Royal Asiatic Society
Organises enlightening tours to all parts of South Korea, usually on weekends; check the website for the schedule. Nonmembers are...
Surrounded by dense woodland, the impressive buildings of World Heritage Jongmyo (www.cha.go.kr) house the spirit tablets of the Joseon...
Woo Rae Oak
Tucked away in the sewing-machine parts section of Dongdaemun’s sprawling market is this elegant old-timer specialising in bulgogi and...
Jongno-5ga · interesting places nearby
Gwangjang Market information
Also spelled ‘Kwangjang’, this market feels like it’s been frozen in time; during the day you’ll find food and fabrics sold here as well as a great section specialising in second-hand clothes (accessed by the stairs to the upper floor outside exit 5, open until 7pm). The best time to visit. though. is the evening, when the end towards Dongdaemun morphs into Seoul’s largest food alley (or meokjagolmok ), with some 200 stalls specialising in dishes such as crispy, thick nokdu bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake; ₩5000) that are big enough to be shared by two. Pair them up with healthy bowls of bibimbap or boribap (mixed rice and barley topped with a selection of veggies).