• Spin vinyl at a retro LP bar and listen to some classic tunes
  • Make your own music with a night out at the noraebang (Korean karaoke)

An unexpectedly low-key destination in the glitzy Apgujeong neighborhood is Traffic, a mod “LP bar” with sleek white-and-blond wood interiors and glowy lighting. Note the wall filled with thousands of records from the ‘70s to the ‘90s (the owner was a DJ in the ‘70s). You can make requests or just sit back and enjoy the tunes to find out what the locals are nostalgic for. You’ll hear a good mix of Korean and Western favorites because, hey, Koreans loved the Beatles, too. Ready to take it up a notch? A true night out Korean-style involves a late-night stop at a noraebang (Korean for karaoke). While traditional noraebang sell alcohol and light snacks, Su Noraebang offers not only drinks, but also popcorn and ice cream, and is all about the music (you may even notice some aspiring K-pop fans practicing solo). The best way to enjoy your noraebang session to bring along a couple of friends and get everyone up and dancing in your private room. Pro-tip: follow Korean rules by changing the disposable cover before handing off your mic to the next singer.

Located in the north of Gangnam, Traffic is found in Cheongdam-dong, a luxury shopping area that epitomizes the wealthy lifestyle of many young professional Koreans. The main street is even known as ‘Fashion Street’ for all the designer labels and brands. From Apgujeong-ro, turn into Apgujeong-ro 50-gil and you’ll see Traffic
amongst the posters and bright storefronts.

TRAFFIC: 21,Seolleung-ro 161-gil, Gangnam-gu; 82-(0)2-3446-7359

SU NORAEBANG: 16, Apgujeong[21] -ro 50-gil, Gangnam-gu; 82-(0)2-518-9334; skysu.com