Oraegage, olds stores in Seoul which continue the line of tradition and history...
Last year, we've covered the Oraegages of Jongno and Euljiro.
This year, we'll be covering the Oraegages of the northwestern parts of Seoul.
Explore the hidden alleyways of the neighborhoods and discover the history and stories preserved by the old stores in Seoul.
“Phaedra” and “Doksuri Dabang”, once favorite hangouts for the father has become favorite hangouts for the son. “Yonhee Photo” and “Mido Studio”, places where the mother went to take her ID photos has become a place where the daughter goes to take beautiful photos of herself wearing the same smile. From “Hongik Bookstore” and “Chun-chu-sa” dedicating themselves to the pursuit of education for the past 60 years to echoing whispers of vibrant youths around “Gami Bunsik” and “Bokji”, the passion of youth continues to burn bright throughout the areas of Hongdae and Idae.
Offering quality photos and speedy touch up services, Yonhee Photo is popular among both foreign and Korean customers. Recently, more and more Chinese tourists have been flocking to the studio as well. Yonhee Studio is the place to go when in need of a quick, quality photo.
175 Sinchon-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Weekday 11:00 - 20:00 / Saturday 11:00 - 19:00 (Must call prior to visiting on Sundays.)
Ewha Womans Univ. Station Front of Exit 1
Located near Ewha Womans Univ. Station, Gami Bunsik has a lot of regulars from Ewha Womans University. “Gami Udon”, their signature dish, is known for their soft, round noodles made by boiling the salted flour dough twice. Additionally, the owner’s special “Watermelon Bingsu” is popular all year round.
2 Ewhayeodae 8-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
10:00 - 20:30 (Closed Wednesday)
Ewha Womans Univ. Station 4 min. walk from Exit 3
Chun-chu-sa made graduation gowns for the former President Kim Dae-jung and the former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. All gowns are handmade and can also be customized based on individual preferences. Chun-chu-sa makes graduation gowns for many prestigious universities both domestic and abroad.
10 Ewhayeodae 8-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Ewha Womans Univ. Station 3 min. walk from Exit 3
Doksuri Dabang was a favorite hangout for students in the 70s to 80s. Used as a place to share discussions among college students majoring in humanities and literature, it had a lot of prominent writers as its regular customers. Customers would leave messages on yellow paper as a form of communication and the site remains a place of nostalgia for many who spent their youth in the Sinchon area.
8F, 36 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
11:00 - 24:00
Sinchon Station 8 min. walk from Exit 3
Phaedra was the secret hideaway of students who got involved in the June Democracy Movement of June 1987. Their signature menu is "Tear Gas Hangover Ramen" and named so for the tears and runny nose that would follow after the tear gas used during the past democratic movement. Passed down through two generations, the interior of Phaedra continues to remain the same as it did in the past, allowing many customers to enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of the place.
32 Yonsei-ro 5-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
00:00~24:00 (Must call prior to visiting.)
Sinchon Station 5 min. walk from Exit 1
Mido Studio uses a special type of lens not found in any other photo studios. Their specially developed lens produces an ideal shape of the subject’s face, allowing for really great photos. Because of how many aspiring flight attendants took their job applicant photo here and successfully passed their job interview, this photo studio became to be known as the "Stewardess Studio".
75 Sinchon-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Weekday 10:00 - 20:00 / Weekend•Holidays 10:00 -17:00 (Must call prior to visiting.)
Sinchon Station 5 min. walk from Exit 1
Opening in 1957, Hongik Bookstore is one of the oldest bookstores in Seoul. As the oldest running bookstore in Sinchon, Hongik Bookstore is sought out by many nostalgia-seeking customers.
2 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
10:00 - 21:30
Sinchon Station 3 min. walk from Exit 3