BEST 5 Restaurants in Ikseon-dong

Did you ever go to Ikseon-dong(익선동)?  There is a Ikseon-dong Hanok Viallage (익선동 한옥 마을) and it’s a hidden place between Jongro-3 ga station(종로3가) and Anguk station (안국), a place that mix of traditional and modern.

Even it’s not a famous place for tourists, it is the hottest place for Korean recently. Let’s discover the another face of Korea and check out the BEST 5 restaurants in Ikseon-dong!

1. Gyeongyangsik 1920 (경양식 1920)

1920 is the year that Korea government made Ikseon-dong Hanok Village and Gyeongyangsik 1920 is a trendy restaurant in a traditional Hanok (한옥) with pink curtains and chairs, which attract a lot of Korean girls coming here.

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The Hamburg Steak and Fried Pork Chop with Spicy Tomato Sauce are the most popular menus here. All the dishes and the decor of the restaurants bring you back to the old Korea!
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Gyeongyangsik 1920 (경양식 1920)

Ad.:17-30, Supyo-ro 28gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 수표로28길 17-30)

B.H.: 12:00 – 23:00 (Break time 15:00~17:00)

2. Changhwa Dang (창화당)

Changhwa Dang is really famous for its Mandu(만두), the dumplings in Korean style, and the decorations like tables and dishes are all in traditional Korean style, which can only find in countryside these years.

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The Bibim Guksu(비빔국수, spicy noodles) is one of the popular menu here. Spicy noodles mixing with seaweeds, sesame leaves, sesame, and eggs! It’s the best main menu with mandus.

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For sure, you can’t miss the best menu of Changhwa Dang restaurant, MANDU!! Personally, the Fried Shrimp Mandu is the best. Crispy skin with juicy shrimp inside…WOW!

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Changhwa Dang 창화당
Ad.: 23, Supyo-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 수표로28길 23)
B.H.:12:00~21:30 (break time 14:00~15:00)
(Close on every 1st, 3rd Monday)

3. Le Blanseu 르블란서

If you want to try French home meal, I would like to recommend La Blanseu to you. The price of the menus are reasonable and the decor of it is really special since it was a Hanok but they mixed modern French style.
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They have a lot of menus, but I believe the Oven Roasted Whole Chicken is the best! You can also order beers or wine here.
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Le Blanseu 르블란서
Ad.: 30, Supyo-ro 28gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 수표로28길 30
B.H.: 11:30 – 23:00, Close on Monday

4. Gochangjip고창집

I think it is really hard for most of the tourists to find traditional restaurants like Gochangjip because normally the real delicious restaurants in Korea will not appear on tourist guide book and the interior itself looks really old.  Gochangjip opened in 1991, which means they opened for almost 30 years!

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Skirtmeat barbecue is the MUST-EAT menu here, but you still can find other meats, such as pork belly, pork neck and so on. They offer a lot of small dishes and vegetables when you order meat.
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Gochangjip 고창집

Ad.: 7, Donhwamun-ro 11ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (서울 종로구 돈화문로11가길 7)

B.H.: 15:00 – 24:00

5.  Guksu Chaja Dak Malli 국수찾아 닭만리 

Guksu Chaja Dak Malli (국수찾아 닭만리) is the meaning of  “Finding Noodles for Chicken Miles”. So you will know what are the most famous menus here! BINGO! Noodles and chicken.

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You can see and smell how delicious it will be when you’re waiting for seats in front of the restaurants! There’s a machine for cooking chicken. Yummmmmm~

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They serve roasted chicken with nurungji (누룽지), a crust of overcooked rice on the bottom, to get all the oil and juice from the roasted chicken. Can you imagine how delicious is it!!?

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You also can order other foods and drinks here. And the noodles are pretty good as well! You can try the spicy noodles if ordering a chicken is not enough.

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Guksu Chaja Dak Malli (국수찾아 닭만리)
Ad.: 38, Donghwamun-ro 11 gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (서울 종로구 돈화문로11길 38)
B.H.: 16:30 – 01:00 , Close on Sunday

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