As the sun falls asleep, the capital city of South Korea, Seoul, comes to life. The city becomes altogether different from what it is in the day time. For a fact, Seoul is reckoned to be one of the best nightlife destinations in the world and it has a range of Seoul nightlife activities. Whether locals or foreigners, no one is a stranger to the nightlife scene of Seoul; after all the city is dotted with some internationally-renowned Korean night clubs, all-night cafes, amazing markets, street food stalls, and much more. Not just this, the city also has a number of amazing shopping districts where you can spend an entire night without even getting bored. One of the reasons for that is these shopping districts have lately converted into cultural hubs where you can expect to be a part of fashion shows, live concerts, and dance performances. All the experiences that you can plan to savor in Seoul during the night are well covered in this post. Therefore, if you are looking for an ultimate nightlife tour of Seoul, then keep scrolling for all the amazing activities that you can do in Seoul at night!
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N Seoul Tower
I know you weren’t expecting N Seoul Tower on this list. But, it is arguably one of the best places to visit in Seoul during the night time. Located atop Namsan Mountain in the downtown of Seoul, N Seoul Tower is an imposing edifice with 237 meters in height. There is an observation deck in the tower from where you can relish the gleaming views of the entire city. Not just this, the tower also hosts a number of exhibitions and traditional performances all throughout the year. You can also be a part of any of these exhibitions or performances on your tour of N Seoul Tower. If not, then there are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you enjoy a good quality dinner with friends or family, you can also shop from any of the souvenir stores located inside N Seoul Tower.
Address for N Seoul Tower
105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Monday to Friday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Saturday from 10:00 AM to midnight.
**If you want snother great view of the city make sure you grab a bite to eat at Jongno Tower, located in Jongno-gu.**
Clubbing in Gangnam
As mentioned above, Seoul has a number of internationally-renowned Korean clubs and bars, especially in the Gangnam district. The name must be familiar to you because of the famous song, Gangnam Style, of a South Korean artist, Psy. Talking about clubs in Gangnam, well, the region is known to have some of the best clubs in Seoul. Korean celebrities and artists have been known to visit clubs in the Gangnam region. For a fact, it pioneers the nightlife scene of the city, and hence, is recognized as the trendiest nightlife hub in Seoul. You can expect to have a fun and unforgettable time clubbing in Gangnam district. Since such is the hype of this place, the prices of the clubs in Gangnam are going to be a little burden on your pocket if you are on a budget trip to Seoul. Therefore, for cheaper options, you can consider exploring the clubs in Hongdae and Sincheon-dong, the two pocket-friendly options.
Recommended Seoul club to Visit
Club Octagon Seoul and Club Bugatti Syndrome
Karaoke Night at a Noraebang
Noraebang is nothing but a Karaoke room. You would be amazed to know that the capital city of Seoul is dotted with oodles of Noraebangs. These are very much popular in South Korea not just amongst locals but foreigners as well. You can choose to spend your night at any of a Karaoke Room in Seoul belting out your favorite Korean pop songs as well as the international songs. Visiting a Noraebang is one of the best things to do in Hongdae as the district is dotted with hundreds of these karaoke rooms. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find these venues at any other locations in Seoul. There are Noraebangs in almost every nook and corner of the city.
Recommended Noraebangs to Visit
Su Noraebang and Helicon
Anywhere between 20,000 KRW to 25,000 KRW for an hour.
Shopping in Seoul’s Night Markets
One of the most iconic nightspots in Seoul is the Dongdaemun Market which was founded in the year 1905. Unlike any other market in the city, Dongdaemun has its own charm. One of the reasons that make this tourist place so special is the fact that it is home to the largest clothing supplier in South Korea. Being a fashion lover, here you can expect to get your hands on anything or everything from fabric to materials to handicraft to footwear to wedding garments to sportswear to accessories. Since its inception, this market has been one of the major tourist spots in Seoul. Besides Dongdaemun, you can also other popular markets of Seoul – Myeongdong Night Market, Namdaemun Night Market, Gwangjang Market, and Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market.
Seoul Street Food Market
The nightlife scene of Seoul is incomplete without the Korean food culture. There are hundreds of street food stalls in every street in Seoul. The above-mentioned markets are not just the ideal hideouts for shopping but a food tour as well. Trust me, Korean food is one of the best things about visiting Seoul. From Hongdae to Gangnam to Myeongdong, and Insadong every district in Seoul serves you the best and cheap Korean food. Korean pancakes (Pajeon), fried chicken and beer (Chimaek), shaved ice (Patbingsoo), braised chicken (Jjimdak), and Korean traditional porridge (Juk) are some of the must-try and highly recommended street food in Seoul. When it comes to food in Seoul, Korean BBQ has to be there. It is not just food but a gastronomic experience that one should relish while in Seoul. For a hint, you’ll be given a tabletop stove to grill your own lamb, pork, or beef. Yes, that’s true!
Well, there is much more you can do while vacationing in Seoul. But for fun and exciting experiences, we highly recommend you to the above-mentioned activities. Besides the tour, we can also help you in making your vacation a hassle-free one by recommending these travel essentials. We ourselves carry these essentials on every trip.