The vibrant capital of South Korea, Seoul is both an ancient and a modern city. You’ll find many fantastic nightclubs as well as shops and markets. A river city, the night is also an ideal time to take a cruise.
Local Wine and Beer
Korea has many places to enjoy the varied local wine and brewing scene. Small chains as well as individual shops offer all kinds of drinks on tap. The Bier Halle chain offers samples of various kinds of beer, and a full menu including smoked meat and fish. Another popular local place is The Bull and Barrel pub. It is a large pub with many unique Korean beers on the menu and western style snacks. Other popular regional choices include the Craftworks Taphouse, with multiple kinds beer made in-house, and The Craft Hans Bar with a selection of craft beer for sampling.
Another popular local feature are temporary tents. Known as Soju Tents or Pojangmacha, these tents are common around Seoul, and are a good place to try Korean street foods. Sample the chicken on a stick, enjoy some mandu, and richly filled kimbap. You’ll also find Korean pancakes called hotteok that make the perfect snack.
Take a Cruise
The Han river runs through Seoul. Night is the perfect time to take a cruise. Watch from the deck of the ship as you pass the city’s many illuminated bridges and buildings. You can also see the city’s wooded areas from the boat.
Late Night Shopping
Shopping in Korea is a popular pastime. The Dongdaemun Market is open until five in the morning. Under the sounds of pop music, you can search for bargains here and grab lots of snacks from the regional stalls. Look for all kinds of clothes, handbags, shoes, and accessories. Another popular market area is the Namdaemun market, where you can also find bargains. Right next to the market is the Myeong Dong area. This is a popular area for late night bars, stores and restaurants.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Seoul.