Map of Yeonnam-dong (Design credit: Living & Arts Creative Center Illustrator, Handmadesohn)
Yeonnam-dong has emerged as the latest hot place in Seoul, a city that is constantly changing and creating new trends. Originally a normal neighborhood just like any other, the area recently saw an influx of young artists and designers who have placed their creative mark on this area. One by one, the maze-line collection of narrow alleyways and small streets began to fill up with unique shops, drawing in more and more visitors with each passing day. In particular, the area is extremely popular among college students, who often claim this as the trendiest area in all of Seoul. But don’t just take their word for it; continue reading to discover for yourself the charms that are hidden within Yeonnam-dong’s alleyways.
Gyeongui Line Forest Park is a long stretch of land where the Gyeongui Line train ran before being moved underground. It is sometimes called “Yeontral Park,” being compared to New York’s Central Park. The park is often visited by locals in spring and fall, serving as a great natural space in the middle of the bustling city.
☞ Location: “Gyeongui Line Forest Trail” indicated on the Yeonnam-dong map
B Plus M has become quite famous after being used as a filming site for the hit drama “Descendants of the Sun (2016).” Appearing as the home of the main female lead, Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye-kyo), this space is actually a showroom for a shop that sells eco-friendly wooden furniture.
☞ Location: “B Plus M” indicated on the Yeonnam-dong map
The area of Yeonnam-dong is threaded with many unusual alleyways, each with its own unique vibe. One of these streets is Yeonnam-dong Mural Alleyway. Known as a photo zone among youths in their 20’s and 30’s, the alleyway makes for great instagram shots to show off your trip.
☞ Location: “Artplatz” indicated on the Yeonnam-dong map
Ver’s Garden is often visited by females, with its theme of a quiet and cozy garden within a lush forest. The scent of flowers fills the café, coming from both the fresh flowers and dried flowers decorating the tables and walls.
☞ Location: Near “Café ER” indicated on the Yeonnam-dong map
Hwagyo Restaurant Street in Yeonnam-dong is frequently referred to as Seoul’s “Little Chinatown.” The area is dense with Chinese restaurants operated by Chinese immigrants, hwagyo, for fully authentic Chinese dishes.
☞ Location: “Hwagyo Restaurant Street” indicated on the Yeonnam-dong map
Dongjin Market is the only traditional market in the Yeonnam-dong neighborhood. It’s rather small compared with other markets, but it makes up for its size by drawing in business thanks to the many young artists who sell their unique, handmade items here.
☞ Location: “Dongjin Market” indicated on the Yeonnam-dong map (more info)
Gyeongui Line Book Street draws the eye even from outside, with an exterior designed like that of a train. Inside the booths, visitors can find countless books, divided by publishing company. Another charming aspect of the attraction is a miniature recreation of Seogang Station platform and various props, perfect for taking pictures.
☞ Location: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 6. (※ Not indicated on the map)
* This column was last updated in February 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to confirm details before visiting.