The Hyundai Seoul in Yeouido
We all seek comfort when it comes to doing our retail therapy, be it with family, friends, or just by ourselves – and The Hyundai Seoul hopes to provide just that.
This mall has 12 floors – 8 levels are filled with about 600 shops, and 4 levels underground are reserved for parking. There are also 8m-wide pathways – wider than the usual 2-3m ones found in most malls – that provide a more comfortable and spacious shopping experience for the customers.
Unique and green structures in place of shops
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Almost half of The Hyundai Seoul is designated as resting areas and spruced up with greenery – bringing the relaxation one would experience in the outdoors indoors.
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Visitors will be welcomed by the impressive 2-storey indoor waterfall that stands at 12m tall. The relaxing sounds of the water crashing down help to provide a calming sensory experience to those sitting around the waterfall.
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The ceiling, lined with glass windows on the ceiling allows natural light to seep through. This helps the atmosphere feel less stuffy when patrons roam around the mall.
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Located on the 5th floor is the Sound Forest. This 3,300 sq m park, with a mixture of artificial and real plants, functions as a rest area for shoppers with the benches and chairs laid out here.
– What to do in The Hyundai Seoul –
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Check out Asia’s 1st ARKET store at Basement 2. ARKET is a Swedish sustainable lifestyle-fashion brand under H&M. This outlet at The Hyundai Seoul is their first in Asia, and you can expect to find basic, yet trendy outfits and other lifestyle items here.
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Within the store is Arket Cafe. The cafe sells vegan and vegetarian bakes and pastries as well as beverages, all priced from KRW3,000 (~USD2.66) onwards.
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Check out EATALY on Level 6 – this restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine with great ambience. You’ll also get to experience dining with one of the most eye-catching structures of the mall – the one that looks like an aviary. Even Jessica Jung, a former member of Girls’ Generation, brought her mum to dine at this restaurant, in one of her YouTube vlogs.
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Some of the classic Italian food they offer include pasta and pizza – both are priced from KRW17,000 (~USD15.23).
(L-R) Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and Pizza Margherita
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After your meal, you can check out the Italian market that’s adjacent to the restaurant. They have fine wines, cheeses, pasta noodles, and other yummy Italian goods in the market.
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Visit an art exhibition in a museum called ALT1 on Level 6. This museum can hold up to 200 works.
An Andy Warhol exhibition called “Andy Warhol: Beginning Seoul” is currently being held and will go on till 27th June 2021.
Ticket prices range between KRW11,000-15,000 (~USD9.83-13.40) for children 12 and under to adults 64 and below. You can purchase them on-site or via their website here.
Popping by The Hyundai Seoul
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The customer-friendly infrastructure of The Hyundai Seoul helps bring the relaxing element of nature indoors, in addition to the spacious walkways that help visitors feel less claustrophobic. This place is worth a visit if you’re in the area, or if you’re looking for something new in Seoul to explore.
Here’s how to get there:
- Alight at Yeouido Station via the Seoul Subway on Line 5 or 9.
- Exit the station via Exit 3 or 4.
- If you are using Exit 3, walk about 500m along the travelator at the basement, and you will reach Basement 2 of the department store.
- If you are using Exit 4, a 400m walk will lead you to the entrance to The Hyundai Seoul.
Address: Parc.1, 108 Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouidae-ro, Seoul
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs, 10:30AM-8PM | Fri – Sun, 10:30AM-8:30PM
Check out other places in Korea:
- Cat Lover Garden: A cat cafe with an outdoor garden for cats to roam around
- Seoul Book Bogo: The library and cultural complex that appeared in Hotel Del Luna
- Ewha School Uniform: Don the coolest Korean school uniforms and blend in with Korean students
- Anyoung Insadong: A new cultural complex in Insadong besides SSamziegil
- Mr. Toilet House: a toilet bowl-shaped museum that advocates clean toilets
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