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A DELICIOUS
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Contents
Seoul, A 24-hour City of Taste .....................................................................................
A 24-hour
city of taste

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ⓒLim Chan-kyung

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Welcome to Seoul! Your taste buds are in for a real treat here in a...
The already famous kimchi and galbi are only the tip of the iceberg, but
through these two dishes one can see the fundamen...
Hansik

The Healthy Taste
of Nature

By: Han Bok-jin
Successor of “Important Intangible Cultural
Property No. 38 — Royal C...
Hansik
The Healthy Taste
of Nature

Characteristics
of Hansik

Well-balanced and Nutritious

All-natural and Low in Fat

K...
Hansik
The Healthy Taste
of Nature

Jang, Kimchi,
and Jeotgal –
Fermented Foods
that are Worth
the Wait

Jang, the Root of...
Hansik
The Healthy Taste
of Nature

Korean
Table Setting

A Korean table setting consists of a main dish accompanied
by va...
Step by Step

Like to explore the cuisine of foreign lands? You’ll find Seoul your most rewarding and adventurous culinary...
Must eat
Foods
in Seoul

By: Kim Seong-yun
Chosun Daily Food Columnist

ⓒKorea Tourism Organization

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Bibimbap 				
(Ric...
Top 10
Must eat
Foods in Seoul

3

Bulgogi / Galbi

Koreans love meat – so much so that it was even
written in ancient Chi...
Top 10
Must eat
Foods in Seoul

7

Topokki (Stir-fried Rice Cake)

Topokki is Korea’s representative street food, and
cart...
Must visit
Food Alleys
in Seoul

1

Gwangjang Market Korean Pancake Alley

A traditional market more than 100 years old, G...
Top 10
Must visit
Food Alleys
in Seoul

3

Ojang-dong Hamheung-style 			
Chilled Buckwheat Noodles Alley

When the Korean ...
Top 10
Must visit
Food Alleys
in Seoul

7

Sillim-dong Sundae Town

Sundae Town, or Korean Sausage Town, is a 4-story
buil...
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My soul food

The Hangang (River) runs across Seoul and divides the capital city into
Gangnam, literally ‘south of...
City Hall·Insa-dong·
Dongdaemun Areas

The City Hall·Insa-dong·Dongdaemun Areas is a fine blend of old and new with ancien...
City Hall·
Insa-dong·
Dongdaemun
Areas

1 Balwoo Gongyang 발우공양 MAP 2B

5

This restaurant specializes in temple food, made...
City Hall·
Insa-dong·
Dongdaemun
Areas

9

This is a traditional Korean cuisine
restaurant in Insa-dong. The side dishes
v...
City Hall·
Insa-dong·
Dongdaemun
Areas

17

Yangmiok
양미옥
MAP 2B

21

Yangmiok serves top quality lamb
and tripe, and the g...
City Hall·
Insa-dong·
Dongdaemun
Areas

24

Dugahun
두가헌
MAP 1B

28 Benigni 베니니 MAP 1B

This French cuisine restaurant is s...
Hongik University·
Yeouido Areas

These two areas are centered on the Hangang (River), a landmark of Seoul. Night and day,...
Hongik
University·
Yeouido
Areas

1 Mapo Jinjja Wonjo Choedaepo 마포진짜원조최대포 MAP 3B
This is a pork restaurant with 60 years o...
Hongik
University·
Yeouido
Areas

9 Jinjujip 진주집 MAP 2C

13 The Gabriel

This place is well known for its noodles in soybe...
Hongik
University·
Yeouido
Areas

17

Castle
Praha
캐슬프라하
MAP 2A

This restaurant was designed after the Prague Clock Tower...
Itaewon·
Hannam-dong Areas

This area includes Itaewon and Hannam-dong, where many foreign ambassadors reside,
and is wher...
Itaewon·
Hannam-dong
Areas

1

Chadol
House
차돌집
MAP 2B

2

Ocean
Restaurant
바다식당
MAP 3B

Chadol House grills its meat in h...
Itaewon·
Hannam-dong
Areas

9

This cozy and quiet Italian restaurant serves great pasta and steak.
Clay oven pizza is als...
Itaewon·
Hannam-dong
Areas

17

Jonny
Dumpling
쟈니덤플링
MAP 2B

21 Macaroni Market 마카로니마켓 MAP 3B

The juicy, homemade dumplin...
Gangnam Area

If you have dinner plans in Gangnam, the first thing to do is dress up, because it’s the
place where trend-s...
Gangnam
Area

1

Ijeuri
잊으리
MAP 2B

This is a grill house that uses hardwood charcoal.
The charcoal grilled meat tastes pe...
Gangnam
Area

8

Gaehwaok
개화옥
MAP 2A

11

This restaurant has re-interpreted traditional
Korean cuisine into a more modern...
Gangnam
Area

14

Samwon
Garden
삼원가든
MAP 2A

17 Moo Deung San 무등산 MAP 2A

This restaurant has served great ribs for the pa...
Gangnam
Area

21

24

78온더라이즈 MAP 3A

라미띠에

78 On The Rise

The chef personally takes orders
at this small restaurant, whi...
Gangnam
Area

27

Gourmet
Eo
구르메에오
MAP 3A

30

Gourmet Eo shares the same building
as the Italian fine dining bistro,
Rist...
Themed Epicurean
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As different as people are, so are their tastes and eating preferences.
There’s no b...
Guide for

Korean Pancakes

vegetarians
Korean cuisine is very tasty, healthy and vegetarianfriendly. Below is a list of r...
Guide for
Vegetarians

Recommended
Restaurants for
Vegetarians
Temple Food Restaurants

Chaegeundam 채근담

Vegetarian Restau...
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Seoul Dining Guide: A Delicious Epicurean Journey
Everything you need to know to get started on your food tour of Seoul.

Welcome to Seoul! Your taste buds are in for a real treat here in a city so full of culinary diversity and vibrant flavors that you’ll never look at eating the same way again. There is a vast wealth of delicacies to suit all palates and so we encourage you to be bold, to experiment, and above all, to enjoy the dining experience of a lifetime!

