Where to live
Hannamdong is located between Namsan Mountain and the Han River. This area is one of the supreme residential areas with highly guarded luxurious mansions and villas. Its residents are largely successful business executives and diplomatic missions. There are many shops which provide variety of international food ingredients. There are several international schools including Deutsche Schule Seoul and Yongsan International School of Seoul.
Itaewon in Yongsangu is a unique multicultural community where features diverse shops, cafes, and restaurants with international cuisine. The U.S. Army Yongsan Base has been decided to move the base in a few years time. The site will be transformed into a part of the grand park covering the Namsan and the Yongsan Family Park. This area offers many choices of residential types including affordable housing. Neighboring with Hannamdong and Ichondong, It is close to Seoul Railway Station, Myeongdong, Namsan Mountain and the Han River.
Ichondong in Yongsangu is a residential area in the southern part from the city center along the Han River. It has been known as "Little Tokyo" but increasingly become an attractive area to the other nationalities as well. A number of luxurious apartment blocks and residential cum office buildings have been newly built around this area. Yongsan Family Park is just across the street. You can easily get to anywhere in Seoul by subway and busses.
In the northwest of Seoul, Sinchon is a college town with a number of universities such as Yonsei and Ewha universities in and around this area. Many trendy shops, bars and restaurants draw many young people and create a vibrant atmosphere. Many professors and students from overseas are living in the area. There are numerous officetels and one-room type buildings (studios). You can take the subway circular line 2, the Green Line. Sinchon Station is just 4 Stations away from the City Hall Station.
Yeonhuidong in Seodaemungu in the western part of Seoul is a relaxing residential area with executive houses surrounded by hills where you can enjoy hiking. Yonsei University and Seoul Foreign School (SFS) are within walking distance. There are two former Korean presidents' residences. The people in this area feel secure more than anywhere else in Seoul.
Pyeongchangdong in the north of the city center is on the foothill of the magnificent Mt. Bukhan looking over the city center in the north of Seoul. Some people call the area as Korean Beverly Hills. The city center is 10 minute drive away. With a scenic view along Mt.Inwang and Mt.Bukak and its serenity, the area draws people such as leading artists, writers and politicians. There are supreme houses and villas.
Seongbukdong is next to the Blue House, the presidential residence. Nestled on the hillside north of the city, this area commands scenic mountain views and city views as well. It is an exclusive residential area with a number of executive and luxurious houses. Many successful business people and diplomats are among the residents. This well-off neighborhood is home to many art galleries and private museums.
Seochogu is a popular residential area along with Gangnamgu in the south of the Han River. This area has many amenities including two Express Bus Terminals, mega shopping malls, National Library, Supreme Court and Seoul Arts Center. Particularly Seorae Maeul is called Little France with its large French population and French school. Their residential types are a mixture of mainly apartment blocks and modern houses.
Gangnamgu is quite broad area in the south of the Han River which includes Apgujeongdong ad Cheongdamdong having a lot of fancy shops of international labels. This trendy district has high rise business buildings, large apartment complexes, officetels and single detached houses.
Gwanghwamun area is the heart of Seoul City and is also the gate to explore Seoul. There are plenty of landmarks. Royal Palaces, Seoul City Hall, Sejong Cultural Center, Gwanghwamun Square and Kyobo Book Store are just a few of them. This area has a number of serviced residences for foreigners and a small number of apartment blocks. Subway Line 1,2,3,5 run through this area.
Yeouido is an island in the western part of the Han River. The Island is a business, financial, and political center. It contains the Korean Exchange Center, the National Assembly Building, and the 63 Building. As Manhattan in Seoul, there are also nationwide broadcasting company KBS and MBC. With Yeouido Park and the Han River parks along the river bank, Yeouido is a popular residential area among Koreans and Foreign businessmen as well.
Jamsil is east part of Seoul is a mixed area of commercial, official and residential with apartment complex. There is the Olympic Arena and the Olympic Park. There is a swimming pool inside the park where sports activities take place, like a scuba diving program for beginners. There is Lotte mall at Jamsil Station which includes a department store, hotel, and theme park.
Sangamdong is west part of Seoul and recently redeveloped near late 1990’s. There is a World Cup arena, Sky Park, broadcasting stations and digital contents business. Due to the wide redevelopment, only apartment type of residence available. There is Dwight School and Japanese School and easily accessable to public transportations.