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A Mix of Old and Modern Korea in Ikseon-dong, Seoul

My Korean co-worker told me that Ikseon-dong is a new “hot place (핫플레이스)” in Seoul, so I decided to take a walk there one afternoon. Seems like it will become a new addition to “places to visit in Seoul”!

It’s similar to the Bukchon Hanok Village, but easier to get around because it is close to the subway station, you don’t have to go up steep hills, and the shops are right next to each other. If you want to, you can speed walk through the entire area within 10 minutes.

How to get there

The Ikseon-dong Hanok Village (익선동 한옥마을) is located in between Jongno 3-ga Station and Anguk Station. The easiest way to get there is to go out of Jongno 3-ga Station exit 4, and cross the street on your left.

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First you will see this sign on your right.

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Yeol-doo-dal (12dal/12 months/열두달) 

This is one of the popular restaurants in this neighborhood. They have Korean Western Fusion food, and a wide variety of cocktails, makgeolli, and beer. You can see the menu on this blog. Their Jiri Mountain Salad with Smoked Pork and Cream Pasta with Lotus Root seem to be their popular menus.

To enter the restaurant, one must first enter their phone number and number of people on this tablet. I’m not sure how travelers visiting Korea can use this system.

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There are about ten tables.

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The central area of the restaurant has a glass ceiling.
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Some of the seats are semi-private.

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After you order, you will get some pickled cabbage, carrot, and radish.
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We ordered the Jiri Mountain Salad with Smoked Pork.
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and the Spicy Oven Baked Chicken with Rice. This was curry flavored.
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They’re open from 12:00 PM to 11:00PM, but they also have a break time! Weekdays from 3-5 PM and Weekends from 4-5PM.

I went there on a Saturday afternoon, but people started making a line before 5 pm, and the restaurant was full by 5:20.


If you go further down the street, you’ll see this cafe on your left.

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Cafe Graang/그랑

It’s a cafe that also sells some artwork.

They had a wide variety of tea, coffee, and some cakes.


At the end of the street, you’ll see the map of this area.

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Many restaurants seem to have a break time from 3 pm to 5 pm.

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They have Guest Houses as well!

On the left, you’ll see a Korean traditional tea and dessert cafe, TteuLan.

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On the right, you’ll see 식물 (Shikmul), which is another popular cafe in the area.
Shikmul means plant in Korean.

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Soozip and vintage Bonnie
(수집 앤 빈티지보니)

This is another popular shop in the neighborhood.
Many instagrammers take photos in front of this wall.

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They specialize in 1950s antique goods.

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If you come here during the day time, you’ll find small streets that are great for a photoshoot with family and friends.

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If you are looking for a snack,
maybe you can get this at Lucky Bunshik!

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The PokemonGo craze has affected this store as well. 😉


March 2017 Update: This neighborhood has been opening more stores and building more 🙂

One of them is Madang Flower Cafe.