Where's the best place to go in Seoul for shopping? clubbing? eating? drinking? music? cafe? meet people? If you had only one day in Seoul, and wanted to do everything listed above, you must go to Hongdae. It's the area near Hong-ik Univ, which has good reputation for art and design. It's not just an area, it's more where new culture arises from the liberal atmosphere. The streets are always full of young people and you will be able to make new friend and drink and dance until the next morning.
Many serious business districts in Seoul change into a totally entertaining zone at night. If you visit Gangnam-yeok, Jongo or Shinchon at night, you´ll see a different world. What makes the places entertaining is not only the crazily varied options for eating and drinking, but also the street vendors on the street. You can shop (socks with drawings, small dolls, accessories, thingys for the mobile phone, etc), play games, or enjoy the gastronomy from the street.
Google map is one of the most popular on-line map around the world, but not that much in Korea, yet. It was only last November when Google launched their map service in the Korean market. There are other local internet map services that are working perfectly, the only problem is it's all in Korean. (Google map at this moment as well, works only in Korean)
It can be due to the complexed names (how to spell them in English). I only hope the service improves soon.
Metro, bus and taxis are one of the most traditional and popular public transportation. In Seoul, there's another way you can move around - the Water taxi! The water taxi that passes by the Han river, which crosses in the middle of the city. Not as romantic as the one in Venice, but they're very fast, cheap and safe.
They have two types of service: as for 'taxi' or for customized 'sightseeing'. In case of use of 'sightseeing', the rate (around 35€) is charged per one ride, not per one person.
recommendation by dyii
Nothing really fancy, but recommended to visit if you want a Korean style night out. The whole area is full of bright neon sign lights of karaokes, restaurants, bars, and even more bars. The most common route that people follow in this area is to eat have dinner with samgyeopsal(grilled pork) and soju (Korean sake), get drunk at a hoff or a cocktail bar, eat more street food (ddukboki: spicy rice cake) and to go to a karaoke, which provides a private room for each groups.