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A Small Guide to Retro Seoul

Vintage and retro items have been coming back into trend as more and more retro spaces pop up all over Seoul. Thanks to the drama “Reply” younger generations became eager to learn more about the previous trends. And absolutely they are more enthusiastic about discovering more about retro. Hence many music cafes, arcades and record stores opened became a trend. Young Korean adults as well as foreigners find it charming when exploration Retro Seoul.

Arcades

If you visit Korea you will always find small stationary stores around the schools. These stores were the place to go for everything you need as a student. Next to those stores you will always find mini arcades machines where kids would sit and spend some time playing. In a time when laptops and phones were absent, arcades were the best thing on Earth for kids. Thankfully, these nostalgic arcades can be still found throughout Seoul even today.

One of the famous places among young adults and couples in Seoul is Com Com Play. As the signature embodiment of the newtro trend, ComCom Arcade has all the gaming memories of old intact. Just put a 500 won coin into the machine and take yourself back to the days of old when all that mattered was losing yourself amid the gaming excitement.

Cafes with a retro theme

Throughout the years many cafes have adopted the retro theme, especially in Seoul. Today I would like to introduce you to one the trendy retro cafe among young koreans, which is Heeda Cafe. Heeda cafe have many branches not only in Seoul but throughout the whole country. Café Heeda is located near Banpo Station. Their theme is the 70s using vintage items brought from the owner’s grandparents homes in the countryside. It’s a beautiful space where you can take many instagrammable pictures. Interestingly, this is a milk café, which is to say, it offers a variety of milks. Which is different than other cafes!

Music cafes- Music Dabang

Back in the 80s and 90s, vinyl records were all the rage, music dabang hence were the places to go to listen to music. With the returning retro trend tapes, CDs, and records have begun to once again appear in the market. If you are looking for a place to enjoy good music and have fun exploring vinyl records. Then Mmm records is the place to go. Mmm Records is a new style of record shop where everyone can experience vinyl culture. The shop’s collection has been built around the 80,000 record archive of a local collector.

Addresses:

  • ComCom Play: 171-1 Ikseon-dong, Seoul
  • Cafe Heeda: 701-52, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
  • Mmm Records: 620-124 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
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