What Things To Do In Hongdae and How To Go There? (Guide)

Things To Do In Hongdae and How To Go There

Curious what things to do in Hongdae and how to go there?

Check out the useful guide here to know more about this amazing place with photos and grab one of the solutions from here to get there.

Topic covered in this post …

  • What To Do in Hongdae?
  • How To Walk To Hongik University Happening Street From the Exit of Subway Station?
  • Any Simple Method To Communicate With Seoul Taxi Driver About Going To Hongik University Street If Don’t Know Their Language?
  • Is There Other Budget Way To Get To Hongik University Vibrant Street Without Using Subway Train?
  • What Is The Quickest Way To Reach Hongik University Street Without Hassle and Wasting Time?
  • How to Save Money When Visit Seoul?

Let’s go through the above questions one by one so that you can get a better insight of this area and got idea to choose one of the methods here to get to Hongdae.

What To Do in Hongdae?


Before get to understand more about what you can do in Hongdae, let’s get to know what are the different between the term of “Hongdae” and “Hongik”.

Actually, the term of “Hongdae” is used referring to Hongik University. Some of them called Hongik University as Hongdae. They are same.

There are 3 main activities you can have fun and roaming around this area.

  • Trick Eye Museum (Prefer to go in the morning)
  • Free Market (Prefer to go in the afternoon)
  • Hongik University Shopping Street (Prefer to go in the evening and night-time)

Trick Eye Museum

Pull Out the Big Money Storage Door Pose at Trick Eye Museum
Photo by Jirka Matousek/ CC BY 2.0
Funny Pose Get Scared By Dragon in Trick Eye Museum
Photo by cezzie901 / CC BY 2.0

Trick eye museum is a fun museum that offer various types of 3D wall painting to allow visitor interact with it and have fun with the magical wallpapers.

You will be surprised after watched the photos that you have interacted with the 3D pictures. This is truly an amazing place for you to take funny pictures in the museum to keep it as an unforgettable memory.

Check the guide here to know more about Trick Eye Museum and methods to go there

Hongdae Free Market

Free Market Handmade Hair Bands in Hongdae
Photo by Visit Korea
Key Chains in Free Market of Hongdae
Photo by Visit Korea

The art market is organized to offer talented designers and artists to sell their unique handmade items and creative artwork.

From there you can find variety of hair accessories, beautiful postal cards, craftsman key chain, card holders, necklace, earrings, mini bags and others.

Hence, allocate some time to wander around this market and buy some souvenirs that you like the most.

The Free Market is organized every Saturday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (March to November). It’s located in Hongik Children’s Park which is just in front of the main entrance of Hongik University.

Opening Hour

March to November – Every Saturday 13:00 to 18:00

Official Website

Free Market

Hongik University Shopping Street

Main Gate of Hongik University
Photo by Wei-Te Wong/ CC BY-SA 2.0

Hongik University Shopping Street is located in front of the main entrance of Hongik University. This university makes the surrounding streets become very happening and full of energetic. You will notice many college students roaming around these happening streets.

Hongdae Alley

Hongdae Street Performance

This is the place where you can get a chance to see the talented youngsters perform K-POP dance and singing along the street.

Moreover, it is a great area for you to walk around at the late evening and night-time to enjoy the guys and girls who are singing or dancing along the walking street.

Thus, don’t miss out this amazing place for you to immerse yourself in youthful and vibrant culture of Hongdae.

Mural in Hongdae

There are many street arts in this area where tourists will take a selfie with it. If you interested to see the murals, you can go to the small alley which is just right to the front gate of Hongik University. In there, you will see many colorful wall paintings along the small alley.

Retail Stalls in Hongik Street

Cross Junction of Hongik Street

Apart from street performance, you can find many choices of fashion clothing, cosmetics, trendy shoes, bags, women accessories and phone accessories all around here.

There are many fashion clothing stores in here that you can spend some time to shop around. The clothing store can be found in here are SPAO, Forever 21, H&M, Bershka and other Korean local brands.

innisfree in Hongdae Street

Etude House in Hongik Street

When you wander around these streets, you will find many well-known Korean cosmetics and beauty products brands like ARITAUM, Tony Moly, Etude House, Skin Food, innisfree and The Body Shop.

Moreover, there are some shops selling sport shoes like New Balance and Skechers too.

Therefore, it is one of the best shopping district in Seoul and good for shopper who are looking for affordable price of fashionable goods.

Other than this, there are variety of tasty street foods in these awesome streets that allow you to try on it when you feel hungry after wandered around for some time.

Restaurant Food in Hongdae

Czech Restaurant in Hongdae

Night View of Hongik Street

When you walk around these streets, you will discover many selections of restaurants in here. So, you can easily locate restaurants in this place to fill up your stomach if you feel hungry.

