6 Feb 2021
Posted by Mikaela
The neighborhood is a tourist-heavy area because of its foreign-friendly culture and vibrant nightlife experience. Many foreigners live here and get to enjoy its perks, such as having access to international cuisines, different cultural events, and more!
While some famous activities involve partying, drinking, and eating out, there are plenty of museums, parks, and the Han Riverside that you can visit around Yongsan District.
Let’s have a look at Itaewon and Yongsan District’s charm.
SEOUL TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
DISCOVER SEOUL PASS
Avail the Discover Seoul Pass to get access to hundreds of attractions and discounts! This will make your trip more convenient—fast and hassle free. You can also use it as a T-money card for transportation. Don’t forget to download the Seoul Pass app to monitor your promo.
T-MONEY CARD (for transportation)
T-money is a smart card device that enables you to pay transportation fares in and around Seoul and other nearby areas. You can also use this as a credit card or substitute for cash transactions in convenience stores and shops. Download the T-balance Check app to monitor your card balance.
SIM CARD AND PUBLIC WI-FI
Buy an international sim card before you arrive in Seoul. You can avail data caps depending on your usage to stay connected. In case you need a backup, Seoul’s public wi-fi is always available and fast, too!
Download some navigation apps such as Kakao Map and Naver Map to get accurate directions and traffic updates. For offline use, you may opt to use the Korea Tour Map app.
About Yongsan District and Itaewon
Yongsan District is located south of Jung-gu and Jongno-gu (culture center of Seoul.) It is an ideal neighborhood to have an in-depth cultural experience by visiting museums right after exploring the magnificent palaces. Also, Itaewon is part of the district which drives tourists in the area.
Itaewon Korea: How to get around
Aside from its attractions, it is perfect for first-time visitors since it is very accessible. You have a variety of public transportation to choose from, like bus, taxi, subway, and even the AREX that will take you to and from the Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport in a matter of minutes.
This is another reason travelers opt to book hotels and accommodation within the area.
Yongsan Station: Hangang-daero 23-gil, Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Yongsan District Bus Routes: 751, 752, 504, 750B and 5012 or metro line 1
Itaewon Subway Station: Line 6 of Seoul Subway
Itaewon Bus Routes: 110A, 110 B, 421
Things to do and Key Attractions around Itaewon in Seoul
You will find many museums around Itaewon, including the National Museum of Korea, among others. As mentioned above, Itaewon is great for partying and eating out, but it is also near some iconic landmarks in Seoul. With this, you don’t have to worry about running out of ideas to include in your itinerary.
National Museum of Korea
With a vast collection of over 200,000 artifacts, this museum is worth a visit. It has every piece of information that you will need to further understand Korea— which leads to a higher level of appreciation for the country.
Location: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Yongsan Family Park
Yongsan Family Park used to be a golfing area of the Yongsan Garrison— the military headquarters of the US. Now, it is a green open space for leisure activities. The park is near the National Museums of Korea, so it would be a nice side-trip if you enjoy walking.
Location: 185 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsandong 6(yuk)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
War Memorial of Korea
This museum houses items related to the Korean War and serves as an education facility for locals and foreigners. It is a place to commemorate the sacrifices of the patriotic martyrs.
Location: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
READ MORE: 9 Must-visit Museums in Seoul, South Korea
The N Seoul Tower (Namsan Tower) is located outside Itaewon but remains as a key landmark in Yongsan District. You can see the sight of the tower around Itaewon and is often a background and symbol of the area. Here, you can enjoy a 360 panoramic view of the city while eating at a fine-dine restaurant.
Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art features traditional and contemporary artworks of the late founder of Samsung. Today, it is managed by the Samsung Foundation of Culture.
Location: 60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Hannam 2-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Next on our list is the highlight of this post: the Itaewon Neighborhood. In Itaewon, you will find a special tourist zone and every nook, full of bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and even international brands for shopping. Here are some things you can enjoy in the area:
- Experience the pride of Itaewon (Itaewon Global Village Center)
- Enjoy an LGBTQ safe environment
- Eat different cuisines (Western, Asian, Mediterranean, etc.)
Ichon Han River Side Park
Last, is a place for relaxation. Yongsan District boasts one of the 11 Hanggang Parks in Seoul called Inchon Han River Side Park. Here, you can enjoy recreational sports and the great view of the Han River as this is less crowded and peaceful compared to other Hanggang Parks.
Final thoughts about Itaewon and Yongsan District
Itaewon is a lively neighborhood near Seoul. Just like the other districts, it is equally worth a visit, especially to celebrate diversity in South Korea.
Would you like to visit Itaewon?
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