Gangnam is a “gu” (district) in Seoul where many wealthy South Koreans reside. This prime estate district has even been compared to Beverly Hills in California. You may also have heard of it from the wildly popular song by Psy: “Gangnam Style”. The main popular areas are Sinsa-dong, Apgujeong-dong, and Cheongdam-dong. We spent an entire day here shopping, eating, and strolling along the streets. A good hotel to stay in this area is the Dormy Inn Premium Seoul Garosugil, which is conveniently located near Sinsa subway station. Below is a list of fun things to do in Gangnam! You can refer to the map at the bottom of this article for a rough idea of the respective attractions’ locations.
1. Stroll along the Streets of Gangnam (and do the Gangnam Style!)
Pretending to take a normal touristy shot first
Gangnam is home to many wealthy South Korean elites so you will see many high-class residences in this area. We enjoyed walking along the streets to admire the classy architecture. And of course, I had to do the mandatory “Gangnam Style” to commemorate my visit here!
Directions to Gangnam
Take the subway to Gangnam Station (Green Line 2, Red Sinbundang Line)
2. Shop at Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center
At Gangnam Station, there is a large underground shopping centre called Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center. There are loads of stalls here selling affordable clothes, shoes, beauty products, and fashion accessories. We enjoyed shopping here and found several bargains.
Directions to Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center
Take the subway to Gangnam Station (Green Line 2, Red Sinbundang Line).
3. Indulge in Korean Fried Chicken at Kyochon Chicken
After doing the Gangnam style on Gangnam street, shopping at the underground shopping centre, and feeling jealous of all the rich people living in Gangnam, it was time to recharge with some Korean fried chicken from Kyochon Chicken! We ordered the Wings and Drumettes (KRW 18,000) from the “Kyochon Half & Half Series”, which means it consisted of half “Kyochon Red Series” (spicy) and half “Kyochon Series” (non-spicy). Our order took super long to arrive (20 minutes?), but at least it was worth the wait. The KFC was fried to perfection, with crispy skin and juicy tender meat. We left the restaurant feeling extremely satisfied. Check out the Kyochon Chicken restaurant menu.
Kyochon Chicken (Gangnam)
Address: 1309-8 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Operating hours: Daily 3pm to 2am
Website: www.kyochon.com (Korean)
Delivery Hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Delivery Hotline: +822 3203000
Directions to Kyochon Chicken (Gangnam branch)
The restaurant is located between Sinnonhyeon Station and Gangnam Station. Take the subway to Gangnam Station (Green Line 2, Red Sinbundang Line). From Exit 9, walk for about 10 minutes. You can also check out the Google Map directions to Kyochon Chicken.
4. Shop at Apgujeong Rodeo Street / Cheongdam Fashion Street
Apgujeong Rodeo Street and Cheongdam Fashion Street are two upmarket areas where you will find many luxury brand stores such as Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, etc. There are also many beauty shops and beauty clinics offering plastic surgery.
Apgujeong Rodeo Street, in particular, is famous for its many foreign brand and hip hop fashion shops. The famous Galleria Department Store is located near here too. Inside the shopping mall, you will find many luxury brand shops.
Directions to Apgujeong Rodeo Street (Galleria Department Store)
Take the subway to Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Yellow Bundang Line), and go out from Exit 1, 2 (East Wing of Galleria) or Exit 7 (West Wing of Galleria). Apgujeong Rodeo Street is situated across the street from the Galleria, with the entrance marked by a large archway.
Cheongdam Fashion Street has many famous malls as well, such as Namu by Namuhana, Biker Starlet, and Mucha.
Directions to Cheongdam Fashion Street
Take the subway to Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Yellow Bundang Line), and go out from Exit 3 or 4. Walk for about 10 minutes towards Cheongdam Fashion Street. You can refer to the Google Map directions to Cheongdam Fashion Street.
5. Cafehopping at Garosu-gil
Garosu-gil is one of the BEST areas in Seoul to cafe hop! There are many artisan cafes with beautiful interiors and awesome atmospheres. Other than cafehopping, we also enjoyed strolling along the streets here, which are lined with beautiful Ginkgo trees. In fact, ‘Garosu-gil’ means ‘tree-lined street’ in Korean. On the whole, this is a great area where you will find an eclectic mix of art galleries, pretty retail stores, and artisan cafes. If you really love cafes, you can consider staying at the Dormy Inn Premium Seoul Garosugil. This is a nice hotel located just minutes away from Garosu-gil, and is very near Sinsa subway station too. Check out our article on the 8 Best Cafes in Garosu-gil!
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Map of Gangnam