Nostalgic Tour of a Place Where Time Has Stopped
See & Do Tours
Old briquette stoves and blue watering cans adorn the inside of Seongu Barbershop, nostalgia of childhood follows Wonsamtang Bathhouse, and 100 years’ worth of memories are still sold in Gaemi Supermarket in this small Yongsan alley preserving the sceneries of a quaint neighborhood from the past.
Gaemi Supermarket has existed way before the Cha Hyo-bun, the fifth generation owner, took over the store. Although its building is very old, the store continues to attract many due to the owner’s friendly attitude towards visiting tourists. She always manages to take pictures with the visitors and hang them up on her wall in the store. Nowadays, past visitors make sure to visit again with their friends.
Address 31 Cheongpa-ro 85ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Subway Seoul Station, Exit 2 (15-min walk)
Open since 1968, Malli Market is a local traditional market located inside a buliding. Close to 40 stores run their businesses on the basement floor and with the expansion of the market along the streets, about 20 more stores have taken place on ground level. Selling fresh produce, the market also sells savory snacks like jeon and fried food.
Address 270 Hyochangwon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Subway Seoul Station, Exit 2 (20-min walk)
Seongu Barbershop has been running its business for the past 90 years. Using tools that are at least 50 years old, the store has attracted various customers including CEOs and foreigners. A place where the owner will cut your hair using potato starch and wash your hair with vinegar, Seongu Barbershop was designated as a "Seoul Future Heritage" in 2014 and an "Oraegage" in 2018.
Address 4-1 Hyochangwon-ro 97-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours 09:00 – 18:00
Subway Seoul Station, Exit 15 (15-min walk)
A place which brings back the 70s and 80s atmosphere, Sahara is a jazz bar adorned with film reel cases, projectors, and old movie posters plastered all over the store. Open during the night, Sahara features different jazz artist by the hour and is a must-visit place for those looking to relive the 70s and 80s jazz atmosphere.
Address 1F, 15 Mallijae-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours 17:30 - 02:00 (Closed Sunday)
Subway Gongdeok Station, Exit 5 (1-min. walk)
War Memorial of Korea was built to remember the sacrifices made during the Korean War and pray for future peace. The museum is made up of 4 zones: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and a screening room. Looking around the museum, visitors can learn about the tragic history of Korean War and the hope for Korea's reunification.
Address 29 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours 09:30 - 18:00 (Closed Monday)
Subway Samgakji Station, Exit 12 (4-min walk)
Known for its sengwaja (Korean crackers), Kim Yong-an Confectionery Store is a store with 50 years of history. Still possessing its original cookie cutters, the store has continued to produce the same delicious sengwaja that famous actors like Ryu Seung-ryong and Um Aing-ran are regulars of the store. Sengwaja comes in a variety of flavors including algae, peanut, sesame, sea cucumber, ginger, perilla seed, and more.
Address 155 Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours Mon – Fri 10:00 - 21:00 / Sat 10:00 - 20:30
Subway Samgakji Station, Exit 4 (1-min walk)
Wonsamtang Bathhouse is a public bathhouse that has been passed down three generations. Visitors can find nostalgic objects inside this bathhouse, some of which includes the barber pole of the barber shop inside the baths, the old-fashioned lockers and tubs, and more. This place is a must-visit for those looking for nostalgic Korean experiences.
Address 123-12 Wonhyo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours 04:00 - 18:00 (Closed Wednesday)
Subway Hyochang Park Station, Exit 3 (15-min walk)
Located near the railroads in Ichon-dong, Yongsan Mill has been in business for over 30 years. Always using the best ingredients, this mill is a great place to buy and enjoy rice cake at a reasonable price. After purchasing some rice cakes, it's highly recommended to explore the surrounding scenic areas near the railroad.
Address 31 Ichon-ro 29-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Subway Yongsan Station, Exit 1 (11-min walk)