Sunday, October 01, 2017

Hongdae (홍대)

Hongdae (홍대)

Hongdae (홍대) might be one of the neighborhoods in South Korea that I love so much. But then, I did not get to explore other neighborhoods like Sinchon-dong (신촌동), Daehangno (대학로), Hapjeong-dong (합정동) and Sinsa-dong (신사동) to name a few, so there's that. While I love Hongdae, I have made a note for myself that Hongdae always makes my senses overload and I might feel overwhelmed whenever I'm around the area.

Hongdae (홍대)

Interesting thing to note: you can barely see any older adults walking around Hongdae except the store owners as Hongdae is mainly dominated by local youths. So, this is the place that you want to go if you want to meet and see young locals.

Not the best picture, I know.

I love Hongdae mainly due to the street performances at the Hongdae Walking Street. Most of the times I stick to the acoustic performances or whoever performs songs that I am familiar with. I can easily spend a day here doing nothing but listening to all the street performances. I think I spent about almost 10 hours in Hongdae during my visit. I know, crazy right?

Street Performance at Hongdae
Absolutely adore this guy's voice!


I listened to him singing just for a bit during that time but his voice was truly ear-pleasing. Did not stay for longer cause I did not know the songs that he were singing. Fast forward almost a year later, I actually stayed for his performances for about 2 hours and I just realized that as I am writing this post! :) 

Street Performance at Hongdae
My favourite performers of that day! :)

These three buskers from Busan were the reason why I spent too much time at Hongdae. I was about to walk away from Hongdae when they started singing Cool's song - Sorrow. I told myself that I am going to stay until the end of the song only but then, they started singing GOD's song - One Candle after that. Next, they sang SECHSKIES' song - Couple. Guys, those are among of my zillions favourite old K-pop songs! It was hard to hear other performers singing those songs. I ended up listening to their performances for about 4 hours! 4 hours of my life just flew away like that. I regretted that fact a bit but who am I kidding? I truly enjoyed myself for that 4 hours.

Hongdae (홍대)

While I hate myself for spending too much time at Hongdae, Hongdae is definitely a neighborhood that I find myself keep coming to whenever I am in South Korea. The indie performances steal my heart. The interesting crowd makes people-watching so entertaining and fun! Maybe, just maybe, if I get a lil bit older, I will not fancy Hongdae anymore. Until then, I can picture myself enjoying Hongdae scene whenever I have a chance. Haha!

18 comments:

  1. When I went to Korea, Hongdae totally slipped my mind as I love Myeongdong more because of all the shops and street foods lol.

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    1. I have love and hate relationship with Myeongdong for the reasons that you mentioned. Haha :D

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  2. 4 jam?? Okay lama tuuuu. Hihi. Mesti tak sedar masa berlalu kan, asyik dengar dorang nyanyi :D

    Siqah suka gambar last tu. Tempat sesuai untuk ambil gambar. Hihi :D

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    1. Lama sangat sampai kebas punggung. Haha!

      Dekat Hongdae banyak lagi spots yang best ambil gambar. Rasanya yang gambar last tu dah tak wujud dah sekarang.

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  3. makk aihhh. 10 jam kat hongdae. tapi kalau akak kat situ dengar lagu pun, hanyut gak. haha. tapi malangnya dah lama akak tak follow lagu kpop. faktor umur mungkin.

    rindu farah :)

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    1. Kita pun dah lama tak follow K-pop ni. Almost 3 months dah? Hahaha. Tak tahu dah lagu apa or group apa yang paling in sekarang. Hahahahaha :D

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  4. Fuhh ni kalau Nani pergi sini mesti kejap je. Hahah! Lagu lagu kpop semua ni atk kena sangat dengan jiwa. Hahah! Cantik cantiklah gambar Farah :)

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    1. Hehe. I think it depends on your interest la. Most of the times, performers kat sini tak nyanyi pun lagu K-pop. Diaorang perform lagu K-indie. Tapi itulah, kalau orang tak minat, sekejap je la kot.

      Thanks, Nani! :)

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  5. might find myself planning for korea trip after reading this hehehe

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    1. Hehehehe. I guess going to South Korea for umpteenth time is inevitable for people like us. :D

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  6. Hongdae tak pegi pun ritu. reason untuk kembali perhaps hehe..

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    1. Kak Siti tak pergi ke Hongdae? Macam jarang je orang missed Hongdae. Hehehehe. Pergilah Korea kalau rasa dah sampai seru tu :D

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    2. I'm not a fan of Hongdae...I can skip if possible...hahahaha..dunno why :P

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    3. Uikkk? Ingatkan kak Sally suka Hongdae? Saya seorang je ke yang suka Hongdae ni?

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    4. Hahaha..nope, I don't! macam takde anything special pun...except those live performance la kot? :D

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    5. Yup. Memang takde yang special pun. Kita suka live performances je :D

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  7. Dua kali visit Korea tak pernah lagi spent berjam-jam dkt Hongdae. I didn't know that Hongdae byk benda menarik jugak but I agree with you , majority youth. I miss Korea.

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    1. I miss Korea too. I guess most people don't spend that long at Hongdae. Mungkin saya je macam ni cause I really like K-indie :)

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