Chicken Feet Yechan [닭발예찬] (approx. 2009—2020)

More Than Friends (2020); Was It Love (2020); Dinner Mate (2020); My Fellow Citizens! (2019); Touch Your Heart (2019); Encounter (2018-19); The Third Charm (2018); Hide and Seek (2018); Ex-Girlfriends' Club (2015); Apgujeong Midnight Sun (2014-15); Me Too, Flower! (2011)

Kyung Woo-yeon (Shin Ye-eun) joins Eunyu Publishing Company’s team dinner at this restaurant (appearing as ‘Pocha Kingdom’) in episode 3 of More Than Friends/Number Of Cases (Kyeongueui Su/경우의 수) (JTBC, 2020). When CEO On Joon-Soo (Kim Dong-joon of ZE:A) steps out to make a phone call, he sees Woo-yeon drunk-calling her crush — [SPOILER] and he realizes that she used his number to do so over all these years.

Noh Ae-jung (Song Ji-hyo) and Oh Dae-oh (Son Ho-joon) come to this restaurant for a drink in episode 3 of Was It Love/Did We Love?/We, Were in Love (우리, 사랑했을까) (JTBC, 2020) and she tries to convince him that she can turn his first book in a movie. He insists only on getting one question answered: Where have you been during these 14 years?

Yang Jung-guk (Choi Si-won) and Kim Mi-young (Lee Yoo-young) come here after leaving the club in episode 2 (full episode 1) of My Fellow Citizens!/Fellow Citizens (국민 여러분!) (KBS2, 2019). In Mi-young’s drunken state, she suggests that they try dating each other to get over their exes, and that she’d give Jung-guk till daylight to decide. They stay there till morning, and he tells her that he’ll date her. The couple come back here for regular meals, and this is also where Jung-guk eventually proposes to Mi-young, which she accepts.

While surfing the internet in episode 7 of Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity (진심이 닿다) (tvN, 2019), Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) finds out that this is Oh Yoon-seo’s (Yoo In-na) favorite restaurant. She explains in a TV show that was broadcasted when she was on top of her career and that is filmed here, that she comes to this restaurant often to get something to-go, especially when she feels down. A little later, Yoon-seo orders something at this restaurant and is taken by surprise when Jung-rok suddenly stands next to her – without waiting for her order, she runs out of this restaurant until Jung-rok catches up to her.

Kim Jin-hyuk (Park Bo-gum) and Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo) meet up for dinner at this restaurant in episode 12 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19) and he shows her a “new world”, i.e. chicken feet and how to eat them. But in reality he wants to assure himself that Soo-hyun and their relationship won’t be troubled by her ex-husband’s feelings.

Lee Young-jae (Esom) comes here with surprise meet Choi Ho-chul (Min Woo-hyuk) in episode 5 of The Third Charm / The 3rd Charm (제3의 매력) (JTBC, 2018) to relieve her stress by eating something spicy.

Min Chae-rin (Lee Yu-ri) invites Ha Yeon-joo (Uhm Hyun-kyung) for a drink here in episode 10 of Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질) (MBC, 2018), telling her that she didn’t have anyone else to turn to as a friend. Yeon-joo eventually confides in Chae-rin about the possibility of her husband-to-be cheating on her.

When at a retreat, Bang Myeong-soo (Byun Yo-han) recalls a moment when he drove two hours to this restaurant only to watch Kim Soo-jin (Song Ji-hyo) from outside the place and sees how she is happily attending a dinner with her work colleagues in episode 5 of Ex-Girlfriends’ Club/Ex-Girlfriend Club (구여친클럽) (tvN, 2015).

Baek Ya/Baek Sun-dong (Park Ha-Na) and Baek Young-joon (Shim Hyung-tak) come here for an evening drink in episode 1 of Apgujeong Midnight Sun/Night in Apgujeong/Baek-ya of Apgujeong (압구정 백야) (MBC, 2014-15).

Also seen in episode 5 (full episode 3) of Dinner Mate/Would You Like To Have Dinner Together (저녁 같이 드실래요) (MBC, 2020); Me Too, Flower! (나도 꽃) (MBC, 2011).

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Chicken Feet Yechan [닭발예찬] was a chicken feet restaurant that was in business for at least a decade (2009 is the earliest it was mentioned online) until mid-2020. It was located in Seoul’s neighborhood Tojeong [Tojeong-dong/토정동] in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구].

The restaurant’s building has since been destroyed; as of July 2021, the site appears to still be under construction.

Note: the closest location that appears on Maps is 17 Tojeong-ro 32-gil.
16 Tojeong-ro 32-gil, Tojeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 토정로32길 16
(토정동 3-30)
Geolocation: 37.540050, 126.940455

Getting here
Mapo Station [마포역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 1
(10 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL, last updated 14/04/2022
— Photo taken by © Thom Musni, January 2019
Dinner Mate; Encounter and The Third Charm added by Thom Musni

6 reviews

  1. i’ve seen on naver map that place already close 🙁

    1. Many thanks ridha94 for letting everyone know. This is somewhat sad news; especially as we just got used to seeing it on our screens.

  2. Dinner Mate Episode 5(Episode 3) was also filmed here.

  3. K-Clothes

    Can somebody please tell me what jacket that Jin Shim is wearing in that scene in ‘Touch Your Heart’? (The white one with the quote and black stars) Thank you!

    1. hello! we don’t usually assist with queries beyond those related to drama locations (that’s what our site is about, after all!), but i couldn’t resist. seems like other kdrama fashion sites haven’t been able to find the hoodie as well >.< (you can search #유인나패션 on Instagram). Here's a fun fact, though - the quote is most likely part of a lyric from a Real Madrid song!

  4. Same Location

    This is the same Location in Episode 12 of Encounter/Boyfriend and Episode 5 of The Third Charm

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