Mapo-gu is well known for Hongdae or Hongik University. My friends and I stayed at a lovely guesthouse in Yeonnam-dong, a neighborhood in the Mapo district, which was just a few minutes away from the vibrant and crowded neighborhood of Hongdae. There were no big-name chain stores in Yeonnam and shops were nestled in unlikely locations which I found very interesting. We were in Seoul for a week so we got to explore the backstreets of Hongdae as well. Call me boring, but seriously… just looking around was a lot of fun! I have so much love for this district!