Gangnam sprang to the forefront of Korean tourism after Psy’s song “Gangnam Style” hit the international airwaves! Known as the most prosperous area in all of Seoul, Gangnam is almost synonymous with words like fashion, trendy and cutting edge. Visit Gangnam to feel the excitement of youth at the base of impossible-to-count skyscrapers. Set aside one day of your travels to discover the hidden charms and delights of Gangnam.
Seoul Travel TIP : If you only have one day to travel around Seoul, we recommend taking the Seoul City Tour Bus. To experience just the Gangnam area, you can take the "Around Gangnam" course and if you'd like to see more of the city, ride the "Panorama + Around Gangnam" course. With just one ticket, you can freely hop off at Seoul's most popular tourist attractions, and hop back on when you're ready for the next site.
10:00 AM, Sightseeing around Gangnam Station
Gangnam has the largest floating population out of any district in Seoul. Skyscrapers line the many straight and wide roads that stretch through Gangnam; the buildings house businesses ranging from finance and trade to information technology. The area is crowded with office workers on weekdays, while it plays host to young 20- and 30-year-olds looking for fun on evenings and weekends.
There is no shortage of things to see at Gangnam Station, from modern skyscrapers above ground to the vast Underground Shopping Center. Here you can find a multitude of shops selling trendy outfits and fashionable hats and shoes; buy an item or two to take back as souvenirs and show-off your very own “Gangnam Style."
- Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center
- Address: jiha 396, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 강남대로 지하 396)
- Operating hours: 10:00-22:00
* Hours and closed days vary by shop
- Website: www.sisul.or.kr (Korean only)
1:00 PM, Walk around Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Road
Garosu-gil Road in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, is lined with interesting and unique things to see. Stretching approximately 700 meters from Sinsa Station on Seoul Subway Line 3 to Hyundae High School in Apgujeong, the street is lined with perfectly straight ginkgo trees. The verdure of the leaves in summer creates a refreshing feeling of nature, while the golden leaves in autumn make for beautiful photos.
The trees are beautiful and should definitely not be ignored, but the real charm of the area lies elsewhere - in the shops, cafés, and restaurants. Unique shops with individual characteristics and tastes began to spring up one or two at a time, attracting more visitors. At Garosu-gil Road, fashionable young men and women can be spotted year-round as well as couples enjoying a date.
- Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Road
- Address: Area of Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 신사동 일대)
2:30 PM, Take photos along K-Star Road
Cheongdam-dong is home to K-Star Road, a street decorated with hallyu-themed artworks and sculptures. Organized by Gangnam-gu District Office to promote hallyu, K-Star Road is a must-visit attraction for hallyu fans.
K-Star Road is studded with large art toys designed with names and logos of famous K-pop celebrities. The road is printed with pink labels on the ground so that you don't lose your way. Follow the arrows and you can easily find not only large entertainment management companies like SM Entertainment and FNC Entertainment but also delicious restaurants in the area that are frequently visited by hallyu stars.
- K-Star Road
- Address:Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 압구정동)
- Website: k-starroad.kr (Korean, English)
4:30 PM, Stop for tea time at Seorae Village
Seorae Village, located in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, is known as Little France. The village first got its name in 1985, when a French school opened in the area. Since then, French citizens gathered and settled nearby the school, forming a French community.
Compared to other neighborhoods, Seorae Village has an exotic atmosphere. With fancy restaurants and cafés down every street, the village is also a great place to take a break over a cup of coffee or tea. After exploring the village, head up the hill to Montmartre Park. A forest within the city, the park is a rest area for the local residents. One of the park’s major draws is Nuedari Bridge, designed after the delicate threads produced by silkworms.
- Seorae Village
- Address:Area of Seorae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 서래로 일대)
7:00 PM, Enjoy the night scenery at Some Sevit