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Seoul is a city that wakes up late. She’s groggy, confused and wearing last night’s make-up. She gets up grudgingly, desperate for an iced americano fix – slave to the monotonous schedule of a city full of workaholics that lays before her.

Why? Because Seoul at night is a pulsing, breathing, living thing of beauty full of sparkly lights, noisy restaurants and crowds of people. She literally never goes to sleep, and the options are endless.

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Awesome Things to do in Seoul at Night

Seoul’s nightlife is legendary because it’s one of the world’s only true 24 hour cities. From buzzing night markets, to massive clubs, to late night nature jaunts, you’ll have an absolute blast discovering just how much there is to do in Seoul at night.

seoul at night cityscape

Seoul doesn’t sleep… like EVER © Camelpress, Korea Tourism Organization

To get you started, here are 21 places to go in Seoul after dark – from insomniac travel bloggers who love the city, and night owl expats that call her home.

Go hiking in Seoul at night

If you visit Korea, and fail to go hiking, you’d be missing out on a passionate national past time. A full 70 percent of the country is mountainous, and the hikes around Seoul, not surprisingly, are the busiest.

Hikes on the city’s most popular mountains and trails are notoriously crowded, but go hiking in Seoul at night instead, and you’ll find the solitude nature intended.

sunrise on bukhansan mountain | hiking in seoul at night

See sunrise from the top of Bukhansan by hiking in Seoul at night © Park Byong-gab, Korea Tourism Organization

For all hikes in Seoul at night, there are a few things to keep in mind. Gates for national parks, like Bukhansan, close around 4PM, so hiking there after dark is at your own peril. Also, the Seoul subway stops running around midnight. Taxis in Seoul are super cheap though, and there are some 24 hour bus routes.

Here are a few popular places to go hiking in Seoul at night, but do a little research, and you’ll find a ton more.

TIP  |  See Buddhist temples, incredible scenery, and Seoul from above as you hike up Bukhansan Mountain with an experienced guide. Check availability and details here.

Hanyangdoseong (Seoul Fortress Wall) | 서울 한양도성

Seoul is hurtling so quickly into the future, sometimes it’s hard to believe it actually has a long and ancient past. Walking next to the remnants of Hanyangdoseong – a 14th Century, 18-km long Seoul fortress wall at night is a captivating reminder.

Seoul at Night | Fortress Walls

The Seoul fortress wall hike is stunning © Lee Geum-seon, Korea Tourism Organization

There are several different starting points and routes for a hike in Seoul at night along the Fortress Wall. Most will give you stunning views of traditional gates and modern Seoul ablaze with lights along the way. Check out all the options here.

TIP  |  The night views from Naksan Park, Palgakjeong on Eunbongsan Mountain, and Yongyangbong Peak are some of the best in Seoul. Explore them on this professionally guided tour that includes transport between locations. Sign up for a tour to see 3 of the best night views in Seoul here.

Gwanaksan | 관악산

632-metre tall Gwanaksan sits on the southern boundary of Seoul. It has a few gorgeous temples and marvellous views of the cityscape below. It’s also incredibly convenient to get to using public transport, so it’s one of the busiest mountains in Korea.

gwanaksan in autumn

Gwanaksan is also gorgeous to hike in the daytime!

There are multiple routes up and down the mountain, but for a hike in Seoul at night, stick to easier paths, rather than scrambling dangerously up rocks. Start near Seoul National University subway station on the west side of Gwanaksan, and descend near Gwacheon Station in the east (or vice versa).

More info here.

Seoul at Night | Traditional Night Markets

Want to know where to go in Seoul at night for Korean street food, local colour and some of the best shopping in the city? Get a window into a traditional way that Seoulites spend the night by visiting one of the markets that can be found all over the city. Many of them are open into the wee hours of the morning.

seoul at night | gwangjang market

Visit a night market for local colour © IR Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Namdaemun Market | 남대문시장

Address: 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 중구 남대문시장4길 21

If you’re exploring Seoul at night, no visit is complete until you’ve entered the bedlam of Namdaemun Market. It’s the oldest and largest traditional market in Korea, and it’s open around the clock.

