Ikseon-dong, a vintage cafe & bar: plant

Ikseon-dong’s Hanok Village was early established in the 1920s, and modernism caught up with tradition to create the unique surrounding found here today. Its recent popularity as a tourist attraction, visitors could come here and enjoy the traditional Korean atmosphere.





The twists of narrow alleys may seem similar, but each of them is lined with attractive souvenir shops and cafés decorated with unique characteristics of their own. No wonder these alleyways are seen as “photo zones” as the colorful shops make an awesome backdrop for photogenic moments. There are no directions maps within the village, so just explore by your own!


Today we visit a cafe named plant(식물) in Ikseon-dong.


Name: Plant

Hours 11:00 – 00:00 (Close on Saturday and Sunday)

Address: 46-1 Donhwamun-ro 11da-gil, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Directions: Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4. → Cross the street and walk straight for approx. 300m along Donghwamun-ro 11-gil Street. (Approx. 3 min)



They serve great tiramisu! The day we visited was a weekday but still, many customers were there. Thanks to that they do not open the door on weekends; otherwise, we might have to wait for a while. I wanna say if you come to visit a cafe in iksoen dong but there’s no seat. You could try another cafe actually. There are many unique and stylish cafes in iksoen dong!





If you come alone, bring your laptop or Pad, order a cup of coffee with a piece of dessert, you could have a nice afternoon tea time here. Normally there’s no rule that limits customers how long they could stay in Korea. It’s good for visitors. At the same time, the coffee price is relatively high in Korea.





Another special thing here is that they do not use lights in the daytime. Their ceiling is covered by glass so that we could perceive light from nature.  Not only save the energy but also make them different from others.

I hope next time you could find the cafe you like in iksoen dong as well. 🙂



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