Coworking spaces in Seoul, South Korea, have taken off since WeWork came to Korea back in 2016. The reason for this growth is that these coworking spaces in Seoul are getting filled by startups and traditional Korean companies. The high cost of working in Seoul (especially Gangnam) and the rising cost of conventional office spaces are reasons for the rise of coworking spaces in Seoul. Coworking spaces in Seoul offer low-cost office spaces in prime locations like Gangnam and Apgujeong. However, the essential thing a coworking space can offer is its community and network of other entrepreneurs in Korea who can share their advice and experiences.

As more entrepreneurs look back to how things were (pre-COVID), they will look towards Coworking spaces more than ever. Seoul is perfect for coworking spaces because its excellent internet connection makes working remotely very easy. We at Seoulz researched some of the top coworking spaces in Seoul, South Korea.

The list is arranged in alphabetical order.

Here is a complete list of all the coworking spaces in Seoul

CowNDog

Cow & Dog Coworking Space

CowNDog located in Seongu Station, can hold up to 90 startups and entrepreneurs primarily focused on making a social impact. The first floor offers a cafe area; the second has meeting spaces for workshops and events. Members can hold events if they book in advance through their CowNDog mobile app.

They also have a coworking cafe where events and pop-up markets are held. In addition, they are also known for their monthly workshops and talk shows.

Address:  20 Wangsimniro 2(i)-gil, Seongsu 1(il)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

D.CAMP

dcamp coworking space

D.CAMP is located in the middle of Seoul’s Gangnam area (Seolleung). It is the startup support center for The Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs and was founded in 2013. D.CAMP serves as a local startup hub for some of the most talented and passionate startup entrepreneurs and professionals with a 45,000-square-foot space. The building consists of a coworking space, lounge, private office spaces, and rooms for lectures, meetings, and events. It is the largest non-profit foundation for startups in South Korea,

D.CAMP also organizes D.DAY, a demo day on the last Thursday of every month. The judges include professional investors and industry experts. In addition, they regularly gather around 150 entrepreneurs for this event which makes it a great event for networking. To date, D.CAMP has invested around $400 million into 23 funds.

Address:  Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong, Seolleung-ro, 551 새롬빌딩

DREAMPLUS

dreamplus coworking space

DreamPlus is a co-working space located off of Gangnam exit 6. This branch uses all of the Hanwha Building (15 floors). DreamPlus uses the building as a coworking space to run its accelerator program. Some major Korean companies, such as It’s Skin, use DreamPlus as their head office. There are two types of membership programs. Therefore, you can choose to have a hot desk or a private office. All members can access all the coworking floors from B1 to 4F.

DreamPlus also has a digital media center on the 4th floor. This center can be used for free via reservation. Furthermore, they also have studios, libraries, lecture rooms, meeting rooms, cafes, and event halls. On each floor of the public space, members can use storage spaces and personal lockers.

Hot Desk = 350,000 won a month.

Private Office – Starting at 400,000 won a month

FABLAB SEOUL

Fab Lab Seoul coworking

FABLAB SEOUL was the first Makerspace in Korea. TIDE Institute opened it to focus on entrepreneurship in Hardware. Therefore anybody can access their tools, the staff’s expertise, and educational programs. Anyone can use their co-working space/lab during working hours from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Some of their educational programs include their yearly FabAcademy Program, FabTist program, which features different artists-inspired workshops, their MakerAcademy curriculum, which educates future maker space technicians, and more. By creating a community of makers in and out of Korea and connecting with them, they hope to generate a lot of knowledge and resources that everyone can benefit from.

Address:  Jangsadong 116-4, Sewoon Sang-ga #550 Jong-Ro_Gu. Seoul

FASTFIVE

Fast Five Coworking

FASTFIVE is the main competitor of WeWork in Korea. They have close to 20 locations across Seoul. FASTFIVE does not sign a lease agreement with the building landlords but rather a partnership agreement that allows the operator to get funding from the landlord. FASTFIVE then uses the fund for various purposes, such as interior design, management of the space, and the distribution of the rental income from its tenants to the landlords. These partnerships usually range from 5 to 10 years.

