Seoul (Gangnam)

Seoul, South Korea is an incredible destitnation and an absolute must-stop for wander lawyers.
Seoul Gangnam

Seoul, South Korea is an incredible destitnation and an absolute must-stop for wander lawyers, remote workers, and all types of digital nomads. We consider Seoul a world-class city due to its unique blend of modernity and tradition.  The fashion, culture, transportation, and vibe one of a kind. The city is a global hub of technology and innovation, with a thriving startup scene and high-tech infrastructure. At the same time, Seoul has a rich cultural heritage, visible in its historic palaces, temples, and museums. Seoul is also known for its delicious cuisine, with a wide range of traditional Korean dishes and international cuisines. Additionally, Seoul’s excellent transportation system, including its subway and bus networks, make it easy for visitors to get around the city. Overall, Seoul’s combination of technology, culture, and food make it a top destination for tourists from around the world.

Since Seoul is so large, we decided to break down our travel recommendations to specific districts. Seoul has 10 major neighborhoods and districts: Gangnam, Myeong-dong, Hongdae, Itaewon, Insadong, Apgujeong, Garosugil, Bukchon Hanok Village, Gwanghwamun and Yeouido. We chose Gangnam as one of our WanderLawyer destinations because of its excitement and diverse options for remote workers. 

Gangnam is a trendy district in Seoul that has become a popular destination for tourists. The district is known for its high-end shopping centers, trendy cafes, and vibrant nightlife, with a wide variety of clubs, bars, and restaurants. Gangnam is also home to several cultural attractions, including the Bongeunsa Temple, the COEX Mall, and the Seoul Arts Center. For those interested in co-working, Gangnam offers an abundance of coworking spaces and serviced apartments, making it an ideal destination for digital nomads. With its unique blend of modernity and tradition, Gangnam has something to offer every traveler.

Gangnam has gained a reputation as a luxurious district in Seoul due to its high-end shopping centers, upscale restaurants, and trendy nightclubs. The area is known for its luxury brands, including Chanel, Prada, and Gucci, making it a popular destination for wealthy tourists and locals. The district is also home to some of the most expensive real estate in Seoul, with high-rise apartments and luxurious villas. Gangnam’s luxurious reputation extends to its nightlife, with many exclusive clubs and bars catering to the city’s elite. Overall, Gangnam’s reputation as a luxurious district has made it a popular destination for those seeking a taste of the high life.

Gangnam is known for its vibrant nightlife, with a wide range of nightclubs and bars catering to different tastes. One of the most popular clubs is Octagon, known for its electronic dance music and celebrity appearances. Gangnam is also home to some of the most high-end shopping centers in Seoul, including the COEX Mall and the Hyundai Department Store. The Gangnam Underground Shopping Center is also a popular destination for budget shopping.

For digital nomads and remote working attorneys, Gangnam offers a range of co-working spaces, including WeWork, Hive Arena, and SparkPlus. These spaces provide excellent facilities for professionals looking for a productive work environment.

Gangnam offers a range of exciting experiences for digitial nomads, remote workers, and WanderLawyers, from its vibrant nightlife and high-end shopping centers to its cultural attractions and excellent co-working spaces. Whether you’re looking to explore the district’s culinary scene or immerse yourself in Korean culture, Gangnam is must stop for attorneys traveling in South Korea!

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea 

Accessibility 5/5 stars. 

Delicious food 5/5 stars. 

Affordability 2.5/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 5/5 stars. 

Weather 3/5 stars 

Friendliness 2.5/5 stars

Nightlife 4/5 stars

Vibe: 4/5 stars

Overall Score – 4/5 Stars 

Food

Gangnam has a ton of resturants and its easy to get overwhelmed. We found these three food streets to be the best options when searching for something delicious:  

  1. Garosu-gil: A trendy and upscale street lined with cafes, restaurants, and designer boutiques. The street is known for its brunch spots, dessert cafes, and international cuisine.
  2. Nonhyeon-ro 175-gil: A street famous for its spicy stir-fried chicken dishes (dakgalbi), which are cooked at the table and often paired with cheese.
  3. Yeongdong-daero: A busy thoroughfare with numerous food options, including Korean barbecue restaurants, seafood markets, and street food vendors. The area is especially popular for its grilled eel dishes.

We also liked these restaurants: 

  1. Soyon: A delicious, classic Korean home-style restaurant in a cozy two-story house. 
  2. Jungsik: A Michelin-starred restaurant serving modern Korean cuisine with a focus on local ingredients.
  3. Hanilkwan: A popular Korean barbecue restaurant with a long history and excellent quality beef.
  4. Bongchu Jjimdak: A cozy and casual restaurant specializing in jjimdak, a spicy Korean chicken and vegetable stew.

Lodging

 Although Gangnam offers plenty of ritzy hotels, here are our options for travelers on a budget: 

  1. Hostel Haru: A budget-friendly hostel with private and dormitory-style rooms. Located near Gangnam Station, the hostel offers easy access to public transportation.
  2. Cozybox Guesthouse: A cozy guesthouse located near Apgujeong Station, offering private and shared rooms at an affordable price.
  3. H Avenue Hotel: A clean and comfortable hotel located in the heart of Gangnam, with simple yet modern rooms at an affordable rate.
  4. Kimchee Gangnam Guesthouse: A popular guesthouse located in a convenient location near Gangnam Station, offering private and dormitory-style rooms.
  5. Gangnam Family Hotel: A budget-friendly hotel with basic amenities and simple yet comfortable rooms, located near Seolleung Station.

