Favorite Haunts of the Young and Free-spirited
Located in Northwest Seoul, Sinchon is home to a number of private universities, earning the area its nickname ‘University Streets of Sinchon’. In particular, the street between Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2) and Edae (abbreviated for Ewha Women’s University) is a shopper’s paradise, offering a wide range of styles and prices. The collection of trendy stores, bars, and delicious cuisine draws out throngs of college students and other freethinkers year-round, making this one of the most creative and energetic places in the city.
Shopper’s Nirvana: Edae’s Fashion for Young Women
The commercial street between the Ewha Station and Ewha Women’s University is considered one of the hottest shopping areas for young women in Korea. Although some changes may be forthcoming with the construction of a new giant shopping mall, the street will still house chic hair salons, dazzling fashion shops, and outstanding cafés, exuding a unique image and taste tailored to young women.
History and Culture: Sinchon Railway Station
Sinchon Railway Station—between Ewha Women’s University and Yonsei University—is the oldest railway station in Seoul. Originally intended to be a whistle-stop along the Gyeongui Line connecting Seoul and Sinuiju (located in present-day North Korea), the station was built in 1920, almost five years before the construction of Seoul Station. After the division of the two Koreas, the station became the departure site to Munsan, which is close to the Military Demarcation Line. In an effort to preserve its history, the station was shut down some years later and a new station was built to take its place. The old station still stands as a testament to Sinchon’s important place in Korea’s transportation history. The area has become well known for its bustling commercial life, colorful cafés and various street performances.
Yonsei and Ewha Campuses: College Towns at their Finest!
Alive with an energy all its own, the street between Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2, a 15-minute walk from the Sinchon Railway Station) and Yonsei University is a favorite retreat for the college crowd, who spend many a night relaxing at the various cafés, restaurants, and bookstores. The campuses’ youthful vigor and surrounding 20th-century architecture make the area around Yonsei and Ewha well worth a visit.
Located in front of the Sinchon Railway Station, the center offers tourism information on Sinchon in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Maps and tour pamphlets are available.
- Small lockers: ₩2,000
- Medium lockers: ₩3,000
• Fees are charged every four hours up to 12 hours, after which fees are charged once every 12 hours.
• Accepted forms of payment: T-Money Card (electronic transit card), credit cards, cash