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The Top Things To Do And See In Gangnam, Seoul

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Sekilah Calvin
Updated: 18 October 2017
Gangnam literally means ‘South of the River,’ and is the district that lies along South Korea‘s biggest body of water, the Han River. There’s plenty to do and see between in this historically rich, fast developing city. We explore some of the best.

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Dance to Gangnam Style

Right outside of Gangnam Station Exit 5 is a tribute to the onetime most popular song in the world: Gangnam Style by PSY. Gangnam Style received more than one billion views on YouTube and counting. Here, tourists and locals can get on stage and record themselves dancing to Gangnam Style while the music plays on loop in the background – a must if you’re hitting this section of the capital.

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Gangnam style in Gangnam © GoToVan / Flickr

Gangnam style in Gangnam © GoToVan / Flickr

Go Clubbing

Seoul‘s club life is seriously no joke, and in Gangnam, you can find yourself partying until the sun comes up. The clubs are pretty spaced out, so you won’t find yourself club hopping too often like you would in the Hongdae area. Taxi fares are considerably low though in Korea, so it’s possible. Most of the clubs in this area play EDM or Hip Hop music and have separate rooms for different genres. What’s more, the clubs are huge. For example, Club Syndrome has an indoor pool, a giant Iron Man statue and can fit up to 3,000 people.

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Shop until you Drop

Gangnam is known as the richest district in Korea and holds many department stores, underground shopping centers, and malls. This is where you would find the Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Versace and any other top designer brand stores. Apgujeong and Cheongdam are the top shopping neighborhoods and there was even a television show called Cheongdam Alice, about a poor girl wanting to get in with the wealthy elites of the area, spending time shopping and doing little else.

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Visit Bonguensa

Bonguensa is a Buddhist Temple in the center of Gangnam. This is a show of Korea’s traditional past in a heavy metropolitan area. You move from the hustle of the city to the serenity of the Buddhist mantras and peaceful landscape in just moments. There is even a temple stay that allows you to bed down at the Buddhist temple overnight to learn about the Buddha’s teachings.

Bonguensa, 531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, +82 2-3218-4895

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Laura Maniglier / © Culture Trip

Samsung D’light

In case you didn’t know, Samsung is a Korean company (you can probably tell by the lack of iPhones owned in Korea). Samsung D’light is an exhibition space that showcases the latest technology founded by Samsung. It’s really cool for electronic aficionados because it’s not a place that just displays new technology but allows visitors to interact with the electronics too.

Samsung D’light, 11, Seocho-daero 74-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, +82 2-2255-2277

Visit SM, JYP, or CUBE

Gangnam is home to some of the largest Korean entertainment companies. The location of these places is known to the public, so visitors can actually go and visit in the hope of seeing their favorite Korean idol walking or driving to and from the building. Outside, there are often large groups of fans and TV stations clustered around the entrances – which is something of a sight in itself.

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Samneung Park

Samneung Park is full of history. It holds several tomb mounds, including the burial ground of King Jungjong.  There are three tombs at this location: King Jungjong’s, Queen Jeonghyeon and King Seongjong. The surrounding forest looks unlike the surrounding metropolitan area, making this a popular place just to take a stroll and relax. Samneung Park is known as being a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Samneung Park, 1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, +82-2-568-1291

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Seoul Olympic Park

Seoul Olympic Park is absolutely huge. It has seven different cafes, three restaurants, convenience stores, a K-pop museum, multiple fitness centers, basketball courts and inline skating areas. The landscape is beautiful and serves as a great place to get away from all the cars and polluted air of the most crowded part of the city.  There are family bikes, couple bikes and single bike as well as kites, balls and skates that visitors can rent for a low price too, meaning any day here is packed with activities.

Olympic Park, 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, +82 2-410-1988

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COEX – Shopping and Aquarium

The COEX shopping mall is located underneath the Korea World Trade Center and is the largest underground shopping center in Korea. It contains international brand name stores, a concert hall, and an extensive food court and restaurants. It even holds a full aquarium, movie theater, full arcade and a kimchi museum. The aquarium takes people on an aquatic journey from the Andean mountains to the Amazon.

COEX Mall, 513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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