Getting Classy

If you haven't partied in Seoul recently, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Nightlife in the Korean capital no longer means mixing only with expats and U.S. Marines in the beer halls of Itaewon or downing soju with soused salarymen in the hotel bar. Seoul's gotten class. For stylish, buzzy entertainment, head to up-and-coming Hong Dae, a bustling quarter of cool lounges, dance clubs, art shops and student cafés in the shadow of Hongik University. Look out for the area's monthly Club Day, where a mere $12 buys you admission to 10 participating dance clubs, all within easy sashaying distance of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!