Their primary focus is on customer service for not only startups but also small businesses. They hold many networking parties and seminars. Many office space options exist, from open-space desks to your private office. FASTFIVE has had a small 1% rate of empty office spaces over the last two years.

“I believe FASTFIVE has reached a second phase, where we not only serve those in our own space but also reach out to those in need of office solutions,” FASTFIVE has sought to create a self-sufficient business model, and we are coming closer to that,” said the CEO of FASTFIVE, Kim Dae-il.

GARAGE

Garage

GARAGE is a coworking space in Seoul optimized for startups and freelancers. For those looking to save money, this coworking space is for you. They offer everything from individual office space to hot desks and even an online workspace. The prices start at just 300,000 won a month. You can also rent the entire lounge. The lounge can accommodate up to 25 people at a time. Reservations are always open to anybody who wants to freely use their high-quality space and services.

Address:

1) Seonjeongneung Branch(main office): Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Seolleung-ro 578, 7F

2) National University of Education Branch: Seoul, Seocho-gu, Seochojungang-ro 18-gil 31, 1-4F

3) Gangnam Branch: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Teheran-ro 128, 2-3F

Google for Startups Campus

Google for Startups Campus

Google for Startups Campuses is Google spaces that offer the elements necessary for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. Currently, Google for Startups operates six Campus spaces around the world, in Seoul, London, Madrid, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw, leveraging the best of Google’s global network to provide a wide range of mentoring programs help startup communities grow and expand globally. They allow their members to use the event hall space for free as long as it helps Korean startups. The staff is accommodating and will guide you on what you need to hold an event there. 

Address:417, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Autoway Tower, 오토웨이타워)

hapoom

Coworking Space in KoreaThose interested in a premium co-living and co-working space in Korea, look no further than hapoom. It is a specialized studio for entrepreneurs and professionals. The co-living/co-working space offers plenty of sunlight, a spacious 24-hour cafe, a new kitchen, a garden, and, best of all, it is dog friendly! The crew at hapoom chooses the members selectively. They carefully select every member through an interview to create the ideal community. In addition, they organize fun events and gatherings throughout the year to build their community.

Address: Teheran-ro 5-gil 51-13

Phone: 010-3125-5697

HEYGROUND

Heyground Coworking Space

HEYGROUND, which opened in June 2017, is an 8-story building for 550 social innovators, NGO/ non-profits, social ventures, and freelancers wanting to join a Changemakers community in Seoul. Root Impact has designed, developed, and is managing the space by supporting Changemakers’ work, life, and learning opportunities since 2012. Therefore, not only is HEYGROUND a great coworking space, but it gives the members a sense that they belong in a “change-making community.”

The coworking space offers free legal services, financial consulting, patent advice, and a network of global partners to help members’ sustainable growth. The private offices are from the 2nd floor to the 5th floor and start at 360,000 won a month per person, while the dedicated desks start at 240,000 won. In addition, there is a coffee shop on the first floor as well as a restaurant that offers a variety of dishes. Furthermore, their roof layout is impressive and can accommodate up to 200 people for events that start at 150,000 won per hour.

The only negative is that it is located away from the Gangnam district and above the Han River. However, if you don’t mind the commute, Heyground is well worth checking out.

” We will expand our social venture ecosystem…to find and cultivate young Changemakers to make a better world,” said the CEO of Root Impact, Jaehyong Heo.

Address:  Seoul, Seongdong-gu, 22-8

Hive Arena

Hive Arena Coworking Space

Hive Area is located in Gangnam. It is not big, but they have a strong and tight community. In addition, they have the latest technologies for entrepreneurs to use, such as 3D printers. They also offer complimentary beverages, coffee makers, and a small library area. The building is to be a study area and a library. Therefore, this is a great place to connect with the Korean startup community and learn more about the startup ecosystem. Especially if you are a foreigner because it is one of the most English-friendly co-working spaces in Seoul, you’ll find digital natives from the United States, England, France, Russia, Sweden, Singapore, and France, to name a few.

