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“Hongik University is just a university - it's the area surrounding the university you will want to see!”
Review of Hongik University

Hongik University
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Ranked #123 of 794 things to do in Seoul
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

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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Reviewed 6 January 2012

One can see many art projects and if you want to study somewhere but don't want to pay for an expensive coffee, there are several study halls that people can use. Technically they are for Hongik University students only but there is no one checking id.

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Reviewed 21 November 2011

We wandered into this university after walking up the hill from the Hongdae subway exit. Probably not a tourist destination but personally I believe it's worth a walk-through. Someone from our traveling group jumped in on a basketball pickup game and ended up being "schooled" by the Korean students. It's amazing that they ran up and down the courts and ended the games by running instead to bottle waters .... cigarettes. We were NOT expecting that :-) From the bottom of the entrance looking up towards the campus, there appeared to be a yellow Ferrari sports car parked giving me a perception that wow, this University must have a very priviledged students ... or faculty member. But after walking up to it, the viewers are in for a surprise. There are also nice large pieces of artwork scattered throughout the campus probably designed by students (can't read Korean). The university bookstore is not like the bookstores in the United States. The university bookstore is literally a bookstore -- books only. So don't bother trying to pick up a sweatshirt or souvenir. The students were very friendly and some spoke very good English.

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