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Itaewon Street
Itaewon Street

Itaewon Street

8.062 reviews
Sights and Museums, Neighborhood
Ranked #6 in Seoul things to do
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Itaewon-dong, Seoul, 11 South Korea
+82 70-7757-4789
http://www.itaewon.or.kr/?ckattempt=1
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Stroll Itaewon Street for the ultimate international shopping and dining experience in Seoul, South Korea. Signs in English, Chinese and Japanese, as well as Korean, reinforce the impression of a ... Read more
truly cosmopolitan area. After the United States established a military base in Korea during the 1970's, the influx of foreigners locating here turned the street into a shopping area that catered to foreigners. The 1988 Seoul Olympics further increased its global exposure. Here you find a fusion of cultures in fashion, craftsmanship, entertainment, bars, clubs and restaurants of every nationality.

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Mostly tourists and drunk people at night, during the day it s quite enjoyable actually

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Itaewon is a unique neighborhood in Seoul. It's right next to the American Army Base, it started as a hangout place for the military. Now it's where you can find a lot of foreign food and culture.

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Portland, Oregon

I have ATTEMPTED to go to Itaewon several times in the past... however, I can never find the Main Street or even the restaurants and hot spots that I see people write about on line!

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Samarinda, Indonesia

I don't fond Itaewon as much I love the other parts of Seoul that I have visited. However, it's sure suitable for those who are thirsty to have a bite of international life in Seoul. The street is crowd with plenty of choices of international restaurants and shops, especially Americans (from a glance).

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Locals call this area Little America if your craving good beer and pizza stop by Magpie!

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Beijing, China

I call it 'International Central'. Loads of international restaurants lined across the Main Street as well as side streets!

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It's a bit dirty, but it definitely feels like you're in a totally different country in Itaewon! You can find some absolutely amazing food places, including a Taco Bell (thank god) and authentic Mexican restaurants, they even have an American style Chinese restaurant!! Whenever I'm craving some good non-Korean food I always head over to Itaewon.

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A must go place when in Seoul to shop, eat or just hang out. Some of the streets are tight so don't bother driving! At night, it gets busy fast.

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Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Truly an international street that is full of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, European, and American culture. lots of awesome reasturants and bars located on the main road and up the alleys.

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Local from Seoul, South Korea

For decades, the Itaewon neighborhood used to have a dodgy reputation with its many red light establishments that catered to visitors and the nearby Yongsan American military base. Within the last few years, however, Itaewon has cleaned up considerably and undergone a renaissance making it one of Seoul's hottest neighborhoods currently. Before it became trendy with locals, Itaewon was a haven for many of Seoul's foreign population and thus still features some of Seoul's most diverse and authentic ethnic cuisine. Whether you're in a hankering for Thai, Bulgarian, Turkish or South African food, Itaewon has it all. Korea's only mosque sits atop a hill in this area and thus has a sizable Muslim population and halal shops. The neighborhood is also a popular destination for those looking for shops selling large sized clothes, antiques, and getting suits altered and tailored.

At night, especially on weekends, Itaewon becomes a buzzing district teeming with hip and trendy locals and visitors looking to enjoy the active nightlife scene at the many bars, lounges, and clubs around.

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Sam Ryan's bar and grill is the first place to go for a beer and food. The crowd is mixed of Korean and foreigners of all age groups through the week and younger on the weekends. (Older folk; your in the basement at the 3alley pub)They have a crazy drinking wheel to spin (wheel of fortune style) that you need to try if you are in Itaewon. Good burgers, good menu. I spent 3 months in Seoul and I had to come here once a week at least. Gooood times!

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Beautiful restaurants, but expensive. You can find here food from Mexico, Italy, Spain, India, etc.

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Sydney, Australia

Itaewon is Seoul's foreigner ghetto, an otherwise nondescript drag to which various immigrant communities often seem to stay strictly confined. It's awfully close to the American military base at Yongsan, ensuring that Friday and Saturday nights will see an overabundance of beefy guys with buzzcuts, and has a sketchier vibe than anywhere else in the city. Still, this is Seoul, a supremely safe city, and Itaewon for all its dodgy elements merits a visit for one thing: foreign food. Packed with excellent Turkish, Indian and Thai restaurants, it's also home to Seoul's best western-style pubs and expat hangouts. It might be a place to otherwise avoid, but if you're in the market for shepherd's pie or a quality burrito, this should be your first stop.

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Seattle

My personal favorite neighborhood in South Korea. Itaewon is loaded with foreigners from Brazil, South Africa, America, England, etc. There is tons of shopping here and tons of friendly faces especially in the bars, lounges, and clubs at night. Shop by day and Party by night. Tabom is probably the best authentic brazilian restaurant in South Korea and its pretty small but the experience is the same. and parallel to Itaewon street there is another strip of road that is nothing but restaurants and clubs but dress classy because itaewon will have you feeling underdressed.

PS be careful where you wander at night Itaewon has places called "Hooker Hill", "Homeboy Hill"", and it also has well labelled Tranny Bars

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Los Angeles, California

Itaewon has improved a lot since I had visited 4 years ago. The city has cleaned up this neighborhood really well. There are a lot of picturesque international restaurants on the International Food Street. Lots of restaurants now serve brunch - the newest food trend in Korea! Besides the food, people watching and the nearby Samsung Art Gallery though, there isn't much else to this neighborhood. I would recommend saving your shopping dollars for other places as most of the stuff they sell here are knock-offs.

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Kuwait City

her were u find money exchang and diffrent food non korean people and a lot of things in this street

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Jakarta, Indonesia

First thing that came to my mind is hectic yet interesting. You can find anything in this place but must bargain too. Buy things for fun here - not the kind of place where you buy good quality stuff.

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Virginia, USA

Itaewon is a strange mix of classy and trashy. It's the only place in Seoul you'll see more foreigners than Koreans at times. There are a lot of good restaurants here of cuisines other than Korean, which is the main thing to recommend it to me. It's close the the US army base so you'll see a lot of military. Also, the foreign food marts have imported stuff that you can't find anywhere else.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

By no means a traditional Korean experience, it remains a good spot if you are missing the comforts of the west. Bars, clubs, international food, and the foreigners to match.

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Downtown Orlando, Florida, USA

Itaewon caters mainly to foreign tourists and American soldiers based in the city and is generally more expensive than other areas of Seoul. It’s a fun area to walk around and at night is a whole different place than by day, teeming with locals and foreigners alike.

A fan favorite of Itaewon is Tony’s Australian Bar. It’s found on top of the hill at the end of the main street (facing the direction of Yongsan military base) and the only place to get your Aussie and Irish drink on; best bang for your buck (or Korean Won).

When in the Itaewon area, you can hike up to N Seoul Tower (or take the cable car up and walk back down) located on top of Namsan Mountain (enter after passing first through Namsan Park).

Of course if you walk around and tempt your senses through narrow sideways and byways, you may come across other interesting places such as the Seoul Central Mosque – currently the only Mosque in all of Korea – and other watering holes such as “The Bungalo” which is in Caribbean beach-theme mode all year-round.

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