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  1. 1. ul eo S Soul food of A DELICIOUS EPICUREAN JOURNEY
  2. 2. Contents Seoul, A 24-hour City of Taste ................................................................................... 004 Hansik, The Healthy Taste of Nature ........................................................................................ 008 Top 10 Must eat Foods in Seoul ...................................................................................................... 018 Top 10 Must visit Food Alleys in Seoul .................................................................................. 024 Seoul, My Soul Food ....................................................................................................................... 030 City Hall·Insa-dong·Dongdaemun Areas ............................................................................ 032 Hongik University·Yeouido Areas .................................................................................................. 042 Itaewon·Hannam-dong Areas ............................................................................................................ 050 Gangnam Area ......................................................................................................................................................... 058 Themed Epicurean Journeys in Seoul ............................................................ 070 Guide for Vegetarians .................................................................................................................................... 072 Guide to Teas & Desserts ......................................................................................................................... 080 Guide to Purchasing Food Products ........................................................................................... 092 Information Restaurant Guide A to Z ............................................................................................................................. 096 Seoul Traveling Guide ................................................................................................................................... 098 Restaurant Information Main Menu & Price Hours (Closing Days) Foreign Language Spoken Foreign Language Menu Directions Inquiries *If no closing days are indicated, restaurant is open year-round. For Public Holidays, see pg. 098. Soul food of Seoul A DELICIOUS EPICUREAN JOURNEY
  3. 3. A 24-hour city of taste ul eo S ⓒLim Chan-kyung 004 Welcome to Seoul! Your taste buds are in for a real treat here in a city so full of culinary diversity and vibrant flavors that you’ll never look at eating the same way again. There is a vast wealth of delicacies to suit all palates and so we encourage you to be bold, to experiment, and above all, to enjoy the dining experience of a lifetime! 005
  4. 4. The already famous kimchi and galbi are only the tip of the iceberg, but through these two dishes one can see the fundamental characteristics of Korean cuisine, which are health and nutrition. However, Seoulites also enjoy international cuisines, and so the visitor will find themselves spoiled for choice with the many thousands of restaurants available across the city. Whether it be Michelin-star French bistros, celebrated Japanese restaurants, or classy Mediterranean establishments, Seoul has it all. The number of Italian restaurants alone exceeds 7,000. The cooking methods employed in hansik, or Korean cuisine, bring out the distinct flavors of the ingredients, and the natural condiments and seasonings also enhance the rich aromas of each dish produced. This perhaps goes some way towards explaining the growing acclaim for hansik by chefs from around the world as a “fresh and healthy” cuisine essential for the busy fast-food driven culture of today. Whenever you’re feeling hungry, Seoul can serve you – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The city is alive with fun and excitement literally round the clock, and you can see this in the food it offers. From fancy restaurants that are only open to reservations, to humble grilling establishments welcoming diners 24/7 – Seoul is overflowing with culinary wealth. And, as unique and diverse as these establishments are, they all have one thing in common: they are all second to none when it comes to taste. In addition to its efficacy, hansik is also characterized by its great diversity, and visitors to Seoul will find every aspect of Korea’s regional culinary variations throughout the capital. From fresh seafood caught in the southern waters of the peninsula to aromatic mountain greens harvested from the picturesque peaks of the east, Seoul is the focal point for sampling the ingredients of the nation, as famous restaurants from around Korea have opened up branches in Seoul. ⓒKyun Seok-ki 006 Now it’s your turn to choose the menu. We guarantee that whatever you choose, you’ll love it. ⓒMok Gil-sun 007
  5. 5. Hansik The Healthy Taste of Nature By: Han Bok-jin Successor of “Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 38 — Royal Culinary Art of the Joseon Dynasty” and professor of Korean Cuisine at Jeonju University. 008 Food is a great motivator. And although in the primitive era gathering food was life itself, in today’s world, what’s more important than finding something to eat is finding something good to eat. Food goes beyond eating; it is something to be enjoyed. A big part of traveling includes foods, new foods and good tasting foods. A country’s unique food culture is a valuable intangible asset that reflects the country’s culture. The current Korean meal, which consists of grains as its staple food and vegetables and meats as side dishes, came to be in the 4th Century during the Three Kingdoms era. The Korean peninsula, made up of oceans, plains and mountains, produces a great amount of livestock, produce and marine products. Korean cuisine started to gain worldwide recognition especially once fermented foods became popular for their health properties. 009
  6. 6. Hansik The Healthy Taste of Nature Characteristics of Hansik Well-balanced and Nutritious All-natural and Low in Fat Korean meals are a careful balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fibers, fats, vitamins and minerals. Starting with rice or noodles, a typical Korean meal is enhanced with various meats, fish, vegetables, seaweeds and fruits. Animal fats are kept to a minimum, with the necessary fats and other nutrients supplemented through seeds and nuts, in particular sesame seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, and gingko nuts. Korea’s diverse climate allows for a wide array of seasonal ingredients, including field and mountain greens, mushrooms, seafood and meats. They are enjoyed not only for their distinctive flavors, but also as nutritional supplements. Side dishes are typically not fried, while other dishes including soups, stews, and meats are boiled. Meats in particular are cooked by boiling and steaming for long periods to drain off and reduce fat. A Wealth of Condiments and Dressings Devotion and Dedication Korean dishes tend to be highly-seasoned and characteristically make use of soy sauce, sugar, green onions, garlic, sesame seeds, sesame oil, black pepper, and chili powder among other ingredients for flavoring. The predominance of these natural additives help give Korean cuisine its signature robust, sweet, and spicy tastes. Ingredients found in a typical Korean dish are usually chopped, thinlysliced, shredded, or crushed during the preparation process, and the end result is frequently tender and easy to digest. Kimchi in particular requires dedicated effort during the cutting, seasoning, and fermentation stages of its ingredients. ⓒKorean Food Foundation 010 011
  7. 7. Hansik The Healthy Taste of Nature Jang, Kimchi, and Jeotgal – Fermented Foods that are Worth the Wait Jang, the Root of Korean Cuisine Jeotgal, the Epitome of Fermentation Making ‘jang’ (a sauce or paste used as a condiment) is a major annual event in a Korean household. Soy sauce (ganjang) and soybean paste (doenjang) are essential fermented condiments unique to Korea. First, a substance known as meju is created by fermenting boiled and mashed soybeans. The meju can then be used to make jang: varieties include ganjang (soy sauce), doenjang (soybean paste) and gochujang (Korean chili paste). Doenjang and gochujang are also often served as side dishes. Jeotgal is a natural preserving additive made by salting seafood. During fermentation, the proteins in the ingredients break down, resulting in a unique aroma and taste. The most widely used forms of jeotgal in kimchi production are saeujeot (salted shrimp), jogijeot (salted croaker), hwangseogeojeot (salted pollack) and myeolchijeot (salted anchovy). Salted shrimp is often used to season soups or stews, while salted anchovy is used for seasoning vegetables. Various Types of Kimchi • • • • • • Baechu Kimchi (cabbage kimchi) Kkakdugi (radish kimchi) Bossam Kimchi (wrapped kimchi) Baek kimchi (white kimchi) Oi Sobagi (cucumber kimchi) Dongchimi (radish water kimchi) Kimchi, Providing Health to the Korean People Kimchi is created by pickling certain types of vegetable together and seasoning them with jang and /or vinegar and other spices. Its distinctive taste derives from the sour lactic acids formed during the fermentation process and the spicy chili powderadded during preparation. The ingredients and condiments used to make kimchi vary widely according to the region, customs, and personal preference of the person making it, resulting in over 200 established varieties of the dish. Before winter begins, most households will make enough kimchi to last them through the cold season. This annual event is known as gimjang. ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 012 013
  8. 8. Hansik The Healthy Taste of Nature Korean Table Setting A Korean table setting consists of a main dish accompanied by various side dishes. The name of each table setting depends upon the main dish being served. If it is rice, the setting is known as bansang; if it is (rice) porridge, it is called juksang, and if the main dish comprises noodles, dumplings, or rice cake soup, the table setting is known as jangguksang. Bansang, the most common, also changes its name depending upon to whom it is being served. For example, if served to the royal court, it becomes surasang, to the upper class, jinjisang, and to the commoner, bapsang. Although the number and types of side dishes on the table have changed through the years, the main components of rice and side dishes have remained the same. The basic structure of the Korean meal consists of rice, soup, stew, kimchi and several different condiments (jang). A table with three side dishes is called a samcheop bansang, one with five side dishes is called an ocheop bansang, and so on, with Korean numerals (sam = 3; o = 5) prefixing cheop based on the number of dishes present. Traditionally, Korean cuisine is served on a communal table. The spoon and chopsticks are placed to the right of the dinnerware, with the spoon on the outside and the chopsticks on the inside. There is also a 2-person table known as gyeomsang. The side dishes are centered on the older person, and the rice, soup, and silverware are added for the younger person. Dishes are arranged in rows, with the first row facing the most senior diner and containing a bowl of rice on the left, soup on the right and stew behind. The second row contains the soy sauce, gochujang vinaigrette and soy sauce vinaigrette, while the third and final row contains different types of kimchi (such as dongchimi or nabak) placed on the right. Braised or steamed dishes are placed behind the stew to the right of the table. The rest of the side dishes can be placed anywhere, though salty sides such as pickles (jangajji) or salted seafood (jeotgal ) are usually located on the left, while seasoned vegetables (namul ) are placed in the center, and hot dishes such as grilled meats are placed on the right. [Gucheop bansang] kimchi ➎ ➏ ➊ ➑ ➊ jeotgal water kimchi ➐ ➒ ➋ ➌ soy sauce soy sauce vinaigrette rice steamed/ boiled dish ➍ stew gochujang vinaigrette ➋ grilled meat ➌ jeon ➍ raw fish ➎ dry side dishes ➏ braised dish ➐ salad ➑ namul ➒ jangajji soup ⓒKorean Food Foundation 014 015
  9. 9. Step by Step Like to explore the cuisine of foreign lands? You’ll find Seoul your most rewarding and adventurous culinary expedition yet! From the most elaborate court cuisine of the Korean royal palace to the humblest temple food found deep in the mountains, Seoul is the place to enjoy traditional hansik forged from ancient recipes passed down through time. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran of Korean food, here is a guide for those embarking on an epicurean journey through Seoul. Recommended Korean Dishes for International Visitors Veteran Daring dishes that even Koreans have a hard time trying ◈ Jeotgal ◈ Mulhoe Salted seafood (hwangseogeojeot, saeujeot, bamjeot, etc.) Cold raw fish soup ◈ Gwamegi ◈ Jangajji (dubu, deodeok, gochu, mumallaengi, kongip, sancho, etc.) ◈ Hongeo hoe Raw skate ◈ Bugak (gajuk, gochu, gim, dasima, etc.) ◈ Sundae ◈ Namul ◈ Ganjang gejang For those who have already tried hansik and are ready to take things to the next level. Korean rolls Temple food Royal hot pot Pork backbone stew ◈ Yukpo ◈ Mugeunji ◈ Juk Rice porridge ◈ Topokki Stir-fried rice cake ◈ Jjajangmyeon ◈ Hamheung Naengmyeon Noodles with black soybean sauce ◈ Doenjang jjigae Hamheung-style chilled buckwheat noodles ◈ Kalguksu ◈ Bibimbap ◈ So bulgogi (so galbi ) Noodle soup Rice topped with various vegetables and beef then mixed with Korean chili paste ◈ Bossam Soybean paste stew ◈ Dak galbi ◈ Seolleongtang (doganitang /gomtang) ◈ Tteokgalbi For those new to both Korean culture and cuisine. ◈ Hangwa Beef jerky ◈ Samgyetang Ginseng chicken soup ◈ Soju Beef bulgogi (beef ribs) ◈ Jeon (Bindaetteok / pajeon) Korean style pancake ◈ Japchae Glass noodles with sautéed vegetables Napa wraps with pork Ox bone soup (ox knee soup / beef bone soup) Grilled short rib patties Beginner ◈ Sinseollo Kimchi stew ◈ Jokbal ◈ Gimbap ◈ Sachal eumsik ◈ Gamjatang ◈ kimchi jjigae Blue crabs marinated in soy sauce Tea confectionery ◈ Budae jjigae Korean sausage ◈ Pyeongyang Naengmyeon Intermediate ◈ Dasik Deep-fried dried vegetables or seaweeds Raw octopus For the more adventurous crowd looking to experience the true taste of Korea Silkworm Pupa Pickled vegetables (tofu, deodeok, Korean chili, dried radish, bean leaf, etc.) Half-dried herring or billfish ◈ Sannakji Advanced ◈ Beondegi ◈ Yangnyeom chicken ◈ Spicy Fried Chicken Dweji bulgogi (dweji galbi ) Pork bulgogi (pork ribs) ◈ Samgyeopsal Soju Pork belly ◈ Makgeolli Korean Rice Liquor PhotoⓒKorea Tourism Organization 016 017
