Seogyo-dong is a trendy neighbourhood known for food, fashion and music. It’s popular with university students and has a youthful feel. Check out hip boutiques and Korean BBQ restaurants in the shopping and dining precinct, shop at an artisan market and explore one of the best urban parks in Seoul.
Things to do in Seogyo-dong
Hongik University Street is the beating heart of Seogyo-dong. The lively thoroughfare is lined with cafes, bubble tea shops and Korean BBQ restaurants. Try local dishes like “maekjeok” marinated pork, “samgyupsal gui” grilled pork belly and “dak bulgogi” chicken cooked in a sweet and sour sauce. You’ll also find fashion-forward stores selling clothes, cosmetics and accessories.
Shop for handcrafted souvenirs at the Hongdae Art Market. It’s held on the Hongik University campus and is packed with stalls run by local artisans. Expect to see jewellery, homewares, art and apparel. The craft stalls are accompanied by food stands selling Korean snacks like “tteokbokki” spicy rice cakes and “mandu” dumplings.
Gyeongui Line Forest Park meanders through the city and passes by Seogyo-dong. The six-kilometre-long park occupies a former railway line and is a beloved green space. Stretch your legs on the tree-lined paths and stop for refreshments at an open-air café. You’re a short walk from Gyeongui Line Book Street, where you can browse dozens of independent bookshops.
Getting around Seogyo-dong
Seogyo-dong is located in the Mapo-gu district, a 15-minute subway ride from Seoul’s city centre. The neighbourhood is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while taxis are a fast and affordable way to cover longer distances. Seogyo-dong can be accessed by several Seoul Subway stations, including Mangwon, Hapjeong and Sangsu on Line 6. Incheon International Airport is a one-hour drive away.