Ssangyong Banjeom [쌍용반점]

Taxi Driver (2021)

Owned by Lim Bok-ja (Shim So-young), this restaurant is a front for an illegal gambling den and a voice phishing scam that employs students to make calls — as seen in full episodes 9 and 10 of Taxi Driver/Deluxe Taxi (모범택시) (SBS, 2021). It is here that Park Jin-eon (Bae Yoo-ram) is sent undercover to work as a phone operator, despite him looking much older than his alleged 20-year-old self! Meanwhile, Kim Do-ki (Lee Ji-hoon) masquerades as a flamboyant Chinese entrepreneur laundering lots of cash, with a bag of burner phones — all while directing the revenge plan.

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Ssangyong Banjeom [쌍용반점] is a Chinese restaurant that was established in 1973 by a Korean family. The name of the restaurant refers to a local rumor that the owner is a 52 year-old dragon, and is a play on words (용 = yong = dragon), with ‘쌍용’ meaning ‘twin dragons’.

This restaurant specialises in champon, a Chinese soup made with a light broth, and a mixture of Gunsan shellfish and vegetables served on noodles. While it has always been popular with locals, along with many new customers as of late, new reviews have complained that the serving time can take up to two hours.

The restaurant has also been awarded the title of a ‘100 Years Store’, a business that is over 30 years old, and has growth potential to continue its tradition for one hundred years. It is located on the banks of the Geumgang River [금강] in Gunsan’s neighborhood Geum-dong [금동], overlooking the Dongbaek Bridge [동백대교].

1F, 121 Naehang 2-gil, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
전라북도 군산시 내항2길 121
(금동 1-69)
Geolocation: 35.9928793,126.7099582

Getting here
From Seoul By Train
From Seoul, take the KTX via Iksan to Gunsan Station [군산역]
(approximately 2.5 hrs)
➜ Outside Gunsan Station [군산역] at Bus Stop #2611050, take for example bus #5
➜ Exit at Bus Stop ‘Ferry [도선장, #2602870]
➜ Walk 5 minutes.
Take a taxi from the station, which would be more direct.

— submitted by sarahms

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