  10. 10. Must eat Foods in Seoul By: Kim Seong-yun Chosun Daily Food Columnist ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 1 Bibimbap (Rice Mixed with Vegetables and Beef) Bibimbap is one of Korea’s most wellknown dishes. It is a dish that is very much in line with the overall Korean food philosophy, as it is both delicious and nutritious. Depending on the ingredients used, bibimbap can be a meat-based or vegetarian dish. Regions throughout the Korean Peninsula have their own unique versions of bibimbap, but the most famous is the one from Jeonju-si in Jeollabukdo. The dish has changed over the years – most notably with today’s practice of using chili paste instead of soy sauce as in ancient times – likely in order to better savor the taste of each individual ingredient. 018 2 Jeon (Korean Pancake) Better known as ‘Korean pancake,’ jeon is as popular among tourists as is bibimbap. In Korea, people enjoy eating jeon on rainy days, and it has been shown that during the monsoon season, sales of oil and flour hit the roof. Especially popular are pajeon, green onion pancake, and kimchijeon, or ‘kimchi pancake’. Bindaetteok is a pancake comprised of pork and kimchi added to a mung bean batter. Although it is originally from the Hwanghaedo and Pyeongando regions of North Korea, it is now enjoyed throughout South Korea as well. Koreans will customarily dip jeon in soy or other sauces to improve its flavor. 019
  11. 11. Top 10 Must eat Foods in Seoul 3 Bulgogi / Galbi Koreans love meat – so much so that it was even written in ancient Chinese history books that “Koreans enjoy grilling meat.” At one point in the Joseon Dynasty, Koreans were eating so much meat that there were not enough cows around to work the fields, and it became prohibited to kill cows used for farming. Traditionally, meat was – and still is – marinated in a sweet soy sauce-based marinade before grilling, but since the 1980’s, lightly salted grilled beef has also become quite popular. 4 Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly) Samgyeopsal is a cut of pork belly meat whose name literally translates to ‘three-layered meat’. Although two to three times more expensive than other pork cuts, Koreans love samgyeopsal and the demand for it is so high that it is even imported from countries such as Denmark and France. Chunky slices of samgyeopsal are typically char-grilled or cooked in a pan, then wrapped in lettuce or sesame leaf with garlic and ssamjang (soybean dipping sauce), although restaurants often also specialize in their own unique dipping sauces. However, the best accompaniment to samgyeopsal is none other than Korea's famous alcohol, soju. ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 020 ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 5 Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) There is a strong belief in Korea that the body’s energy must be replenished during the hot months of summer. Therefore when the heat of summer is at its peak, many people will eat samgyetang, or chicken ginseng soup. Samgyetang is made by stuffing a small hen with ginseng, glutinous rice, garlic, jujubes and chestnuts then slow-cooking the ingredients until the meat is tender. The resulting broth alone, slightly bitter in taste, is considered efficacious and good for rejuvenating tired bodies. Some samgyetang restaurants in Seoul also serve diners a shot of insamju (ginseng liquor), before bringing the chicken, as it is believed that a small amount of alcohol in advance actually helps the body absorb all the nutrients from the food. 6 Yangnyeom Chicken (Spicy Fried Chicken) Yangnyeom chicken is a uniquely Korean take on American-fried chicken, which was first introduced into the country after the Korean War and extremely popular by the 1980s. By the following decade, Korean restaurateurs began experimenting with their own versions of the dish, coating the chicken with a sweet and spicy sauce, and yangnyeom chicken was born. Since then, further variations have appeared, with soy sauce chicken being a key example. Yangnyeom is now a popular late-night snack and typically served with beer. Chi-maek, meaning ‘chicken and maekju (beer)’, is a common slang used by young adults. ⓒKorea Tourism Organization ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 021
  12. 12. Top 10 Must eat Foods in Seoul 7 Topokki (Stir-fried Rice Cake) Topokki is Korea’s representative street food, and carts selling the snack can be found throughout the streets of Seoul. The original topokki was made of stir-fried garaetteok (cylindrical rice cakes) and beef in soy sauce, and was served in the royal palace. After the Korean War soy sauce was substituted with chili paste, creating the topokki Koreans enjoy today. Most topokki vendors also sell eomuk (fish cakes), sundae (korean sausage) and twigim (fritters), which are also recommended 8 Kimchi Although kimchi, Korea’s signature dish, can be found almost everywhere in the world, the most authentic varieties are surely still in Korea. Kimchi is a must in a Korean meal, so much so that no restaurant in Korea will charge extra for it. There are over 200 variations of kimchi today, with both regional and seasonal variations determining which ingredients will be used. The dish is made by mixing together Korean cabbage, radish, pumpkin, onion, and other vegetables with chili powder, crushed garlic and salted seafood, which is then left to ferment. The measure of well-made kimchi is the crispness of the cabbage leaves and its taste. 9 Makgeolli (Traditional Korean Rice Liquor) Makgeolli is a traditional malt liquor, and when strained to a refined clear liquor becomes cheongju (literally ‘clear liquor’), or Korean sake. Makgeolli made for export needs to be sterilized, however as the process destroys amino acids and bacteria actually considered good for one’s health, the reader is advised to try the original, unsterilized makgeolli during their time in Seoul. The difference in taste will be apparent. This traditional drink – extremely popular in recent years – goes well with most Korean foods, but it goes especially well with kimchi or pajeon (green onion pancake). 1 0 Patbingsu (Shaved Ice with Sweetened Red Beans and Other Toppings) Patbingsu is a life-saver on a hot and steamy summer day. This enticing dessert was originally made with shaved ice and a topping of red beans, rice cake and milk, though today’s toppings also include ice cream, powdered grains, fruits, jellies, and other ingredients. The essence of patbingsu is the quality of the ice (including the water used to make the ice), followed by the quality and sweetness of the red beans and also the chewiness of the rice cake. Koreans usually mix all the ingredients together before eating it, but this makes the delicate ice flakes melt faster. Therefore, it is better to enjoy it unmixed, one scoop at a time. ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 022 ⓒKorea Tourism Organization ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 023
  13. 13. Must visit Food Alleys in Seoul 1 Gwangjang Market Korean Pancake Alley A traditional market more than 100 years old, Gwangjang Market is the place to go for quick eats. The more popular treats are the finger-sized gimbap (Korean rolls) flavored with a unique wasabi dip, beef tartare, and bindaetteok (mung bean pancake). The mung beans used for the pancake are ground the traditional way (using a millstone), then kimchi and various other ingredients are added and cooked on an oiled iron grill. Both bindaetteok and gogijeon, a meat pancake, are popular favorites. Mung Bean Pancake 4,000–5,000; Meat Pancake 2,000 5-ga Stn., Line 1 (inside Gwangjang Market) 5-min walk from Exit 7 of Jongno 2 Sindang-dong Topokki Alley Whether it is day or night, this topokki alley is always crowded. Here, topokki is cooked directly at your table in a large pan filled with rice cakes, fish cakes, fried dumplings, hardboiled eggs, ramen noodles, jjolmyeon noodles and various vegetables. Each restaurant has its own special sauce, so no two venues are the same. Generally however, the topokki of this area is sweeter than it is spicy. After you’ve eaten all the rice cake, you can mix rice and crushed laver seaweed in the remaining sauce. As most of the restaurants here are open 24 hours a day, it’s a great place for a late-night snack. The topokki alley is located near the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Topokki 11,000 024 5-min walk from Exit 7 of Sindang Stn., Line 2 or 6 025
  14. 14. Top 10 Must visit Food Alleys in Seoul 3 Ojang-dong Hamheung-style Chilled Buckwheat Noodles Alley When the Korean War ended in 1953, many from the North took refuge across the border, eventually settling down in Ojang-dong, a neighborhood in Central Seoul. Whenever they missed their hometown, the older generation in Ojang-dong would eat Hamheung naengmyeon. Naengmyeon, a soup of cold, chewy noodles made from sweet potato, becomes Hamheung naengmyeon with the addition of sweet and spicy gochujang (chili paste). You can offset the spiciness with a cup of beef broth. The dish is a particular favorite in the summer. Chilled Buckwheat Noodles with Raw Fish 8,000 20-min walk from Exit 6 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Stn., Line 2, 4 or 5 4 Namdaemun Market Noodle Soup Alley and Cutlassfish Alley The eateries inside Namdaemun Market are not only popular among shoppers, but also with nearby office workers. Especially popular are the noodle soup with oysters (kalguksu), and fresh cutlassfish braised with radish in a spicy sauce (galchi jorim). The serving size and taste of the food in the market has remained the same for many years. Noodle Soup 4,500; Braised Cutlassfish 7,000 Hoehyeon (Namdaemun Market) Stn., Line 4 026 5-min walk from Exit 5 of ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 5 Jangchung-dong Pigs’ Trotters Alley This is where jokbal, or steamed pigs’ trotters originated from. After being boiled in soy sauce, ginger and garlic for a long period of time, the meat and skin of the pigs’ trotters become chewy and tender. It can be dipped in saeujeot (salted shrimp), or eaten with makguksu, a spicy cold noodle dish that comes with jokbal. Jokbal is known to be a collagen rich food good for the skin. Steamed Pigs’ trotters 35,000 (medium) 6 5-min walk from Exit 3 of Dongguk Univ. Stn., Line 3 Mapo Marinated Beef & Pork Rib Alley When dinner time arrives in Mapo, the smell of barbecued pork and beef envelops the district. Although marinated beef is the main menu item, there are also many other beef and pork dishes to tickle the palates of all, including the popular favorite, sweet and tender grilled pork ribs. For an even meatier taste, try hangjeongsal (pork neck) or moksal (pork neck bone meat). Pork Spareribs 12,000; Marinated Beef 41,000 2-min walk from Exit 1 of Mapo Stn., Line 5 027
  15. 15. Top 10 Must visit Food Alleys in Seoul 7 Sillim-dong Sundae Town Sundae Town, or Korean Sausage Town, is a 4-story building of about 30 restaurants. No matter how cold or hot, come rain or snow, Sundae Town is always packed with people. Most restaurants are open until 1am and some are open 24 hours a day. Korean sausage is very similar to the German blutwurst in form and ingredients. Restaurants here also serve sundae sautéed with vegetables. This sweet and spicy dish will make you come back for more. Stir-fried Korean Sausage & Tripe 14,000; White Sundae 14,000 3-min walk from Exit 3 of Sillim Stn., Line 2 8 Kyunghee University Green Onion Pancake Alley Filled with many traditional pubs serving traditional liquors, this is an especially good area to experience the drinking culture of Korean university students. Of particular note are the eight pajeon (green onion pancake) restaurants lining both sides of the main street. Haemul pajeon, or seafood and green onion pancake, is the the most popular accompaniment to liquors such as makgeolli or dongdongju. These pancakes, which are dipped in a special onion sauce, are very filling and easy on the wallet. In Korea, pajeon is a favorite on rainy days. Seafood Pancake 7,000; Assorted Pancakes 8,000 9 Heukseok-dong Pork Rib Alley Another good place to experience university culture, where diners sit around a barbecue grill while passing around shots of alcohol. The seven restaurants scattered along the alley serve large portions at low prices. The chief dish is pork back-bone, marinated in a special sauce and grilled over a charcoal fire. The alley, over 40 years old, frequently draws old alumni who come to remember their student days. Premium Pork Spareribs 9,000; Pork Spareribs 7,000 10-min walk from Exit 4 of Heukseok (Chung-Ang Univ.) Stn., Line 9 10 Eungam-dong Gamja Soup Alley Gamjatang (pork back bone soup), is one of the nation’s most popular dishes. It contains gamja, or pork back bone as its main ingredient along with potatoes, dried napa cabbage leaves, and various medicinal herbs, which are carefully boiled for about 5 hours. The restaurants at Eungam-dong Gamja Soup Alley are open 24 hours a day, allowing you to enjoy gamjatang whenever you feel like it. Highlyrecommended on cold winter days. Pork Bone Stew 22,000 (for 2) 10-min walk from Exit 2 of Saejeol (Sinsa) Stn., Line 6 5-min walk from Exit 1 of Hoegi Stn., Line 1 028 029