Daily passes are $10, but we recommend going for the monthly pass, which costs only $150.

Address:  Seoul, Yeongdeungpo-gu, 신길동 453-3

Phone:  070-8666-1220

Idea Factory

idea factory coworking space seoul

Idea Factory is a coworking space open 24 hours to help young artists and designers from ideation to prototyping. They mentor students to help them start their dream. Idea Factory is supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology, Culture Foundation, and Haedong Science. It is used not only as a coworking space but also as a place to exchange cultures with foreign countries, hold performances, and display cultural artworks that the public can buy. Therefore Idea Factory is a space where all forms of culture can collaborate. The membership fee is $8 daily, with free coffee or juice.

The monthly membership costs $150. Idea Factory is the perfect co-working space if you don’t need a company address. It is located pretty much in the center of Gangnam.

Address:  Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Tehran-ro 4 gil 14 Mirin Tower  별관

Maru 180

Maru 180 coworking space Seoul

Maru 180 is great for networking. Their basement holds fireside chats and networking meetup events. It is located in Yeoksam. There is also a co-working cafe, MicImpact Studio, where entrepreneurs can network with other entrepreneurs, developers, and creators. Maru 180 has five floors used to run the Asan Nanum Foundation accelerator program. MARU means a large space between two rooms, so MARU looks to be a place to get together and exchange ideas. 180 means they are looking to change the startup scene 180 degrees.

Address:  790-6 Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

nonce

nonce coworking space Seoul

nonce is a blockchain co-living and coworking space in Gangnam. There is an application process, and members must first get accepted by nonce. They look for teams that create decentralized products that other members are nonce can leverage. Currently, nonce has 55 members, and half of them are engineers. Since nonce is a co-living space and a coworking space, they have 70 beds, communal kitchens, bathrooms, laundry machines, and refrigerators. Furthermore, every Monday, nonce holds VCVA, where they study Austrian Economics.

Every Sunday, nonce holds Crypto Turtles, focusing on the latest Blockchain trends. They also hold workshops for high school students interested in coding. The location is an uphill walk from Gangnam Station, but they have the best collection of Blockchain enthusiasts in Seoul.

“We wanted to collect as many crazy crypto people as possible. We just wanted a lot of people who are crazy enough to do this thing full time, part-time, half-time, whatever. And we’re just collecting them, curating them one by one,” said the Co-Founder of nonce, Jon Ha.

A single room can cost between 750,000 ~ and 990,000 won/month (tax not included). A 2/3 person room is around 790,000 won/month, and finally, a 4-9 person room can range from 390,000 won a month to 490,000 won. A hot desk is 350,000 won a month.

Address:  Seoul, Gangnam-gu Bongeunsa Ro 22 gil 45-9

Regus

Regus Coworking Space Korea

Regus is a global co-working company with over 3,000 locations in 120 countries. They have 12 locations in Korea. Once a Regus member, you can use all 3,000 sites for free. They offer private offices, co-working, lounges, meeting rooms, and virtual offices; furthermore, for those that do not need an actual space and get the benefit of a virtual office with Regus. Virtual Offices can range from $150-$200 a month. Some of the locations of Regus in Korea are Seoul Station, Gongdeok Station Centre, Gangnam Station Center, Gangnam Posco Tower, and Seoul World Trade Center, to name a few. In addition, you can even pay per day to use their space. The average daily price is around $10-15.

