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hey hey, checking out the neighbourhoods in Seoul, looking for that balance between quiet local life, close to cafes, party area and maybe a park - seems like somewhere around Hapjeong could be nice, thoughts?
essentially looking for the hipster area, but not ridiculously touristy ๐Ÿ˜„
Hongdae is kinda like this I guess? Universities in the area, cafes, restaurants, bars, and the nearby fashion district.
However, take it with a grain of salt depending on when you come out here, Hongdae is kinda โ€œthe spotโ€ where it seems a lot of COVID outbreaks have come out of recently
If you donโ€™t want touristy, stay away from Itaewon, thats pretty much where the ex-pats and americans hang out
Having lived in/around hongdae, I have to say, I vastly prefer the itaewon area. Hongdae is very much a college area and even if youโ€™re over 22 it can start to feel a little weird. Itaewon may have a lot of expats and Americans, but it's also much more welcoming of nomads.
The outskirts of both places are better than the centers if you want to sleep at night.
I recommend you check out the meetups and events, then choose an area with the kinds of events you would like to attend
If youโ€™re #youngdumbandbroke, the English teachers doing a gap year at a local hagwon and trying to get laid and wasted might be just what the doctor ordered, in which case hongdae is the way to go
If youโ€™re in the tech scene, Iโ€™d recommend somewhere in yongsan, hangang-daero has some meetups
Also try kondae (konkuk Univ) / seongsu area. The closer to Seoul Forest you go (west), it becomes more hipster + expensive (kondae itself is more of a college town vibe naturally)
If you're doing Airbnb or long term rental there's a million officetels near children's grand park station which is walk / bikeable to there
Oh, just to echo the other response. I've been rejected at the door of a club in Seoul exactly once, and it was in hongdae, because someone in our party was visibly over the age of 30 (+ they confirmed it by checking ID). Just to give you a sense....
Oh wow interesting, this is so helpful, thanks! Not having looked any of these up, sounds like Kondae would be up my street, but the nomad-welcoming vibe could definitely be something I'd need. I'm a product designer and I'm going with a friend, who is a dev. I guess we're looking for that difficult balance between foreign-welcoming locals and travellers without becoming a tourist trap. I'll check all these out now! ๐Ÿ‘
I'm interested in bikeability as well, any recommendations on renting a bike? We're looking at a 1-2 month stay
I never tried it myself (too cold when I last visited) but the Seoul bike share system seems fairly easy to use. You can pay by month and rent for 1 hour at a time. Cycle lanes aren't really common in the city proper but there's nice lanes going along the Han River
I just looked it up, this might be a bit outdated but it's 1k krw for an hour but 5k krw for a month
If you want to rent a road bike or something I'd try one of the expat friendly bike shops like Bike Nara, but it'll probably be expensive. Not sure how common it is to rent a bike for 1-2 months
HBC is niceโ€”near itaewon, great restaurants, more locals. Big hills tho!
Hello, are there any people living korea?
Actually, most of the doctor in Korea can speak english.
yeah but a lot of them refuse to in my experience, even ones who studied in the u.s.
iโ€™d ask a question in english and theyโ€™d respond in korean to the translator who would then get something wrong, and the doctor would correct them in perfect english
super frustrating because talking directly to the doctor is waaaay better
sometimes theyโ€™d send 2 translators, and the only one who knew the correct english medical terms was the doctor
even when I didnโ€™t use Seoul Guide Medical, the clinic itself would provide their own staff translator, and the doctor would refuse to see me until the translator arrived
Kk, yeah most of nurse can not speak in english but doctors yes.
But they collaborate together. Hmm many cases before contact the doctor, nurses guides you. In that case, you would struggling communicate with them.. itโ€™s wierd.
Could it be helpful to have english possible hospital list?
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You can park front of there and see nice view with very chep price.
You can enjoy the snacks with just 2 dolar there.
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