Xperience Team

25 Apr 2024 - 5 min read

Unveiling the Nightlife in Seoul : From Shopping Sprees to the Iconic Street Foods

Seoul is a wonderful city in South Korea that is full of culture and rich in historical architecture which would leave you in awe. Moreover, in the past year, Seoul has become one of the cities that have an advanced development in technology.

There are many things to do in Seoul, from exploring their historical and cultural sites, shopping, tasting the original flavor of South Korea, and enjoying their vibrant nightlife.

Unlike many other cities, Seoul is a city that never sleeps, that can be seen from the Seoul’s streets that are constantly hustling with activities, convenience stores that open till very late and a number of restaurants as well street foods stalls that operate through the night which will cater to people who are craving of snacks at late night. Not only that, even the transportation provided by the city operates till around midnight, which makes it easier for people to do some activities and move around from one place to another till midnight.

Here are some activities that you can do during night time in Seoul City.

1. Get immerse on the Night Views of N Seoul Tower

A must-visit place if you ever went to seoul, the iconic landmark N Seoul Tower which officially known as YTN Seoul Tower is an observation tower located on Namsan Mountain where people would be able to enjoy the panoramic sight of the whole city from up above.

It is especially sparkling at night where you can see the beautiful stars from the Observation Deck as well as the other landmarks such as Han River and Gyeongbokgung Palace that would be lit up during night which makes them look like scattered beautiful gems. If you are lucky enough, you would be able to witness their nighttime live shows or other festivities that will make your experience more unforgettable.

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2. Go on Shopping Spree on Dongdaemun Design Plaza

During the day, Dongdaemun Design Plaza houses various stores from local to international, But during night, It will be transformed into a vibrant night market starting from 10.00 pm that offer a wide option of trendy clothes, accessories, and various other goods which are available to purchase at a cheaper price.

If you ever get tired and want to grab some bite during your exploration, you are pleased to enjoy the various food stalls and restaurants around the area that offer a various dishes from a classic korean dishes like tteokbokki or gimbap that are ready to fuel your energy to continue your shopping hunt.

3. Stroll along the Cheonggyecheon Stream River

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Enjoy your tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and crowds and have some quality time for yourself or with your beloved one along the Cheonggyecheon Stream River which will offer you a gentle sound of flowing river.

The River is especially breathtaking during night where the stream itself would become a glittering light while the water would reflect the beautiful illumination from the bridges and nearby buildings which creates that magical atmosphere of lights. The River itself has several bridges which have their own unique lightning design which makes it a perfect place to have a photo session for those of you who would love to add a collection of artistic night memories in Seoul for yourself or with your beloved ones.

4. Pamper your Palate on Seoul’s Street Foods

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It can’t be said that you have experienced Seoul to the fullest if you haven’t tried their famous and iconic street foods. There are so many iconic street foods that you must try at least once during your stay in Seoul to experience that original flavor that you can only be able to taste in the City. Starting from the favorite chewy rice cake, tteokbokki, the iconic korean seaweed rice roll, kimbap, a hot and warm odeng and many other typical South Korean snacks that you can find in a lot of Korean dramas.

The popular district where you can find various night food stalls in Seoul are on Myeongdong, for the exact place is on the Namdaemun Market, for other options in Hongdae for more concentrated street food vendors.

5. Explore the Nightlife at Hongdae or Itaewon

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Hongdae and Itaewon are two districts in Seoul that are famous for their nightlife. In Hongdae you will be greeted by a number of younger crowds, and a place which is full of trendy bars, and loud music that is suitable for young adult preference. It is also a heaven-like-place for aspiring musicians,where there are live music venues available showcasing any kind of music from the local rocks to famous Korean songs. Other than that there are also a number of modern cafes, art galleries, and various unique shops as well as street performances that are ready to entertain you.

Itaewon has a more international atmosphere where it houses a diverse mix of bars, pubs, and clubs that cater more to a global crowd. Itaewon might offer a number of budget-friendly options, but the district also boasts on their upscale bars and nightclubs as well as famous restaurants from local cuisine to international cuisine that surely will satisfy both your palate and stomach at the same time.

6. Get Rejuvenated at the iconic Jimjilbang

Have you ever seen a Korean movie scene where the characters would stay a night at a bathhouse, typically with a towel wrapped around their heads? The bathhouse that they usually used is known as JJimjilbang which is a paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation. The experience itself is more than just a cultural experience.

Here are some view steps when you are about to experience the ultimate relaxation in JJimjilbang. First you will receive a key to a locker room where you can change your outfit to the provided outfit and secure your belongings inside the designated lockers. After that you will need to bathe yourself cleanly before enjoying the other facilities. If you have done your bathing and make sure that you are clean enough, it is the time for you to explore paradise. There are view options of facilities, from saunas, hot tubs, or take a rest on a communal space with relaxing heated floors where you can take a nap, read a book or socialize with your friends.

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Here are all fun and exciting activities that you can do at night in Seoul. If you would like to visit Seoul soon, Traveloka would gladly help you in booking the flights, hotels, and numerous tourist attractions and activities mentioned above with the best price! Now, what are you waiting for? Grab yours fast where various entertainment locations are waiting to be explored!

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