COME & VISIT
Hongdae refers to the area stretching from Hongik Univ. Station (line 2) to the main entrance of Hongik University and is lined with unique coffee houses, small venues for indie rock concerts, live music bars, jazz and dance clubs. Hongik University itself is most famous for its art program and so naturally the area is full of arty boutiques, galleries, studios, craft shops and accessory stores, as well. The last Friday of each month is “Club Day” when clubbers can visit many different clubs in the area with a single ticket. The annual street art festival in October is another popular cultural event attracting a stream of young art lovers to this area.
Every Friday and Saturday night, Hongik University area becomes full of young people dressed to impress and following the sound of music and chatter. This area attracts both Koreans and foreigners in equal measure. House, trance, drum and base, hip hop, rock, and salsa rhythms transport you to a world of rhythm, light and dance.
Hongik University area is also famous for the many and varied works by artists who defy the bounds of a confined studio space; and many “Streets of Art” have come about in the area as a result. This has made the area Seoul’s No.1 art district where the public freely interacts with the art all about them.
Markets for the arts and crafts of amateur artists regularly open in the playground across the street from Hongik University. There are many hidden treasures to be found at these markets. The Sinchon area, nearby the Hongik University neighborhood, is surrounded by 3 other universities. It is full of fun and excitement for the young, Korean and foreigner alike. The shopping district in front of Ewha Womans University is always crowded with young women shopping for clothes, wallets, shoes, and accessories. The campuses of Yonsei University and Ewha Womans University brighten up with azalea blossoms in spring and colorful autumn leaves in autumn, and they are frequently visited by lovers seeking a romantic walkway.
Works by amateur artists are sold here. Visitors can produce a work of art in collaboration with an artist and share their opinion about the world of art and creation. A number of indie bands perform in the area on market days.
- Works by amateur artists are sold here. Visitors can produce a work of art in collaboration with an artist and share their opinion about the world of art and creation. A number of indie bands perform in the area on market days.
- 13:00~18:00 (Saturdays Mar. ~ Nov.)
Artists from the Hongik University neighborhood founded this market so as to bring art closer to the local community. It has created the middle-to-low price-level market for art works. Fabric bags, canvas notebooks, jeans with unique patterns, beaded hairpins and accessories, and other craftworks full of the spirit of experimentation can be found at this market.
- Hongik Children’s Park, Exit 5, Hongik University, Subway Line 2
- 14:00~18:00 (Sundays Mar. ~ Nov.)