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    Where to eat

    Cafe Slobbie

    DongKyo-dong 163-9



    Take the elevator to the fifth floor to find MinGoo Choi’s

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    favorite lunch spot. $10-$15.


    13-8 Noryangjin-dong


    Inside the mammoth Noryangjin Fish Market, live fish ordered from the market’s mongers is transformed into South Korea’s take on sushi. (Order fish from a monger and tell him you’ll be dining at BeyolChang and he will take it from there.) Dinner with drinks is about $35.

    HoSu SamKyeTang


    ShinGil-dong 342-325


    There’s really only one thing to order here — Samgyetang — chicken, ginseng, and jujube soup, South Korea’s healthy and famous version of chicken noodle soup, and this is one of the best spots to get it. About $12.

    KwanHoon Cafe

    KwanHoon-dong 195



    A great spot to relax for a coffee or tea in the gallery-rich Insadong neighborhood.

    YeoGeoRi PoonNyeon

    KwanHoon-Dong 192-36


    In an alley parallel to the KwanHoon cafe, a great spot to first try traditional Korean cuisine in a farmhouse-style setting. About $20, including drinks.

    Where to stay

    Hotel JR

    ChongNo-gu, InSa-dong 87


    (English-friendly booking can be made on

    Tucked into an alley near the Jonggak subway station, this is a smart, modern, and economical spot in the center of town. Rooms from $100.

    Sophia Guesthouse

    SoKyeok-dong 157-1


    Mid-range accommodations in a beautiful, traditional home. Cramped quarters are a trade-off for a great location. Ask to be in the main house. About $100.