Hence, don’t need to worry about eateries problem when you come to these vibrant streets because you can find many choices of foods in this area.

Wine Bar in Hongdae

Japanese Wine Bar in Hongdae

Hongdae Street

There are several juice shops, coffee shops, cafes and bars in these busy streets. So, you can buy some drinks and snacks at the shop and sit there for relaxing meanwhile enjoying the vibrant surrounding atmosphere.

Although this area pretty crowded at weekends especially night-time but it is worth to pay a visit in order to experience shopping fun and explore different kind of things at this youthful area.

In short, Hongik University Street is suitable for travelers who are looking for a place to experience sightseeing, eating and shopping in Seoul.

Best Times to Visit

Evening and Night


Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Nearby Attractions

Where to Stay in Seoul

Google Maps

Best Place to Stay in Seoul

How To Walk To Hongik University Happening Street From the Exit of Subway Station?

Seoul Subway

Hongik University Station Direction Board

You may take subway to Hongdae if you are looking for a budget way to reach there. The easier way is taking Subway Line 2 and stop at Hongik University Station.

Then, look for Exit 9 and take a short walk to the happening streets. Below are step by step guides walk to Hongik University Street from the underground station.

Subway Station

Hongik Univ.29~ 3 mins Walking

What’s the way to Hongdae from Ewha Womans University?

  1. Take Line 2at Ewha Womans Univ. Station [Sinchon direction]
  2. Stop at Hongk Univ. Station and exit 9

How to get to Hongdae from Myeongdong?

  1. Get Line 2at Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station [City Hall direction]
  2. Alight at Hongik Univ. Station and leave exit 9

How to reach Hongdae from Seoul Station?

  1. Catch Line Aat Seoul Station [Incheon Int’l Airport Terminal 2 direction]
  2. Leave at Hongik Univ. Station and take exit 9

Walk from Hongik University Station to Hongik University Street

Hongik Station to Hongik University Street Guide MapClick here to see a clearer map

Quick Guide:

  1. Take the Subway to Hongik University Station, Exit 9
  2. Walk to Hongik University Street from the Exit 9 of Hongik University Station

The Detailed Guide:

Step 1 Walk to Hongik Street

Once you walk out the Exit 9 of Hongik University Station, you will discover the KFC fast food restaurant on your left and ABC-MART shop is just on ahead.

You should go straight and pass the ABC-MART shop after left the exit of underground station. As you walk straight, you will pass the IBK Bank on your left.


Step 2 Walk to Hongik Street

Continue straight until you see the CU convenient store on your left. The Aritaum cosmetic store and McDonald’s restaurant are just beside the CU convenient store.

Turn left after passed the Aritaum and McDonald’s.

Step 3 Walk to Hongik Street

After turned left, soon you will notice the Forever 21 clothing Store located on your right and the Angel-in-us coffee shop on the left.

You can start to stroll along the street because you already in Hongik Street. The main entrance of Hongik University is located at the
end of the street.

As you walk along the street, you will find H&M clothing store, TONYMOLY cosmetic store, New Balance shoes store and other retail stores.

There are some small alleys located on the left and right of the street. When you walk in the alley, you notice many choices of restaurants to let you choose to eat.

Furthermore, there are coffee shops, cafe and bars in there too. Hence, do allocate some time to wander around these happening streets.

Learn to go to Nami Island

Learn to go to Everland

Any Simple Method To Communicate With Seoul Taxi Driver About Going To Hongik University Street If Don’t Know Their Language?

Seoul Taxi

Seoul Taxis
Photo by Ilya Plekhanov/ CC BY-SA 4.0

Basically, there are two simple methods to allow you easier to communicate with Seoul Taxi Driver and make them easier to catch that you wish to go to Hongik Univerity Street.

The first method is showing them the main gate of Hongik University with photo and second method is using google street view to illustrate the front gate of the university.

The reason to choose to drop you at the main gate of the university is because the popular street just located in front of it.

Throughout the image and showing the Korean address of the university will assist the Korean taxi driver easy to identify the location that you interested to visit.

This can help to avoid bringing you to wrong location and wasting your time and money.

Main Gate of Hongik University
Photo by Wei-Te Wong/ CC BY-SA 2.0

Hongik University Main Gate: Street View

Korean Name: 홍익대학교

Korean Address: 서울특별시 마포구 홍익로 (서교동)

There are many taxis available in the surrounding because this is one of famous places in Seoul and many tourists will come to here.

Do remember to keep your hotel name card in your pocket so that you can show the taxi driver when you want to go back to your hotel by taxi.

