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Ojang-dong's Hamheung Naengmyeon Alley

Published Date : Dec 03, 2014 / Edited Date : Feb 13, 2019

Ojang-dong's Hamheung Naengmyeon Alley

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Map of the Ojang-dong's Hamheung Naengmyeon Alley

Naengmyeon (냉면) literally translates to “cold noodles” and is a popular dish to eat in the summer. Naengmyeon is made of long, thin hand-made noodles, typically made from the flour and starch of various ingredients such as memil (메밀; buckwheat), potatoes, sweet potatoes or chik (칡; kudzu). Varieties with ingredients such as seaweed and green tea are also available. In the past, the long noodles were not cut before being consumed because they symbolized longevity and good health, but nowadays servers at restaurants usually ask diners want their noodles cut prior to eating and use food scissors to cut the noodles.

The two main varieties of naengmyeon are mul naengmyeon (물냉면) and bibim naengmyeon (비빔냉면). The former is served with noodles in a tangy iced broth made from beef, chicken or dongchimi (동치미; radish kimchi). Spicy mustard sauce and vinegar are often added before consumption. The latter is served with a spicy dressing made primarily from gochujang (고추장; red chili pepper paste) and eaten all mixed together. Usually a bowl of the soup broth used in mul naengmyeon or plain broth from the boiled noodles themselves is often served on the side. Both versions come with julienned cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, and either a boiled egg or slices of cold boiled beef added on top.

Other popular varieties of naengmyeon include yeolmu naengmyeon (열무냉면), a type of mul naengmyeon that is served with yeolmu kimchi (열무김치; 열무 meaning “young radish”) and hoe naengmyeon (회냉면), a type of bibim naengmyeon served with marinated hoe (회; raw fish), typically skate.


Mul naengmyeon According to the Dongguksesigi (동국세시기), an ancient Korean text that dates back to 1829, Koreans have been enjoying naengmyeon since the Joseon Dynasty. Nowadays naengmyeon is considered to be a meal to be eaten in the summer, but back then it was eaten in the winter! It may sound a bit insane, but you know the ol' saying "fight fire with fire"? Well back then when the winters were deathly cold, people fought the cold with cold. It's basically the same idea as drinking hot tea in the summer.



The Original Mul NaengmyeonThe Original Mul Naengmyeon:
Pyeongyang Naengmyeon (평양냉면)

Pyeongyang Naengmyeon is a type of mul naengmyeon made with noodles made from buckwheat, typically served in beef broth. Because the noodles are made mostly from buckwheat, they have a less chewy texture and rarely need to be cut before eating.

*Pyeongyang is North Korea's capital city.

The Original Bibim NaengmyeonThe Original Bibim Naengmyeon:
Hamheung Naengmyeon (함흥냉면)

Hamheung Naengmyeon is a type of bibim naengmyeon, or more specifically, a type of hoe naengmyeon in which marinated hongeo hoe (홍어회; raw skate) is added. The noodles are usually made from potato or sweet potato starch, so the noodles are very chewy in texture compared to those of Pyeongyang Naengmyeon.

*Hamheung is a city north of North Korea's capital city.

Although there are several famous naengmyeon restaurants scattered throughout Seoul, there's one place that is home to several great ones all conveniently located in one place. For the best Hamheung Naengmyeon in town, look no further than Hamheung Naengmyeon Alley in Ojang-dong!

Heungnam Jip, Ojang-dong Hamheung Naengmyeon and Sinchangmyeonok


Left) Heungnam Jip (흥남집) est. 1952
Middle) Ojang-dong Hamheung Naengmyeon (오장동 함흥냉면) est. 1953
Right) Sinchangmyeonok (신창면옥) est. 1980

The Origin of Hamheung Naengmyeon

Hamheung Naengmyeon was derived from Hamheung Guksu (함흥국수; Hamheung Noodles), a dish that was commonly eaten in the Hamgyŏng-do countryside. Hamgyŏng (함경도; Hamgyŏng-do) was one of the Eight Provinces of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty, located in the northeast of Korea (currently North Korea). It's provincial capital was Hamhŭng (Hamheung), hence where the name of the dish came from.

The people of Hamgyŏng-do enjoyed eating Hamheung Guksu for many years, a dish which consisted of noodles made from potato starch, gochujang and hongeo hoe. But due to the commotion of the Korean War (June 25, 1950 – armistice signed July 27, 1953), many people were displaced from their homes, resulting in some people from the northern part of Korea finding themselves having to live in the southern part of Korea once the country was divided into two. With the arrival of the Hamgyŏng-do people came the arrival of Hamheung Guksu. However at this point in time potato starch was no longer easy to come by and so sweet potato starch was used instead to make the noodles, and thus Hamheung Naengmyeon was born.

