"Wild Itaewon" Western Bars and Hofs (Korean Bars) Tip by D_Shannon

There's no where quite like Itaewon for tying one on. Expect to stay out drinking and dancing all night (and I do mean all night: bars close down around 6am). Lots of teachers and American soldiers, but very few Koreans. Those you do meet here will be open-minded and will speak English extremely well.

Itaewon has 3 parts:
1 - the main drag. The main street (where buses and subways disgorge their passengers) is lined with shops and restaurants.
2 - hooker hill. Where you'll find the hookers and most of the good drinking/dancing spots. At the very top is the clean and affordable "Hilltop Hotel". To get there, go up the Burger King hill and turn left up the hill just past "King Club". You'll see signs for clubs like "Polly's Kettle" and "Spacesomethingorother"
3 - homo hill. Where you'll find some outrageous dance clubs, mainly for gay and lesbians. To get there, go up the Burger King hill, past the turn for hooker hill, and take a left. You'll signs for clubs like "Queen" and "Why Not".

Warning: Itaewon is the ONLY place in Korea where I don't feel 100% safe. Use the buddy system.

Dress Code: Absolutely everything (and almost nothing) goes.

Theme: Nightclub

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  • Written Oct 19, 2003
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