There are thousands of places to explore in the market’s many buildings, but I’d say the real charm of Namdaemun, lies in wandering the endless array of street stalls staffed by vendors pitching their wares at the top of their lungs.

seoul at night | namdaemun market

Enter the bedlam of Namdaemun market © Neoteny Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Shop for clothes, accessories, housewares, plants, glasses, or pretty much anything else your heart desires. You can try your hand at bartering with skilled vendors, before taking a break at a much needed Korean food stall.

Prepare to get lost and jostled around though – this Seoul night market is huge and seriously crowded.

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Gwangjang Market | 광장시장

Address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88

Gwangjang traditional market is considered by many to be one of the very best markets in Seoul. And its feature on Netflix’s South Korea episode of Street Food, has only made it busier. It’s open from 8:30 in the morning, but if you truly want to experience all the chaos of a Korean market, visit in Seoul at night.

gwangjang market in seoul korea

Gwangjang Market is one of the best places to visit in Seoul at night.

If you’re hungry and need a fun place for dinner, check out Gwangjang Traditional Market in Seoul. It’s one of the oldest and largest markets in South Korea.

Walking through the area is sensory overload, as there’s Korean street food everywhere. There are rows and rows of vendors selling similar types of foods and lots of people eating and browsing. All you need to do is follow your nose to decide where to eat, sit down at the counter, and enjoy.

a vendor selling food at Gwangjang Market - unique things to do in Seoul at night

Gwangjang Market offers a window into traditional Seoul nightlife (photo by Jackie Szeto & Justin Huynh)

Since there are many food options, you can consider visiting more than one vendor for dinner. Gwangjang market food stalls serve common Korean street foods like gimbap (seaweed and rice roll), sundae (blood sausage), Korean tteokbokki (rice cake with spicy sauce), and bindaetteok (mung bean cake).

Besides eating, you can also shop in the market for household goods, bedding, furniture, clothing, and groceries.

Read more from Jackie Szeto and Justin Huynh at Life Of Doing.

TIP  |  Get insight into Seoul’s local culture and street food with a guided walking tour of Gwangjang Market, Chenggyecheon stream, Heunginjimun Gate, Seoul Fortress Wall, and Ihwa Mural Village. Join the walking tour here.

Bamdokkaebi Night Market | 밤도깨비 야시장

The Bamdokkabi Night Market started in 2015 with just1 location and 200,000 visitors, but quickly grew into one of the most popular things to do in Seoul at night. It’s regularly ranked as one of the top 10 attractions in Seoul, with millions of people visiting every year.

seoul at night | bamdokkaebi night market

Bamdokkaebi is one of Seoul’s most popular attractions © Lee Bumsu, Korea Tourism Organization

At Bamdokkaebi, you can shop for unique and handcrafted items from independent sellers, and fill your belly at one of the many food trucks at the festival. There are 6 locations across the city, with the most popular being at Banpo Hangang Park and Yeouido Hangang Park. For more details, check here.

Seoul at Night | Hangang Parks

There are 12 separate (but connected) Hangang Parks lining the Han River in Seoul. Your best bets for an incredible view of Seoul at night are at Banpo Hangang Park, and Yeouido Hangang Park.

Seoul at night | Some Sevit at Banpo Hangang Park

Some Sevit at Banpo Hangang Park © Oleksii Khodakivskiy/Unsplash

For a unique experience, I recommend cycling between the Hangang Parks, checking out Seoul’s night views along the way.

Yeouido Hangang Park

Yeouido Hangang Park is one of the best places in Seoul to get an epic night view of the city’s skyscrapers. The 63 Building and IFC Seoul Complex form a magnificent skyline that looks even better after the sun has set.

seoul at night | yeouido hangang park

The International Fireworks Competition takes place at Yeouido Hangang Park every year © Park Sang-hoon, Korea Tourism Organization

This is a great place to feel the vibrancy of Seoul at night, with locals and tourists converging on the area for picnics and the Bamdokkaebi Night Market.

Be sure to get a photo of the city’s tourism slogan sculpture, “I Seoul U,” before you leave Yeouido Hangang Park.

RECOMMENDED TOUR  |  Get panoramic views of Seoul on a Han River Cruise, then explore the traditional and modern parts of Gangnam with visits to Bongeunsa Temple and COEX Aquarium. Hotel pick-up and drop-off included. Check availability of the Gangnam Tour + Hangang River Cruise here.