The first Hamheung Naengmyeon restaurant to open in this food alley was Heungnam Jip in 1952. Then a year later came Ojang-dong Hamheung Naengmyeon, and last but not least came Sinchangmyeonok in 1980. All three restaurants are equally popular, each having a group loyal customers that frequent their restaurants as often as they can. Among these loyal customers you'll find old grandpas and grandmas who were born in North Korea that come to this alley looking for food that remind them of home.

A kettle of steamy hot meat broth
Due to naengmyeon's popularity in the summer, it's not uncommon to see lines of people out the door of every naengmyeon restaurant in town. Once you finally manage to get a table, the first thing you'll be served with is a kettle of steamy hot meat broth. This is meant to be drunk while waiting for the main dish to arrive. It's also good to drink while you're eating hamheung naengmyeon because it helps to neutralize the spiciness!

Although mul naengmyeon is offered on the menu, be sure to order hamheung naengmyeon if you're at a hamheung naengmyeon specialty restaurant! Once the food arrives, it's customary to cut the noodles with a pair of kitchen scissors. Of course, you can skip this step, but it makes eating the long, chewy noodles a lot easier!

How to Eat NaengmyeonHow to Eat Naengmyeon
Left) Chilled noodles, spicy sauce and a cup of steamy hot meat broth on the side make the hamheung naengmyeon experience a multi-layered feast for the senses!
Right) For maximum flavor, add a bit of vinegar, spicy mustard sauce and sugar and mix it all in!

After you've cut the noodles, it's time to mix it all together! Add some vinegar, spicy mustard sauce, sugar and some sesame oil to taste then mix it all up! The spiciness of the sauce, the sourness of the vinegar, the intense heat of the spicy mustard, and the sweetness of the sugar all together in one meal makes for a multi-layered feast for the senses!



Every naengmyeon speciality restaurant will also have suyuk (수육; boiled beef/pork) on the menu. Boiled soft and cut very thin, suyuk is a very healthy way to eat protein.

How Bibim Naengmyeon is Made

How Bibim Naengmyeon is Made 1


In order to make naengmyeon noodles delicately thin, they are made by putting the dough through a noodle press.

How Bibim Naengmyeon is Made 2


Then the noodles are rinsed in ice cold water and quickly put into a serving bowl.

How Bibim Naengmyeon is Made 3


Left) The spicy sauce is then poured on top and hongeo hoe (홍어회; raw skate) is added on top as a garnish.
Right) The hongeo hoe is marinated in vinegar and ganjang (Korean soy sauce) for a day before being seasoned with gochujang (red chili pepper paste), sesame oil, green onions and garlic.


How to Get There

Take subway line 2 or 5 to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and go out of exit 6. Walk for about 400 meters and you should see Hamheung Naengmyeon Alley.


How to Get to Ojang-dong's Hamheung Naengmyeon Alley




A. Sinchang Myeonok (신창면옥)
(Closed on the second and fourth Monday of the month)

B. Ojang-dong Hamheung Naengmyeon (오장동 함흥냉면)
(Closed on the first and third Tuesday of the month)

C. Ojang-dong Heungnamjip (오장동 흥남집)
(Closed on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month)


8,000 won


11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は
  • PM 2.5(ピーエムにてんご)の非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 在已登记的预约团体中,只接待不超过预约人数的团体,可在前一天17时前追加预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前一月15日开始。
  • 参加徒步观光解说活动时必须佩戴口罩。
  • 如有发热或呼吸道症状(发烧、咳嗽、痰液、肌肉痛、鼻塞、咽喉痛等),请避免参与解说活动。
  • 活动开始前将进行体温测试,超过37.5度者将被限制参与解说活动。
  • 无保护者随同的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消解说活动。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等)无法运营徒步观光解说活动时,所有预约会批量取消。(观光前日基准)
  • 对于解说活动中发生的安全事故,首尔徒步解说旅游事务局和首尔文化观光解说社不予负责。
  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
  • 最晚請於預約日期3天前完成預約。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 已完成預約的團體若人數超過限制,可於前一天下午5點前追加預約。
  • 每月15日將開放下個月的預約。
  • 參與解說觀光時請務必佩戴口罩。
  • 若有發燒或呼吸道症狀(發燒、咳嗽、咳痰、肌肉酸痛、鼻塞、喉嚨痛),請避免參與本活動。
  • 活動開始前將進行體溫測量。若體溫超過37.5度,將無法參與本活動。
  • 未有保護者同行的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消參與資格。
  • 因發布微塵緊急降低措施及其他天氣惡化(暴熱、台風、豪雨等),無法進行徒步觀光時,所有預約將取消。(預約日期前日基準)
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,首爾徒步解說觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)