Sinchon is best known as a trendy college neighborhood that is full of great restaurants and cafes. For two days in July, it will also be home to Seoul's biggest water gun festival. The 5th Sinchon Water Gun Festival will take place in Sinchon on July 29th and 30th, 2017. This year's festival theme is "aliens and earthlings." Locals and tourists will be able to join in and battle the heat and each other with water guns. Take part in the festival then take some time to explore Sinchon's restaurants and cafes!
07.29.2017 (Sat) - 07.30.2017 (Sun)
Yonsei-ro area (near Sinchon Station), Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Sinchon Station (subway line 2) exits 2, 3
Though the Sinchon Water Gun Festival takes place in the middle of Seoul, festival-goers are sure to get soaked. Summery clothing and beach attire like rash guards are would be smart wardrobe choices for the festival. In addition to water gun fights, there will be DJs playing throughout the festival's duration. Enjoy the party atmosphere by dancing and battling it out with water guns on the streets of Sinchon!
Festival-goers can bring their own water guns, but water guns will also be available for sale at the festival. Though a water gun is not required to attend the festival, visitors should think twice before stepping onto a battlefield unarmed. Choose from a variety of gun sizes and types; and keep in mind that bigger isn't always better. Take up arms and let loose in Sinchon!
Official Website (Korean) : http://watergunfestival.co.kr/main/main.html
Summer temperatures in Korea reach their peak in July and August and food is one way to ward off the heat and summer fatigue. Traditionally, chicken soup is one of the dishes that are most consumed on the hottest days of the year. Luckily for visitors in the Sinchon area, there is a popular chicken restaurant that has been in operation for over 30 years, Youdarkstory. Youdarkstory offers a range of delicious chicken dishes to choose from.
105-5 Sinchon-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul / Sinchon Station (subway line 2) exit 4, roughly 2 min. away on foot
Weekdays 11:00-22:00, Sundays 11:00-22:00
Korean barbeque is quite popular with foreign visitors and there's nothing like grilling a meal in the summertime. Ssangpandaek Yangnyeom Galbi is conveniently located in Sinchon and the restaurant specializes in yangnyeom galbi (marinated grilled ribs). Diners can enjoy unlimited servings of juicy and tender galbi here. Sightseeing and water gun fights can be tiring affairs so visitors should stop by and fill up on delicious galbi before carrying on with their sightseeing.
Ssangpandaek Yangnyeom Galbi
43 Yonsei-ro 9-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Rest and recuperate at Youhou! One of Sinchon's coolest cafes, patrons can take advantage of the many lounge areas and tasty refreshments on offer. Patrons can order from a diverse menu of desserts, coffee, and other drinks. Youhou even offers in-house massages.
5th Fl, SD Tower II, 37 Myeongmul-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul