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The Center of Trend & Style, Gangnam

  • RegionGangnam-gu Seoul
  • Duration1 DAY
The Center of Trend & Style, Gangnam 【 Photo: Nightscape of Gangnam Station 】

OVERVIEW

Gangnam sprang to the forefront of Korean tourism after Psy’s song “Gangnam Style” hit the international airwaves! Known as the most prosperous area in all of Seoul, Gangnam is almost synonymous with words like fashion, trendy and cutting edge. Visit Gangnam to feel the excitement of youth at the base of impossible-to-count skyscrapers.

Experience Gangnam, the center of leading trend and modern development in Seoul! Set aside one day of your travels to discover the hidden charms and delights of Gangnam.

Seoul Travel TIP : If you only have one day to travel around Seoul, we recommend taking the Seoul City Tour Bus. To experience just the Gangnam area, you can take the "Around Gangnam City Tour Bus" and if you'd like to see more of the city, ride the "Panorama + Gangnam Tour Bus." With just one ticket, you can freely hop off at Seoul's most popular tourist attractions, and hop back on when you're ready for the next site.

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Day 1

  • 110:00 AMGangnam Station

    21:00 PMSinsadong Garosu-gil

    32:30 PMK-star Road

    44:30 PMSeorae Village

  • 57:00 PMSome Sevit




10:00 AM, Sightseeing around Gangnam Station

【 Photo: Gangnam Station 】

Gangnam has the largest floating population out of any district in Seoul. Skyscrapers line the many straight and wide roads that stretch through Gangnam; the buildings house businesses ranging from finance and trade to information technology. The area is crowded with office workers on weekdays, while it plays host to young 20- and 30-year-olds looking for fun on evenings and weekends.

There is no shortage of things to see at Gangnam Station, from modern skyscrapers above ground to the vast Underground Shopping Center. Here you can find a multitude of shops selling trendy outfits and fashionable hats and shoes; buy an item or two to take back as souvenirs and show-off your very own “Gangnam Style."

  • Address: 396, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 강남대로 396)
  • Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center
    Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 (Some stores closed on holidays)
  • Website: www.sisul.or.kr (Korean only)

1:00 PM, Walk around Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Road

【 Photo: Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Road 】

Garosu-gil Road in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, is lined with interesting and unique things to see. Stretching approximately 700 meters from Sinsa Station on Subway Line 3 to Hyundae High School in Apgujeong, the street is lined with perfectly straight ginkgo trees. The verdure of the leaves in summer creates a refreshing feeling of nature, while the golden leaves in autumn make for beautiful photo spots.

The trees are beautiful and should definitely not be ignored, but the real charm of the area lies elsewhere - in the shops, cafés, and restaurants. Unique shops with individual characteristics and tastes began to spring up one or two at a time, attracting more visitors. At Garosu-gil Road, fashionable young men and women can be spotted year-round as well as couples enjoying a date.

  • Address: Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 신사동)

2:30 PM, Take photos at K-Star Road

【 Photo: K-STAR ROAD 】

Cheongdam-dong is home to K-Star Road, a street decorated with hallyu-themed artworks and sculptures. Organized by Gangnam-gu District Office to promote hallyu, K-Star Road is a must-visit attraction to hallyu fans.

K-Star Road is studded with large art toys designed with names and logos of famous K-pop celebrities. The road is printed with pink labels to show the way like a road map so that you don't lose your way. Follow the map and you can easily find not only large entertainment management companies like SM Entertainment and FNC Entertainment but also delicious restaurants in the area that are frequently visited by hallyu stars.

  • Address: 서울특별시 강남구 압구정동 (Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)

4:30 PM, Stop for tea time at Seorae Village

【 Photo: Café in Seorae Village 】

Seorae Village, located in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, is known as Little France. The village first got its name in 1985, when a French School in Hannam-dong moved to Banpo-dong. Since then, French citizens gathered and settled nearby the school, forming a French community.

Compared to other neighborhoods, Seorae Village has an exotic atmosphere. With fancy restaurants and cafés down every street, the village is also a great place to take a break over a cup of coffee or tea. After exploring the village, head up the hill to Montmartre Park. A forest within the city, the park is a rest area for the local residents. One of the park’s major draws is Nuedari Bridge, designed after the delicate threads produced by silkworms.

  • Address: 서울특별시 서초구 반포4동 (Banpo 4-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul)

7:00 PM, Enjoy the night scenery at Some Sevit

【 Photo: Night view of Some Sevit 】

Some Sevit is well-known for appearing in the blockbuster hit "The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)." Some Sevit consists of three man-made structures located just south of Banpodaegyo Bridge. The name of these unique buildings means "three islands of light." In addition to the beautiful lights, the unique architecture of the islands also draws the eye. Built atop floating platforms, the islands were the world's first ever attempt at floating architecture.

All three islands – Some Gavit, Some Solvit and Some Chavit - are connected via bridges. Nearby the islands is Some Yevit, an outdoor media art gallery and performance stage on the riverbank. Of the three islands, Some Gavit and Some Chavit feature cafés and restaurants, perfect for having a meal or just enjoying a light cup of coffee. Some Solvit and Some Yevit are great for enjoying concerts and performances. If time allows, we highly recommend visiting Some Sevit in the evening when the lights reflect off the surface of Hangang River. The islands, the bridge, and the ever-changing lights create a romantic atmosphere that is unrivaled by anywhere else.

  • Address: 683, Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 올림픽대로 683)
  • Operating hours: Varies by shop. Refer to the website for detailed information.
  • Website: www.somesevit.com (Korean, English)

More Info

  • Seoul Tourism Website: www.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
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