  16. 16. ul eo S My soul food The Hangang (River) runs across Seoul and divides the capital city into Gangnam, literally ‘south of the river’, and Gangbuk, or ‘north of the river’. The traditional Gangbuk region shares its history with that of the Joseon Dynasty – the nation’s final dynastic period – stretching back over 600 years, while the modern Gangnam region is a much newer addition to 030 Seoul and filled with commercial skyscrapers and the latest trends. All across Seoul however, you will find filling and great-tasting food at restaurants in its many unique alleyways. 031
  17. 17. City Hall·Insa-dong· Dongdaemun Areas The City Hall·Insa-dong·Dongdaemun Areas is a fine blend of old and new with ancient alleyways separating modern high-rises and a wealth of historic eateries just waiting to be discovered. Regulars keep coming back to these hidden gems with the knowledge that the flavors on offer are the same as those enjoyed by their ancestors, showcasing the true timelessness of authentic, down-to-earth Korean cuisine. Don’t hesitate to try any of the small, crumbling restaurants you find. Order what everyone else is having and discover Gangbuk. Streets and Alleys that Preserve the History and Traditions of Seoul 1 [1B] [1A] [1B] [1B] [2B] [1B] [2B] [2B] [1C] [1A] [2B] [2C] [1C] [2B] 1 Gyeongbokgung (Palace) [1B] 2 Gwanghwamun Square [1B] [1B] 3 Sejong Center for the Performing Arts [2B] [1B] 15 Bosingak (Belfry) 25 8 steps 26 Dal 27 The Restaurant 28 Benigni 29 Myeongdong Tonkatsu 30 Din Tai Fung 31 Songwon [1A] 16 17 18 19 20 21 [3C] [2C] [1C] [2C] [2C] [1B] [1B] [1B] [2C] [1C] [1C] [1B] Cheonggye Plaza Deoksugung (Palace) [1B] [1B] Seoul Plaza Chongdong Theater [1B] Seoul Museum of Art [1B] Cheonggyecheon (Stream) [2B] Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) [2B] [2B] Tapgol Park [2B] Insa-dong Street Unhyeongung (Palace) [2B] [1B] Jogyesa (Temple) [2B] Samcheong-dong Street [1A] Bukchon Hanok Village [2A] Changdeokgung (Palace) [2A] [2A] Samcheonggak [2B] Tteok Museum Myeong-dong Street [2C] [2C] 22 Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral 23 Myeong-dong Theater [2B] [1B] [3B] Major Hotels 1 Aventree Hotel 2 Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul [2B] [2C] [1B] Best Western 3 New Seoul [2B] 4 Best Western Premier Hotel Kukdo 5 6 7 8 9 Center Mark Hotel [2B] [2B] Central Hotel Dong Hwa Kim’s Hotel [1A] Dongdaemun Hotel [3B] Eastgate Tower Hotel [2B] 10 Fraser Place Central Seoul [1C] 11 Fraser Suites Seoul [2B] 12 Grand Ambassdor Seoul [2C] 13 14 15 16 17 [2B] Hotel Acacia Hotel Astoria Hotel Crown Insadong Hotel PJ Ibis Ambassdor Myeongdong 18 Lotte Hotel Seoul [2B] Seongbuk-gu Lin e4 [2B] Metro Hotel Millennium Seoul Hilton [1C] [1B] New Kukje Hotel [2C] Pacific Hotel [2C] President Hotel [2C] Savoy Hotel Gwanghwamun House [2C] Seoul Prince Hotel [2C] [1C] Seoul Rex Hotel Seoul Royal Hotel [1B] [2B] Sutton Hotel [1B] The Plaza [3C] The Silla Seoul The Westin Chosun [1B] Seoul Sungshin Women's Univ. (Donam) 8 5 16 17 6 3 Hansung Univ. (Samseongyo) 4 Jongno-gu 25 4 A Bomun 18 Hyehwa 27 1 11 Changsin 26 24 Dongdaemun-gu Anguk 13 20 10 Gyeongbokgung 23 2 12 e3 (Government 2 Lin 1 1 14 Complex Seoul) Gwanghwamun 14 9 1 Line 3 (Sejong Center for the 1 2 11 5 Performing Arts) 5 Dongmyo 4 Jongno 5-ga 11 3 1 10 Jongno 3-ga (Tapgol Park) 8 28 Jonggak Dongdaemun 8 4 7 2 15 Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 9 6 29 3 6 28 Euljiro 4-ga 21 12 17 7 Euljiro 1-ga 13 6 4 5 Seodaemun Dongdaemun History 18 9 Euljiro 3-ga Line2 & Culture Park 19 13 23 8 City Hall 30 32 5 Sindang 16 16 29 17 6 22 21 21 31 18 10 15 14 30 24 19 2 25 Chungmuro Line 7 20 15 22 Cheonggu 12 23 Myeongdong 3 Dongguk Univ. 22 27 26 B Hoehyeon (Namdaemun Market) [2C] [2B] Seoul Station [1B] Jung-gu e5 Lin 23 Dori King 24 Dugahun [2B] 5 Lotte Town 6 Migliore Recommended Tourist Attractions [1B] International Cuisines 032 [1B] [1B] 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 [1A] 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 1000m [1A] [2B] Major Hotels 1 Kyobo Book Centre [1B] [1B] Dongwha 2 Duty Free Shop [1C] 3 Namdaemun Underground Shopping Center 4 Jewelry Wholesale [2B] Market 500 [1A] Shopping [2B] Line 6 [2B] Teas & Desserts 1 Twinkle Twinkle 2 Haap 3 Seoulseo Duljjaero Jalhaneun Jip 4 Cha ma si neun Ddeul 5 Beautiful Tea Museum 6 O’sulloc 7 Payard 8 Club Espresso Lin e1 [2B] 0 16 Balwoo Gongyang Min’s Club Gwanghwamun House Darakjeong Nunnamujip Yongsusan Ujeong Octopus Congdu Doore Seorin Octopus Tosokchon Nampo Myeonok Hadonggwan Myeongdong Kyoja Jinju Hoegwan Ojang-dong Hamheung Naengmyeon Yangmiok Pyeongyang Myeonok Gogung Nutrition Chicken Jingogae Korea House 3 19 31 20 C Yaksu Namsan (Mountain) [1B] Line4 Korean Restaurants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 2 7 Yongsan-gu 2 033
  18. 18. City Hall· Insa-dong· Dongdaemun Areas 1 Balwoo Gongyang 발우공양 MAP 2B 5 This restaurant specializes in temple food, made up of allnatural ingredients to improve both body and soul. The natural flavors and colors of the ingredients create a work of art on every table. This is a must visit restaurant for vegetarians. Nunnamujip 눈나무집 MAP 1A 18 Paramitas Table 27,500; 12 Dharmacakras Table 39,600; 15 Enlightenments Table 58,300 11:40–13:20, 13:30–15:00 & 18:00–20:50 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-2031-2081 2 Min’s Club 민가다헌 MAP 2B This is a quiet and peaceful restaurant set within a traditional Korean house. Min’s Club serves both Western and Korean cuisine, and you can also enjoy wine or tea. The main menu item here is the cold kimchi noodles, which go well with the sweet beef rib patties or mung bean pancakes on offer. The clean and simple interior, moderate price range and delicious food keep the customers coming back for more. Cold Kimchi Noodles 5,000; Grilled Beef Rib Patties 8,000; Mung Bean Pancake 8,000 11:00–21:30 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) 5-min walk from the Samcheong-dong Community Service Center 02-739-6742 6 This traditional Korean cuisine restaurant has remained in the same place for over 30 years. Most of the dishes are seafood based and taste as rich and profound as its history. There are many branches throughout Seoul, but the venue featured has the best service and interior. Yongsusan 용수산 MAP 1A Lunch Course 29,700–61,500; Dinner Course 70,000–99,000 12:00–14:30 & 18:00–23:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese, Chinese English 10-min walk from Exit 5 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-733-2966 Lunch Course 46,000–165,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00– 22:00 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 2–3 min walk from the Samcheong-dong Community Service Center 02-739-5599 3 Gwanghwamun House 광화문집 MAP 1B 7 Ujeong Octopus 우정낙지 MAP 1B This cozy and very welcoming restaurant is well-known for its kimchi stew. The ripe kimchi and pork neck stew is spicy, yet soothing and very filling. The egg rolls are an ideal accompaniment to this dish. If you like spicy foods, this is the place for you. The stir-fried octopus here is some of the spiciest you’ll find in Seoul. To help fan the flames, the octopus is served with bean sprouts and clam soup. At night, office workers fill the restaurant to unwind after a hard day’s work. Kimchi Stew with Pork 7,000; Egg Roll 5,000 09:00–22:00 (some Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal day) 2–3 min walk from Exit 8 of Gwanghwamun (Sejong Center for the Performing Arts) Stn., Line 5 02-739-7737 Stir-fried Octopus 16,000; Clam Soup 10,000 10:00–22:30 Chinese 5-min walk from Exit 8 of Gwanghwamun (Sejong Center for the Performing Arts) Stn., Line 5 02-720-7991 4 Darakjeong 다락정 MAP 1A A specialty of this restaurant is the dumpling casserole boiled in soybean broth with a lot of seafood. Other popular menu items include dumpling soup, Korean pancakes and bulgogi. Both Korean and Western tables are available. Tojang Dumpling Casserole 10,000; Bulgogi 15,000 11:00–21:30 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) 5-min walk from the Samcheongdong Community Service Center 02-725-1697 034 8 Congdu 콩두 MAP 1B This place serves various Korean dishes made of tofu such as tofu steak and tofu tiramisu. The menu only has course meals and reservations are required. It is located inside the Seoul History Museum. Lunch Course 30,800–57,200; Dinner Course 49,500–110,000 11:30–14:00 & 17:30–22:00 English English 10-min walk from Exit 7 of Gwanghwamun (Sejong Center for the Performing Arts) Stn., Line 5 02-722-7002 035
  19. 19. City Hall· Insa-dong· Dongdaemun Areas 9 This is a traditional Korean cuisine restaurant in Insa-dong. The side dishes vary each day, and the hearty rich soybean soup is a must-try. The simple interior and great tasting food have proven popular with tourists. Doore 두레 MAP 2B 13 Hadonggwan 하동관 MAP 2B Korean Lunch Set Menu 27,500, 38,500 & 60,500 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Jongno 3-ga (Tapgol Park) Stn., Line 1, 3 or 5 02-732-2919 10 Seorin Octopus For over 80 years, Hadonggwan has been serving gomtang, or ‘beef bone soup’, at premium quality. Gomtang is considered a representative dish of the common people, and Hadonggwan pays special attention to the taste of the broth. The kimchi served with the soup is delicious, and some like to use it to flavor their soup. Beef Bone Soup 10,000; Boiled Pork Slices 50,000 07:00–16:30 (1st and 3rd Sundays of every month) JapaEnglish, Japanese, Chinese 5-min walk nese, Chinese from Exit 5 of Euljiro 1-ga Stn., Line 2 02-776-5656 14 Myeongdong Kyoja 명동교자 MAP 2C 서린낙지 MAP 1B Those who like spicy foods should definitely try out this place. If the stir-fried octopus looks too spicy, try the Bacon Sausage, cooked on a hot plate with octopus broth. The jeon, egg roll, and clam soup are also recommended for countering the spiciness. This is a representative restaurant of Myeong-dong with over 50 years of history. Its main menu item is the noodle soup, which is best with the spicy kimchi that comes served with the noodles. You can also add an order of dumplings, and most importantly, the rice and noodles are bottomless. Stir-fried Octopus 17,000; Bacon Sausage 15,000 11:30–23:00 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) 5-min walk from Exit 4 of Gwanghwamun 02-735-0670 (Sejong Center for the Performing Arts) Stn., Line 5 Noodle Soup 8,000; Dumplings 8,000 10:30–21:30 (Chuseok & Seollal day) Japanese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 8 of Myeong-dong Stn., Line 4 02-776-5348 11 Tosokchon 토속촌 MAP 1B 15 Jinju Hoegwan 진주회관 MAP 1C This popular ginseng chicken soup restaurant serves up a broth made of ground grains that is especially healthy and tasty. Expect to wait in line during lunch or dinner times. This place is famous for its noodles in cold soybean soup (kongguksu), one of Korea’s favorite summer meals. The dough for the noodles here is also noteworthy for containing assorted nuts and potato starch. Thick and savory kongguksu is popular in the summer while winter is the season for kimchi fried-rice. Expect to wait for a table during peak hours. Ginseng Chicken Soup 15,000 10:00– 22:00 English, Chinese English 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung (Govern02ment Complex Seoul) Stn., Line 3 737-7444 12 Nampo Myeonok 남포면옥 MAP 1B Nampo Myeonok has been a family business for 2 generations and is a representative eobokjaengban restaurant. The word refers to the process of cooking by arranging assorted meats and vegetables in a copper casserole with a beef broth. Noodles or dumplings can also be added to the casserole. The interior décor is also quite distinctive. Eobokjaengban 58,000 (for 3); Chilled Buckwheat Noodles 9,000 Weekdays: 11:30–22:30; Weekends & holidays: 11:30–21:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) Chinese English, Japanese 2–3 min walk from Exit 2 of Euljiro 1-ga Stn., Line 2 02-777-2269 036 Noodles in Cold Black Soybean Soup 9,500; Kimchi Fried Rice 7,000 10:00– 22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese, Chinese 2–3 min walk from Exit 9 of City Hall Stn., Line 1 or 2 02-753-5388 16 Ojang-dong Hamheung Naengmyeon 오장동 함흥냉면 MAP 2B Thin chewy buckwheat noodles in a thick beef broth, and spicy seasoned buckwheat noodles. Especially popular is the chilled buckwheat noodles (naengmyeon) with raw skate. Naengmyeon, Naengmyeon with raw fish, Spicy Naengmeon 8,000 each, Raw Skate 10,000 (for 2) 11:00– 21:30 (1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) Japanese, Chinese Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 8 of Euljiro 4-ga Stn., Line 2 or 5 02-22679500 037
  20. 20. City Hall· Insa-dong· Dongdaemun Areas 17 Yangmiok 양미옥 MAP 2B 21 Yangmiok serves top quality lamb and tripe, and the grilled seasoned tripe is especially recommended. In the winter, visitors should also consider trying the casserole. Jingogae 진고개 MAP 2C Premium Tripe 29,000; Beef Tripe 27,000 11:00–22:00 (Chuseok & English, Japanese 1–2 Seollal day) min walk from Exit 6 of Euljiro 3-ga Stn., Line 3 02-2275-8837 Marinated Crab Set 16,000; Braised Ribs 17,000; Bulgogi 19,000 Weekdays: 11:30–21:30; Weekends: 11:30–21:00 (1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday each month, Chuseok & Seollal day and day 2–3 min walk from after) Japanese English, Japanese Exit 6 of Chungmuro Stn., Line 3 or 4 02-2266-5689 18 Pyeongyang Myeonok 평양면옥 MAP 3C 22 This is a 3rd generation naengmyeon restaurant. The restaurant also has Eobokjaengban, beef slices served in a copper dish. 한국의 집 Naengmyeon 10,000; Eobokjaengban 50,000 (for 2) 11:00–21:30 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Stn., Line 2, 4 or 5 02-2267-7784 This place is popular for its braised beef ribs and marinated crabs. Highly-recommended are the marinated tender ribs and the crabs marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce. There are also various casseroles. Korea House MAP 2C An old Korean style house that serves as a restaurant where you can try Korean royal court cuisine. This restaurant makes its own kimchi and condiments, which are preserved in large earthen pots called jangdok. Korea House also stages traditional performances and arranges traditional weddings. Korean Royal Cuisine 68,200–250,000 12:00–14:00, 17:00–18:30 & 19:00–20:30 English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 3-min walk from Exit 3 of Chungmuro Stn., Line 3 or 4 02-2266-9101 19 Gogung 고궁 MAP 2C For over 30 years, Gogung has been serving its bibimbap in a traditional copper bowl. Toppings include seasoned vegetables, nuts, tartare and more. Other menu items such as pancakes, bulgogi and makgeolli cocktails are also served. Jeonju-style Bibimbap 11,000; Hot Pot Bibimbap 11,000; Tartare Bibimbap 15,000 09:00–22:00 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) English, Japanese, Chinese English, 3-min walk from Exit 9 of Myeong-dong Japanese, Chinese Stn., Line 4 02-776-3211 20 Nutrition Chicken 영양센타 MAP 1C 038 This place is the home of Korean-style rotisserie chicken. The outside of the chicken is crispy while the inside is moist and tender. Although good as a lunch or dinner, the chicken is also good as a side menu item for beer. Rotisserie Chicken 13,500 (for 2); Chicken Ginseng Soup 13,500 10:30–22:30 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese, Chinese 3-min walk from Exit 5 of Myeong-dong Stn., Line 4 02-776-2015 23 Dori King (Jogeum) 조금 MAP 2B This place is popular for its Japanese style stone pot rice and udon noodles. There are three varieties of stone pot rice, of which the Jogeum Stone Pot Rice with seafood is the most popular. Dori King also has a clean Japanese style interior. Jogeum Hot Pot Rice with Abalone 28,000; Jogeum Hot Pot Rice 15,000; Hot Pot Rice with Vegetables 15,000 11:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 3-min walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-734-0783 039
