Yeonnam-dong, The New Hotspot Among Seoul Youths (연남동)

Yeonnam-dong is the latest hotspot among youths in Seoul. Located close to Hongdae and Sinchon, this neighbourhood looks different from most. Many of the shops, cafes and restaurants here still use old signboards and fonts of yesteryears. Korean youths enjoy coming here to take pictures, relax in the old-style coffee shops as well as to check out some of the shops selling vintage goods. The cafes here are also mostly unique private businesses, meaning they make and design their own coffee menu.

Many of the shops are located around two major landmarks, the Dongjin Market and Donggyo-ro, a stretch of road filled with restaurants that open till late night.

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A dance studio at Yeonnam-dong.
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Visitors checking out the shops located in the neighbourhood.
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A pretty vintage style cafe.
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Dongjin Market, one of the landmarks of Yeonnam-dong.

On weekends and when the weather is good, you may even find outdoor flea markets along the alleys of Yeonnam-dong. There are also plenty of eateries here that serve American style breakfast and brunch.

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A restaurant serving Russian cuisine.
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A quaint little eatery tucked in a corner.
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Libre Cafe, one of the major players in the neighbourhood. Celebrities are known to visit this cafe too.
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A hair salon.
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We liked how this book store sells vintage books and other interesting items.
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Some of the photography books displayed outside the store.
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A board displaying handphone cases for sale. To buy one, simply remove it from the board and put your money into the box provided. Very novel!
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Everything works on trust here.
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How we would sit as well, if we could.
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One of the few fashion stores located in this neighbourhood.
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Lovely spring day in Seoul.
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A cool cafe with delicious homemade coffee to boot.
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Some of the merchandise that goes on sale in the cafe.
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Us getting some writing done.

How to get to Yeonnam-dong:

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To get to Yeonnam-dong, simply exit from Exit 3 of Hongik University Station Line 2, and walk north for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the green Mapo 05 bus from Hongik University Station for a couple of minutes.

  • Nearest subway station: Hongik University Station, Line 2

One thought on “Yeonnam-dong, The New Hotspot Among Seoul Youths (연남동)

  1. Hii thanks for posting this, though it was posted long ago 🙂
    I searched on yeon-nam dong simply because my fav idol lives in the neighbourhood, and also since I’m going to Seoul next month 🙂

    You got heaps of helpful information on your blog!

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