An Indiepop Travel in Hongdae, Seoul
A trip to South Korea has been identified with the drama and K-Pop tourism agenda. However, if you are interested in visiting a non-mainstream destination and get to know with the new wave of Korean culture, Hongdae could be the answer.
Electrocuted by Youth Culture!
Located in the city of Seoul, the area of Hongdae is characterized by Indie-Pop, nightlife, street art and urban culture. Appeared as the area of one of the finest art college in the world, Hongik University, the neighborhood is flooded with the ambience of college life and youth spirit. In the street, you can see college students roaming around in unique and outstanding fashion style. Moreover, some of them will pull out their guitars and perform one or two songs in the streets for you.
In Hongdae, you can visit various coffee shops, restaurants and nightclubs which offer urban as well as the traditional style. Thick with the influence of arts atmosphere, the districts also present various festivals that are too awesome to be missed. One of the famous music festivals in Hongdae is the “Zandari Fiesta” festival. The festival got its name from how people called the area before Hongdae was famous. The word has the meaning of bridge, so the festival was aimed to be the bridge for indie musicians to reach out their audiences.
This fall festival is really special because the festival held with the initiative by the local indie artists, starting from the process of planning, promoting as well as the execution. Besides Zandari, there is also a festival in Hongdae that you can’t miss, which is called “Live Club Day”. On this event, you will get a ticket that you can use to enter six live clubs that offer different type of music and ambiences, starting from rock, jazz, hip hop, and electronic dance music, giving you an unforgettable all night party experience.
If you want to go to Hongdae from Jakarta, Indonesia, you should take return flight from Jakarta to Seoul with the price starting from $520. Once you arrived in the Incheon airport, you can go to the Hongdae area, near the central area of Seoul, by using the metro. The price of hotel rooms in Hongdae ranged around $60 – $200 per nights. Therefore, if you are planning a 3-day trip in the district, it is better for you to prepare $1200 for your whole trip. But if you want to cut your budget, you can cut in the accommodation price since there are several guesthouses that offer cheap price and available in famous online hotel finder.
Lastly, Hongdae is a city that has the feature of youth culture and new wave arts. You can easily find street art exhibitions, street art music and performances. In fact, there are several big Korean musicians that are originated from this part of Seoul. If you are interested in a Korean tour that is more to alternative, and not just talking about K-Pop dramas and melodramatic movies, Hongdae should be your pick of destination for your next adventure.
Pictures of Hongdae
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