Major Attractions on Line 2
- Mecenatpolis Mall
- Streets of Youth (Cultural Streets)
2Ewha Womans University
- Cheonggyecheon Stream
- City Hall (Seoul Plaza)
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung）
12City Hall Station
- Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
245Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
- Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town
- Seoul Forest
- Lotte World, Lotte World Tower & Mall
- Songpa Naru Park (Seokchonhosu Lake):
- Starfield COEX Mall & COEX Aquarium
- Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung)
- Gangnam Underground Shopping Center
- Seorae Village & Montmartre Park
7Express Bus Terminal
- D-Cube City
Seoul Subway Line 2 connects many of the major downtown areas in Seoul and thus serves as an ideal mean of transportation throughout the city. Major stops along this circular line include Hongik Univ., City Hall, Euljiro1(il)-ga, and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Stations north of Hangang River, as well as Gangnam, Jamsil, and Samseong Stations in the southern region. Starting from City Hall Station, travelers can explore popular districts such as Hongdae, Edae, Gangnam, and Jamsil or visit the numerous parks, museums and art galleries located near the subway stations.
Hapjeong Station, Exit 1, approx. 5-min walk
Mecenatpolis Mall is a one-stop shopping mall located near Hapjeong Station packed with fashion stores, beauty shops, restaurants, and cafés. The mall is also popular as a photo spot for its display of colorful umbrellas hanging in the air that greet visitors who step into the mall. Several cultural facilities, such as a movie theater and an art center, also attract tourists and locals alike.
Streets of Youth (Cultural Streets)
2AGJHongik Univ. Station
2Ewha Womans University Station
- 【 Photo: Hongdae street 】
- 【 Photo: Ewha Womans University 】
- 【 Photo: Sinchon street 】
- Hongdae Street: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9, approx. 5-min walk
- Sinchon Street: Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3, approx. 5-min walk
- Edae Street: Ewha Womans Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3, approx. 5-min walk
Dubbed “Streets of Youth,” the districts around Hongik University (Hongdae), Ewha Womans University (Edae), and Sinchon Station are always brimming with youth and energy. When the sun goes down and the streets light up, the neighborhoods take on an even more vibrant atmosphere and become packed with people, especially on weekends. It is here that you can check out the latest trends of the young people in Korea. In particular, the streets of Hongdae and the surrounding areas are popular filming locations for movies and dramas, making Hongdae a popular tourist destination for Hallyu fans. On the other hand, Ewha Womans University is a popular stopover even among tourists for its well-designed walking path. Head to the streets of youth to experience Korean culture filled with youthful vigor and discover an endless list of fashion, attractions, activities, and dining options!
City Hall Station, Exit 4, approx. 10-min walk
Just a short walk from City Hall Station is Cheonggyecheon Stream, a relaxing place for both tourists and local citizens. At the start of the stream, visitors can find the Candlelight Fountain illuminated in three harmonious colors and a two-tiered waterfall that descends four meters into the stream below. The waterfall is particularly stunning at night with its multi-colored illuminations and creates a refreshing sight of water cascading on sultry summer days. Each year in November, the stream is brightly lit with many beautiful lanterns during the Seoul Lantern Festival. Cheonggyecheon Stream has become a popular cultural destination among tourists.
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City Hall Station, Exit 5, approx. 2-min walk
Opened in May 2004, Seoul Plaza is a round grassy plaza, designed to resemble the full moon, spanning around 13,000 square meters in front of Seoul City Hall. The plaza is the venue of diverse, large-scale cultural events. Every winter, a giant Christmas tree is erected and the plaza operates an outdoor ice skating rink, providing another way to enjoy the city.
12City Hall Station
City Hall Station, Exit 1, approx. 5-min walk
The museum features the history of Korea’s modern and contemporary art as well as the periodic trends in contemporary art around the world. This representative art institution was initially established in Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1969, then moved and reopened in the nation’s first modern architectural-style building, Seokjojeon Hall within Deoksugung Palace in 1998. Over the years, it has become a more audience-oriented art museum.
245Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
- 【 Photo: Night view of Dongdaemun Design Plaza 】
- 【 Photo: Dongdaemun Design Plaza 】
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, Exit 1, approx. 5-min walk
Opened in March 2014, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a multi-purpose cultural space built on the former site of Dongdaemun Stadium. The spaceship-like building houses art halls, museums and a design shop. The total surface area of the plaza exterior is about the size of three soccer fields and the glistening structure is made of 45,133 aluminum panels. Dongdaemun Design Plaza is unique in that the entire structure is connected with flowing lines, and there are no columns to be found within the design shop. The outdoor exhibition spaces also display cultural heritage items uncovered during construction on the site.