Phone:  080-355-1000

SPACES

Spaces Gran Seoul coworking

SPACES is located on the 7th floor of the 24-story Gran Seoul Tower. The coworking space is located near Gwanghwamun and Jonggak Subway Station. The Gran Seoul Tower also has a world-class hotel, department store, major Korean companies, financial enterprises, government offices, and banks. Therefore Spaces Gran Seoul is an excellent place for not just startups but any size enterprise that wants to establish a business in the heart of Seoul. In addition, there are many options for startups looking to work out of Spaces.

Business Club Workspace membership starts from 297,000 won a month.

Coworking Membership starts from 410,000 won a month.

Dedicated Desk starts from 526,000 won a month.

Office Space starts from 602,000 won a month.

Address:  7F, Tower 1 Gran Seoul 33, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

SPARKPLUS

Coworking space in Seoul

SPARKPLUS is all around Seoul; they have locations in Gangnam, Yeoksam, Samseong, Euljiro, Seolleung, Seoul Station, and City Hall. They focus on virtual working space, customer-centric service, and a grow-up community. That’s why all their managers try to satisfy their members. They have open spaces for networking and collaboration at every branch. Furthermore, the coworking space is filled with many sizes, from startups to major companies. SPARKPLUS has a network of global VCs that can give connections and advice to startups. In addition, they offer morning food, coffee, wi-fi, education programs, and consulting.

Address:  Yeoksam/ 2&17F, 201, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu Seoul

Station Neo

Station Neo coworking space Seoul

Station Neo is a coworking space near Seong-su Station on green line #2. The coworking space was designed to have many small compartments rather than a large open space. There is one communication hall surrounded by overlapping small office spaces. Therefore Station Neo does a great job of using as much space as possible. The coworking space has a very tech/industrial feel. The walls are made of polycarbonate panels, and parts of the ceiling are made of glass to allow natural light to stream in. They hold meetups every month; it is definitely a space worth checking out. Furthermore, they also have a great rooftop area to take a break from indoor work life.

Like Heyground, Station Neo is away from the Gangnam District and above the Han River. If you don’t mind the location, this might be your co-working space.

Address: Seoul, Seongsu Ilro 8 Road 59, Peace Building B, 7th Floor

WeWork

WeWork Seoul

WeWork is all around Korea. In April 2020, WeWork opened its 20th location in South Korea (18 in Seoul/2 in Busan). They take in industries of many sizes, from startups to multinational companies. There are workshops and panel discussions from innovative leaders in Korea. In addition, they offer cleaning services, high-speed internet, onsite staff, living-room-style lounges, printing, office supplies, soundproof phone booths, conference rooms, and free coffee! However, the one drawback is that WeWork is a bit pricy.

The full-price list can be found on their site; however, you are paying a lot for the brand and the community they have. If you join WeWork, take full advantage of their community events and networking sessions.

“We have strong belief in Korea as we see the growing demand for flexible and value-added workspace options, particularly witnessed by the steep demand of large enterprises’ need for our  unmatched custom buildout service,” said Patricia Chun, General Manager at WeWork Korea.

Workflex

Workflex Coworking Space

Workflex is a coworking space in Seoul located inside Lotte World Tower. It is located on the 30th floor of the 123-story Lotte Tower and is one of the higher-class coworking spaces in Seoul. Members will have a great view of Seoul, access to meeting rooms, discounts at movie theaters, food courts, and marts operated by Lotte Group affiliates. Furthermore, the coworking space has 565 seats available. This could be a better option for those that want to be away from the Gangnam district but not too far away. The commute from Jamsil to Gangnam is less than 10 minutes by Taxi.

Address:  300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 30th floor.  

Conclusion

Korean startups have more success in co-working spaces in Seoul than on their own. This is mainly due to collaboration. Therefore, Korean startups can network and partner with other Korean startups and global startups looking to enter the Korean market. Startups are sharing their different skills. Furthermore, this forms a strong community that helps one another. Therefore it feels more like being with friends rather than work because coworking spaces bring a lot of freedom. Hopefully, the lessons that can be had from coworking spaces will sneak into Korean corporate companies.