This review is a little misleading since Hongik University doesn't have much to offer your average traveler. If you are looking for educational opportunities, then maybe. However, the area surrounding Hongik University is one of the most exciting in Korea! Here's a review of those surroundings:
The Hongdae area has a little something for everyone, and for those who know, it is the artistic heart of Korea.
You will find more live music here of every genre imaginable than the rest of the peninsula combined, as well as a thumping club scene. Look forward to exhibitions of every art form of every description; street performances, weekend craft fairs, art galleries, studios; a small theater showing independent films (at a local landmark building called Sangsangmadang (상상마당). And then there's the food!
If there is a cafe/coffee shop center of the Korean universe, Hongdae is it; and In my opinion Hongdae has the best food scene in the country. Keep your eyes peeled for boutique bread shops and pâtisseries, outrageous cutting edge ice cream, insanely delicious street food stalls, and a host of international and domestic eateries that seem to all be driven by a passion for cuisine that makes Itaewon look like McDonalds.
Last but not least, don't forget the shopping opportunities of Hongdae, which run from the large franchises to a spectrum of local talent producing one of a kind work - all without the crush and super-consumerism of places like Myeongdong.
Listen - it's not Shangri-La, but it is an amazing breath of diversity in the often claustrophobic monoculture that you run into practically everywhere else. It's been a real pleasure for me personally because Hongdae isn't Korea - it's a collection of everywhere else. You will find people of every persuasion, from every part of the world on the streets of Hongdae. There is art painted on every wall: murals, graffiti, and advertisements alike. however, more importantly, I have found a vitality and openness here that hasn't yet succumbed to the acrimony of the consumer lifestyle - not yet anyway. Get it while it lasts.
Take line 6 to Sangsu Station or line 2 to Hongik University Station.
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