Konkuk University stop is like miniature Hongdae but with less foreigners. Most university stops are always great places for drinking and shopping. Kondae is known for it's food and it's hunting bars. But it also has a bunch of cute cafes and stall shopping. The vibe in the area is quite young (ok young compared to me). Everyone is early twenties and usually students. The place is well known for drinking, so people come from all over to drink here.
This post may be a little night time biased. I have been there during the day, however, most of my experiences here are night time (read drunk). We'll start with the innocent and work our way up in this article.
|The one photo I have from Kondae|
I don't know much about the shopping to be honest (I know this is a huge surprise). I have seen small stalls and one time when I was walking around I saw this really awesome looking flea market. The whole building looked straight out of the 80's, neon lights and all. I didn't go in, but it's worth a visit.
Kondae is known for the food. There is even a food street. I haven't tried anything particularly fabulous from the area, but I like the food I have tried. It has all the regulars, chicken, meat, and other food to drink with. The streets are literally stuffed full of restaurants, so just walk in somewhere and enjoy the food. However, on a Friday or Saturday night, if you want to eat somewhere between 8-10 o'clock, expect to be turned away from a lot of restaurants. This isn't because they don't want you, it's just that the restaurants are so packed with people that most of them don't have tables. Sometimes it takes a long time just to find a restaurant. So, it is good to go earlier if you actually want to eat.
Now on to the night life... There are so many places you can go drinking, you can literally pick any place. Kondae is known for it's hook up culture. So, a lot of the time, people are there to meet people. There is a hunting bar (once again, not deer hunting) at the center to specifically meet guys and gals. It's two stories of people hitting on people while drinking. The line to get in is usually ridiculously long and doesn't move very quickly, this is because people will sit in here for hours. There a twin place in Hongdae that is three stories (I think). You can usually spot these bars because they tend to be wooden places with long lines out the door to get in. These are fun places to experience at least once, and if you like people watching, they are fabulous. There are also a plethora of drinking rooms. These are solo rooms where you can take a few friends to eat and drink in a small room without having to worry about other people. They are fun for getting to know people or if you don't feel like socializing with others at a bar. There are lots of clubs in the area, too. You can hear the music and see the promoters outside. This makes them hard to miss. They are the same as most Korean clubs; packed, filled with smoke, and with techno music. However, once you are drunk, they always seem like the best idea in the world.
This is all I can drag up from my skimpy memories of the area. For the young or those that like to party, this stop is great. It's less packed than Hongdae but just as fun. I have, obviously, enjoyed many a night out in the area.