We are not the young ones that we used to be, but when a friend of ours invited us to go to the club with him and his friends, we were curious to see what the Korean club scene is like.
Hongdae is near a university and therefore is a hot spot for nightlife. There are many bars, restaurants and of course clubs and that was where we met up.
We ended up going to Cocoon. Here is a photo of the front of Cocoon in Hongdae. This was about 11 PM and you can see the streets are packed!
서울특별시 마포구 와우산로21길 31 (31 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea)
There was a pretty decent line out front to get in, and you will pay a cover charges based on what time you go into a club (usually cheaper if you get in before 11 PM/12 AM). The cover charges I’m told generally include 1 drink. However, if you don’t want to wait, you could get bottle service and a table. Getting a table isn’t as tough on your wallet in Korea as it is in the U.S.. Our friend said that you can get a bottle for around $75.
Once you’re inside the club, it’s wall to wall people. There is no such thing as personal space, that’s for sure! Also, most the clubs are electronica which is played at very high volumes. Prepare yourself to lose your hearing for at least a day.
The club scene is not only a musical experience, they have laser lights, fog machines, and even a topless Korean male dancer that cater to your visual senses.
We are definitely not huge clubbers, so this will be a rare occasion for us. Clubbing in Korea is pretty entertaining even if it isn’t your thing. There’s a lot of things to be entertained by. It was fun to see how the younger half live for a night. If you have a chance, go ahead and experience it for yourself!