When Bok Seung-ah (Kwon Yu-ri of Girls’ Generation) asks Han San-hae (Shin Dong-wook) for a recommendation to a restaurant to bring her client (special cameo by Kangnam), who’s also her cousin, he recommends this place in episode 11/12 (full episode 6) of Dae Jang Geum Is Watching / The Great Jang-geum Is Watching / Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma (대장금이 보고 있다) (MBC, 2018-19). To their surprise, San-hae decides to tag along since it’s “his lunch break as well”. They sit at separate seats, but Seung-ah eyes San-hae’s every move to ensure that they order and eat exactly the way he does.
Gwanghwamun Gukbap [광화문국밥] is an eatery that specialises in gukbap, or hot soup with rice. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Jeong-dong [정동] in the Jung district [Jung-gu/중구].
53 Sejongdaero-21-gil, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 세종대로21길 53
(서울특별시 중구 정동 1-48)
Geolocation: 37.568968, 126.975409
Gwanghwamun Station [광화문역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 6
(less than 5 min walk – note that the eatery is not located along the main road, but in a hidden enclave. Look out for the following landmarks at the enclave’s entrance: Hollys Coffee on the right, signs that say ‘Metro Korean Academy’ and ‘오양회참치’ on the left.)
— submitted by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © sianiam, 2019; Mich KDL, January 2020