Seochon Village, which directly translates to ‘West Village’, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul. Stretching from the western gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the feet of Mt. Inwangsan, Seochon is home to many traditional hanok houses and modern shops alike. Although the area can be a bit of a maze on foot, you are sure to find many charming murals and more around each corner.

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1. Tongin Market

 

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In the middle of the village is a small traditional Korean market called ‘Tongin Market‘. Established in 1941, this market is now home to over 75 stores, most of which are restaurants and grocery stores.

You can find all sorts of local Korean food here and the area is most known for fried rice cakes called “Gireum Tteokbokki.” Unlike typical tteokbokki recipes, gireum tteokbokki is made with an oil instead of gochujang as well as smaller bite-sized rice cakes. The fried rice cakes usually come in two flavors: red sauce (spicy) and white sauce (soy sauce) and are prepared right in front of you. With over 70 years of history, the local food stalls in Tongin Market have become a delicious destination for locals and visitors alike.

Address: 18 Jahamun-ro 15-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 7am – 9pm daily, closed every 3rd Sunday month  (*Hours may vary by store)


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2. Contemporary Art

Thanks to its close proximity to the palace, the Seochon Village area has historically been an affluent part of the city. Many artists and aristocrats called this area home throughout the late Joseon Dynasty, establishing it as an important cultural hub. Today, it boasts several distinguished art venues and historical sites tucked in among the alleys of Seochon.

1) Artspace Boan 1942

The rather plain brick exterior of Artspace Boan 1942 is likely to appear unassuming to the typical passerby. Outside an old sign for the ‘Boan Yeogwan’ or Boan Inn is the only indication you’ve found the right spot. The building indeed served as an inn and shelter for many artists from 1942 to 2005 but was renovated and reopened in 2017. Artspace Boan now offers a community market, a cafe, a bookstore, and a rotating exhibition space within its humble walls.

Address: 33 Hyojaro, Jongro-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 12pm – 6pm Daily, Closed Mondays

Admission: Free Entry

 

2) Daelim Museum

Originally opened as Hallim Gallery in Daejeon in 1993, the Daelim Museum was relocated to Seoul in May of 2002. From its roots as the first museum specializing in photography, the museum continued this focus on the medium through 2010. Since then they have shifted focus towards becoming an “art museum where daily life becomes art” by offering a wide range of exhibits and various arts education programs.

Address: 21 Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11am – 7pm Daily, Closed Mondays

Admission: 5,000 won

 

3) Park No-soo Museum

Built in 1937 by then-famous architect, Park Gil-ryong the Park No-soo Museum is held in the Korean painter’s two-story home. His works, many released under the pen name Namjung, are displayed throughout the home and much of the house has been preserved for visitors to explore.

Address: 34 Ogin 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily, Closed Mondays

Admission: 3,000 won

 

4) Ground Seesaw Seochon

Although they have various branches across Seoul, Ground Seesaw Seochon is one of the trendiest art and culture venues in Seochon Village. The space runs many exhibitions almost year-round and gained popularity through its more experimental approach to art.

Address: 18-8 Jahamun-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 10am – 7pm Daily, Closed first Monday of every month

Admission: 15,000 won


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3. Restaurants

Seochon Village offers diverse and authentic culinary experiences, ranging from local delicacies to international cuisines. The area is famous for its local delicacies and is a hub for the seafood trade, making it a great place to experience a wide range of cuisines including authentic Korean, fresh fish, & more.

1) Ancan Kitchen

Developed with the sincerity of ingredients and authenticity of flavor in mind, Ancan offers easily approachable Vietnamese cuisine. Given the freshness of their ingredients and the demand for their food, it’s no surprise this Seochon Village hotspot often closes early after using all their available ingredients for the day.

Address: 6 Ogin 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11am – 8pm Daily, Closed Mondays

Recommended Menu: Tomato Soup Pho & Rose Rice

*May close earlier depending on ingredient availability

 

2) Dream of Turtle

 

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The Seochon Village branch of Dream of Turtle is the latest of the well-known shops branches to open. The authentic Japanese restaurant first opened in Bundang in 2011 and features a seasonally rotating ramen menu using the freshest in-season ingredients.

Address: 31-6 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Breaktime from 3:30pm – 5pm) Daily, Closed Mondays

Recommended Menu: Kaisen Miso Tsukemen, Kaisen Mazesoba

 

3) Osteria Sotti

Osterias are traditional Italian restaurants known for serving simple, rustic food and Osteria Sotti is no exception! Although best known for its pasta, you cannot go wrong with the delicious spread of Italian cuisine Osteria & its sister branches have to offer.

Address: 34 Ogin 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Breaktime from 3pm – 5pm) Daily

Recommended Menu: Formaggio Wood Fired Pizza, Saffron Butter Sauce Spaghetti

*No seats available? Check out their sister branch Vitello Sotti and Trattoria Sotti only a few minutes away!

