• http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I feel like this is a really good travel guide! ^_^

    Anyways, I actually found this pretty interesting. I didn’t really know anything you wrote here, so it was nice to learn it. I think it’s a bit sad that people from outside of the Seoul area are so discriminated against, though. Honestly, I feel like it could cause a lot of resentment on both sides if it became too severe. 

  • Chuvuvee

    Watch the drama “Giant.”

  • wickfan

    From my experience living in Korea I had more fun outside of Seoul then in Seoul. Hongdae is pretty fun though. Myeongdong is pretty cheap so I recommend shopping there.

  • http://starmytotoro.tumblr.com/ starmytotoro

    I love these types of articles. They’re so informative and make me want to visit SK even more! If only my bank account will pull though >.>

  • Judith Mopalia

    Very interesting, thanks.  I especially like information about food tat we can’t find anywhere here in the US (even with a Korean market nearby).  I do wish you’d add Hangul characters to Korean names for places and foods in future articles – it makes seaches easier. Plus, it’s good training for when I finally get there.  ;)  Thanks!  

    • Dana_SB

      Surely :) to help you out, here are some of the names referenced above written out in Hangul!

      Gangnam = 강남
      Gangbuk = 강북
      Seocho = 서초
      Apgujeong = 압구정
      Sinsa = 신사
      Jamsil = 잠실
      Sinchon = 신촌
      HongDae = 홍대
      Itaewon = 이태원
      Insadong = 인사동

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    great article or lesson Dana :)

  • Black_Plague

    Ah I remember my stays at Seoul when I stayed at Korea from 07 to the end of 09. Good times. Proud to be from Gangbuk, home to my mother’s family :) Loved it and still do, even though I hadn’t visited Korea for quite a while.

    Also, Gangnam is where a good portion (if not the vast majority) of talent agencies are located – SM, JYP and DSP to name a few. On the side note, Gangnam is also where one will have the most likely chances of seeing a celebrity compared to other districts – it’s widely believed that a lot of popular celebrities live in the Gangnam district not simply because they earn a good amount of money to afford the housing costs but because the agencies they’re signed under are also located in Gangnam too, easing transportation.  

    More reserved on Seocho’s inhabitants though. Guy I knew was from Seocho but as much as half of the stuff he bought were definitely knock-offs – didn’t seem very capable of telling the difference between fakes and the real deal, much to my surprise. Samsung is also located in Seocho district as well, in an area conveniently named Samsung Town.

    I’d also add in the Jongno District, the central part of Seoul and the center of South Korea’s politics. That’s where the Blue House (where the President resides) is located, along with palaces that used to be resided by kings and is home to a number of the chaebols such as SK, Lotte and Hyundai. The housing costs there are just as high as Gangnam, if not even higher and is where supposedly a lot of South Korea’s upper class citizens reside.

    There’s also Yeouido, which is considered a part of Seoul and is home to the broadcasting stations KBS and MBC – whom for obvious reasons play a massive role in Korea’s showbizz  as well as the chaebol LG and the National Assembly – much like parts of Gangnam, it is believed chances of running into a popular celeb in Yeouido is decent.

  • RC_RC

    -The Changdeokgung (gung means palace) is really beautiful, much more beautiful than the Gyeongbokgung. 
    -That traditional spinning of honey goes in powers of 2, so first 2 threads, then 4, 8, 16, 32. 64, 128, 256, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 and finally 16384 threads, they demonstrate it to you in Insadong. 
    -A new art museum (UUL) is being built, it is about the naked human body, it will open next year. 
    -The Bukhansan (san means mountain) in North Seoul is great for hiking, but it is serious hiking, it is not strolling in the park. Koreans love hiking, you see shops that sell hiking stuff everywhere.
    -The Namsan provides impressive views on the city, especially at dusk, you can go up by cable car, the Namsan is north of the river. 
    -Seoul museum of Art is great, very lively exhibition of contemporary art, much better than the Leeum Museum of Art (that museum is so sterile). 
    -Apgujeong is the place to be if you want to see from-to-pictures.
    -There is a lot more to see in Seoul….

  • http://twitter.com/Masonvd Mason van Dyk

    Spent about 2 weeks in Seoul back in October and just wanted to say that Itaewon is fantastic for anyone looking to hit clubs. Even underage my friends and I were let in many different places and some clubs even waived the entrance fee, saying they wanted foreigners in there, which was pretty cool.

    The clubs themselves are a good mix of foreigners and Korean, probably 1:5, if not more, leaving to the Koreans. That said it was still really fun to meet some locals there and it was really fun.

    Good food too, if you’re craving something different, had both fantastic Pizza and pretty good Shwarma. Lots of fun!

  • taequila777

    Very interesting article, one point in particular-do people really discriminate based on region? Why is that? Here in the states,  there are degrees to that, but it’s mostly based on accents, or other preconceived notions…North vs. South, East Coast vs. West Coast. etc.

    • littleboyd

      English term of “discrimination” can go all wrong to describe what region really means to Koreans.

      There has been political rivalry between progressive Jolla province and conservative Gyeongsang province, since dictatorship in 1970’s. There might be a little chance that parents from a province doesn’t want spouse for their child from the other…but usually ended up allowing marriage after all.

      Apart from that, it’s almost same in terms of regional sentiments to that of US.