Sinchon (신촌) or sometimes spelled 'Shinchon', is a popular area of Seoul, Korea, that is famous for its shopping and nightlife. Although the area is not as famed as nearby Hongdae, it is jam-packed with restaurants, bars, cafes, and clothing stores. Sinchon is at the heart of surrounding universities, such as Yonsei, Ewha, and Sogang which are famed for their International Studies departments. As a result, it has become a hotspot for both Koreans and foreigners to converge on.
Pronunciation and spelling
The proper pronunciation of Sinchon is 'Shin-chohn'. This is particularly important, as foreigners often confuse it with Sincheon (pronounced 'Shin-chawn'.), which is another nightlife district in southern Seoul.
Restaurants in Sinchon
Sinchon has hundreds of restaurants to choose from, however, as the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other world cuisines.
Bars in Sinchon
Sinchon is one of the most popular nightlife areas of Seoul and have loads of bars and clubs to choose from.
- See Bars in Sinchon for a list of some of the more popular ones that foreigners and Koreans flock to.
As the area is sandwiched in the middle of so many local universities, the Sinchon area is home to a large number of hasuks and goshiwons.
sign in the backstreets of Sinchon.
Almost any sidestreet that has villas and apartments on it, is bound to have signs on display offering rooms for rent or 'hasuks'. But the best concentration of them can be found in the hills and back street beyond Exits 3 and 4 of Sinchon Station. Specifically, if you come out of Exit 4, walk straight and take your first left, then take a right, and walk for 1-2 minutes, you will begin to come across apartments with hasuk signs. At any time while walking this stretch, take a left and go up stairs leading up the hill and you will find a lot more. Rooms tend to be as low as 300,000won/mnth, and that often may include 1-2 meals a day. The landlady will often also do laundry for you, but it depends on the place if it's cost-inclusive or a little extra.
There are many upscale and mid-range love motels around Sinchon, as well as inexpensive yeogwans. The best concentration of motels are in the streets behind Exit 3 and 4 of Sinchon Station. You can also find inexpensive ones south of Exit 7.
Just 10-15 minutes northeast of Sinchon Station is the famous Severance Hospital, which is one of the most preferred hospitals for foreigners in Korea, due its multi-lingual internation health care center.
You can reach this area by taking a subway to Sinchon Station.