Gwanghwamun Gukbap [광화문국밥 본점]

Dae Jang Geum Is Watching (2018-19)

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.

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Gwanghwamun Gukbap [광화문국밥 본점], also known as ‘Soul Food Korea’ is the main store of the eatery Gwanghwamun Gukbap that specialises in gukbap, or hot soup with rice. This store is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Jeong [Jeong-dong/정동] —administered by the neighborhood Sogong [Sogong-dong/소공동]— 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

Getting here
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

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