Here are seven cultural spaces where you can experience Korean culture, grab a coffee, and relax. You won’t have to travel far, and if you choose the right one, you’ll have the perfect day with your friends. Here you go!
Built in 1942, the building was home to poets Lee Sang, Seo Jeong-ju, Kim Dongni, and painter Lee Jung-sub. At the time, it was a place where Korean artists gathered to discuss their works, but now it is a cultural space open to everyone.
33, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
The space used to be an auto repair shop, and now it’s a mix of cafes, editorial shops, small brand shops, and a rooftop bar. The third floor has a corridor-like structure that reminds us of a Korean school, and each space is very inviting.
10, Yeonmujang 17-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Korea
Bomarket is a “livable neighborhood platform” that changes the value of neighborhoods. It is a lifestyle market with a friendly atmosphere reminiscent of the neighborhood supermarket of Koreans‘ childhood and has several branches, including a lifestyle editorial shop, brunch shop, and bakery.
Many Different Branches Across Seoul
An exhibition-centered space where each topic is presented in a different light and in a new way each time, building up an archive over time. There’s a cafe, bar, design shop, restaurant, and a stunning rooftop terrace. The rooftop terrace changes depending on what’s going on as part of the exhibition.
30, Toegye-ro 6ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
This urban resort is reminiscent of a small resort in the Hannamdong region. There are residences, offices, restaurants, cafes, a jazz bar, and several shops. It’s interesting to see the irregular organization of the buildings in a fairly large space, like a village. The lineup of brands is perfect, and it’s also fun to look at the advertising posters.
35, Daesagwan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
It’s a space with a basecamp concept that blurs the lines between travel and everyday life. There are more than 30 brands, a cafe with a view of Hyochang Park, and pop-up zones introducing various brands.
81, Imjeong-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
A cultural space in Gangnam created by Kinfolk Magazine, a company rooting for slow living. With its Nordic interior and central garden, it is a space where you can feel the Kinfolk’s life. At Kinfolk Dosan, you can enjoy writing, photography, and scents with people who love them.
24, Eonju-ro 168-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea