Monday, October 05, 2009

Seoul, Addresses

  • Vabien Suite I or II
    25-10 Uijuro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea 100-141
    Phone 82.2.6399.0113~4

    This Serviced Apartment is more for long stay than short one, with a sort of kitchen on the side and large space. This is a bit outside the walkable downtown area. If you want to visit the place better to have a more central location. Nice as a backup.

  • Metro Hotel
    199-33,2-ga,Eulji-ro,Jung-gu,Seoul, 100-845,Korea


    Very central (in Myeng-dong) and very spacious. The place to go to for convenience, even though it's on the pricy side.

    An English friendly user interface website, originally from UK, that compiles available hotels, an online booking engine and an very useful interactive map.

Where to start ??

First you have to try out all the street food all day long, spicy slice patatoes chip on a stick, rice spicy noodle, black sausages, spicy sausages, fried ... everything. But if you want to sit down and relax, here are some good ones:
  • Myeongdong Gyoja
    25-2, 2-ka Myoung-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, South Korea; Phone: 02-776-5348, but there is another restaurant as well in Myeong-Dong district.

    When you enter you have an sign in English saying "Best Restaurant in Seoul", and the only thing I have to complain about is the fact that they have only four items on their menu. But don't be foolish and order the spicy cold noodle, the hot noodle soup and the dumpling all together, you wont be able to finish. Now if you want to have the cold summer noodle dish you better be there before 4PM (and in the summer time) otherwise you will have to come back the next day. If there were only one ... that would be it.

  • Sinsun Seolnongtang Restaurants
    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Phone: (02) 538 5533

    This restaurant is famous for its seolleongtang (beef and vegie soup). But it also serves geranjjim, steamed egg with a spring onion and seafood garnish. One restaurant could be found in Myeong-Dong.

  • Bulgogi Brother
    [For Traditional Korean BBQ]
    2F, Taeheung B/D, 7-1 Myeong-dong 1ga, Jung-gu. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. 82-2-319-3351.

    This chain of 12 restaurant is a smoke free BBQ and have a very nice atmosphere. Usually setup for Business dine out but could be used as well for enjoyable casual lunch.

  • Hwa-ro-yeon
    [For Charcoal Korean BBQ]
    Address: Seoul-shi, Jung-gu, Myeong-dong 1-ga
    Phone: (02) 755-8592

    Great meat selections cooked at the table (smoke-inhaling tubes hang from the ceiling) and with lots of fresh vegetables and side dishes. Get out of "Euljiro 1-ga" subway station, exit #5, walk two blocks straight and turn right towards the main Euljiro entrance street (there is a Starbucks near the corner). Walk down this Euljiro entrance street for 2 blocks, which will split. Take the left lane for 10 meters and you'll see to your left a Chinese and Korean sign with lots of photos of meat dishes, and diners BBQ-ing through the big window.

  • Sam-chung-dong Su-je-bi
    [For Sujebi = Pulled dough soup made with potato, onion, squash, etc.]
    Hours: 11:30am-09:00pm - Phone: (02) 735-2965 - Address: Seoul-shi, Jong-ro-gu, Sam-chung-dong 102 (in Sam-chung-dong neighborhood, which is just east of Gyeongbok Palace, but a bit more north)

    Famous sujebi restaurant that most taxi drivers will know. It is on the main street of Sam-chung-dong neighborhood (appropriately called Sam-chung-dong Gil) with many restaurants, shops, art galleries and cafes.

  • Bong-chu Jjim-dak
    [For spicy chicken platter -- a.k.a. Andong Jjimdak -- and soju]
    Phone: (02) 3676-6981 - Address: Seoul-shi, Jong-ro-gu, Dong-soong-dong 1-96, 1 Floor (in Dae-hak-ro/Daehangno neighborhood, near Marronier Park, "Hyehwa" subway station).

    There are many locations for this chain restaurant specializing in a large platter of very spicy broiled chicken with vegetables. One dish is enough to fill 2 starving tourists. Get out of "Hyehwa" subway station, and walk south on Daehangno road for 1 block. Turn left into Marronier area's one of the main streets with restaurants, bars and cafes. Walk straight for 3 minutes until the street ends and you will see the restaurant on the right corner.


  • Old Tea Shop (Yet-chat-jip)
    [For traditional tea with birds]
    Phone: (02) 722-5019
    Address: Seoul-shi, Jong-ro-gu, 2-2 Kwan-hun-dong, 2 Floor

    Halfway down the main street in Insadong (called Insadong Gil), turn left into an alley (approximately the midpoint of the main street) with a small white sign with a bird. At the end of the alley, on the 2nd floor is a small tea shop for refreshments in traditional settings with little birds flying inside the shop.

  • Stone House Engraver
    Mixing Korean tradition with Modern design, interesting pieces

  • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
    If there were only one Museum to visit, that will be the one to go to. 3 Museums in one place with master architects for shelter-builder. The Traditional Museum (Mario Botta), next to the Modern Art (Jean Nouvel), and the Child Education & Cultural Center (Rem Koolhaas) propose an afternoon of wanders in art-wonderland.

  • Seoul Style
    Very interesting and resourceful website for foreigner who wish to visit Seoul

  • Daily Tour
    Hotel Pickup and Drop-off for discovery English tours. Highly recommended if you do not speak the languages and want to understand the stories behind. As a side not they propose a Drama Tour for those who wants to see the Winter Sonata shooting locations.