On a recent trip to Seoul, I went to Ikseon-dong Hanok Village as it was the current “in” place to be. I haven’t really heard of this place in Seoul before so I thought why not go and check it out? After all, it is always nice to check out somewhere new.
It’s very similar to Bukchon Hanok Village near Insa-dong but what I prefer about Ikseon-dong Hanok Villiage is that it’s on flat ground. LOL. And not on the steep slopes like the Bukchon one.
Ikseon-dong is also a lot easier to find than Bukchon Hanok Village. It’s right at Exit 4 of the Jongno 3-ga Station.
Get out from the escalators to the ground level and turn left immediately. The Ikseon-dong Hanok Village is just right down this alley across the road:
There are a lot of very hipster and Instagram-able cafés there. However, the queues are insane at the super pretty cafés and casual dining restaurants.
If you are looking for cheaper options to eat there, just walk around to find the outer and less hipster looking part of Ikseon-dong and there are a couple of those ahjumma food stores. We ate at one of them selling칼국수 (buckwheat noodles) and it turns out that it’s quite a famous shop too. It’s called “종로할머니칼국수” (loose translation: Grandma’s Noodles) and it’s really yummy!
The portion is also pretty damn huge. Fortunately, we messed up our orders and ended up sharing 1 bowl of 칼국수 & 1 bowl of 만두 (dumpling in soup) between 2 of us. Otherwise, if we had a bowl of 칼국수 each with that bowl of 만두 we wouldn’t have finished all the food even if we stuffed ourselves full.
Here is the Naver map and address to 종로할머니칼국수: 종로구 돈의동 10-1.
My mouth is watering as I remember this and now I feel like eating 칼국수. Baah!!