Banpo Hangang Park

Banpo Hangang Park is such a great place to spend a night in Seoul that you could easily visit over and over without getting bored. The glowing Some Sevit floating islands, and the Banpo Bridge rainbow fountain are especially spectacular things to see in Seoul at night.

banpo bridge rainbow fountain at night

The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is world famous © Photo by 서울특별시 소방재난본부 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Cycle between both Hangang Parks

If you’re really ambitious, and fancy a little exercise, consider renting a bike and cycling from Banpo Hangang Park to Yeouido Hangang Park or vice versa. Cycling between Seoul’s Hangang Parks, is one of my  absolute favourite night time activities in Seoul.

Bike paths are quieter, the whole city is brilliantly lit up, and there’s a certain solitude about those twilight hours that are perfect for the introvert visiting Seoul. 

seoul at night | cycling next to the Han Raiver

Watching the sun set over Namsam and N Seoul Tower while cycling on the Hangang River.

The bike rental outlets in the Hangang Parks demand that bicycles are returned by around 7:30PM, so borrow one at any of the Seoul Bike locations around the city instead. As an added bonus, you can return these bikes to ANY location, so if you’re tired, you don’t necessarily have to make a return trip.

BIKE TOUR  |  Seeing a city from the back of a bike is the one of best ways to truly experience it. Follow an english speaking guide around the streets of Seoul learning about the local culture and visiting popular sights on the unique tour. Sign up for a half day or whole day cycling tour here. Don’t want to pedal? Join an e-Bike tour instead.

Seoul at Night | Best Night Tours

My preferred travel style is to wander the streets of a new city independently, but there are a few tours that I try to take in every city I visit: a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and a local food tour.

Seoul City Night Bus Tour

Crossing the bridges over the Hangang River is always a thrill, but doing it from the top of an open-air double decker bus is exhilarating. This hop-on hop-off bus tour starts at Gwanghwamun Plaza and passes by top sights like the N Seoul Tower, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain, Mapo Bridge, Seongsu Bridge, and more!

seoul at night | banpo hangang park

See Seoul’s sparkling floating islands from the top of a double decker bus.

This is a great, affordable activity for families to enjoy together, but maybe only do it if you’re visiting in spring, summer or autumn. It’s COLD in Korea in winter.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF NIGHT BUS  |  This is a popular activity – be sure to make a reservation to avoid being disappointed. Check availability and get discounted tickets for the Seoul night bus tour here.

Korean Night Dining Tour

In my opinion, a food tour is undoubtedly one of the best ways to get insight into local culture, meet new friends, and discover places you wouldn’t otherwise know about about.

food street near jamsilsaenae station

Local food streets are packed with people and restaurants late at night.

In Seoul, this is doubly true. The city has a huge and overwhelming food scene, with many of the best places down small streets you’d never find yourself. Never mind the language barrier, deciphering the menu and how to order!

Join a night time food tour though and it’ll all be taken care of for you – plus you’ll get to enjoy some really mouthwatering food.

ssaltong chicken jamsilsaenae

Fried chicken and beer or “chimaek” is a classic Korean late night combo.

KOREAN NIGHT FOOD TOUR  |  Get in ma belly! On this food tour, you’ll visit 4 different restaurants, with a local guide who will introduce you to delicious dishes, dining customs, and a drinking game or two. Join a guided food and drink tour in Seoul here.

Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walking Tour

The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Tour is one of the most unique activities to join in Seoul at night. It’s perfect for those interested in the macabre side of things, true crime enthusiasts, or anyone wanting to get a little freaked out… in a good way.

seoul at night | best tours

Get spooked on the Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Tour.

On this tour, you’ll wander the creepy side streets and hidden alleyways of Seoul, with an experienced guide who will fill you in on the gory details of Seoul’s 600 year old history. These ghoulish tales are all historically accurate, which only makes things even more haunting if you ask me!

SEOUL AT NIGHT GHOST TOUR  |  Eerie backalley streets, ghoulish stories, and paranormal places await you on this spooky walking tour of Seoul at night. Hear creepy tales of bloody massacres and true crime from Seoul’s 600 year old history, as you wander hidden alleys in the dark. Get spooked on a walking tour of Seoul’s haunted streets here.

Seoul at Night | Sunsets from Above

During the day, Seoul can look like a mass of concrete blocks, but as the sun sets, it transforms into a neon spectacle of lights. From a perch high above the city, you’ll get a real sense of just how big this mega-city is.

sunset over namsan in seoul korea

Seoul transforms with the sunset.