  21. 21. City Hall· Insa-dong· Dongdaemun Areas 24 Dugahun 두가헌 MAP 1B 28 Benigni 베니니 MAP 1B This French cuisine restaurant is set in a traditional Korean house. It is located in the backyard of Gallery Hyundai, so you can soak in the culture afterwards. Especially popular at Dugahun is the steak. This place serves great pasta and steak. The fresh pasta spaghetti and the premium grilled steak are exceptionally good, and the restaurant also has a creditable wine list. Being located inside Olleh Square in Gwanghwamun, there’s plenty to see and do afterwards. Steak 50,000–52,000 12:00–14:30 & 18:00–22:00 *Tea Time: 14:30–16:00; Wine Bar: 18:00–24:00 English English 10-walk from Exit 3 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-3210-2100 Beef Tenderloin Steak 50,000; Pasta 21,000–25,000 11:30– 15:00 & 17:30–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English English, 10-min walk from Exit 1 of Gwanghwamun (Sejong Italian Center for the Performing Arts) Stn., Line 5 02-3210-3352 25 8 steps 8스텝스 MAP 1A 8 steps is located in a traditional Korean house that was renovated and made into a restaurant with a Mediterranean-style interior. Located on Samcheong-dong Street, 8 Steps serves both Italian and French cuisines. 29 Myeongdong Tonkatsu 명동돈가스 MAP 2C Pasta 18,000–19,000; Lunch Course 29,000; Dinner 12:00–14:30 & 18:00–21:15 *Wine Bar: Course 70,000 18:00–22:30 English, Japanese English 5-min walk from the Samcheong-dong Community Service Center 02-738-5838 26 Dal 달 MAP 1B 30 Located inside a gallery, Dal offers fine Indian cuisine prepared by chefs from the homeland. Popular Indian dishes such as Tandoori chicken and curry have been slightly modified to fit the Korean palate. The décor of the restaurant will make you feel as if you were in India. 딘타이펑 Din Tai Fung MAP 1C 더레스토랑 MAP 1B This Japanese-style French restaurant is well known for its food and the interior décor. It also offers a great view of Gyeongbokgung (Palace) and has a dessert café. Lunch Course 49,500–99,000; Dinner Course 77,000–143,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) English, Japanese English 15-min walk from Exit 1 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-735-8441 040 Pork Cutlet 11,000; Cordon Bleu 14,000 Mon.–Sat.: 11:00–21:30; Sun. & national holidays: 11:00–21:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day and day after) English English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 6 of Euljiro 1-ga Stn., Line 2 02-776-5300 Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant chain, and this is the first branch to open in Korea. Their main menu item is xiaolongbao (cage-steamed buns), but you can also try various other Taiwanese dishes. Best visited on weekdays due to large crowds on Saturdays and Sundays. Leek and Shrimp xiaoongbao 13,200; Sichuan-style 11:00–22:00 English, Seafood Noodle Soup 14,000 English, Chinese 5-min walk from Japanese, Chinese Exit 5 of Myeong-dong Stn., Line 4 02-771-2778 Lamb Curry 20,000; Tandoori Chicken 22.000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (New Year’s day, Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Indian English 10-min walk from Exit 1 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-736-4627 27 The Restaurant This was the first restaurant to introduce the famous fat Japanese-style pork cutlets to Korea. With a 30year history of excellence, Myeongdong Tonkatsu’s cordon bleu is the most popular menu item. 31 Songwon 송원 MAP 1C This is a Japanese-style puffer fish restaurant, and its signature dish is made by boiling aged puffer fish with various types of mushrooms and Korean cabbage. You can also try various other puffer fish dishes. Puffer Fish Stew 22,000; Puffer Fish Set Menu 35,000 11:00–14:00 & 17:00–21:30 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese English 5-min walk of Exit 7 of City Hall Stn., Line 1 or 2 02-755-3979 041
  22. 22. Hongik University· Yeouido Areas These two areas are centered on the Hangang (River), a landmark of Seoul. Night and day, each has its own disparate charm. Both filled with life well into the night, one is a center of youth culture, the other a center of hard-working office workers. The hottest clubs and cultural facilities of Seoul are located in the Hongik University area, while the heart of Korean politics, finance, and corporate entertainment is to be found in Yeouido. Despite their differences, both districts share the Hangang (River) as their border, and both are awash with energy. Together, they showcase Seoul’s vibrant and multi-layered character. World Cup Stadium (Seongsan) 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Bulia Hakata Bunko Gami Udon The Gabriel Hongdae Donburi Menya Sandaime Alla Torre Castle Praha Teppen Hanseongmungo Ha Ha Dami Basak Walking On The Cloud [2A] [2B] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] Hongdae Street Sangsu-dong Cafe Street [2B] Hongdae Club Street [2A] Seoul World Cup Stadium [1A] [1B] Seonyudo Park [2B] Bamseom (Islet) [1B] National Assembly [2C] Yeouido Park [3C] 63City Yeouido Floating Stage [2B] 1 Best Western Premier [3B] Seoul Garden Hotel [2C] [1C] 4 Hotel Dodo [2A] 5 Hotel Seokyo 6 Lotte City Hotel Mapo [3B] 5 [2C] [1C] 8 R Hotel 9 The Lexington Hotel [2B] [2C] 10 Yoido Hotel [2C] [3C] Line Gyeongui Ewha Womans Univ. 3 1 4 Lin e9 Sinchon Seogang Daeheung (Sogang Univ.) Gwangheungchang (Seogang) 6 1 5 6 10 7 9 7 5 e1 Lin 4 7 4 8 o egy oda ) nhy ridge Wo (B Yeouinaru 8 Yeongdeungpo Market Mapo 10 National Assembly Yeongdeungpo-gu B 1 6 gyo dae e) apo ridg M (B Dangsan 3 6 A Gongdeok Hangang (River) Yeongdeungpo-gu Office 042 3 Sangsu 2 [1B] [2C] 19 Hapjeong 3 Courtyard by Marriott [1C] Seoul Times Square 7 Marriott Executive Apartments Seoul 12 5 1 16 13 14 2 3 17 18 2 1 2 11 3 [2B] [2A] Hongik Univ. 5 15 Major Hotels 2 Conrad Seoul Sinchon 10 Lin e2 10 11 12 13 14 15 Mapo-gu Seo gan (Brid gdaeg ge) yo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 International Cuisines 4 Yan gh (Br wada idg eg e) yo [2C] Seodaemun-gu 20 Mapo-gu Office 1000m Recommended Tourist Attractions [2C] [2A] Seogyo Market Hongdae Free Market [2A] [1A] Mecenatpolis [2C] IFC Mall Yeongdeungpo Market [1C] [1C] Times Square Mangwon [3B] [2C] Shopping 1 2 3 4 5 6 500 6 Mapo Original Marinated Beef 7 Yangmani 8 Jushinjong 9 Jinjujip [2B] Snob [2B] café aA Mobssie Chocolate Cake [2A] [2A] Cacao Boom [2A] Paul & Paulina [3C] Eric Kayser e6 Lin [2B] [2A] 3 Taste of the Moon (Wolhyang) 4 Yeonnam Sundae Soup [2A] [3B] 5 Mapo-ok Teas & Desserts 1 2 3 4 5 6 3 0 [3B] 2 Gajwa EX A'R Korean Restaurants 1 Mapo Jinjja Wonjo Choedaepo 2 Yogi 1 2 Yeouido 9 21 8 22 23 6 9 Ha (Ra nga ilro ngc ad he Bri olgy dg o e) 4 Line 5 The Hot & The New: Two Districts by the Hangang (River) C Nodeulseom Saetgang Singil Yeongdeungpo Noryangjin Daebang 043
  23. 23. Hongik University· Yeouido Areas 1 Mapo Jinjja Wonjo Choedaepo 마포진짜원조최대포 MAP 3B This is a pork restaurant with 60 years of history and tradition, most notable in the order by which the set course should be eaten: you start with sweet marinated pork ribs, then salt grilled pork, and finally finish with chewy pig skin. The beverage of the house is soju. 5 This is an ox bone soup restaurant with a 60year history and tradition. The ox bone soup here is very meaty and is served with many different kinds of kimchi, including cabbage kimchi, radish kimchi and green onion kimchi. Mapo-ok 마포옥 MAP 3B Ox Bone Soup with Brisket 11,000 07:00– 22:00 English, Japanese, Chinese 5-min walk from Exit 1 of Mapo Stn., Line 5 02-716-6661 Pork Rib 12,000; Salt Grill 13,000; Pig Skin 7,000 11:00–24:00 Japanese English, Japanese, Chinese 1–2 min walk from Exit 5 of Gongdeok Stn., Line 5, 6 and A'REX 02-719-9292 2 Yogi 요기 MAP 2B This is a representative Korean fast food restaurant of the Hongik University area. The cold kimchi noodles and fried flat dumplings in particular are worthy of note. Two people can enjoy a filling meal here for under 10,000 won. Noodles 4,500–5,500; Flat dumplings 3,000 (10) 11:30–23:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) EngJapanese 2–3 min walk from lish, Japanese Exit 1 of Sangsu Stn., Line 6 02-3143-4248 3 Taste of the Moon (Wolhyang) 월향 MAP 2A Mapo Original Marinated Beef 마포원조주물럭집 MAP 3B This grill house has a long 40-year history and serves tender beef marinated and grilled over charcoal. The sweet and juicy beef keeps customers coming back for more. Premium Marinated Beef 35,000; Naengmyeon 8,000 11:00–22:30 (New Year’s day, Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 1 of Mapo Stn., Line 5 02-718-3001 7 This is a modern and young makgeolli house. It brews its own makgeolli so the drinks are fresh and assorted. Its menu includes many dishes that go well with makgeolli, dishes that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Yangmani 양마니 MAP 2C Mugeunji Sweet & Sour Pork 17,000; White Kimchi & Tofu Rolls 19,000; Original Wolhyang Makgeolli 6,000 (500ml) Mon.–Wed.: 12:00–02:00; Thu.–Sat.: 12:00–04:00; Sun.: 12:00–01:00 English, Japanese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 7 of Hongik Univ. Stn., Line 2 and A'REX 02-332-9202 4 Yeonnam Sundae Soup 연남순대국 MAP 2A This is a favorite among taxi drivers, known to be very picky eaters. The most popular dishes are the sundae soup, or Korean sausage soup, and the plate of sundae. Although this ordinary looking restaurant may not seem to blend in with the hip and trendy atmosphere of the area, its coziness welcomes big crowds. Sundae Soup 7,000; Assorted Sunday 12,000 (for 2) 07:00– 23:00 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Hongik Univ. Stn., Line 2 and A'REX 02-332-5268 044 6 8 Jushinjong 주신정 MAP 2C Here, you’ll find the freshest and finest yang, or tripe, in Seoul. The dish is marinated in a special sauce for 24 hours and then grilled. Other cuts are also available. Premium Tripe 27,000; Premium Sirloin 45,000 Weekdays: 11:30–22:00; Weekends: 11:30–21:30 English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 1 of National Assembly Stn., Line 9 02-784-9282 This grill house is famous for its multipurpose griddle, around the rim of which, egg roll is cooked. A wide selection of leafy vegetables is also provided for beef wraps. The great taste and service of Jushinjong has garnered a loyal clientele. Korean Set Menu 8,000 (includes bulgogi casserole); Grilled Beef 23,000–32,000; Beef Rib 29,000 10:00–22:00 Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 5 of Yeouido Stn., Line 5 or 9 02-784-6662 045
  24. 24. Hongik University· Yeouido Areas 9 Jinjujip 진주집 MAP 2C 13 The Gabriel This place is well known for its noodles in soybean soup. Other than the rich soybean soup noodles, there is also spicy noodles and noodle soup with chicken. Jinjujip is a favorite with nearby office workers. The attention grabbling yellow exterior wall of the 2nd level, the cozy wooden interior and the cute décor makes The Gabriel is very popular with the ladies. Its menu includes pasta, pizza, and wine. Noodles in Cold Soybean Soup 9,500; Noodle Soup with Chicken 7,000; Spicy Noodles 8.000 10:00–20:00 (Sundays & national holidays) Chinese English, Japanese, Chinese 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Yeouido Stn., Line 5 or 9 02-780-6108 Meokmul Shrimp Pizza 13,000; Potato Dumplings 13,500 Tue.–Sat.: 11:00–23:00; Sun. & national holidays: 11:30–22:00 (Mondays, Chuseok & Seollal day) English English 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Hapjeong Stn., Line 2 or 6 02-332-7167 10 Bulia 불이아 MAP 2A Bulia specializes in Chinese-style hot pot made a little less spicy to suit Korean tastes. The set menu with beef, lamb and assorted vegetables is the most popular menu item. Hot Pot Bulia Set 18,500; Seafood Set 28,000 11:30–23:00 English, Chinese Chinese 1–2 min walk from Exit 1 of Hongik Univ. Stn., Line 2 and A'REX 02-335-6689 11 Hakata Bunko 하카다분코 MAP 2B The main menu item here is the tonkotsu ramen of Kyushu. The rich pork broth is the key to their ramen. The Japanese décor and greeting staff are very unique, though the long waiting times are not. 14 Hongdae Donburi 홍대돈부리 MAP 2A 15 Menya Sandaime 멘야산다이메 MAP 2A In Ramen 7,000; Cheong Ramen 7,000 11:30–14:00 & 17:00–24:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese English, 2–3 min walk from Exit 2 of Japanese Sangsu Stn., Line 6 02-338-5536 12 Gami Udon 가미우동 MAP 2A The noodles at this udon restaurant are made on-site, and the broth is especially tasty. The fried chicken and udon set is very filling and recommended. The décor is modern and simple. Gake Udon 4,000; Jaru Udon 6,000; Fried Chicken Set 8,500 12:00–15:00 & 17:00–21:00 (Mondays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 9 of Hongik Univ. Stn., Line 2 and A'REX 02-322-3302 046 더가브리엘 MAP 2A This is a traditional Japanese deopbap (meat and/ or vegetables on a bed of rice) restaurant whose regular customers have praised its menu items for their authenticity. Donburi is almost always crowded, so be prepared to wait in line for a table. Katsudon 7,000; Rice with Salmon 9,500 11:00–14:30 Japanese & 16:30–21:30 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 1 of Sangsu Stn., Line 6 02-3141-8398 This is a traditional Japanese ramen house, which closes for the day when staff run out of ingredients. Although it specializes in tonkotsu ramen, the tsukemen ramen, whereby the noodles and broth are served separately, is also recommended. Although small in size, Menya Sandaime has a very comfortable atmosphere. Tonkotsu Ramen 7,000; Tsukemen Ramen 8,000 11:50– Until ingredients run out Japanese English, Japanese 10min walk from Exit 9 of Hongik Univ. Stn., Line 2 and A'REX 02332-4129 16 Alla Torre 알라또레 MAP 2A Alla Torre has a very international list of wines. The course menu and fresh pasta dishes are recommended. The classy and sophisticated atmosphere is second to none in the Hongik University area. Lunch Course 24,000; Dinner Course 58,000; Pasta 16,000–20,000 11:30–15:00 & 17:00–23:00 English English, Italian 5-min walk from Exit 9 of Hongik Univ. Stn., Line 2 and A'REX 02-324-0978 047
