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Seoul's food-related old alleys

2023-08-31


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In Seoul, tradition and modernization coexist side by side. Visitors to Seoul can take in the city's many charms, from Gangnam Tehran's towering buildings to Jongno's old houses and stores. In the same manner, while it's easy to find fancy cafés and restaurants in Seoul, there are also places to eat that have a longstanding tradition. Continue reading to learn about some of Seoul's most historic markets and food-related alleys.

 

1. Hoegi Pajeon Alley

In Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, there is a street known as Hoegi Pajeon Alley that is home to many pajeon restaurants. Traditional Korean pancakes called pajeon are created with pancake flour, seafood, and vegetables. You may take in the ambience of a Korean university town while enjoying pajeon with maksa (makgeolli + sprite).


8, Hoegi-ro 28-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul


 

2. Gwangjang Market - Yukhoe & Bindaetteok

One of Korea's biggest traditional markets, Gwangjang Market, is situated in the neighborhood of Jongno-gu. Yukhoe and bindaetteok are two of its representative foods among its many other foods. The market used to be primarily occupied by Korean locals, but due to its popularity on Korean TV shows and YouTube, it has drawn more and more attention from foreign travelers. Try some traditional Korean cuisine while taking in the ambience of a traditional market.


88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


 

3. Chungmuro LA Galbi(ribs) Alley

Nowadays, one of the most popular Korean cuisines among non-Koreans is tteokbokki. In Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, there is a place called "Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town," where you can have stir-fried tteokbokki rather than the cooked version you're used to. A plate of tteokbokki, also a favorite of KPOP stars, will be one of the highlights of your trip to Korea.


92-10, Inhyeon-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul


 

4. Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town

Nowadays, one of the most popular Korean cuisines among non-Koreans is tteokbokki. In Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, there is a place called "Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town," where you can have stir-fried tteokbokki rather than the cooked version you're used to. A plate of tteokbokki, also a favorite of KPOP stars, will be one of the highlights of your trip to Korea.


292-112 Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea


 

5. Gongdeok Jokbal Alley

A variety of jokbal eateries can be found in Gongdeok Jokbal Alley in Mapo-gu, Seoul, where you may experience jokbal more deeply than anywhere else. Each business, which is housed inside a little market, has its own unique secret recipe for jokbal, offering customers something new to taste. A trip to Gongdeok Jokbal Alley will allow you to sample the various flavors of one of Korea's most famous dishes.


19 Manrijae-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul


 

6. Iksun-dong Meat Alley

Iksun-dong Meat Alley is an ancient restaurant alley that serves grilled meat and is situated in Iksun-dong, Jongno-gu. From beef, back ribs, sundaes, and intestines to the popular Korean dish of pork belly, everything is available.


53 Donui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul


 

7. Jangchung-dong Jokbal Alley

There are many jokbal restaurants on the street known as "Jangchung-dong Jokbal Alley" in Seoul's Jung-gu neighborhood. With meat that is tender and fall-off-the-bone and a sweet or savory seasoning depending on the recipe, the pig trotters offered here have a texture and flavor unmatched by anything else. Tourists frequently visit Jokbal Alley in Jangchung-dong because of its high-quality and affordable goods.


174 Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul


 

8. Nakwon-dong Aguijjim Alley

Nakwon-dong Agujjim(Braised Spicy Monkfish) alley is a street of specialist Agujjim shops in Jung-gu, Seoul, where you can enjoy delicious Agujjim, a harmonious combination of fresh Agu and savoury marinade. The shops on the street have different characteristics, making it a fun place to compare flavours and make choices. Enjoy the charm of high-quality Agujjim at Nakwon-dong Agujjim Street!


94 Nagwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul


 

Travelers can eat traditional Korean fare and explore these lanes in search of unique culinary experiences. These lanes provide an in-depth and comprehensive travel experience that enables visitors to experience Korea's quirky charms while gradually gaining an understanding of different foods and cultures. It will be recommended that you explore these alleys if you're traveling to Seoul.


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