Seoul is known to come to life at night. Truth is I read in a guide that the biggest mistake a visitor to the South Korean capital can do is get up early to do all the touristy stuff. You should save your energy for the vivid night life! The neon lights, the street food (Seoul has an amazing street food culture – check out this goodie’s guide to learn more: The Foodie’s Guide to Korean Street Food in Seoul), the night markets, the bar crawling people and the amazing grilled kalibi meet. Plan your sightseeing for the afternoon, and then head of into the night.
As first time Seoul visitors, our choices for our two nights feel on Itaewon, the center for the international crowd, as well as Gangnam, for the Korean nightlife and for the song (of course!). Itwaewon is packed with bars, restaurants and night clubs – both South Korean and international cuisines, as well as great fusion restaurants. Check out Vatos Urban Tacos for an interesting Mexican / South Korean fusion experience, and sip drinks at the glass veranda at Between. In Gangnam, just walk about and check out the more Korean nightlife scene, hop around different places, and look at the trendy young crowds.