  25. 25. Hongik University· Yeouido Areas 17 Castle Praha 캐슬프라하 MAP 2A This restaurant was designed after the Prague Clock Tower Castle in the Czech Republic. You can try traditional Czech house beer and original goulash here. 20 Home-made Sausage 20,900; Beef Goulash 30,800 17:00–02:30; Sun.: 16:00–01:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) from Exit 3 of Hapjeong Stn., Line 2 or 6 02-334-2181 MAP 2A Mon.–Thu.: 17:00–02:00; Fri. & Sat.: English English 10-min walk Ha Ha 하하 This is a traditional Chinese dumpling restaurant owned and operated by a Chinese immigrant. The dumplings here are very large, and fried dumplings, which are crispy on one side and soft and moist on the other side, are the most popular. Soups and cold platters are also available at a reasonable price. Steamed Dumplings 5,000; King Dumplings 1,800 (each); Stir-fried Eggplant 14,000 11:30–22:30 (2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month, one week during Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese, Chinese Chinese 10-min walk from the Yeonnam-dong Community Service Center 02-337-0211 21 Dami 다미 MAP 2C This is a Japanese-style fish griller, serving up fresh fish such as lightly-salted mackerel, mackerel pike, salmon and rockfish – all of which go very well with a soju cocktail. The restaurant closes each day depending upon when it runs out of ingredients. Grilled Mackerel 9,000; Grilled Salmon 12,000 11:30– 14:00 & 17:00–23:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) 10-min walk from Exit 5 of Yeouido Stn., Line 5 or 9 02-783-5167 18 Teppen 텟펜 MAP 2B You can try various hot plates here, such as teppanyaki and yakisoba. Though the dishes taste great, it is perhaps the kind and friendly staff that keep customers coming back for more. 22 Basak 바삭 MAP 2C Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki 13,000– 14,000 17:00–01:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) Japanese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 1 of Sangsu Stn., Line 6 02336-5578 Lunch Set 14,000; Dinner Set 20,000 11:30–14:00 & 18:00–23:00 (Sundays, national holidays) English, Japanese English 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Saetgang Stn., Line 9 02-782-2251 19 Hanseongmungo 한성문고 MAP 1B 23 Walking On The Cloud 워킹온더클라우드 MAP 3C This is a Korean-style ramen house operated by Hakata Bunko, a Kyushu-style ramen house. Thick ramen noodles are topped with chicken, pork or fish. Located inside 63City, Walking On The Cloud provides fine European dining. It offers a superb view of the Hangang (River), and Seoul. In Ramen 7,000; Seoul Ramen 10,000 12:00– 23:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese English, Japanese 2–3 min walk from Exit 5 of Hapjeong Stn., Line 2 or 6 02-332-7900 048 Basak’s deep-fried course menu includes fried fish, shrimp, sesame leaf, sweet potato and more, all of which is accompanied by a fresh salad and rice with fish roe. The atmosphere is friendly and warm. Salad Bar 49,000; Weekday Lunch 62,000, 74,000 & 100,000; Dinner starting at 96,000 11:30–15:00 & 17:30–22:00 English English * Wine bar open until 01:00am on weekdays 15-min walk from Exit 4 of Yeouinaru Stn., Line 5 (inside 63City) 02789-5904 049
  26. 26. Itaewon· Hannam-dong Areas This area includes Itaewon and Hannam-dong, where many foreign ambassadors reside, and is where you’ll find Seoul’s only mosque. For this reason, the area is filled with numerous international restaurants operated by chefs from around the world. Instead of pondering upon what you’d like to eat, think instead about which country you’d like to visit. Yongsan also offers many art and fashion boutiques to explore. A World of Taste and Culture on Every Street 1 Teas & Desserts Korean Restaurants [2B] [3B] [2A] [2A] 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Tatsumizushi Daehangak The Bungalow La Cucina La Tavola Le Saint-Ex Moghul Between Sultan Kebab Smoky Saloon Ye’hwan O’Kitchen Jonny Dumpling Taco Chili Chili Hattori Kitchen La Bocca Macaroni Market Muntaro Western China Trevia [1C] [2B] Dongbingo Coffee Mihak Neal’s Yard The Lucy Pie Kitchen Standing Coffee Tartine May Bell Bakery Lynn’s Cupcakes Passion 5 Shopping [2C] 1 Itaewon Antique Street [2B] 2 Itaewon Shopping Center [2B] [1C] [2B] 3 Itaewon Market [2B] [2B] [3B] 4 Yongsan Electronics [1B] Shopping Mall [3B] 5 I’Park Mall [1C] [2B] [2B] 3 Recommended Tourist Attractions [2B] 1 N Seoul Tower [2A] Sookmyung Women's Univ. (Garwol) [1B] [2B] 2 Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art [3B] 3 Gyeongridan-gil 4 Itaewon Street [2B] 5 National Museum of Korea Gaya Hotel Grand Hyatt Seoul Hamilton Hotel Hotel Capital Hotel Crown Itaewon IP Boutique Hotel Namsan (Mountain) Yongsan-gu Major Hotels 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 [1B] Namyeong [1C] [2B] [2B] [2B] [2B] [2B] [2B] [3B] [2B] 7 Yongsan Park [3B] 3 [2B] Line 6 [2B] 5 18 6 [2B] Samgakji [3B] 1 Noksapyeong 4 6 The War Memorial of [1B] Korea [2B] [2C] [3B] Sinyongsan [3B] 15 8 19 2 2 9 6 24 3 14 20 21 7 22 10 11 7 9 12 4 16 Itaewon 2 3 3 6 1 13 17 6 5 8 23 B Hannam 4 e Lin ng ga n Ju [3B] [3B] [3B] 2 Hangangjin 5 Lin e4 5 4 5 7 Ichon (National Museum of Korea) Dongjakdaegyo (Bridge) 2 Seobinggo gyo odae Banp ridge) (B 1 050 A Beotigogae [3B] [2B] [2B] 4 1 1000m International Cuisines 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 500 Chadol House Ocean Restaurant Poom Seoul Hancook 3 0 1 2 3 4 2 Seoul Station C Hangang (River) 051
  27. 27. Itaewon· Hannam-dong Areas 1 Chadol House 차돌집 MAP 2B 2 Ocean Restaurant 바다식당 MAP 3B Chadol House grills its meat in hard wood charcoal. You can enjoy a fine glass of wine, and once you’re done with the brisket, try the soybean stew instead of the naengmyeon. 5 Tatsumizushi 타츠미즈시 MAP 1C Beef Brisket 15,000; Sirloin 19,000 11:30–22:30 English English, Japanese 2–3 min walk from Exit 1 of Noksapyeong Stn., Line 6 02-790-0789 Also called the ‘Johnson Stew,’ Ocean’s sausage stew is different from other varieties in that aside from the basic ingredients of meat and vegetables, it also contains cheese. Another recommendable dish is the steak and sausage grill. Johnson Stew 18,000 (for 2); T-bone Steak 30,000 (for 1) 11:30–22:00 (1st & 3rd Monday each month, Chuseok 10-min walk from Exit 1 of & Seollal holidays) Chinese Hangangjin Stn., Line 6 02-795-1317 You can taste custom-made sushi here. Other than the unique ingredients used, a special feature of this restaurant is that the sushi chef will make whatever sushi you order. You can see and experience a whole new side of sushi. Lunch Course 55,000; Dinner Course 145,000 11:30– 14:30 & 17:30–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) Japanese English, Japanese 15-min walk from Exit 4 of Ichon (National Museum of Korea) Stn., Line 4 and Jungang Line 02-749-0712 6 Daehangak 대한각 MAP 2B This place specializes in invigorating Chinese cuisine. Its most popular menu item is wonjok, or pigs’ trotters cooked with various medicinal herbs. Other menu items include various cold salads, noodles and fried-rice, and the portions are very generous. Wonjok 38,000; Rice with Tomato Omelet 7,000 11:30–15:00 & 17:00–22:00 (1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Chinese English, Chinese 10-min walk from Exit 4 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-798-9990 3 Poom Seoul 품서울 MAP 2A 7 The Bungalow 더방갈로 MAP 2B This is a Korean cuisine restaurant that specializes in food from the Joseon Dynasty. Poom has modified the cuisine of the Joseon upper-class to satisfy modern palates. Because it uses fresh seasonal ingredients and natural seasonings, the menu changes with the season. The grilled sirloin steak is a popular dish, and reservations are required. This is a unique restaurant with sandy floor. You’ll feel like you’re in a bungalow on the beach. You can enjoy various generously priced cocktails. Mojito 11,000–13,000; Grill Platter 35,000 (for 3) Sun.–Thu.: 15:00–03:00; Fri. & Sat.: 15:00–06:00; open late Chuseok & Seollal day English, Japanese, French English 2–3 min walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-793-2344 Lunch Course 57,750–115,500 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (Sundays, New Year’s Day, Buddha’s Birthday, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese English, Japanese 10-min walk from the Namsan Library 02-777-9007 4 Hancook 한쿡 MAP 2A 052 This is a Korean restaurant located inside N Seoul Tower. Its main entrees, which include bulgogi and ribs, are accompanied by a Korean-style buffet. The tables by the window offer an exceptional view of Seoul. Bulgogi / Marinated Beef Ribs / Braised Sablefish 31,000 & 43,000 11:00–16:00 & 16:00–23:00 English, JapaEnglish, Japanese, Chinese 15-min bus ride (bus nese #02) from Exit 2 of Chungmuro Stn., Line 3 or 4 02-34559291, 9292 8 La Cucina 라쿠치나 MAP 2B With a sophisticated interior décor, this is the first restaurant known to have served Italian cuisine in Korea. It is on the way to Namsan Mountain so you can enjoy the view while trying the delicious course meals on offer. Lunch Course 38,000 & 52,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00– English, Japanese 22:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal day) English 1–2 min walk from the Grand Hyatt Seoul 02794-6005 053
  28. 28. Itaewon· Hannam-dong Areas 9 This cozy and quiet Italian restaurant serves great pasta and steak. Clay oven pizza is also a popular side menu item for beer or wine. La Tavola 라타볼라 MAP 2B Clay Oven Pizza 16,500–27,500 12:00–22:30 English, Russian English, Italian 1–2 min walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-7936144 13 Sultan Kebab 술탄케밥 MAP 2B An authentic Turkish-owned eatery, offering a choice of chicken or lamb kebabs. You can eat in or take out. Turkish Chicken Kebab 5,000; Turkish Lamb Kebab 6,000; Phillip Chicken Kebab 8,000 Sun.–Thu.: 10:00–23:00; Fri. & Sat.: 10:00–02:00 English, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish English 1–2 min walk from Exit 3 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-749-3890 10 Le Saint-Ex 르생텍스 MAP 2B This is a top-rated French restaurant in Seoul. The tenderloin steak and the onion soup have been customers’ favorites for a long time, and popular desserts include the chocolate cake and ice cream. Moghul 모글 MAP 2B 12 Between 비트윈 MAP 2B 054 This is a homemade burger restaurant. There are various burgers to choose from, but the most popular is the “Ambulance Burger”, containing a hash brown, bacon, cheese, and an egg over easy. Tenderloin Steak 48,000~; Onion Soup 12,000~ Sun.–Thu.: 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–23:30; Fri. & Sat.: 12:00–15:30 & 17:30–22:30 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English English, French 2–3 min walk from Exit 1 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-795-2465 11 14 Smokey Saloon 스모키살룬 MAP 2B Ambulance 10,900; Sloppy Fries 7,500 Mon.–Thu.: 10:30–22:00; Fri. & Sat.: 10:00–06:00; Sun.: 10:00–22:00 English English, Japanese 1–2 min walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-795-9019 15 This is a Pakistani restaurant where you can try lamb, beef and chicken curry and other Pakistani foods. There is also a beautiful garden. This is a small and cozy Italian restaurant. The grilled squid salad and steak with fruit sauce are the two most popular menu items. The pork neck steak here is especially delicious. Ye’hwan 예환 MAP 2B Curry 16,500–30,000; Chicken Tandoori 19,250; Steamed Lamb 66,000 12:00–22:30 English, Arabic (for 2) English 2–3 min walk from Exit 1 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-796-5501 This is a unique Italian res-taurant. The menu includes appetizers, salads, pastas, steaks, and also brunch options. Pasta 20,000~; Steak 40,000~ Sun.–Thu.: 11:30–02:00; Fri. & Sat.: 11:30–04:00 English, Japanese English 2–3 min walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-795-6164 16 O’Kitchen 오키친 MAP 2B Tenderloin Steak 40,000~; Pork Neck Steak 30,000~ 11:30–15:00 & 17:30–22:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & SeolEnglish 5-min walk from the lal holidays) Japanese Grand Hyatt Seoul 02-798-4752 This modern and spacious restaurant is operated by a Japanese husband and Korean wife. The menu includes unique and creative Japanese, French and Italian dishes. Lunch Course 24,000; Seafood Plate 23,000; Duck Confit 22,000 12:00– 14:30 & 18:00–21:30 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese, French, Italian English 2–3 min walk from Exit 1 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-797-6420 055
