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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Cheongdam-dong
 • McCune–Reischauer Ch'ŏngtam-tong
Cheongdam dong gangnamgu.PNG
Country South Korea
 • Total 2.33 km2 (0.90 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 34,262
 • Density 14,705/km2 (38,090/sq mi)
Cheongdam-dong Community Service Center

Cheongdam-dong (Hangul청담동; hanja淸潭洞) is a ward of Gangnam-gu in Seoul, South Korea.[1][2] The area epitomizes the wealthy lifestyle of Koreans, especially for young professionals who have studied overseas. It is known as an upmarket shopping area, with the main shopping street dubbed 'Cheongdam’s Fashion Street'. Along with Apgujeong’s Rodeo Street in Apgujeong-dong and Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, which are connected by the main Apgujeong-ro, they are seen as fashionable and trendsetting destinations.[3][4]


Ermenegildo Zegna store in 2012
Cartier Maison and Salvatore Ferragamo stores in 2012

This area was originally named Chungsutgol for a clean pond that existed here during the Joseon Dynasty. It was underdeveloped up till 10 years ago, during which time, galleries moved to this area. It formed the existing gallery street, near the Galleria Department Store in Apgujeong-dong towards Cheongdam Park.[5] Apart from galleries and luxury shopping the area also has high-end restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and beauty salons; and known as an upscale residential area, especially for Korean celebrities such as actors and K-pop artists.

The 760-meter-long section of main street Apgujeong-ro, that runs from Apgujeongrodeo Station at Galleria Department Store to Cheongdam crossroad, has been dubbed the 'Cheongdam Fashion Street' or 'Cheongdamdong Street of Luxury Goods'. It is lined with stores of luxury brands, such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, as well as outlets for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Martin Margiela and Tory Burch and Korean designer Son Jung-wan.[6][7][8]


Vera Wang Bridal Korea in 2012

The area is the location for the headquarters of K-pop management companies S.M. Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, Cube Entertainment, and J. Tune Entertainment,. Since January 2012, the area is also home to FNC Entertainment, who moved into their own company offices, separate from their parent company in Mnet Media Building in neighbouring Apgujeong-dong.[9] The MCM Haus flagship store is also located in the area. One half of the multi-colour facade is designed by British artist Richard Woods, while the other half of the exterior is decorated with individually numbered brass plates. It also has an Italian restaurant in the basement, furnished with Woods' designs.[10][11]

Shopping and dining complex 10 Corso Como, opened in 2008, opposite the Galleria Department Store.[6] Also in September 2008, French jeweler Cartier opened its first flagship store in South Korea, named Cartier Maison, located on Apgujeong-ro, with its facade inspired by Korean Bojagi wrapping cloth. Helmed by Managing Director Philippe Galtie, he said It is the largest in Korea and at the time of opening it was the seventh largest in the world.[12]

In June 2012, luxury bridal gown designer Vera Wang opened her third global and first Asian flagship store 'Vera Wang Bridal Korea', helmed by President Jung Mi-ri, in Cheongdam-dong.[13]

In media[edit]


  • Cheongdam Elementary School
  • Eonbuk Elementary School
  • Cheongdam Middle School
  • Young Dong High School

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "청담동 (Cheongdam-dong 淸潭洞)". Doosan encyclopedia (in Korean). Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  2. ^ "The origin of the names: Samseong-dong". Gangnam-gu official site (in Korean). Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  3. ^ Rahn, Kim (28 July 2011). "Three Gangnam districts show latest fads". Korea Times. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Apgujeong & Cheongdam". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Rahn, Kim (27 November 2011). "Galleries spruce up Cheongdam Street". Korea Times. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Kwon, Mee-yoo (16 December 2010). "Cheongdam sparkles with trendiest shops". Korea Times. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cheongdamdong Street (청담동거리)". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cheongdam-dong Fashion (Celebrity) Street, Gangnam". Visit Seoul. Seoul City Tourism. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Kim, Ji-soo (22 February 2012). "Carving out niche with pop rock bands". Korea Times. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (30 July 2010). "Why are upscale stores in Seoul empty?". Korea Times. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "MCM Haus Flagship store". CNN Travel. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (28 September 2008). "Cartier Opens Flagship Store in Cheongdam". Korea Times. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Lee, Rachel (29 June 2012). "Vera Wang opens 1st Asia flagship in Seoul". Korea Times. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (25 February 2012). "Shinhwa’s comeback press conference to be streamed live". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Shinhwa press conference to be broadcast live online". Korea Times. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Kim, Erika (29 February 2012). "Global Mnet to Relay Live Shinhwa’s Comeback Conference Around the World". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Ho, Stewart (10 August 2012). "Will Moon Geun Young Make Her Small Screen Comeback Through Cheongdamdong Alice?". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Park, Jin-hai (7 May 2013). "Psy showcases Korean fashion: 10 Corso Como Seoul offers fashion and culture in new Gangnam style". Korea Times. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°31′30″N 127°02′56″E / 37.525°N 127.049°E / 37.525; 127.049