Top things to do in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Top Choice Gallery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Amid the celebrity-owned apartments on the leafy southern slope of Namsan is Korea's premier art gallery. Beautifully designed and laid-out, it balances modern and contemporary art with traditional Korean art across…
Top Choice Museum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

National Museum of Korea

This vast and imposing concrete slab of a museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Korea's past from prehistory all the way to the Korean Empire period (1897–1910). If you're short on time, prioritise …
Top Choice Museum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

War Memorial of Korea

This huge museum documents the history of the Korean War (1950–53) using multimedia exhibits and black-and-white documentary footage, along with artefacts like weapons, uniforms, and maps. Outside, a sombre memorial…
Top Choice Bar in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Grand Ole Opry

Bang in the middle of Itaewon's red-light district, this honky-tonk dive bar is a throwback GI hang-out and something straight out of a movie. The original owner, Mama Kim, still works the bar; she bought the club i…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Southside Parlor

Having outgrown their Texas-taco-truck roots, these artisanal cocktail makers set up shop in Itaewon. Behind a copper bar, a crew of amiable bartenders concoct creative originals like their award-winning Chiquita Pe…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Casablanca Sandwicherie

These mouth-watering, deep-filled sandwiches served on wide, half-loaves of pillowy bread are beloved by locals and expats. Try the wickedly seasoned (and messy) Moroccan chicken. Also does North African–style shaks…
Top Choice Bakery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Passion 5

A luxe spin-off of the Paris Baguette chain, Passion 5 is the Rolls-Royce of Korean bakeries, offering a Fortnum & Mason–like experience as you wander the gleaming arcade past a sea of perfect pastries, cakes, h…
Top Choice Barbecue in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Linus' BBQ

The portions are more modest than your typical Southern smokehouse, but the pulled pork and beef-brisket rolls with 'skinny ass' fries are some of the tastiest (and prettiest) plates of western food in Seoul. Count …
Top Choice Vegan in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Plant Cafe & Kitchen

Vegan wraps, avocado burgers, chickpea tagines and peanut stews are just some of the virtuously delicious highlights at this popular vegan hang-out started by a local food blogger. The plant-filled space is also a t…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Magpie Brewing Co

Seoul craft-beer pioneers Magpie pour some of the finest brews in Seoul from this rough-and-tumble alleyway venue, opened in 2011. Pull up a stool at the tiny bar or duck into the bunker-styled basement for low-hang…