  29. 29. Itaewon· Hannam-dong Areas 17 Jonny Dumpling 쟈니덤플링 MAP 2B 21 Macaroni Market 마카로니마켓 MAP 3B The juicy, homemade dumplings here are fried or steamed, and you can choose from various assorted filings, including meat, shrimp, or even vegetarian. Here, you can try John Dory or St. Peter’s fish, a European delicacy. Other dishes include steak, pasta and sandwiches. You can also sit out on the balcony when the weather allows. Boiled Shrimp Dumplings 7,000; Fried Dumplings 7,000; Egg & Leek Dumplings 7,000 11:30–22:00 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) Chinese English 1–2 min walk from Exit 4 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-790-8830 John Dory 29,000; Sirloin Steak 36,000 11:00–15:00 & 17:30–23:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-749-9181 18 Taco Chili Chili 타코칠리칠리 MAP 2B 22 Here, Mexican food has been made to satisfy Korean palates and you can choose from 4 levels of spiciness. Vegetarian tacos are also available. 문타로 Muntaro MAP 3B Enchilada 9,000; Taco 5,000 11:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal days) English, Spanish English 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Noksapyeong Stn., Line 6 02-797-7219 19 Hattori Kitchen 핫토리 키친 MAP 2B 23 Western China This is a cozy bar-like Japanese restaurant where you can enjoy a full meal, or a quick drink. Except for the two main dishes, Hattori’s menu changes every day depending on what is fresh at the market. 웨스턴 차이나 MAP 3B Salad Udon 19,800; Sea Bream Teriyaki 22,000 19:00– Japanese 10-min 02:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal day) walk from Exit 2 of Noksapyeong Stn., Line 6 02-792-1975 20 La Bocca 라보카 MAP 3B La Bocca is an Italian restaurant known for its fresh pasta and unique sauce. Popular dishes include lasagnas and paninis, and the restaurant also has good sandwiches and wines. It also has great tasting desserts. Lasagna 23,000; Panini 12,000–14,300 Sun.–Thu: 11:00–23:00; Fri. & Sat: 11:00– 01:00 English English 5-min walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-790-5907 056 24 Trevia 트레비아 MAP 3B This is a Japanese-style pub where you can enjoy a drink with grilled chicken and pork belly shish-kebabs. Nagasaki-style Seafood Stew 18,000; Agedashi Tofu 11,000 Sun.–Thu.: 18:00– 03:00; Fri. & Sat.: 18:00–04:30 Japanese, Chinese Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Itaewon Stn., Line 6 02-796-7232 This is a traditional Dim Sum restaurant. If you’d like to try various kinds of dim sum and other Chinese dishes, try the set menu. In addition, the salad and fruit bar buffet is open to all. Dim Sum 5,000–7,000; Lunch Course 22,000; Dim Sum Set 24,000 11:30–21:30 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English English 10-min walk from Exit 1 of Hannam Stn., Jungang Line 02-795-6751 Trevia sells thin crust pizza by the slice. The most popular pizza is the Quattro Formaggi (4-cheese pizza) with gouda, cheddar, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese. Margherita Pizza 14,500; Quattro Formaggi 18,600 11:30–22:30 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese, French English, Italian 5-min walk from Exit 1 of Hangangjin Stn., Line 6 02-795-6004 057
  30. 30. Gangnam Area If you have dinner plans in Gangnam, the first thing to do is dress up, because it’s the place where trend-setting Seoulites hang out at designer shops, up-scale restaurants, and chic cafes. The trend-sensitive are always up-to-date, so don’t be surprised if you spot your favorite Korean hallyu star dining next to you. Famous celebrities and socialites are often seen in Gangnam. [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [3A] [1B] 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Sushi U 78 On The Rise Hyegyo Ganga L’Amitie Buona Sera 10 Corso Como Cafe Gourmet Eo Grill H Tutto Bene L’Espoir du Hibou Bistro de Yountville July [3A] [3B] [2A] [2A] [2A] [2A] [3A] [2A] [3A] [2A] [2A] [1C] 15 Damjang Yeope Gukhwakkot 16 Paris Croissant 17 Red Bean Flowering Tree House 6 Hyundai Department [2A] Store, Apgujeong 7 The Galleria Luxury Hall [2A] 8 Apgujeong Norimarket [2A] [2B] 9 Imagine [1B] [2A] [3A] Major Hotels 1 Babylon Hotel [1B] 4 Simone Handbag Museum ‘Bagstage’ [2A] 5 6 7 8 [3B] [3B] [3B] [3B] [3B] [2A] [2A] [1B] 2 Best Western Premier Gangnam [2B] 3 Dynasty Hotel 4 Friend Hotel [1B] Recommended Tourist Attractions 1 Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil [2A] [2A] 2 Serosu-gil [2A] 3 Gallery Street Coex Bongeunsa (Temple) Korea Cultural House Seonjeongneung (Royal Tombs) 9 Kimchi Museum 10 Dosan Park 11 Space*c [2A] [2B] [2C] Hannam [2B] [2B] [3B] [1C] [3B] Express Bus Terminal Line9 17 5 Grand InterContinental [3B] Seoul Parnas 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Hilltop Hotel Hotel Blue Pearl Hotel Centro Hotel Green Grass Hotel Pop Green Hotel Prima Seoul Hotel Riviera Seoul [2B] [3A] 23 10 13 B 17 18 27 Yeoksam 15 16 9 [2A] [3A] [3A] 19 Daechi Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education (Court & Public Prosecutor's Office) e3 Lin Seocho Dogok 8 Nambu Bus Terminal (Seoul Arts Center) Line2 Hanti 23 32 13 Hotel Seoul Kyoyuk [2C] Munhwa Hoekwan 14 Imperial Palace Hotel [2B] [3B] 15 InterContinental Seoul Coex [3B] 16 Jbis Hotel Gangnam-gu Gangnam [1C] [3B] A 5 27 7 Apgujeong 8 Rodeo 7 4 58 11 31 26 28 29 7 Apgujeong 14 10 24 11 18 2 11 13 11 12 16 4 12 25 9 6 1 10 15 8 12 17 30 28 3 3 9 14 21 7 4 1 30 Cheongdam 32 1 Gangnam-gu Sinsa Office 22 6 1 14 2 15 Hak-dong 21 5 Jamwon 6 9 22 5 Nonhyeon 19 Seonjeongneung 24 3 5 8 Samseong (World Trade Center Seoul) Banpo 7 2 9 3 20 26 1 20 Sapyeong 4 16 Sinnonhyeon 29 2 3 Seolleung 31 25 [3B] 25 Renaissance Seoul [2B] Hotel [2B] 26 Samjung Hotel 27 Seoul Palace Hotel [1B] [3A] 28 The Hotel Ellui 29 The Ritz Carlton Seoul [2B] 30 The Riverside Hotel [1A] [2B] 31 Tria Hotel 32 Young Dong Hotel [2A] 10 6 4 Maebong Seocho-gu 13 2 Guryong 6 Yangjae (Seocho-gu Office) SinBundang Line 058 [3B] [2A] [2A] 19 New Hilltop Hotel 20 Novotel Ambassador Gangnam 21 Oakwood Premier Coex Center Seoul 22 Park Hyatt Seoul 23 Provista Hotel 24 Ramada Seoul Line dang Bun International Cuisines 12 Guilaume 13 Café t 14 Cakehouse Wien 4 Apgujeong-dong Rodeo Street 5 Cheongdam-dong Street [1B] [2B] 18 Mercure Seoul Ambassdor Sodowe Ju ng an gL ine [3C] Boulangerie Le Alaska [2A] [2A] Bon Nuvel [2A] Pain de Papa [2A] Ceci Cela [2A] 5Cijung [2A] Paper Garden [2A] Mealtop [2A] Heo Hyeong-man’s Apgujeong Coffee House 17 JW Marriott Seoul Line7 [3B] 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 [2A] 1 Spicy Color 2 Lotte Duty Free Shop [3B] 3 Hyundai Department [3B] Store, Coex 1000m [3B] [3B] [2B] 1 Take Urban 2 Patissier Kim Youngmo [3C] [2A] 3 Deux Cremes Hang ang ( River ) 500 4 Hanmiri 5 Black Pig Korea (Heukdonga) 6 Philkyungjae 7 Gamjabawoo 8 Gaehwaok 9 Kumsu Bokguk 10 Dure Noodles 11 MuiMui 12 Min’s Kitchen 13 Sawore Boribap 14 Samwon Garden 15 Shinsamyeonok 16 Han Chu 17 Moo Deung San 18 Sandang 19 Soobul [3B] Major Hotels 3 0 [2B] Shopping gyo dae am e) nn idg Ha (Br 1 Ijeuri 2 Gomehome 3 Gwangyang Bulgogi Teas & Desserts 2 gyo dae gho e) Don (Bridg Korean Restaurants 1 Seongsudae gyo (Bridge) Hangangjin Yeon gdon (Brid gdaegy ge) o Dress Classy, Eat with Style 059 C
  31. 31. Gangnam Area 1 Ijeuri 잊으리 MAP 2B This is a grill house that uses hardwood charcoal. The charcoal grilled meat tastes perfect with their special sauce. Ijeuri serves both pork and beef, and provides a cozy atmosphere. Pork Neck 18,000; Beef Brisket 28,000 11:00– 14:30 & 17:00–22:30 (Sundays & national holidays) Eng5-min walk from lish, Chinese English, Japanese Exit 10 of Hak-dong Stn., Line 7 02-514-4587 5 Black Pig Korea (Heukdonga) 흑돈가 MAP 3B Headquartered in Jeju-do Island, this restaurant specializes in black pork. Black pork is chunkier and meatier than regular pork. Black pork at Heukdonga is dipped in a special Jejudo-style salted anchovy sauce. Pork Grill 16,000; Marinated Pork 16,000, Pork Belly 16,000 Mon.–Sat.: 11:00–05:00; Sun.: 11:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Chinese, Japanese English, Japanese 15min walk from Exit 5 of Samseong (World Trade Center Seoul) Stn., Line 2 02-2051-0008 6 2 Gomehome 고메홈 MAP 3B This restaurant specializes in dishes prepared with medicinal ingredients. Proud of its refined and healthy menu, most of Gomehome’s food is either steamed or grilled. Because the kimchi here is made with neither salted seafood nor chili powder, it is recommended for those who haven’t yet tried Korean food. Philkyungjae 필경재 MAP 3C This Korean set menu restaurant exudes the history of Seoul, occupying a traditional Korean house with a beautiful garden. Seating however is in the Western style, and taking one’s shoes off is not required. The traditional Korean cuisine at Philkyungjae has been applauded by many. Mi Set Menu 54,000 (Lunch); Gukhwa Set Menu 102,000; Sura Set Menu 240,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese English, Japanese, Chinese 10-min walk from Exit 1 of Suseo Stn., Line 3 02-445-2115 Wangdogo Course Meal 28,250; Jin Course Meal 62,150 10:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day and day after) English, Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 1 of Seolleung Stn., Line 2 and Bundang Line 02-568-4595 3 Gwangyang Bulgogi 광양불고기본가 MAP 3B Thinly sliced premium beef is marinated then cooked on a copper grill over a charcoal fire. You’ll have to try it to believe the sweet and savory taste of this bulgogi. Most other restaurants serve chilled buckwheat noodles (naengmyeon) afterwards, but here, they serve Busanstyle wheat noodles (milmyeon). Gwangyang-style Bulgogi 35,000 (200g) 10:00–22:00 Chinese English 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Samseong (World Trade Center Seoul) Stn., Line 2 02-567-8494 4 Hanmiri 한미리 MAP 3B This restaurant serves traditional court cuisine at various price ranges. The food here is mildly seasoned and ideal for those who have never tried Korean cuisine. There is also a children’s menu. Hanmiri Dinner 65,000; Royal Dinner 88,000 12:00– 15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Samseong (World Trade Center Seoul) Stn., Line 2 02-556-8480 060 7 Gamjabawoo 감자바우 MAP 2A Here you can try more traditional and old-fashioned Korean food. A healthy table centered on vegetables and traditional condiments (jang) is served at a reasonable price. They have a very assorted menu, so it is best to come in a large group and try a little bit of everything. Lunch Set Menu 18,000–58,000; Gamja (Potato) Set Menu 38,000– 58,000 11:30–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) Japanese, Chinese 10-min walk from Exit 2 of Apgujeong Stn., Line 3 02-517-1160 061
  32. 32. Gangnam Area 8 Gaehwaok 개화옥 MAP 2A 11 This restaurant has re-interpreted traditional Korean cuisine into a more modern and stylish cuisine. Although its main menu item is bulgogi, Gaehwaok serves many other delicious dishes such as grilled vegetables and soybean noodles. The traditional Korean dinnerware the food is served in also adds to the overall taste and atmosphere. MuiMui 무이무이 MAP 2A This place serves great makgeolli and fusion side dishes. MuiMui has an assorted menu and is an ideal restaurant for sharing a few drinks over dinner with friends. The high windows on the 2nd floor afford magnificent views. Gaehwaok Bulgogi 29,700 (200g); Napa Wraps with Pork (Bossam) 38,500; Beef Brisket 38,500; Soybean Noodles 7,700 24 hours Japanese English, Japanese, Chinese 2–3 min walk from Exit 6 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-549-1459 9 Kumsu Bokguk 금수복국 MAP 2A The original Kumsu Bokguk in Busan became so popular and well known that it opened a branch restaurant here. Bokguk, a delicious puffer fish soup, is the main menu item, with a number of other puffer fish dishes also available. Pork Belly Steak Salad 29,700; Soybean Bibimbap 18,700 11:00–02:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English English 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-515-3981 12 Min’s Kitchen 민스키친 MAP 2A Beef Rib Salad 39,500; Home-style Barbecue with Pickled Vegetables 52,000; Lunch Course 38,500– 93,500 11:30–15:00 & 17:30–22:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese English, Japa15-min walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeong Rodeo nese Stn., Bundang Line 02-544-1007 Brown-backed Puffer Stew 11,000; Green Rough-backed Puffer Bulgogi on a Hot Plate 33,000 24 hours English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Stn., Line 3 02-3448-5488 10 Dure Noodles 두레국수 MAP 2A The great tasting noodles and large serving sizes at Dure will make anyone come back for seconds. Here, noodles and mushrooms are served in a rich beef broth, and then garnished with beef. Expect long lines at lunch times. Noodles 7,000; Beef & Vegetable Casserole 10:00–21:00 (Sundays & national holidays) Japanese 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Stn., Line 3 02-3444-1421 13,000 (per person) 062 This is a modern Korean restaurant. Min’s serves a fantastic course meal as well as individual dishes. The beef rib salad and barbecue combination, as well as the yellow corvina (croaker) and scorched rice combination are especially noteworthy. There is also a great selection of wines. 13 Sawore Boribap 사월에보리밥 MAP 2A Sawore Boribap is known for its barley rice and bulgogi. It promises to use only the freshest of ingredients, and serves filling portions. This casual restaurant provides both Korean and Western-style tables. Barley Rice with Cirsium 8,500; Bassak Bulgogi 18,000 11:30–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese, Chinese 1–2 min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Stn., Line 3 02-540-5292 063