HONORABLE MENTION: we also enjoyed our stay at the Dormy Inn in Gangnam. The Dormy was in a perfect central location and offered free noodle soup every evening. It also had a very nice onsen (Japanese style spa). Although a little pricier, it was certainly worth the cost! 

Cafes

Cafe culture is huge in South Korea and Gangnam has hundreds of really unique cafes that offer both delicious drinks and great options for remote work. Here are a few we found to be truly unique: 

  1. Dore Dore: A charming French-style bakery and cafe with cute decor and an extensive selection of baked goods and pastries.
  2. The Alice: A whimsical Alice in Wonderland-themed cafe with cute decorations and a menu featuring colorful cakes and drinks.
  3. Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe: A pink-themed cafe with a swimming pool-inspired interior, offering a range of sweet and savory dishes, as well as coffee and tea.
  4. Thanks Nature Cafe: A cozy cafe located near the Han River, with an adorable resident sheep that customers can pet and feed. The cafe serves a variety of desserts and drinks.
  5. Hoho Myoll: A cozy and quaint cafe with a vintage vibe, offering a range of beverages and light snacks. The cafe is also known for its cute and Instagram-worthy latte art.

Nightlife

Gangnam is known for its fancy nightlight, but sometimes wander lawyers simply want a cold drink in an unpretentious hole-in-the-wall. Luckily, we got you covered: 

Best Dive Bars in Gangnam:

  1. Saboten: A small, no-frills bar with a relaxed atmosphere and affordable drinks.
  2. Harlem Pub: A popular expat hangout with a lively atmosphere, featuring live music and sports games on TV.
  3. The Beastro: A casual bar with a great selection of craft beers and a cozy atmosphere.
  4. Sweet Afton: A classic dive bar with a rock n’ roll vibe and a good selection of beers and cocktails.
  5. The Bungalow: A dive bar with a laid-back atmosphere, featuring karaoke and live music.

Best Clubs in Gangnam:

  1. Octagon: One of the largest and most popular clubs in Seoul, known for its impressive sound system and impressive lineup of local and international DJs.
  2. Club Mass: A popular club with multiple floors, featuring a variety of music genres and a lively atmosphere.
  3. Arena: A high-end club with a spacious dance floor, offering a range of music styles and a VIP section.
  4. Ellui: A large and luxurious club with multiple levels, featuring a range of music styles and top-notch sound and lighting.
  5. Club Answer: A high-end club with a futuristic interior, featuring a range of electronic music and regular appearances by world-renowned DJs.

HONORABLE MENTION: Bulldog Pub. 

We had the most fun at the “Bulldog” – a truly unpretentious dive that offers patrons a chance to get their picture (Polaroid style) on the wall if they take a “Dragon Eyes” shot (snorting liquor and squeezing a lime in your eye!). Besides the gimmicks, the bartenders were truly nice and tons of fun!

Coworking locations: 

WanderLawyers and other remote workers are in luck if they are hoping Gangnam offers good coworking options. Here are a few options: 

  1. WeWork Gangnam Station: A popular coworking space with a sleek and modern interior, featuring private offices, meeting rooms, and common areas.
  2. Fastfive Co-Working Space: A spacious and bright coworking space with a variety of seating options, including private offices, dedicated desks, and hot desks.
  3. Hive Arena Coworking Space: A stylish and upscale coworking space with a variety of workspaces, including private offices, hot desks, and meeting rooms.
  4. Marquee Offices Gangnam: A modern and professional coworking space with a range of flexible workspace options, including private offices, coworking desks, and meeting rooms.
  5. Spaces Gangnam Finance Center: A premium coworking space with a professional and sophisticated atmosphere, offering a range of workspace options and amenities, including a rooftop terrace and event space.

WL Pro-Tip: We found that the WeWork at Gangman Station to have a very helpful staff (and free beer). Its also centrally located near the subway and offers 24 hour access. 

Attractions

  1. Bongeunsa Temple: The Bongeunsa Temple is a must-visit cultural attraction in Gangnam. This Buddhist temple dates back to the 10th century and offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  2. K-Star Road: K-Star Road in Gangnam is a popular destination for tourists who are fans of Korean pop culture. The street is lined with life-sized sculptures of famous K-pop idols, as well as cafes, stores, and other attractions related to K-pop.
  3. Garosu-gil street: a vibrant and trendy street that offers a unique and sophisticated shopping and dining experience. The street is lined with designer boutiques, stylish cafes, and art galleries, attracting fashion enthusiasts, foodies, and art lovers alike. Garosu-gil is also known for its beautiful tree-lined streets, making it a great destination for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing afternoon.
  4. Dosan Park is a peaceful public park located in the Apgujeong neighborhood of Gangnam. It is named after a famous Korean independence activist and scholar, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho. The park is renowned for its serene ambiance and beautiful walking paths lined with trees. Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities such as jogging, picnicking, and playing sports. The park is also home to a range of sculptures and art installations that add to its aesthetic appeal. 

Transportation:

Gangnam has an extensive public transportation system, including subway lines and buses. The Seoul Metro system has four subway lines that pass through the district, providing easy access to major destinations. The district is also well-served by buses, which offer more comprehensive coverage of the area. Additionally, taxis and ride-hailing services are widely available and provide convenient transport options for those who prefer a more private mode of travel. Overall, the public transportation system in Gangnam is efficient and reliable, making it easy for visitors to navigate the district and explore its many attractions.

VERDICT: 

Gangnam definitely earns two thumbs up from us. Not only does it offer some of the best coworking options in South Korea, but it has tons of attractions, is easy to get to and is very tech-forward. The only downside is the cost – which can be too much for travelers on a budget. But savy WanderLawyers will be able to find enough deals to make it work!

-WL 

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.