Ever heard of the song Gangnam Style?? The city of Gangnam in South Korea lives up to the hype.
During my week in Gimpo South Korea, the four of us ventured off to Seoul.
I got to spend one of those days in Gangnam.
Gangnam in South Korea is like nothing I have ever seen before.
It is busy all of the time and there are crowds everywhere. Although I went both times during Covid, it was still a great time.
Gangnam-gu is the classier and upscale part of Seoul.
It is located a little southeast of Seoul and it is a quick KTX ride.
You can find designer brands and of course many cafes. They have nightclubs, skyscrapers, and tons of other department stores. We walked by Chanel, Versace, and Loius Vuitton. So that gives you a pretty good description of the area, right?
The first time I went, we got to Gangnam mid-afternoon.
It took about 40 minutes to ride the KTX from Unyang Gimpo to Gangnam. It was also about ₩2,000 to get there which is not bad at all.
If you have Naver maps or Kakao, you can simply just punch in wherever you want to go in Gangnam (or anywhere else in Korea) and it will show you the quickest way to get there. It will also tell give you an estimate on much the trip will be and the ETA.
It was a bit cold but sunny for February in South Korea.
Once we got to Gangnam, were starving. We walked down a bunch of streets and saw all different kinds of stores.
We walked around for a bit more and found a place that caught our attention. Since we’re all from the US, we saw Chicago Pizza & Pub and had to try it.
The inside of the pub was cute and although I have never been to Chicago, I feel like it was an accurate representation of the famous city.
The pizza, however, was not.
We ordered a cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese to split between the four of us. We couldn’t even finish it LOL. Not because we were full, but because it was so sweet.
It reminded me of Thailand’s western food. They put sugar- and too much of it- in everything.
If there’s one thing that I remember about Thailand- they love their sweets. After talking to others that have lived in Korea, and experiencing it myself, I guess South Korea is like that too.
We paid our pretty expensive bill that was not worth it and ventured off. We stopped at a cafe and then went to the underground mall that Gangnam is known for.
There was this one store called Vin Prime and it was a thrift store. I got two cute shirts for ₩18,000.
They had jeans, skirts, jackets, dresses, and more. It was fairly priced as well.
We went back out to the busy streets of Gangnam and went to Artbox.
Artbox in Gangnam is huge.
Kakao is a huge thing in South Korea. They use KakaoTalk as their messaging/calling app. Kakao also has many other apps for transportation and such. Find more apps that are useful for South Korea here.
So, inside of Artbox, they have Kakao themed pens, pencils, diffusers, masks, stickers, and just about everything else you can think of. Literally.
There’s also an Artbox at AK Plaza in Pyeongtaek but the one in Gangnam was bigger and better, of course.
This Artbox also has a few Line items as well.
While in Korea, I found that they use Kakao more and in Thailand, they use Line. Kakao and Line are essentially the same, just different owners, from what I looked into.
I got a few Brown masks and was satisfied.
We left and crossed the street where Kakao Friends and Line Friends were. It’s funny cause they are literally right next to each other.
They were both closed, which was sad. Luckily, I got to make my way back to Gangnam again before I left Korea.
We went to Zara. It was three floors and HOT. I was anxiously waiting to go back outside to the crisp winter air.
We spent a good portion of the day in Gangnam. All of that walking catches up to you. We decided to take the bus back to Unyang for ₩2,600 and called it a day.
Going back to Unyang only took about a half-hour, which was a perfect amount of time for us to rest from walking for so long.
Gangnam in South Korea has to be one of the best cities that I have ever been to. Gangnam has so much to offer and with the convenient location and easily accessible transportation in South Korea, why not add it to your list?