From Books to Benders: Seoul's Day to Night Life
There is just so many things you can do in Seoul. You could spend a whole year discovering things to do, and you’d still leave areas unexplored.
If you’re feeling extra hungry for knowledge, or just some quiet time in the city of Gangnam, visit the Starfield Library in COEX, the largest underground shopping centre in Asia. In the heart of the mall, you’ll come across a huge brightly-lit two-story athenaeum––2800 square-meters of over 50,000 books. This is the Starfield Library.
Books and magazines of all genres are available for bookworms, as well as tables and benches for those who want to really take the time to read. Majority of the books are in Korean, but there are a few English titles that made the cut. It may not be ideal for studying as it’s pretty packed with people admiring in awe of the beautiful space, the image of books upon books is a sight for sore eyes. Definitely worth visiting.
As day turns into night, we look to Korea’s vibrant nightlife for refuge. The nightlife in Seoul can be a bit overwhelming, because there’s just so many things to do. Koreans are known to ‘party hard’, because they work hard, and it’s in their culture. And it reflects very well in their nightlife.
The thing you will notice about Korea’s pubs, clubs, and restaurants, is that they also apply a lot of their creativity into them. It’s astonishing. To them, having a good atmosphere is important in running a business.
Itaewon is a good place to start. It’s the most foreign-friendly district, and the streets are lined with restaurants and bars from top to bottom. A lot of the Koreans who frequent here can also speak English, so it’s not a problem communicating, and it’s not hard to find yourself at home.
The streets of Itaewon see a healthy mix of different venues, from cheap western pubs to classy tapas bars and lounges. It has it all. It’s easy access, because you can walk on the streets and there is a lot of culture already. Even when you look down the skinny alleys, there are still things to find, whether it’s a hidden gem of a bar, or even a dainty after-party grub with amazing post-party food.
Itaewon is also home to some of the more popular clubs in Seoul, both electronic and hip-hop. If it’s your first Friday night in Seoul, it’s hard to go wrong hitting up the streets of Itaewon!
Other places to recommend are Gangnam, Apgyujeong, and Hongdae.