Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Night Out in Hongdae is a Must-have Experience

Hong Cup
 Hongdae is the hip street where art, fashion, college life, music, and angst all collide.  There are so many things that you can see. Plus there are many great eateries such as street stalls, barbecue places and bars. Above is the owner of Hong Cup which serves spicy fried chicken pieces in a chili sauce (2,000 for the small and 5,000 for the large). The cup is great because it has delicious tater tots and rice cakes all mixed in. You can even sit and enjoy a beer (2,000 won) or a Somaek (Soju and Beer 3,000 won).
Dakbal House
Here is another street stall specializes in collagen rice, chicken feet. It's a hit with the ladies and guys looking for something a little spicy.
Bukchon Son Mandu
Bukchon Son Mandu is really famous for their handmade mandu that is stuffed with Japchae noodles or meat. I recommend their fried mandu and at only 1,000 won a piece, you can't go wrong. The mandu are crispy and stuffed with meat.

Besides just the eateries, there are lots of shops and things to see on the street. In Hongdae you'll find the Hello Kitty Cafe that is dressed entirely in pink and the famous cafe that was in the drama: The Coffee Prince. You'll also find many street vendors selling everything from cell phone covers, hats, vintage clothes, toys, and much more. It's a great place to visit late at night because most of the shops will stay open till at least 12pm. Some stay open to 2am.

Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae
Hongdae Park
Hongdae Park is a popular hangout spot on Friday and Saturday Nights because you'll get to see local bands perform. In the park, you'll also see some enterprising kids selling cocktails.
Hongdae Street Vendor
Hongdae
Hongdae
Luxury Noraebang Hongdae
There are also a number of Singing Rooms (Noraebangs). Luxury Noraebang is the most famous one. This one looks like a Barbie Dream House and you can see people singing from outside.
Gangster Tteokbokki
Gangster Cutting Soondae at Gangster Tteokbokki
Gangster tteokbokki is another late night hotspot. It started as a streetcart in the Hongdae Parking lot by a group of gangsters that left the gang. It quickly became popular because...well..they are gangsters that can make a mean cup of tteokbokki. You can see one of the gangsters cutting Soondae above. The real rice-based noodles in the spicy, sweet sauce makes this a great place to visit after getting buzzed.
Gangster Tteokbokki
Gangster tteokbokki
With friends at Vinyl
Vinyl is another Hongdae Night Spot and here you can get cocktails in a bag. They are great for sipping while traversing Hondae way.
Pizzasta Hongdae