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Tour of Yeonnam-dong, Seoul’s Hippest Neighborhood

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  • Date06/24/2019
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Yeonnam-dong (Credit: Instagram @subongpark)

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 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.

Healing walk in the park, Gyeongui Line Forest Park

Gyeongui Line Forest Park

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. Many people spread out picnic mats and enjoy free concerts by buskers.

Gyeongui Line Forest Park

  • ☞ Address: 190-1, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 동교동 190-1)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 2 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

Filming site of “Descendants of the Sun,” B Plus M

B Plus M

B Plus M has become quite famous after being used as a filming site for the K-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 the studio room for a shop that sells eco-friendly wooden furniture. The first level is the sales floor while the second floor serves as a studio space, open to visitors looking for interior decorating ideas or for those who simply want to relive a bit of the drama.

B Plus M

  • ☞ Address: 23, Seongmisan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 성미산로29길 23)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

Explore and take pictures in the mural alleyway

Mural alleyway (Credit: Mapo-gu Office)

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.

ArtPlatz

  • ☞ Address: 35, Seongmisan-ro 26-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 성미산로26길 35)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

Unique café resembling a garden in the forest, Ver’s Garden

Ver’s Garden

Ver’s Garden is a lovely café with the 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. The drinks are just as natural, including the garden tea, made with fresh herbs grown in the café. If you’re looking for something a bit healthier, try the teatox, perfect for removing toxins in the body.

Ver’s Garden

  • ☞ Address: 44, Seongmisan-ro 23-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 성미산로23길 44)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

“Little Chinatown” in Seoul, Hwagyo Restaurant Street

Hwagyo Restaurant Street

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.

Hwagyo Restaurant Street

  • ☞ Address: Area of Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 동교로)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

Yeonnam-dong Flea Market, Dongjin Market

Dongjin Market

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. A flea market takes place every weekend from Friday to Sunday. Stop by one of the cafés or restaurants in the vicinity if you need a break from shopping.

Dongjin Market

  • ☞ Address: 198, Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 성미산로198)
    * Flea market takes place Friday-Sunday
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3

Book-themed street, Gyeongui Line Book Street

Gyeongui Line Book Street (Credit: Mapo-gu Office)

Gyeongui Line Book Street is a unique attraction, merging the two themes of the old railway line and books! There is a small recreation of the train platform at Seogang Station, along with fantastic sculptures. However, what really draw the eyes are the old train car-shaped booths stretching out from the platform. Inside the booths, visitors can find countless books, divided by publishing company.

Gyeongui Line Book Street

  • ☞ Address: 50-4, Wausan-ro 35-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 와우산로35길 50-4)
  • ☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 2 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 6

More Info

  • ☞ Mapo-gu Tourism website: www.mapo.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in June 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.