Seoul Sky Observatory at Lotte World Tower

Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 300

Seoul Sky Observatory takes up the top 7 floors of the Lotte World Tower – Korea’s tallest skyscraper. From its lofty 555-metre height, you’ll see panoramic views of the entire city laid out before you in every single direction. Head there around sunset on a clear day, and watch the magical lights of Seoul at night, illuminate the city.

lotte world tower next to the Han River and apartment buildings lit up in seoul at night

Watch day turn to night from the top of Lotte World Tower © Sunyu Kim/Unsplash

DISCOUNTED SEOUL SKY ADMISSION TICKETS  | Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in Korea, with incredible views from the Seoul Sky Observatory on floors 117 to 123. Grab discounted admission tickets for Seoul Sky Observatory here.

N Seoul Tower on Namsan Mountain

Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105

Aim to reach the top of Namsan Mountain by sunset, so you can watch the N Seoul Tower come to life. You’ll know how good the air quality is in Seoul by what colour the tower is. Blue means that all is well in the city, green signals that you should be cautious and probably wear an air pollution mask, and red is just plain bad.

Namsan N Seoul Tower at night

Namsan Tower at Night © Ciaran O’Brien/Unsplash

Be sure to check out the thousands upon thousands of love locks that have been placed all around Namsan and the N Seoul Tower by couples declaring their eternal love for each other.

It’s a relatively easy trek up to the top, but if you’d prefer, you can take the N Seoul Tower cable car, or an electric bus to the peak.

seoul at night | namsan tower

Hanging a love lock at Namsan Tower is a Seoul tradition © Lee Bumsu, Korea Tourism Organization

DISCOUNTED N SEOUL TOWER ADMISSION TICKETS  | The N Seoul Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seoul, and it’s very affordable. You don’t have to head up to the N Seoul Tower to enjoy the views, but if you want to, be sure to get discounted admission tickets for N Seoul Observatory in advance here.

Seoul at Night | Korean palaces

Seoul has five main palaces and the most popular to see are Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung. Gorgeous during the day, there is something more intimate and beautiful about them if you see them in Seoul at night.

Seoul at night - Korean palace gate illuminated

Seoul’s palaces are especially gorgeous at night

Throughout the year, the palaces are opened at various times for night viewing. The main halls are lit from within and to make the ambiance even more special, traditional performances are staged throughout the complexes.

From spring to autumn, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the lights in the crisp spring air, warm summer nights or in the autumn breezes. If dressed in a traditional Korean Hanbok, attendees can also enter for free.

gyeongbokgung palace at night

Wear a hanbok for free entry into Gyeongbokgung Palace at night.

It’s a fabulous way to experience Seoul at night in a more historical and traditional manner. Read more about visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace at night here.

Seoul at Night | Explore Dongdaemun

Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza is iconic at any time of the day, but at night, it really comes alive. Here’s what to do around the DDP after the sun goes down.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza - Seoul at night

The area around Dongdaemun Design Plaza really comes to life at night

Dongdaemun Design Plaza | Seoul Light and Garden of Light

Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가)

The selfie hotspot at the DDP LED Rose Garden may have permanently closed in 2019, but it’s been replaced by something equally as riveting to see in Seoul at night.

Seoul Light is a massive media facade festival that projects images onto the surface of the DDP’s curvy architecture. Designed by both Korean and international artists, it began in 2019, and has already welcomed over a million visitors. I’ve personally gone to Seoul Light a few times, and it is completely stunning.

seoul at night | seoul light at DDP

Seoul Light usually happens twice per year.

If you miss the event itself, you can still head around to the back of DDP to check out 100 2-metre tall LED trees in the “Garden of Light.” This is a permanent exhibition, so you can see it anytime.

