NYTimes.com – Where the Arty Flock in Seoul (Hint: It’s Not Gangnam) – Slide Show

Where the Arty Flock in Seoul (Hint: It’s Not Gangnam) – Slide Show – NYTimes.com. <–Checkout slideshow with side notes

“Most Western visitors to Seoul head right for the Gangnam neighborhood, whose glossy shops and well-heeled clientele were immortalized in the monster pop hit “Gangnam Style.” But the city’s arty crowd is flocking to Hapjeong, which until recently was merely an unexciting residential extension of Hongdae, the bustling commercial district surrounding the renowned arts school Hongik University. A marker of this area’s ascent was last fall’s opening of Mecenatpolis, a complex that includes luxury apartments, office buildings, an arts center and a shopping mall. But the neighborhood’s charm lies in its narrow streets full of cafes, global restaurants, underground music spaces and galleries.” — JULIE ALVIN

Where the Arty Flock in Seoul (Hint: It’s Not Gangnam) - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

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“PAUL & LINA CAFE

Seoul is experiencing a boom in coffee house culture, with an ever-growing number of destinations for hand-drip cups and single-origin beans. On what’s called Cafe Street, this coffee shop and cafe offers hand drips, espresso-based drinks, Dutch-style cold drips and snacks like waffles and red bean sherbet. The owners also run a made-to-order furniture line, and most of the furnishings here are made by the co-owner Paul Kim himself.

413-18 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, 2F; (82-2) 336-0934; paul-lina.com” – NYTimes.comWhere the Arty Flock in Seoul (Hint: It’s Not Gangnam) - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

Where the Arty Flock in Seoul (Hint: It’s Not Gangnam) - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

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