ITAEWON (이태원)—once a red light district, the area is now popular with expats, tourists, and even locals. Located near the main U.S. Army base, the international district houses many western bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops. If you are visiting Seoul, consider staying in Itaewon. The vibrant night life and it’s central location makes it a convenient area to reside in for the duration of your visit.
As far as diversity goes, the district has a large immigrant population and features cuisines from around the globe. There is a large muslim community here with the area being home to Korea’s first mosque. LGBTIQ bars also line the streets a few blocks away from the station.
If you enjoy gazing at antique goods, there is a whole street catered to old-fashioned furniture. Here, the shops are filled with unique pieces to decorate your house with. Antique furniture is on display outside the shopfront on both sides of the road, making Itaewon Antique Furniture Street a pleasant area to walk through.
Not that I’m condoning excessive drinking, but convenience stores selling alcoholic drinks are located right next to the clubs. So if you’re too broke or just simply don’t want to pay the exorbitant club prices, then, well let’s just say that I’ve seen many individuals quickly finishing a bottle of cheap soju before heading into their next venue.