Shop all night at Dongdaemun Shopping Complex

Address: 266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 종로 266

When you travel to Seoul, it’s easy to hit 10,000 steps on your pedometer every day. But this sleepless city offers an exciting nightlife that makes it too tempting for all you night owls to rest in your hotel room at night. For a serious shopaholic like me, late-night shopping in Dongdaemun is one of my favourite ways to enjoy Seoul at night.

seoul at night | dongdaemun market

Shop all night at Dongdaemun Market © IR Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Dongdaemun is a huge shopping district with 26 shopping malls and 30,000 shops. Even if you’re not a shopper, visiting Dongdaemun is quite the experience to feel Seoul’s restless energy at night. This shopping town operates day and night. Although overnight shopping is geared towards wholesale, you can still shop for clothing and accessories at a reasonable price (slightly higher than the wholesale price) at the Dongdaemun wholesale market.

seoul at night | dongdaemun market

Dongdaemun Market is across the street from the DDP © IR Studio, Korea Tourism Organization

Keep in mind that some malls require you to purchase at least three pieces, so consider bringing your girlfriends and sisters. Not all parts are open overnight; make sure to do your research before heading out.

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Seoul Nightlife | Party the Night Away at a Seoul Club

In a city that never sleeps, you really can party till dawn. Check out Seoul nightlife in Hongdae for a youthful vibe, Itaewon for international flavour, or Gangnam for a luxe experience.

seoul nightlife

Seoul nightlife is dynamic and varied. © Chan Hyuk Moon/Unsplash

Gangnam Nightlife

Sure, Gangnam was made famous by Psy, but there’s much more to the area than Gangnam Style. There’s so many things to do in Gangnam at night, you’ll get frazzled just trying. Shop amid giant skyscrapers, hang out in a swanky lounge or wine bar, karaoke it up, or dance the night away in a Seoul club.

Some of the best Seoul nightlife is located south of the River, and one of the most famous clubs in Seoul is Club Octagon. It’s been ranked one of the top 10 dance clubs in the world on DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs list, from 2014 until 2020 (it temporarily closed in 2021 due to the pandemic).

It should be on every serious club goers list of places to check out when out in Seoul at night.

TIP  |  Get discounted package rates to party at Club Octagon, including regular or VIP (skip-the-line) entrance + drinks. Choose from Regular, Silver, Gold, or Platinum packages here.

Itaewon Nightlife

Start your night out in Itaewon with a meal at one of the Seoul restaurants that specializes in foreign food. Many of them are owned by expats and you’re more likely to find authentic versions of your favourite international meals here.

where to stay in seoul | itaewon

Morococo is soooo good.

I recommend Morococo Cafe across the street in HBC for delicious and affordable Moroccan cuisine. It’s totally worth the small trek over. Once full of fuel, get your groove on till the wee hours at one of the popular Seoul clubs in Itaewon. Check out B-One, Soap Seoul, or Cakeshop.

PUB CRAWL  |  This is a great way to meet new people while experiencing Seoul’s incredible nightlife. The Pub Crawl includes entry to 4-5 different bars and clubs + free shots with an expert guide. Sign up for a night out in Seoul that you’ll never forget.

Hongdae Nightlife

Hongdae is touted as a must visit if you’re interested in Seoul nightlife. Surrounded by a number of universities, you can expect lots of live music, street performers, bars, Seoul clubs and restaurants… along with thousands of people.

Seoul at night | hongdae nightlife

Live music is a staple at Hongdae pubs and clubs.

That is not an exaggeration. This district has blown up in recent years and it seems like ALL of the young and young at heart are flocking to the area on the western side of Seoul. Check out indie bands, K-pop dancers performing in the streets and then head to a restaurant for dinner, and then another place for drinks, followed by another spot for hangover stew.

seoul at night | soju shots

Soju shots are an inevitable part of a night out in Seoul

Seoul nightlife is famous and there are vendors that never close, so you could stay out in the area from sundown to sun up. If you want to go hard Korean style, try to go all five rounds and last until sunrise. Good luck out there!

Seoul at Night | Low-key Seoul Nightlife

When you’ve completely exhausted yourself and need a rest, but still can’t sleep, head to a PC Room for couch potato entertainment or a jjimjilbang for rejuvenation. Morgan Gibbs from AlienEating has the scoop on where to find low-key nightlife in Seoul.

a lot of neon signs representing Seoul's busy nightlife

Seoul nightlife will eat you alive if you’re not careful. Get some rest.

Live the Korean Bang Life in a PC Room

PC rooms are a fast-internet addict’s dream. It’s the perfect place for lazing around in Seoul at night when you don’t want to be cooped up in your lil’ box anymore. What’s there to complain about when you have a big screen, a luxurious throne-chair, and noise-cancelling headphones for all your computer-related needs?

