Why I Chose Not to Live in Gangnam, and in Gangbuk in Seoul

14 Jun

Gangnam in Seoul is pretty famous. But I don’t live there. It’s really t rendy and cool, but it’s also a bit expensive and, and a bit too new (if you know what I mean).

I enjoy living in the older part of Seoul, which is Gangbuk (North of the Han River). To me, it has a more Korean feel to it, rather than the new, fast and hip modern culture of Gangnam. And although I try to be hip and modern, deep inside I’m really an ajeoshi. So Gangbuk fits me nice and snug 🙂

Where would you guys live? 🙂


7 Responses to “Why I Chose Not to Live in Gangnam, and in Gangbuk in Seoul”

  1. chocoball noona (@chocoballnoona) June 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM #

    We have something in common. I am an old-schooler myslef so if I were to study in Korea,I would choose a place with a traditional houses and feeling to it.Yes,I am into the “new” things too but I would prefer a peaceful place to live in. Glad you posted all these as these will help outsiders with their options. kamsahamnida.

  2. Lee Zamastil (@elzed) June 19, 2012 at 6:32 AM #

    I’m with you. I can’t comment on living in Gangnam but as a visitor I’m much more interested in exploring Gangbuk and historic Seoul (especially the crazy alleyways) than I am in seeing what, to my eye, looks a lot like my home here in the States. That said, when I visited a few years ago I was keen on seeing the “European” Garosugil to the south. But I got lost and that was that.

    I’ve stayed in Jeong-dong in Jung-gu. Like the corner you’re standing on in this video, the neighborhood is lined with contemporary buildings yet if you walk around a bit (particularly along the narrow Jeong-dong gil which cuts through the neighborhood) you’ll find some impressive old school buildings and churches, the Chongdong Theater and the historic Russian legation building—plus there are a bunch of cool restaurants which are practically hidden away, stacked above and behind the local businesses.

    Like you say, Gangnam is great for some things (glitz) but if you want more then “old” Seoul is where it’s at!

  3. rockchiq June 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

    ajeoshi! haha. I also am not into living in a metropolitan area. It might be trendy and cool but getting a feel of the old and historic buildings makes you feel more at home. Metropolitan area also lacks the sense of nature where it’s more futuristic, and that makes most of the surroundings look artificial.

    • Keith Kim June 22, 2012 at 1:58 AM #


      • rockchiq June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM #

        I have friends who are older than me and I remember when I call then ajumah, they’ll not liking it. So, I call them eonni. It’s just funny how we use some korean words to show respect yet we are filipinos.

  4. JonB June 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM #

    I’ll definitely be looking into Gangbuk-gu if I stay in Korea long-term. I’m in a planned city now, and I miss the history of a ‘natural’ city.

    Thanks for the tip!

  5. Bella February 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM #

    I’m more traditional area. Don’t know why but it’s more amazing 😛
    When I was in Japan (Tokyo more precisely), I lived in Sakura Shinmachi 桜新町 and it was a little bit out of time. I love it, it’s more closed to the nature

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