Estimated Taxi Fare:

  1. Ewha Womans University to Hongdae – 4,000 Won to 5,000 Won
  2. Myeongdong to Hongdae – 8,000 Won to 9,000 Won
  3. Seoul Station to Hongdae – 6,000 Won to 8,000 Won
Taxi Fare in Seoul


Is There Other Budget Way To Get To Hongik University Vibrant Street Without Using Subway Train?

Seoul City Sightseeing Bus

Seoul City Tour Bus
Photo by Minseong Kim / CC BY-SA 4.0

If you are seeking for a convenient transportation to Hongik University happening street with affordable price, then you can consider taking Sightseeing Tour Bus in Seoul.

Taking the Sightseeing bus allows you to get unlimited ride to different tourist attractions within a day in order to save your pocket money.

It will bring you to this place and other tourist spots in Seoul so that you can skip to take underground train.

This sightseeing tour bus is suitable for those who are not keen to take subway train because of worrying don’t know how to use it.

In addition, it also good for those who want to explore multiple hot spots in Seoul with simple and less walking. So, you don’t need to think about way to walk to the destination from the exit of underground train.

By taking the tour bus, you can explore the surrounding of the Seoul City and save your time to navigate the subway stations and learn to use it.

If you don’t have enough time to do homework of methods to reach every popular destinations by using Seoul subway train then you can take the Seoul City Sightseeing Bus to bring you to popular spots and also save your limited time in Seoul.

The sightseeing bus will cover most of the famous places in Seoul included

  • Hongik University
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza
  • Ewha Womans University Station
  • N Seoul Tower
  • Namdaemun Market
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Myeongdong
  • The War Memorial of Korea
  • Changdeokgung Palace
  • Insadong
  • National Museum of Korea
  • Many More
Find Out More (Sightseeing Bus Tours)


What Is The Quickest Way To Reach Hongik University Street Without Hassle and Wasting Time?

Seoul Private Car Tour

Kia Carnival
Photo by Chu / CC BY-SA 3.0

It can’t be deny that fast and save time ways to reach Hongik Street is via Private Vehicle Service.

This can help you to save your travelling time and easy to access the destinations that you wish to go without hassle.

If you know that the places that you interested to visit and want a comfortable way to reach there without wasting your energy, then this private car service is suitable for you.

This private car service can provide you relax and take a good rest in car during the journey to the Hongdae.

It good for those who will travel with kids and elderly. So, they can have maximum energy to walk around these vibrant streets without easily to get tired.

Other than this, you don’t need to trouble about how to use the public transport in Seoul and let the driver bring you directly to the desired destinations from your hotel.

Hence, you can customize your itinerary and go to the places that you love to visit.

Private Car Service is suitable for a group of family members or friends because it will be cheaper if more people go together.

On the other hand, if you go by 2 people then it will be costly. If you don’t have budget problem then you can go ahead with it.

Find Out More (Private Car Tour)

How to Save Money When Visit Seoul?


Did you know that booking your attraction tickets online can help you save a lot of money?

When you book your tickets from Klook, you can get cheaper rates compared to buying over the ticketing counters.

Klook Seoul Attraction Ticket Offers

Klook is a very popular and trusted travel booking platform that offers many discounted attraction tickets.

Therefore, many travellers included myself always go to their website to book attraction tickets.

This is because the attraction tickets offer by them are much cheaper than buying the tickets at the ticketing counters of attractions.

Plus, the tickets booked from Klook can give visitors to skip the long waiting lines at ticketing counter.

This surely can help many travellers and you to save more time and money!

Klook Seoul Tours

Other than this, many travellers often visit their website to book Nami Island Day Tour, rent a Pocket WiFi and look for the transport services such as airport transfer.

Check out the link below you’ll be surprised about the discounted rates offer by Klook for attraction tickets, day tours, Pocket WiFi and others.

Conclusion …

In summarize, Hongdae is worth for you to allocate some time to visit this place when you come to Seoul. This is the area where you can get an opportunity to taste different kind of Korean foods, shopping, street performances, entertainments and explore urban arts.

If you found this post useful for holiday in Seoul, don’t hesitate to share it on Facebook or Twitter.

Got an idea what to do in there and which transportation service is suitable for you to get there? Share it in the comments below.

Looking for the best area to stay in Seoul? You can read my highly suggested place to stay in Seoul so that you can easy to access subway station and convenient for shopping and eating.

Wish you have an enjoyable moment in Hongdae and happy holidays !

Learn to go to Nami Island

Learn to go to Everland

Related Posts



Image Credit
Photo by © Zentangle – Fotolia.com
Photo by © Yael Weiss – Fotolia.com
Photo by © anekoho – Fotolia.com

Leave a Comment