An insider’s guide to Seoul, South Korea

Jun 20, 2017

july_korea_seoul_resultKim Ga-young, customer service agent at Singapore Airlines’ Seoul office, shares the current popular nightspots and activities in her fast-paced city.

All things K-pop


Seoul is rapidly changing and constantly chasing the latest trends – the phrase “palli, palli” (faster, faster) reflects the pace at which it runs. SMTown Studio is the perfect place to experience Korean pop culture. From vocal training to song recording and music-video production, you can live out your K-Pop dreams here. Just remember you need to book your spot at least two weeks in advance.

Top tables


Besides street snacks sold 
in areas like Myeongdong, Seoul has plenty of superb restaurants. I like Jungsik’s New Korean cuisine (above), which merges Korean and Western styles of cooking. Awarded one Michelin star last year, it offers a five-course lunch and nine-course dinner. For something traditional, try Halmaejip, which serves gamjatang (spicy pork-bone and potato soup).

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Game to party


Recently, the term TGIF (thank God it’s Friday or bul-geum) has become popular. Clubs near Hongik University offer free entry on the last Friday of the month. I like Vera Hybrid Club and Club Cocoon (above).
 For quirky fun, head to
 Tae Hwa Bowling Center for music, beer and a game of glow-in-the-dark bowling.