[Oraegage] Old Streets Where Korea Exist Together with the World - Part 2
See & Do Tours
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.
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'
Address 7 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours Vary daily
Subway Noksapyeong Station Exit 2, 7 min. on foot
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 Noksapyeong Station Exit 2, 11 min. on foot / Itaewon Station Exit 1, 14 min. on foot
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'
Address 208 Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours 10:00 - 21:00
Subway Noksapyeong Station Exit 3, 4 min. on foot
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'
Address Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Subway Itaewon Station Exit 2, 1 min. on foot
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 www.itaewonantique.com
Itaewon Antique Furniture Street
Address Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Subway Itaewon Station Exit 4, 5 min. on foot
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.
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'
Address 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 39 (Korea Muslim Federation, Seoul Central Mosque)
Subway Itaewon Station Exit 3, 8 min. on foot