  33. 33. Gangnam Area 14 Samwon Garden 삼원가든 MAP 2A 17 Moo Deung San 무등산 MAP 2A This restaurant has served great ribs for the past 30 years. State dinners are often held here due to the beautiful traditional Korean house (hanok) exterior and private rooms available. This place is well known for its barbecued beef, especially the rib eye. Top quality beef is served with many side dishes, and the chilled buckwheat noodles (naengmyeon) served afterward are also delicious. Marinated Ribs 39,000; Bulgogi 33,000 11:50–22:00 English, Japanese, English, Japanese, Chinese 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Stn., Line Chinese 3 02-548-3030 Beef Ribs 48,000; Marinated Rib Eye 46,000; Ox Bone Soup Mon.–Sat.: 24 hours; Sundays until 22:00 English, 10-min walk from Exit 4 of GangChinese English, Japanese 02-518-4001 nam-gu Office, Line 7 and Bundang Line 10,000 18 Sandang 산당 MAP 3A The table setting at Sandang is a work of art, most probably because the chef is a painter. Here you can try unique Korean dishes cooked with no artificial additives. The chef only uses Korean ingredients to produce a tasty fusion dish. Course 50,000–220,000 12:00–22:00 (Mondays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Japanese, Chinese 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-542-3959 15 Shinsamyeonok 신사면옥 MAP 2A 19 Soobul 수불 MAP 1B This is a chilled buckwheat noodles (naengmyeon) restaurant well known for its sweet and spicy sauce. The dish is so popular that long lines at lunchtimes are the norm. The dumplings and bulgogi are also recommended. This is the most popular Korean-style pub in Seorae Village. The food here is tasty enough to satisfy any palate, but especially good are the Black Sesame Chicken and the Gochujang Steak. The pub has a modern and simple interior. Naengmyeon 9,000; Naengmyeon with Raw Fish 9,500; Beef SirEnglish, loin Bulgogi 35,000 11:00–22:00 Japanese, Chinese 10-min walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Japanese, Chinese Bundang Line 02-518-7228 Black Sesame Chicken 20,000; Gochujang Steak 28,000 Mon.– Sat.: 11:30–15:00; 18:00–24:00; Sun.: 17:00–24:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese English 5-min walk from Pangbae Middle School 02-3478-0886 16 Han Chu 한추 MAP 2A The main menu item here is fried chicken, although Han Chu is especially crowded at dinnertimes by people wanting a cool beer after a long day at work. Although the fried chicken and seasoned chicken are the most popular, the spicy fried peppers are also highly recommended. Fried Chicken 17,000; Fried Peppers 15,000 17:00– 03:00 (Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Chinese English 10-min walk from Exit 4 of Apgujeong Stn., Line 3 02-541-0969 064 20 Sushi U 스시유 MAP 3B Here you can try traditional sushi made by a Japanese sushi chef, who guarantees the best and freshest ingredients. The food here looks good and tastes even greater, and there are private rooms for groups who need peace and quiet. Assorted Sushi 80,000 (Large) 11:30–14:30 & 17:30– 22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese, Chinese English, Japanese 5-min walk from Exit 3 of Samseong (World Trade Center Seoul) Stn., Line 2 02-553-7870 065
  34. 34. Gangnam Area 21 24 78온더라이즈 MAP 3A 라미띠에 78 On The Rise The chef personally takes orders at this small restaurant, which only has a few tables overall. L’Amitie is especially well-known for its foie gras and offers many other traditional French dishes, depending upon the available ingredients. L’Amitie MAP 2A This is a Chinese-style bistro with an atmosphere similar to that found in Hong Kong or a typical Chinatown in the U.S. There are various course menus and Dim Sum varieties to choose from. The restaurant is especially popular among women. Lunch Course 110,000; Dinner Course 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) EngEnglish 5-min walk from Exit 5 lish of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-546-9621 165,000 Lunch Course 23,000 & 35,000 10:00–12:30 & 17:30–22:00 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) Chinese English 1–2 min walk from Exit 1 of Cheongdam Stn., Line 7 02-3446-2678 22 Hyegyo 혜교 MAP 3B This modern restaurant specializes in buckwheat dishes. The mild tasting foods have no artificial seasoning or flavorings added. You can try dishes like buckwheat pancake, buckwheat soup, buckwheat rice cake soup and many other buckwheat dishes. Buckwheat Noodle Soup 13,000; Chilled Buck09:30–03:00 & wheat Soba Noodles 11,000 17:00–21:30 (day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) English 5-min walk from Exit 6 of Cheongdam Stn., Line 7 02-518-9077 23 Ganga 강가 MAP 2A Experience the best of India at this authentic curry restaurant. Although Ganga has various branches throughout Seoul, the main Apgujeong restaurant is the highest-rated. Curry 10,000–20,000; Tandoori Chicken 25,000 11:30–15:00 & 17:30–22:00 English, Indian English 1–2 min walk 02from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Stn., Line 3 3444-3610 066 25 Buona Sera 보나세라 MAP 2A This distinguished Italian restaurant serves great food, service and atmosphere. Comprised of 4 floors, it is ideal for special occasions. Lunch Course 30,000, 40,000 & 50,000; Dinner Course 65,000, 80,000 & 120,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–23:00 (Chuseok & SeolEnglish, Italian lal day) English, Japanese 15-min walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-543-8373 26 10 Corso Como Cafe 10꼬르소꼬모카페 MAP 2A If you are interested in the latest trends in Seoul, you must visit this place. This is a hip Milano-esque caféstyle casual dining and dessert restaurant. Originally a designer boutique, the 10 Corso Como Café also operates a shop on the side that carries fashion and make-up. Bottarga 24,000; Truffle Rissoto 58,000 Sun.–Thu.: 11:00– 23:00; Fri. & Sat.: 11:00–24:00 (Chuseok & Seollal day) English, Japanese English 2–3 min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-547-3010 067
  35. 35. Gangnam Area 27 Gourmet Eo 구르메에오 MAP 3A 30 Gourmet Eo shares the same building as the Italian fine dining bistro, Ristorante Eo. Both restaurants are noted for their quality flavors and service. Gourmet Eo also sells cheeses, oils, and teas, and the wine bar and balcony offer a romantic atmosphere. L’Espoir du Hibou 레스쁘아뒤이부 MAP 2A Lunch Course 44,000 12:00– 15:00 & 18:00–22:30 (Sundays & national holidays) English English, 8-min walk from Exit 4 of French Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-517-6034 Lunch Course 36,300~; Dinner Course 72,600~ 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–23:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Italian English, Italian 10-min walk from Exit 3 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-3443-0717 28 grill H 그릴 H MAP 2A At this modern restaurant, you can try both Korean and Western-style grills. This is one of the very few restaurants where you can order both steak and marinated ribs. The naengmyeon served afterwards (choose from beef, pheasant or dongchimi broth) is also worthwhile. A buffet is available on weekends. Steak 55,000 (Large); Rib Eye Steak 59,000 (Large) 11:30–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 English English 10min walk from Exit 4 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-3446-5547 29 Tutto Bene 뚜또베네 MAP 3A This is an Italian restaurant famous for its Roe Pasta. Although not very spacious, the casual atmosphere and friendly service is highly praised. Pasta 25,000–32,000 Mon.–Sat.: 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–23:00; Sundays & national holidays: 18:00–23:00 English English, Italian 10-min walk from Exit 2 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-546-1489 068 Here you can taste true French cuisine. The Duck Confit and Onion Soup are specially recommended by the chef. Half bottles of wine are available, and there is also a delicious dessert menu. 31 Bistro de Yountville 비스트로드욘트빌 MAP 2A This is a casual French bistro. The course menu is a little pricy, but comes with a dessert of your choice. Individual dishes are reasonably priced. Frisee Salad 16,500; Foie Gras 12:00–15:00 & 18:00– 22:00 (Sundays & national holidays) English English, French 5-min walk from Exit 4 of Apgujeong Rodeo Stn., Bundang Line 02-541-1550 31,900 32 July 줄라이 MAP 1C This is a cozy, yet elegant French restaurant that uses fresh Korean ingredients and serves only the best dishes made with quality ingredients like snail, sea bream and premium beef tenderloin. Lunch Course 40,000–65,000; Dinner Course 80,000–105,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:30; Sundays closed at 21:00 Eng(Chuseok & Seollal day) English 5-min walk from Pangbae Middle lish 02-534-9544 School 069
  36. 36. Themed Epicurean Journeys in ul eo S As different as people are, so are their tastes and eating preferences. There’s no better place to satisfy each taste and preference than Seoul. That’s because Seoul has everything from Western to Eastern cuisines, traditional to modern tastes, and cheap street foods to expensive gourmet delicacies. No matter what your tastes are, Seoul is the place to go. 070 071
  37. 37. Guide for Korean Pancakes vegetarians Korean cuisine is very tasty, healthy and vegetarianfriendly. Below is a list of recommended dishes and restaurants for vegetarians. ⓒKorean Food Foundation Recommended Korean Foods for Vegetarians Wild Vegetable Bibimbap Bibimbap is a representative Korean dish that pleases both the eye and mouth. An assortment of aromatic wild vegetables are arranged on top of steamed rice and mixed with Korean chili paste (gochujang). Although the original bibimbap has beef, there are many variations like the wild vegetable bibimbap (sanchae bibimbap). Tofu Dishes Soft tofu is a common side dish ingredient on the Korean table. To make tofu, beans soaked in water are ground, then solidified with salt water. Popular tofu dishes include tofu simmered in soy sauce, tofu and kimchi, soft tofu stew, and more. Koreans call beans “the beef of the fields,” hence they are a great protein food for vegetarians. Kimchi pancakes, green onion pancakes and mung bean pancakes - these are a few of the many Korean pancake variations. They’re crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, and you can choose what to put in the pancake. These pancakes taste best when shared with friends, so order a few pancakes with friends, and don’t forget to order makgeolli. seasoned with soy sauce. This is the most common japchae, but there is also burdock japchae, bean sprout japchae and leek japchae. Jelly This is a savory jelly, which takes many forms and colors depending upon the ingredients used. Acorn jelly, for example, is brown while mung bean jelly has an opaque whiteness. It is very filling, yet extremely low in calories and hence ideal for those on a diet. It is typically dipped in soy sauce or mixed with crown daisies, cucumber, carrots and other vegetables and seasoned like a salad. TIP Temple Food Temple food is good for the mind and the body. It avoids meats and strongly scented ingredients such as garlic, wild rocambole, green onions, and the like. Most ingredients are gathered from the slopes of mountains instead of the supermarket and seasonal vegetables are naturally flavored. Japchae This is a dish almost always present on festive occasions. Various vegetables ⓒKorea Tourism Organization 072 ⓒKorea Tourism Organization ⓒKorea Tourism Organization are sautéed with glass noodles and 073
  38. 38. Guide for Vegetarians Recommended Restaurants for Vegetarians Temple Food Restaurants Chaegeundam 채근담 Vegetarian Restaurants Hangwachae 한과채 Restaurants with a Vegetarian Menu The vegetable broth here is made by simmering vegetables, mushrooms, and a zanthozylum powder in a large pot. The result is a soup that is as rich and hearty as any meat broth. The dishes differ by the season because the restaurant uses seasonal ingredients. Reservations required. This is a traditional Korean vegetarian cuisine restaurant where organic vegetables and homemade Korean condiments such as gochujang (Korean chili paste), doenjang (soybean paste) and ganjang (soy sauce) are the principal ingredients. Hangwachae does not use any artificial seasonings, and their kimchi does not contain salted seafood. Dam Set Menu 45,000 11:30–15:00 & 18:00–22:00 (Chuseok & Seollal 10-min walk from Exit 3 of holidays) English, Japanese, Chinese English 02-555-9173 Samseong (World Trade Center Seoul) Stn., Line 2 Buffet 12,000 11:30–14:30 & 17:00–20:00 (Sundays, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English 10-min walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 02-720-2802 Temple Food Restaurants Restaurants with a Vegetarian Menu Gamnodang 감로당 The dishes here are as colorful as they are delicious. Gamnodang specializes in healthy dishes made of cactus and mountain greens. All the dishes are served as a course meal. Course Meal 26,000–110,000 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–21:30 (New Year's Day, Buddha’s Birthday, Chuseok & Seollal holidays) English, Chinese, French English, 5-min walk from Exit 4 of Gyeongbokgung (Government Complex Japanese, Chinese 02-3210-3397 Seoul) Stn., Line 3 Ganga 강가 pg. 066 Restaurants with a Vegetarian Menu Sandang 산당 pg. 065 Nwijo 뉘조 This restaurant specializes in medicinal foods made with wild vegetables and natural seasonings. Recommended dishes include geunchaessam, or vegetables wrapped in potato slices marinated with enzymes, and bburi beombeok, ground lotus root, sweet potato and pumpkin wrapped in mulberry leaf. Vegetarian Korean Set Menu 27,500 & 38,500 11:30–16:00 & 17:00–22:00 (New Year’s Day, and the day before and day of Chuseok & Seollal) English, Japa5-min walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 nese, Chinese English, Japanese 02-730-9301 Temple Food Restaurants Aseungji 아승지 Restaurants with a Vegetarian Menu Here, you can try aromatic hijiki rice and rice with seasoned cirsium (thistle). The lunch-only menu is half set and half buffet, and reservations are required. This is a traditional Korean cuisine restaurant with vegetarian dishes. The ‘Jirisan Set Menu’ includes over 30 side dishes such as assorted seasoned vegetables, pureed soybean, tofu with stir-fried kimchi, pickled chili peppers and braised burdock. Korean Full Course Meal 18,000 12:00– English, 15:00 (Weekends & national holidays) 2–3 min walk from the Singil 4-dong Japanese 02-836-8442 Community Service Center Temple Food Restaurants 074 Balwoo Gongyang Jirisan 지리산 Vegetarian Korean Cuisine 15,000 & 20,000 12:30–22:00 English, Japanese, Chinese English, (Chuseok & Seollal day) 2–3 min walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Stn., Line 3 Japanese, Chinese 02-723-4696 발우공양 pg. 034 075

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