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Daehangno (대학로) refers to the street ranging from Jongno-gu to Hyehwa-dong. Directly translated "University Street" in English, Daehangno was named after Seoul National University which was located right besides the street til 1975.
The surrounding area is one of the most vibrant areas around the city, attracting a host of young Koreans and indie artists who are looking for a little more than just fun. Daehangno is most well-known for its art and culture and packed with a number of small indie theaters for lots of different plays, dramas and musicals.
Daehangno is a very popular date spot for young Korean couples since the area offers literally everything ; art, culture, plays, good vibes. In addition, you can walk to Naksan Fortress Wall Park located just near, where you can capture the best view of the city. Follow the trail through Ihwa Mural Village, you will find numerous artworks as you go.
When Koreans think of Daehangno, the first thing comes up to their mind is the theaters and plays. The area is best noted for hosting a great deal of indie plays. You will be able to see flyers and billboards of plays everywhere around Daehangno. There are a variety of genres available, basically whatever genre of play you're looking for, from romance, comedy, drama to horror and for adults only. The area is considered the starting point of the career by Korean actors and it did turn out a number of talented actors that have become extremely famous now.
In the center of Daehangno is Maronie Park, most commonly used as the open-air performance venue for buskers. The park is very crowded in the weekends with visitors, buskers and performances.
Annual festival called D.FESTA (D standing for Daehangno) is held to celebrate and further support the art and culture of the area, centering around the park. Hosted by Korean Small Theater Organization, the festival has been attracting a number of young Korean artists and tourists since its first launch in 2001.
In addition to the plays and performances, the area of Daehangno is sure a work of art as it is. You will come across various art works around the area, including sculptures and wall paintings.
Now the play's over, let's move on to Ihwa Mural Village, the artsy village of Daehangno area. Walk straight from exit 2 of Hyehwa station til you get Ihwa Junction. Make a right and walk for a couple more minutes, you'll see the village.
Iwha Mural Village located right next to Daehangno Street is famous for a number of mural works in the small alleys of the village. The village is definitely the less seen side of the city with a surprisingly calming, exotic vibe to it. Small alleys covered in art are not over crowded, narrow and tiny yet arty.
You will be stopped by some real cute and chill cafes in the village, offering the perfect atmosphere to be soaked with reading books and enjoying the arts.
If you go all the way to the top of the village, you will encounter the fortress-wall-surrounded park that offers the most extensive view of the city. Naksan Park is the perfect spot for a night stroll, super chill and beautiful. The beauty of fortress walls complemented by the lighting at night is an absolute must-see when travelling in Seoul. Capture the mesmerizing view of Seoul city as you finish off your Daehangno tour.
Address : Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
How to get to Daehangno
- Subway Line 4 → Hyehwa station, Exit 2
- Blue bus : 150, 143, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 140, 160, 161, 301
- Green bus : 1011, 1018, 1019, 2112
Area Guide Map
* Visit the official website of Jongno-gu and find out more!
- Address : Maronie Park, Daehangno
- Admission Fees : Free
- Age Limit : N/A
- Inquiries : +82-2-741-4188
* Go on to the official website of D.FESTA for more info.
Ihwa Mural Village Information
- Address : Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- How to get to the village : Subway Line 4 → Hyehwa station Exit 2 → 13 minute walking distance
Naksan Park Information
- Address : 41, Naksan-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Opening Hours : Open 24/7, all year round.
- Admission Fees : Free
- Inquiries : +82-2-743-7985
- How to get to Naksan Park : Subway Line 4 → Hyehwa station Exit 2 → 11 minute walking distance