- 【 Photo: Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town entrance 】
- 【 Photo: Tteokbokki 】
Sindang Station, Exit 8, approx. 5-min walk
Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town began forming in the late ‘70s and really boomed in the ‘80s. At first, tteokbokki was a simple street snack made by mixing just rice cake with red pepper paste, but over the decades, it has become a special dish with various versions of condiments turning this snack into a hearty meal. These days, new recipes that include add-ins of cuttlefish, shrimp, and cheese in addition to the traditional ingredients like eggs, eomuk (fish cake) and ramyeon have captured the taste buds of Koreans.
BSeoul Forest Station
Ttukseom Station, Exit 7, approx. 20-min walk
Conceived as “a forest of life that breaths with nature,” Seoul Forest serves as a place of healing and rest for Seoulites, who come here with family, loved ones and friends for a relaxing outing. This eco-friendly forest is covered in trees about 20 meters tall and 30 to 40 centimeters in diameter. Amenities include an open square, outdoor stage, ground fountain, artificial pond, and other visitor-friendly facilities where people can enjoy diverse leisure activities.
- 【 Photo: Lotte World 】
- 【 Photo: Lotte World Tower & Mall 】
Jamsil Station, Exit 1, approx. 5-min walk
Lotte World is a large-scale culture complex consisting of an indoor theme park known as Lotte World Adventure, a lakeside park called Magic Island, a gigantic shopping mall, an ice rink, and more. Visitors can enjoy a one-stop tour, leisure, shopping, and cultural experience here. Another popular attraction located nearby is Lotte World Tower & Mall, which features an observation deck on the 123 floor as well as an aquarium and many shops.
Jamsil Station, Exit 3, approx. 10-min walk
Located within a short walking distance from Jamsil Station, Seokchonhosu Lake Park holds an annual cherry blossom festival in spring. During the festival period, an array of performances take place and crowds of visitors flock to this area to enjoy the magnificent scenery of cherry blossoms that embroiders the neighborhood of Lotte World Tower and Lotte World’s Magic Island. Needless to say, it is a popular date spot with a romantic ambience!
- 【 Photo: COEX Starfield Library 】
- 【 Photo: COEX Aquarium 】
Samseong Station, Exit 6, approx. 10-min walk
Opened in 1973, COEX (Convention and Exhibition Center) is a hub of global business equipped with convenient transportation, communication, and cutting-edge business infrastructure. At the same time, it is a one-stop destination for exhibitions, culture, and tourism. Its sprawling underground shopping mall known as Starfield COEX Mall is a cultural complex where you can enjoy shopping, culture, and relaxation all in one place. Inside the mall is Starfield Library, a popular attraction and resting spot that opened in 2017.
Another popular attraction is COEX Aquarium, designed around the theme of “Journey of Water.” The giant undersea tunnel will make you feel as if you are actually walking though the blue ocean while watching thousands of fish swim overhead.
Seolleung Station, Exit 10, approx. 10-min walk
Nestled in the downtown Gangnam area packed with modern high rises, Seolleung and Jeongneung are royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty with a history of 400 to 500 years. What was once a place of dignified rest for past royalty has now become an urban retreat, where visitors come to take a break while sipping coffee or go for a stroll around its precincts. The park is also open until late in the evening from March through October, with soft lighting creating an entirely different ambiance from daytime. At the History and Culture Center by the entrance, visitors can watch a video on the history of the UNESCO-enlisted royal tombs and learn how they were built.
- 【 Photo: View of Gangnam 】
- 【 Photo: Gangnam Underground Shopping Center 】
Gangnam Station, areas around Exits No.1-12
If you want to enjoy a trendy and sensuous shopping experience, head to Gangnam Underground Shopping Center to explore the vibrant fashion sense of youngsters. The center has shops as well as restaurants and cafés for all your needs. Visitors can purchase some of the trendiest items at reasonable prices. The areas surrounding Gangnam Station are filled with road shops, select shops, and famous brand shops, offering a diverse shopping experience.
7Express Bus Terminal
- 【 Photo: Seorae Village 】
- 【 Photo: Bridge in Montmartre Park 】
Seocho Station, Exit 5, approx. 20-min walk
Seorae Village is a French residential area with posh shops and fancy restaurants lining its alleys for a small European village-like atmosphere. Montmartre Park near the village was built to provide a resting place for neighborhood residents and tourists.
Sindorim Station, Exit 1, approx. 5-min walk
D-Cube City is a multi-cultural complex housing a department store, hotel, large halls for musicals, restaurants, and more. It is considered the largest masterpiece landmark of the southwestern part of Seoul, shaping the skyline. D-Cube City’s three main sections are the hybrid shopping mall, a mix of a cylindrical building and natural spaces; the luxurious Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel that not only accommodates a huge number of guests, but also serves as a core business hub; and D-Cube Art Center, home to a grand musical-exclusive theater, a multi-purpose performance hall, and more.
This page was last updated on May 31, 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.