If it’s nightlife that you seek, then you’ll find plenty of it in the city of "Gangnam Style." Nightclubs are huge, multi-level behemoths heavy on light shows and electronic music. The popular Itaewon district is super close to base and offers loads of bars, restaurants, and shops. Or if quieter parks and museums are more your jam, Seoul is bursting with those, too.
Be forewarned, though, Yongsan is set for closure (date TBD). So the most compelling reason to get to Seoul now is the fact that you might not be able to get there later.
Best base amenity: We’re told the commissary on base is crucial for stocking up on familiar American food from home, mostly frozen or non-perishable.
Why you wouldn't want to live there: If you're not a city person and consider the traffic, noise, and congestion of city living overwhelming, Seoul isn’t for you. It can also be tricky to get accompanied orders (i.e., bring spouses/family along), so you might be here solo.
Final word: In Seoul, the local street food is where it’s at. Spicy rice cakes, fish cakes, egg bread, goldfish bread, and fried rice skewers. Oh, and did we mention that you can get ice cream served in a hot waffle. Well, you can. And it's totally worth walking the streets for.