This page is about the area in Seoul called Gangnam. For the station of the same name on the Seoul subway line 2, see Gangnam Station.
Gangnam (강남구, 江南區, river.south.area, also written Kangnam with previous romanization) is a well-off district in Seoul south of the Han River, on the east side of the city. Gangnam, and especially Apgujeong is the most expensive part of the city, and the largest contributor to municipal tax revenue as well.
The name originates from the Korean word 강(river) and 남(south), essentially referencing 'South of the Han River. This can sometimes cause a little bit of confusion, as many other gu's are also south of the Han River and both foreigners and Koreans alike may say that they live in or are going to Gangnam, when they might be actually going to some place like Seochu-gu, but is technically south of the river. Gangnam-gu, itself, is situated in the southeast of Seoul.
There are few areas of Korea that have exploded more in growth, than Gangnam. The area became a self-governing district in 1998 and contains 26 administrative districts spread out over 39.54 square km. Gangnam is famous around Korea for its business districts such as the area around COEX and Teheran-ro, but also for its affluence, shopping, and nightlife in Apgujeong, Cheongdam-dong, and the Gangnam Station area.
Inside of the coffee shop Pascucci
in a part of Gangnam. Gangnam has the largest number of coffee shops in the city.
Places to Visit