An Insider’s Guide to Seochon Village: Seoul’s Hidden Gem

Seochon Village is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Seoul, associated with Joseon era (1392 ~ 1910) and Korean literature. Seochon Village stretches out from the western gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the feet of Mt. Inwangsan.

Gyeonbokgung western gate

The Western Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Along with the historical places that long preserved the calm neighborhood, Seochon Village now invites new visitors with modern boutique shops, stores and restaurants that you cannot find elsewhere.

As you enter the street of the village, you’ll be surprised by how calm and quiet the neighborhood is especially during the day, unlike the busy and hectic areas.

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A house with a beautiful brick wall in Seochon Village. 

Along the path are boutique galleries that exhibit unique art pieces and works from various artists. Two major galleries that represent Seochon Village are: Daelim Museum & Jean Gallery.

Daelim Museum

Daelim Gallery and its facade representing Korean traditional textile pattern-bojagi.

Jean Art Gallery

Opened since 1972, Jean Art Gallery exhibits modern contemporary art. 

You’ll also encounter quite a lot of “one-of-a-kind” coffee shops and restaurants here in this neighborhood. And in the middle of the village is a small market called ‘Tongin Market‘.

You can find all sort of local Korean food here and it’s especially known for “Fried rice cake” called “Gireum Tteokbokki.” It’s fried rice cake that comes with two flavors: red sauce (spicy) and white sauce (soy sauce). The owner fries the rice cake right in front of you. With 60 year of history, many Koreans come all the way here just to taste the original fried rice cake.

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Spicy fried rice cake place in Tongin Market.

Seochon village is a hidden treasure. You won’t regret opening it.

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