Partying All Night in Hongdae

Professor Oh January 23, 2014 4

2:39 am. Late Thursday night, early Friday morning. My best friend and I arrive in Hongdae after dinner at Bonjour Restaurant & Cafe. By the recommendation of the mystery magician–as appeared in KWOW episode 125, we are dropped off in front of Prince Edward Noraebang.

Note #1: noraebang means karaoke.
Note #2: Prince Edward is a real person.

prince edward hongdae

We walk up the black stairs to the main counter. The interior is white and inspired by the Greek and Roman classical architecture. The decorative columns are a bit tacky. Arrive drunk and you learn to appreciate them more. You pay first, then sing. We paid 25,000 won for one hour (approximately $25 USD), then as service were given an extra 30 minutes to sing!

prince edward hongdae interior

We started out in a small room. We lucked out and were moved to the VIP room, which was bigger and circular. Each room is embellished with floral wallpaper and has a stage with a spinning ball of lights.

prince edward sing

Our recorded performance. My bestie and I singing EXO’s “Mama” and more:

Reasons why I’d go back to Prince Edward Noraebang:

  1. Open 24 hours. Rain or shine. Happy or depressed. Come anytime.
  2. One of the best karaoke spots I’ve been to, especially in terms of microphone and output. Your voice will sound clear and crisp. No fighting over the instrumental track!
  3. With the newer songs there is vocal backup. If you forget how to sing part of a song, the pre-recorded vocals will take over until you begin singing again.
  4. Every room has a mini stage with a spinning ball of lights.
  5. There’s a rooftop terrace with views of Hongik University.
  6. Come at a time when it’s not too busy and you just might score bonus minutes!

Address: 서울특별시 마포구 서교동 364-24
Seoul Teukbyeolshi Mapogu Seogyodong 364-24

4:25 am. My friend and I are hungry. We see a shiny building and are attracted to its aluminum foily quality. As we walk closer to it, we learn it is a Japanese restaurant called Delicious Kyoto (맛있는 교토/Mashitneun Kyoto).

delicious kyoto

Upon entering we immediately walk up a flight of stairs. We get excited from its interior design. On the right there are stairs that lead to a dark basement. Shelves are adorned with alcohol bottles. On the left is another set of stairs that led downwards to the main dining area.

delicious kyoto interior

Unfortunately the restaurant is closed. What a tease. Entrance doors are open and potential customers walk in, only to be shooed away with the feeling of unfinished business.

Address: 395-37 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 3pm-2am

4:29 am. We walk to another shiny building, which houses the Samguri Pocha (삼거리포차). The pub is owned by YG Entertainment‘s CEO Yang Hyun-suk. Come here enough and you just might bump into members from Big Bang.

It’s a pub so everyone around us drink. My bestie and I don’t feel the pressure. Instead we secretly people-watch the other customers. We feel like we’re watching scenes from a Korean drama. One woman has her face planted on the table while her friend dozes off with her chin rested on her swaying arm. A few tables away a party of eight men are gathered. They are rowdy. Between the two I choose to watch the drama with two drunk girls. What’s their story? After briefly creating a plot in my mind, I resume to talking to my bestie.

hongdae eat

We share an egg stew which contains some mysterious-looking items in bottom. It’s a bit salty. We prefer the seaweed soup.

egg stew

Address: 마포구 서교동 316-12, Seoul
Mapogu Seogyodong 316-12, Seoul

5:17 am. We’ve always passed by multi-bangs (aka: multimedia rooms), however never been to one before. Time to explore some new territory. We head to MoPlay located on the 6th floor of the building across Luxury Su Noraebang (서교동 367-39 / 367-39 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul).

multi bang

Pay upfront 25,000 won for two hours. You can watch a movie, listen to music, play games, surf the web and even indulge in cookies.

multi bang cookies

Or maybe you just want to take a little nap.

multi bang sleep

Play Wii Sports with your best friend. Don’t win too much or the following may happen:

multi bang wii

7:35 am. We leave MoPlay and are totally pooped out. As we aimlessly walk the streets hoping to come across the nearest train station, we laugh at everything. Being delirious is like wearing a different pair of glasses.

7:54 am. Finally we find a train station. We bid farewell and head to our homes. People start their day with fresh faces as ours come to an end. Good morning and good night. Zzzzzz~


  1. Jose H January 26, 2014 at 5:34 am - Reply

    You are so photogenic professor Oh! I like You so much in the photo where you are taking a little nap…..

  2. Gabe Santiago January 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    How will You & Una spend the New Year celebrations, in Seoul, this year, Professor? You have to do a video on that; should be explosive! Ha-ha. On behalf of your beautiful family & your trusty side-kick companion, Una, Happy New Year! 2014 새해복 많이 받으세요!

  3. Father Utrecht January 24, 2014 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Nice to see you wondering around in Seoul. If you happen to meet my daughter say hello. Her familyname is Kim (;

  4. Gabe Santiago January 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Looks like when it comes to the fun of “The night-life”, & all-night human activities, New York & Tokyo, are not the only games in town! Enter Seoul! Prof., you & Una, are definitely “gals on the town”. Very impressive showing at “Prince Edward Karaoke”, you two! Your respectives voices carried the night. Ha-ha. ;;) ;;) – Double winks for both of you!

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