So within walking distance from Gyeongbokgung lies the unique Samcheong-dong which is famous for its fusion of traditional and modern architecture. Here you can find many coffee shop, restaurants, chic galleries and accessory shops. Near Samcheong-dong is also the famous Bukchon Hanok Village where you will be able to see the antique beauty of Korean traditional houses which have been maintained really well. I heard the Korean government pay monthly allowance to the owners so that they can maintain the houses in tip top condition.
Day 2: Samcheong-dong 三清洞 삼청동
How to get there from Gyeongbokgung:
Facing the main entrance of Gyeongbokgung, turn right (or turn left if you are exiting Gyeongbokgung), walk along the palace wall and turn left again at the corner of the perimeter wall. Continue to walk for about 10-15 minutes until you reach a busy junction. The sign leading towards Samcheong-ro 삼청로 on your right is easy to spot.
Here are some pictures for guidance.
Turn left immediately after the wall ends.
Walk straight along the main road.
Until you reach this junction on your right.
Where you will see the unmistakable sign leading towards Samcheong-ro삼청로; the main street of Samcheong-dong삼청동.
You will see Caffe Bene on your right once you walk into Samcheong-dong.
Coffee shop with attractive entrance and amazing decor. Tell me how not to walk into these coffee shops and spend money there? Most Korean coffee shops incorporates the Europe open-air atmosphere which gives off a very relaxing vibe amid the hustle bustle of the city. Local favourite dessert such as waffle and Patbingsu (Korean shaved ice) were often seen on their menu or poster.
Alright, let's put the coffee and dessert aside. While we were at Samcheong-dong we were starving like hungry dogs (or cats, meow~) since we had not eaten anything in the morning. So I abruptly decided that we should try this famous Sujebi restaurant at Samcheong-dong. This restaurant was interviewed by many Korean broadcasting channels such as SBS and KBS. It was also my unspoken rule to visit eatery outlets that were famous among locals (I dislike visiting touristy restaurants which sometimes could be tourist traps with substandard food and expensive price).
Probably you are imagining Sujebi as some weird Korean food (like raw live octopus) if you have never heard of it. However, the fact is pleasantly surprising because Sujebi is actually the Korean version of our Pan Mee (Malaysian Chinese hand torn noodle) though it is distinguished by its Korean kelp and anchovy soup. So Sujebi might be easily acceptable taste wise and more familiar than you think compared to any other Korean food.
Sujebi is one of the traditional Korean folk dishes recognised by some local food organisation.
Hubby queueing up in front of the restaurant.
The price was 7000 won for one person which equals to about RM22. Certainly not cheap but food in Korea is generally expensive.
Samcheong-dong Sujebi was a restaurant visited by local Korean mostly and the restaurant owner only speaks Korean. If you are unsure how to order in Korean, just tell them Sujebi yi in bun (portion for 2 people) ju se yo. Let's say you have three persons then it will be Sujebi sam in bun ju se yo. The chinese numbering is il(1) yi(2) sam(3) sa(4) ou(5) yuk(6) chil(7) pal(8) gu(9) shib(10).
DIY refillable side dishes; Kimchi and marinated vegetable. Take with consideration.
Hubby looking happy for being able to enjoy food after walking under the sun for almost an hour.
You refill your own side dishes here.
Here was the Sujebi that we had been anticipated since the start of this trip. As you can see, the soup was murky as opposed to the clear stock used in Pan Mee.
The soup was sweet and savoury at the same time; the irresistible taste contributed by kelp, clam and dried anchovy which were used as the base ingredients for the soup. The doughy hand torn flat noodle was perfect in its thickness and texture. I kid you not, Hubby has been looking for Sujebi everywhere ever since he had this mind blowing meal.
There was a long queue during lunch hours so head there early if you want to avoid the queue. We queued for about 20 minutes to be seated.
Next post will be about Insa-dong and Bukchon Hanok Village!
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