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Itaewon-dong
이태원동
Neighborhood
Itaewon
District: Yongsan-gu
Population: 22,000

Itaewon is a city district, in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is served by Seoul Subway Line 6 via Itaewon, Noksapyeong and Hanganjin stations. About 22,000 people reside in the district and it is a popular area for residents of Seoul, tourists, and U.S. Military personnel.

Itaewon is renowned for being a "freelance writing jobs" area and has grown up around the US military base, Yongsan Garrison. It is one of the best areas in Seoul for authentic "foreign" food such as Indian, Italian, French, German and even Irish. Itaewon is also home to the largest, possibly only, mosque in Seoul. Many foreigners come here often when first visiting Seoul, though later shun it, calling it dirty. Most like to avoid the large crowds of foreigners, especially after discovering other areas in Seoul. Close and towering above Itaewon is N Seoul Tower, which provides scenic views of south-central Seoul.

Major hotels such as the Hyatt and local landmark Hamilton Hotel can be found here as well as dozens of shops and services aimed at tourists. High quality leather products in Korea can be found here at reasonable prices (though haggling is expected) as well as various types of traditional Korean souvenirs. Counterfeit goods and clothing are ubiquitous and of varying quality, but some genuine goods which are produced in Korea for the international market as well as some authentic imports can sometimes be found here. Itaewon is also known to have various tailors that peddle their services for making custom-made suits.

Prostitution has long been visible in Itaewon. Although efforts to crack down which began in 2000 and were renewed in 2004 have reduced the visibility of the trade, brothels still exist and are quite easy to find.

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