This weekend Seoul Secrets took a trip to the Wangsimni area north east of the Han river, home to Hanyang University but also more well known for its huge subway station/mall. Amongst Koreans it’s famous as the home of Gopchang-gui, a Korean dish that consists of marinated pigs intestine, this area has the largest number restaurants serving this delicacy.
Seen by most as just a place to transfer to a multitude of subway lines, Wangsimni is often unheard of or rarely mentioned by seoulites who have no business in this area of Seoul. Wangsimni has alot more to offer than just another subway station, thanks to alot of government regeneration this area has seen a refreshing clean up and been brought in to the 21st century.
To get here follow the instructions below:
With the new Marvel movie on the horizon there is no better time to check out the newest Marvel store in Seoul which has opened at the Park Avenue Enter 6 shopping mall! This shopping mall is fairly new and often quite empty but does boast some good restaurants one of which being Mercado Brazilian steak house, which relocated here from Apgujeong.
To get to this mall take exit 6 of the subway line and turn right, in the distance you will see a large tower like apartment building…that’s where you’re heading!
As you get closer to the building go through the tunnel, up the ramp and take a left at the flower garden area, keep walking and you will see the entrance to the mall.
The jewel in the crown of this shopping complex is by far the Marvel store, a must see for any die hard comic book fan!
After you finished marvelling at Marvel exit the mall the same way you entered it, within a 5 minute walk of here is access to the cheonggyecheon stream 청계천, this section being part of the oldest section of the stream, it’s a great area to hang out, exercise or take your dog for a walk. To get here follow pictures below from left to right:
Once you head back towards the hustle and bustle of Wangsimni, your stomach will be grumbling so worth grabbing some food next, there’s no better place than Uncles teokbokki. To get here head back towards Wangsimni station the following the green wall of the train station on your left, keep walking till you see a coffee shop on your right called ‘Coffee Bay’ take a right and follow the road to the end, you’ll find Uncles on the left hand corner.
Uncles serves a range of delicious topped teokbokki, a chain restaurant with location located all around Seoul, this fairly small place offers private wooden stalls for you to enjoy your food peaceful with friends, family or a loved one.
After you have finished your food, you’re going to need somewhere to take a load off your feet and some great coffee, the place for that in this area has to be Cafe Civet. This cafe offers a peaceful and pleasant environment to sip on a range of coffee or tea based drinks indoors or out. They ground their own coffee beans here, and produce authentic great tasting coffee. To get here head back to Exit 6, but keep walking up the hill one more block and take a right, walk one more block and its on the right hand corner
Finally you can’t come to Wangsimni and not mention the Enter 6 shopping mall that engulfs the subway terminal. Offering a huge range of shopping outlets in a quite surreal mock European style décor it truly is a unique experience. Even if you’re not much of a shopper its worth checking out for the experience alone!