 

4) Tapas Oak

 

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Looking for something a bit lighter, or maybe a good bottle of red? Look no further than Tapas Oak. This wine and small plates bar offers a wide selection of food and drinks to enjoy while taking in the traditional hanok building.

Address: 1-2 Tapasok, Sajik-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11:30am – Midnight (Breaktime from 2pm  – 6pm) Daily

Recommended Menu: Sovrasada and Grilled Brie, Honey Fried Potatoes

 

5) Pinch

 

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Incredibly stratifying for the eyes and tastebuds alike, experience elevated contemporary Japanese for yourself at Pinch.

Address: 11 Pilun-daero 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11am – 8pm (Breaktime from 2:30pm – 5pm) Daily, Closed Mondays

Recommended Menu: Sweet Shrimp Scalloped Rice, Bluefin Tuna Rice


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4. Cafes & Bakeries

If you’re looking for lighter fare or maybe just a sweet treat & coffee, Seochon Village offers no shortage of cozy cafes & bakeries to choose from.

1) Hyoja Bakery 

 

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Since the bakery’s opening in 1987, Hyoja Bakery has been supplying cakes to the Blue House, Korea’s presidential residence, and the Hyoja-dong residents for nearly three decades. It’s a popular spot for bread lovers and is especially known for its more than a dozen types of bread, including the famous cornbread which is a must-try.

Address: 54 Pirundae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 8am – 7pm Daily, Closed Mondays

Recommended Menu: Walnut Tart Pastry, Cornbread

 

2) Scoff

 

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This British-inspired bakery offers a wide range of mouthwatering pastries and British favorites like scones, cakes, and even some delicious gluten-free items. They are most well known for their scones so make sure to stop in before they sell out!

Address: 31 Pilwoon-daero 5-ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 9am – 8pm Daily

Recommended Menu: Scones, Banana Cake

 

3) Victoria Bakery

 

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If Victoria Bakery‘s picnic atheistic and whimsical charm doesn’t win you over, the delicious cakes and puddings certainly will. In addition to their sweets, you can also nab some of the shop’s charm for yourself with various merchandise available for purchase.

Address: 12-2 Hyoja-ro, 7 gil , Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 12pm – 6pm Wed – Sunday

Recommended Menu: Strawberry Bread Pudding, Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

 

4) Club Spectre

 

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From the vintage furniture to the florals found throughout, the aesthetics at Club Spectre are unmatched. Visiting this cafe is not only a treat for your eye but the unique cakes and pastries are sure to please your palate as well.

Address: 23-1 Pilun-daero 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily

Recommended Menu: Creme Brulee French Toast, Matcha Flat White

 

5) Veranda


Tucked away in one of Seochon’s many alleys, the Veranda cafe is known for its cozy atmosphere. The relaxed ambiance and background jazz music make it a popular spot for those seeking a charming place to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Address: 162 Naeja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 10:30am – 10pm Daily, Closed Sundays

Recommended Menu: Basil Pesto Toast, Veranda’s Vienna Coffee


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5. Shopping

Remember your time in Seochon Village for years to come by picking up a souvenir or grabbing a photo at one of these local shops.

1) mirabelle x 0fr. Séoul

 

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The independent Parisian bookstore Ofr, known for selling design, photography, and art publications has partnered with Mirabelle to open their first international store in Seoul. This collaboration has created a truly unique space where the two brands collide in a single, cozy shop.

Address: 11-14 Jahamun-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11am – 8pm Daily, Closed Mondays and every last Thursday of the month

 

2) onemorebag

The curated general goods store onemorebag has become well known for their adorable – and vast – selection of keychains and knickknacks. They also host various popups and workshops in space including a DIY keychain class!

Address: 6-1 Pilun-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 12pm – 7pm Daily

 

3) GRANHAND

 

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A well-known Korean perfumer with shops across Seoul, GRANHAND offers a wide range of fragrances and formats for you to enjoy. This, combined with their effortless aesthetic, makes it clear why the brand has become so popular among celebrities and locals alike.

Address: 14-2 Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm Daily

 

4) Daeo Bookstore

 

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Daeo Bookstore is Seoul’s oldest bookstore and now also operates a café and hosts special events. K-pop fans are likely to recognize it from IU’s music video or maybe even BTS RM’s Twitter feed.

Address: 55 Jahamun-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 12pm – 9pm Daily


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5) LITTLE TEMPO DESIGN

From stamps to stickers to postcards and more, LITTLE TEMPO DESIGN has just about every stationary item you can think of featuring their cute minimalist designs.

Address: 21 Jahamun-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

Hours: 1pm – 7pm Daily, Closed Mondays & Tuesdays


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