[Oraegage] Old Streets Where Korea Exist Together with the World - Part 2

See & Do Tours

Where Past and Present Overlap,
Where Korea Exist Together with the World

Hanshin Onggi

Yongsan, an iconic multi-cultural district of Seoul encompassing Itaewon, Haebangchon, and Gyeongnidan-gil, is filled with unique old stores and Oraegages. Along with the potteries of Hanshin Onggi stacked next to the US Military walls and the old, used books gathered and collected by Foreign Book Store from the US military trash piles, this is a unique area where Korean and other cultures have managed to mix together in harmony.


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A Place of Stored Memories: Hanshin Onggi

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A landmark of Haebangchon, Hanshin Onggi is pottery store with 50 years of history. Sin Yeon-gun, the owner of Hanshin Onggi, keeps the store open all year round in consideration of potential visiting customers. All of Hanshin Onggi's potteries are from Ichon, a famous pottery town, and can store food for much longer than regular potteries and have a sterilizing effect.

Haebangchon's Landmark 'Hanshin Onggi'

Store icon Since 1967

Location icon Address 7 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Phone icon Phone +82-2-794-3687

Hour icon Hours Vary daily

Subway icon Subway Noksapyeong Station Exit 2, 7 min. on foot




Gyeongridan-gil street

Literally meaning the "street of finance and accounting corps", Gyeongnidan-gil was the area occupied by the Korean Army Finance & Accounting Corps (currently called Armed Forces Financial Management Corps) in 1957. A street running from the main gates of Armed Forces Financial Management Corps to Grand Hyatt Seoul, this area became popular due to the growth of trendy cafes and restaurant. Along with the various restaurants and stores located along the street, Street Churros is a must-visit place when you're in the area.

Itaewon Hotspot 'Gyeongnidan-gil'

Subway icon Subway Noksapyeong Station Exit 2, 11 min. on foot / Itaewon Station Exit 1, 14 min. on foot


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London Within Seoul: Foreign Bookstore

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Choi Gi-ung, the owner of Foreign Bookstore, started this business by collecting scrap paper and used books discarded by American soldiers stationed in Yongsan and reselling them. By running a secondhand bookstore, he was able to start a family and raise three daughters. He would also give away special towels to promote Korea as a country as he strongly believes that he was able to successfully run this business for the last 50 years because of his country. Over the years, this store was able to gather close to approximately 100,000 books and is now considered to be one of the oldest bookstores in Seoul.

Seoul's Oldest Secondhand Bookstore 'Foreign Bookstore'

Store icon Since 1973

Location icon Address 208 Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Phone icon Phone +82-2-793-8249

Hour icon Hours 10:00 - 21:00

지하철 아이콘 Subway Noksapyeong Station Exit 3, 4 min. on foot


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Itaewon International Food Street

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Itaewon International Food Street can be found along Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, where visitors can enjoy dishes from close to 50 different countries. Following Bogwang-ro 59-gil to Rodeo Street, visitors can shop and browse through clothes and accessories, enjoying Itaewon's one-of-a-kind fashion.

Global Cuisine 'Itaewon International Food Street'

Location icon Address Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Subway icon Subway Itaewon Station Exit 2, 1 min. on foot


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Itaewon Antique Furniture Street

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Itaewon Antique Furniture Street came to be as American soldiers started selling their used furniture on the street before they went back home to the US. Nowadays, this place has become Korea's most iconic street for finding antique furniture hailing from Europe, America, etc. For more information about this street can be found on 

Itaewon Antique Furniture Street

Subway icon Address Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


Subway icon Subway Itaewon Station Exit 4, 5 min. on foot

Local Recommendation Recommended by locals! Itaewon Antique Festival

An annual event taking place at Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, Itaewon Antique Festival is a time when close to 80 furniture stores display and sell their valued furniture, light fixtures, and home accessories on the street. All items are sold at a discount, making this event a great opportunity for those interested in buying vintage furniture. On top of furniture stores, local cafes, restaurants, and businesses also participate in this event, lending a festive atmosphere. Further information can be found at the festival's official website.


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Itaewon Islamic Street

Seoul Central Mosque

A street running from Itaewon Station to Seoul Central Mosque, Itaewon Islamic Street is also sometimes called African Street. The Korea government provided free land for Saudi Arabia to fund and build Seoul Central Mosque, which first opened its doors in 1976. The headquarter of all the 16 mosques in Korea, Seoul Central Mosque is a symbolizing landmark of Islamic Street.

Stretching from Seoul Central Mosque 'Itaewon Islamic Street'

Location icon Address 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 39 (Korea Muslim Federation, Seoul Central Mosque)

Subway icon Subway Itaewon Station Exit 3, 8 min. on foot