And get this, you’ll get all that pampering for just a dollar an hour. On that note, there’s not much you can’t do at the PC room. Watch movies? Check. Play computer games? Check. Eat a snack? Check. Plan world domination? Check.

seoul at night from above

Seoul is the most wired city in the world, with the fastest internet. You know what that means…a lot of boys playing video games.

Sure it might come with a side of Korean boys raging over their latest PubG loss, but the ample variety in snacks more than makes up for that. Ramen, fried rice, corn-dogs, ice cream, and sausages galore will fill your belly. So if you’re searching high and low for your next couch-potato-lazy-boy adventure, don’t look too far.

Get naked at a Korean Bathhouse and Jjimjilbang

If you’ve never been to Korea, you’ve probably never heard of a jjimjilbang. But if you’re looking for a comfy, relaxing night out in Seoul, these giant bathhouses are the way to go.

There are cubbies to hold luggage, pyjama sets that match everyone else’s, showers, hot tubs, and basic saunas. It’s basically adult-ergarten. It’s not just a wooden room with half-naked sweaty people. I mean it can be, but there are up to 20 different rooms to sweat out and freeze up those nasty germs.

jjimjilbang | traditional kiln sauna

Jjimjilbang have kiln saunas with varying temperatures and properties

There’s a salt room to lay in piles of salt and season yourself, or a room full of tiny red balls to swim around in like a ball demon. Rooms range from 20°C to 140°C – there’s ice rooms, jade rooms, dugout rooms, and locker rooms available for your use.

It’s something unique and you can’t leave Korea without at least trying one once. Where else are you going to find a room circulating charcoal air, with old guys snoring for $10 per night back home?

seoul at night | jjimjllbang

Try spending a night in Seoul at a jjimjilbang

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 Seoul at Night: Essential Info and FAQs

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Is Seoul a night city? Seoul is one of the world's true 24 hour cities, with an incredibly vibrant nightlife, including all-night cafes, shopping, markets, clubs, bar, and more.
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Is Seoul safe at night? For a city this big, Seoul is a remarkably safe city at night. Crime rates are very low - especially for violent crime. Generally speaking, you can walk around at night in Seoul without worry.
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Where can I go in Seoul at night? Popular places to visit in Seoul at night are: the N Seoul Tower, the Hangang Parks, Seoul Fortress Wall, Bamdokkaebi Night Market, Gwangjang Traditional Market, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain and Cheonggyecheon Stream.
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Are there cherry blossoms in Seoul in May? The peak season for cherry blossoms in Seoul is the first 2 weeks of April. By May. they're long gone, but there are a ton of other spring flowers to enjoy around the country.

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Comments:

  • Milleficent

    May 16, 2019

    I love the way you described Korea. I’ve just been there last April for 6 days but realized it was not enough. Would love to try hiking at night but I’m just a solo backpacker so I wouldn”t know if that would be a good idea. Food is really great

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  • jada

    April 30, 2019

    Hey guys! Come join our parties in Club Vera in Hongdae!? For free entry and free drinks contact me on kakaotalk: jadawelin or dm me on instagram @vera.jada !??

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  • April 3, 2019

    Beautiful place and we’ll written. So much information

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  • November 25, 2018

    This was just what I needed. Booked marked this page. Love it.

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  • September 25, 2018

    Sigh~ these photos are spectacular. I have been to several of these spots (mostly the markets) but never tried hiking (ain’t that equipped for it?). Makes me miss living in a bigger city where everything is. Thanks for making me experience Seoul even more with this post!

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  • September 19, 2018

    Hey,
    your blog is just wow. You have described all the things so nicely and all the pictures are stunning. It’s great blog and I must say this is the best blog that i have ever read on Seoul. Thanks for sharing such a good article!!

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  • September 18, 2018

    That first paragraph might be the best description of Seoul I’ve ever read! Nailed it!

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  • September 18, 2018

    Thanks for including some of my links! What a fun post. I would NOT want to be hiking in the dark though. Something about that just makes me nervous. I’m already known for tripping and stumbling on the way down. Add darkness and that would just be all kinds of trouble.

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  • Wendyflor

    September 18, 2018

    ahh.. this explains about your Gwanaksan comment in my post, hahaha.

