Gangnam is one of the hippest neighborhoods in Seoul and also one of the most expensive ones. The area is home to entertainment companies such as SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, Cube Entertainment and the rich and famous of Seoul. Besides all the glitter and glamour, you can spend a wonderful day there exploring beautiful temples and indulging in some of the best food in Korea.
Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Gangnam:
Eat Lunch At Mad For Garlic
This Italian restaurant serves garlic-
Explore COEX Mall
This mall is famous for being Asia’s largest underground shopping mall. Besides the shopping, there’s also trade fairs, weddings halls and banquets going on in the huge complex. Around the area, you can find an abundance of great restaurants, including the Mad For Garlic from above. One of the major attractions is the “Gangnam Style” statue that was erected in 2016 to honor Psy and the world-famous KPOP song.
Wander Through Bongeunsa Temple
One of the most beautiful temples in Seoul, Bongeunsa temple is located on the slope of Sudo Mountain, across the street from the COEX Mall. It was built in 794, during the Silla Dynasty. The beautiful buddha statue is the temple’s main interest point. It’s a wonderful temple with gardens and various praying halls. You can also join the “Temple Stay Program” here, in which visitors can live like monks.
Fan Girl/Boy Hard At SM Town
If EXO, Super Junior, f(x) and SHINee let your heart race fast, pay a visit to SM Town Entertainment. This is the official headquarters where these and many other artists are signed. Many times, you can spot them around the area and fans are always waiting eagerly in front of the building to catch a glimpse in the right moment. However, this is not just a random building. It has various floors housing a merchandise shop, a museum as well as a studio where you can get your make-up done, have a photo-shoot or even get dance lessons from the idols choreographers. This is truly KPOP heaven.
Snack at Bora Cafe
This cafe offers various ice-cream and bingsu variations. Their most famous flavor is sweet potato, thus the name “bora”, meaning purple in Korean. Cafe Bora has various locations throughout Seoul with a small shop in Gangnam. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon snack. If you live in the area, they also deliver!
Walk Along K-Star Road
This road is dedicated to the biggest names in the KPOP scene. Along the way, you will come across various bears designed for various artists. Besides the bears, there is also a tourist info, called Gangnamdol Haus. Here, you can see a detailed map of the area and where the bears with your favorite idols are located. You can also buy bear souvenirs with your favorite idol’s name on it! Isn’t that neat?
Unfortunately, it started raining like crazy when we arrived at the K Star Road so I was not able to see that many bears. Check out this lovely blog post for more details.
Eat Dinner at Mingles
Fusion Korean Tasting lunch at Asia Top 50 Restaurant Mingles in Seoul. Earned one Michelin Star in the new Michelin Seoul Guide 2017 #Mingles #restaurant #fusionkoreanfood #koreanfood #asiatop50restaurants #finedining #Seoul #Korea #michelinstar #michelin1star #michelinseoul #레스토랑 #파인다이닝 #아시아탑50맛집 #밍글스 #서울
This restaurant is no. 15 of “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2016” and the only one in Korea on the list. Which means, it’s the best restaurant in South Korea. The restaurant opened in April 2014 and is convincing with its fusion of eastern and western cuisine. I’ve been dying to eat at this place for months and finally wanted to try it! The weekend we booked our Seoul trip, the restaurant was closed because of construction! ARGH!
Anyways, I will try it out once I’m back in Korea and will write a detailed post on it! I cannot wait.
When are you visiting Gangnam?
Gangnam is more than just the song and plastic surgery. It’s a hip neighborhood with lots of cool stuff to see and do and some of the most delicious food in Seoul. I haven’t been to Gangnam until I lived in South Korea for a year and I’ll definitely be visiting again! If you are looking for a complete Seoul itinerary, check out his post. For a guide on the best dessert cafes in Seoul, click here.