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Much Ado about Buam-dong

Much Ado about Buam-dong


Map of Buam-dong attractions

Olds & new in harmony, Seoul Museum & Seokpajeong

Pavilion at Seokpajeong

Seokpajeong was once the royal villa of Heungseon Daewongun, father of Emperor Gojong. It is now located within the grounds of Seoul Museum. The museum does well to preserve traditional beauty while also showcasing the charms of modern art. Many exhibitions are held in the area before Seokpajeong.

Seokpajeong & Seoul Museum

You can reach Seokpajeong Villa by coming out of the third floor of the museum. The villa is surrounded by a cluster of pine trees, creating a beautiful and secluded ambiance. Located at the foothills of Inwangsan Mountain, the villa offers views of Bugaksan Mountain, as well as a lush Japanese red pine forest. Seokpajeong is a must-visit for those looking for inner peace within the busy city.

  • ☞ Address: 4-1, Changuimun-ro 11-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 창의문로 11길 4-1)
  • ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 8min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Seoul Museum 10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:00) / Seokpajeong Pavilion 12:00-16:00 (Last admission 15:30) * Closed Mondays
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 9,000 won / University students 7,000 won / Elementary-High school students 5,000 won / Preschoolers 4,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-395-0100 (Korean only)

SCOFF, home to delicious scones

SCOFF

SCOFF sells crumbly scones and rich brownies, perfect for curing a sweet tooth. Despite being a rather small shop, this bakery has been featured on major food-themed programs, making it extremely popular.

Each perfectly baked scone breaks into buttery soft pieces with each bite, and goes great with a cup of coffee. If you’re looking for something a bit stronger, the brownie may be your perfect choice as it presents rich and bold flavors.

  • ☞ Address: 149, Changuimun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 창의문로 149)
  • ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 8min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-18:00 (Early closure when sold out) * Closed Monday-Tuesday
  • ☞ Signature menus: Butter scone 3,300 won / Hazelnut raisin brownie 6,000 won / Raspberry cream cheese brownie 5,500 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-70-8801-1739 (Korean only)

The nation’s first chopsticks gallery, Chopsticks House

Chopsticks House

Chopsticks House is the first gallery in Korea dedicated to chopsticks, with beautifully crafted chopsticks made by talented artisans. The wall painted with ink wash brings to mind a foggy day, with display tables on spindly legs appearing as lily pads floating on a pond.

Chopsticks House

Chopsticks House features pairs of chopsticks made from a variety of materials and styles, including carefully selected wood, seashell, and natural lacquer. The designs are outstanding and each set can be purchased with an equally exquisite case, perfect for a gift representing Korea.

  • ☞ Address: 142-1, Changuimun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 창의문로 142-1)
  • ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 8min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-19:00 * Closed Mondays
  • ☞ Prices: Mother-of-pearl chopsticks 55,000 won / Colored chopsticks 30,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-3419-0119 (Korean only)

Delicious coffee at Club Espresso

Club Espresso

Club Espresso draws the eye with their beautiful wooden interior as to resemble a cozy cabin in the mountains. The popularity of this café is no joke, even being enjoyed by President Moon Jae-in. The café has named some of their drinks in his honor, such as the Moon blend and Moon latte.

In order to preserve the unique flavor and scent of each coffee, individual machines are used for each brand. The café also sells whole coffee beans, ground coffee, and coffee supplies.

  • ☞ Address: 132, Changuimun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 창의문로 132)
  • ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 7min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-22:00 * Closed the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Moon blend HOT 4,000 won, ICED 5,000 won / Moon latte HOT 5,000 won, ICED 6,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-764-8719 (Korean only)

Enjoy fried chicken with bean sprouts at Sai Chicken

Sai Chicken

Sai Chicken is a fried chicken restaurant named for its location in a small alleyway between (‘sai’ in Korean) buildings. Easy enough to miss when you’re not looking for it, Sai Chicken has still become quite famous through word-of-mouth. Here, you can enjoy the unique taste of fried chicken with bean sprouts.

Sai Chicken

The chicken is good on its own, but becomes something extraordinary when paired with the crunchy bean sprouts. The salty French fries are an added benefit. The servings of chicken are generous, and bean sprouts are unlimited, so you’re sure to get your fill!

  • ☞ Address: 1, Baekseokdong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 백석동길 1)
  • ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 8min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Monday-Friday 13:00-23:00 / Saturday-Sunday & public holidays 12:00-23:00 * Closed the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Fried chicken & bean sprout set 28,000 won / Sai boneless & French fry set 27,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-395-4242 (Korean only)

Jaha Sonmandu

Jaha Sonmandu

Jaha Sonmandu is recognized in the 2018 Michelin Guide for serving excellent mandu (dumplings). They do not use many seasonings, which gives the mandu a rather plain taste, but dip it in the in-house traditional Korean soy sauce and your taste buds will be awakened to a whole new world!

Jaha Sonmandu

Each bowl of mandu guk (dumpling soup) is a pure expression of the chef’s efforts. The chewy mandu shell and mildly seasoned flavors are tempting. As the restaurant is renovated from an ordinary family house, enjoy the comfort of eating at a home while taking in the view of Bugaksan Mountain beyond the windows.

  • ☞ Address: 12, Baekseokdong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 백석동길 12)
  • ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 8min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-21:30 * Closed the day before and day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Mandu guk 13,000 won / Tteok mandu guk 13,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-379-2648 (Korean only)

* This column was last updated in March 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.