    Seoul is one dynamic place, especially at night! I seldom go out at night so when I do, I am in awe and fearful of the noise and the lights and everything that comes with it. But I should do this nighttime hike at least once!

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  • September 17, 2018

    Reading your description of the Jimjilbang, and the red balls and salt that you can season in, I wondered which Jimjilbang you were referring to. You have clearly visited more exciting ones than I’ve encountered. Your night pictures, especially the DDP and the Seoul city wall, are stunning. I never want to visit a PC room. Ever. Haha.

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  • September 17, 2018

    I agree with you that Seoul is amazingly beautiful, even at night. I had a walk in the stream, and Seoullo 7017 for night photography. I also visited Deoksugung and DDP for night lights. I’m looking forward for the night food and street market near Hangang River.
    Thank you for sharing your list and it was well written and very helpful for all travelers out there.

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  • September 17, 2018

    I love the way you talk about Seoul – like she is a strong woman! I love your article and your answers to the comments because it is like a love declaration too ? it is refreshing indeed to read someone who feels this strongly about this place (if I am not mistaken?)
    I am a newbie… Been here only 6 months but I see what you see and now I need to tick off the stuff on this list I haven’t done yet (like jjimjilbang – I didn’t want to try alone for my first time ☺️)… With that said Thank you for this!

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  • September 15, 2018

    Jim Jil Bangs at $10/night must be the most affordable and the most unexpected Seoul accommodation I think. Some of them have amazing views of the city, some get so hot in common sleeping areas that a cold winter’s night is quickly forgotten. And then you have drunk ajoshees 😛

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  • Chloe's Travelogue

    August 22, 2018

    I’d love to check out the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung during their evening opening. I heard it’s beautiful and romantic!

    I didn’t know one can hike Bukhanshan in the evening. Isn’t Bukhanshan pretty steep? How was the lighting?

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  • August 16, 2018

    Wow, what a fascinating place! I’ve never been to Korea but it sounds amazing- especially at night! :p

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  • August 13, 2018

    I loved Seoul so much but my visit was way too short. I’d love to go back and really explore more of the city. I’m not sure what it was about Seoul but both Aaron and I were like, “We could totally live here!” Hopefully we’ll get back soon!

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  • August 11, 2018

    Gotta get back! And next time I need to bring my skeptical husband whose last visit to Seoul was in the 90s and not as pleasant as mine a few years ago. The night hiking might be the kick he needs to give your city a second chance!

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        • August 12, 2018

          We watched the video! Very cool overview of what’s going on these days in Seoul; it’s such a fascinating mix. (Had to love the snippets on plastic surgery!)

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  • August 11, 2018

    “She’s groggy, confused and wearing last night’s make-up”…love that description of Seoul, a city which sounds like it can match New York or London for nightlife. Inspiring post.

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  • August 11, 2018

    Out of all the wonderful options you gave, my favourite is hands down going to a Jjimjilbang! I love Korea, and it’s a bit easy to pick up on the language too! Like -Dong would be like arrondissement (Dongdaemun, Myeongdong etc.) and -Bang means room, like PC Bang and my favourite: Noraebang (Karaoke room!) 😀

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  • August 11, 2018

    This really is quite a bit to do in Seoul at night, and from what you’ve described it’s not just a club partying kind of city. In fact, it seems far from it. Amazing to hear that hiking at night is quite popular! Understand that some of the hikes are at your own peril but I suppose if you want some outdoor adventure then why not 😛

    That is quite a few Mario keychains in the photo you took at the markets! If the night markets have this much things and so much more, then no wonder they are packed with people. In these night markets I’m guessing some people don’t mind waiting and standing in line for food lol.

    Going back to clubbing, it seems that the clubs in Seoul are quite hip and well, full of life and attract both the young and professional middle age bracket. That statue, Gangnam Style immortalised XD

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      • August 12, 2018

        Haha, I’m not into partying and clubbing at all. Even the nights of going out non-partying and clubbing are far and few lol. Staying at home is what I love best XD

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  • August 11, 2018

    Wow! I think I’ll need a month there to cover all this. It sounds amazing – especially the night hiking, but lots of the other ideas as well. If I ever get to Seoul I’ll be checking out this post for what to do. And knocking on your door 🙂
    Alison

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  • August 11, 2018

    i must visit this amazing city one day!

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