. His strong will to maintain his house clean allowed the guesthouse to be included in Safe Stay list.
The representative feature of Urbanwood guesthouse is dining! The owner himself cooks healthy foods and brews coffee every morning. While enjoying the foods, you can ask the owner about information of local tourism sites or Korean lifestyles. Guests can also use the rooftop lounge to view the city of Hongdae.
Unlike other guesthouses, Urbanwood guesthouse provides several entertainment facilities. They include library, rooftop garden, large lounge for communication, cinema, computer room and more! Therefore, even if your external schedule is over, you can continue the joyful adventure when you go and stay in this guesthouse.
There are three kinds of rooms, each with different atmosphere! Dewy Meadow can cover up to 3,4 people while Oriental Sun and Golden Field can take up to 2 people, check the homepage for more information about the internal design and price.
- Address: 5, Wausan-ro 29ma-gil, Mapo-gu, 121-836, Seoul
- How to go: About 5 min from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 8 or 2 min from Exit 7
- Reservation: Contact +82-10-8320-0833 or visit http://www.urbanwood.co.kr/contents/booking.php to reserve
- Price: 60,000~120,000 KRW