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Market in Western Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market

Providing terrific photo opportunities, Korea's largest fish market supplies every kind of aquatic life form to restaurants, fish shops and the general public. At the time of research, a multistorey, state-of-the-ar…
Top Choice Museum in Western Seoul

Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine

Jeoldusan means ‘Beheading Hill’ – this is where up to 2000 Korean Catholics were executed in 1866 following a royal decree, most thrown off the high cliff here into the Han River. Next to the chapel (where mass is …
Top Choice Thai in Western Seoul

Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai

Credited with kicking off a trend for more authentic Thai restaurants in Seoul, Tuk Tuk is a jauntily decorated basement space close by Dongjin Market. Thai chefs whack out a broad menu of spicy dishes that don't co…
Top Choice Korean in Western Seoul

Slobbie

Simple, tasty dishes such as bibimbap and jjigae (stews) are served in pleasant, modern surroundings at this admirable social enterprise training young chefs from challenged backgrounds and providing jobs for single…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Western Seoul

Free Market

Going strong since 2002, this lively weekly market helps to propel talented young creatives on to big-time retail. It's a great opportunity to meet the crafters and buy a unique souvenir, be it a hand-painted baseba…
Top Choice Japanese in Western Seoul

Menya Sandaime

On a street with several other Japanese restaurants, this atmospheric ramen shop is the real deal and proof that being part of a chain need not compromise food quality. It's a great place for single diners who can s…
Top Choice Bar in Western Seoul

Wolhyang

Specialising in makgeolli (milky rice wine) from around Korea and other local liquors, this brightly decorated, spacious 2nd-floor bar is a great place to sample traditional alcoholic drinks. They also have various …
Top Choice Bar in Western Seoul

Café Sukkara

There’s a fantastic range of drinks and some very tasty things to eat (try their butter-chicken curry) at this shabby-chic, farmhouse-style cafe with a contemporary Japanese flair. They make their own juices and liq…
Top Choice Live Music in Western Seoul

Mudaeruk

The 'Lost Continent of Mu' has been hiding out in Sangsu-dong all these years? Join in-the-know hipsters for shows by bands and DJs specialising in electronic music in the basement on weekends. Upstairs is a stylish…
Top Choice Cafe in Western Seoul

Anthracite

An old shoe factory is the location for one of Seoul’s top independent coffee-roaster and cafe operations. Drinks are made using the hand-drip method at a counter made out of an old conveyor belt. Upstairs is a spac…