On day two of Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, I made plans to head back to the Insadong/Gyeongbokgung Palace area to eat and visit a museum that has been on my go to list for some time. Since it was Chuseok, my friend and I decided to go for lunch at a traditional restaurant we found not too far from Exit 1 of Anguk Station. I'm pretty sure this was located in the Samcheongdong neighborhood.

The restaurant we chose had a line coming out the door so we figured it must be good. Once we got inside we noticed it was separated into little rooms where you can sit at a conventional table with chairs or where you have to take your shoes off and sit on the floor. 

We only had to wait about 15 minutes to be placed at a table even though there was a line. However, when we were sat down we still had to wait about thirty minutes until we got our food after ordering. Considering this was our first meal of the day, we grew so anxious while waiting because we were so hungry and felt we had been forgotten about. 

We were sat in an area with typical table and chairs so we didn't have to take our shoes off. There was a window next to our table where we were able to communicate our order and call for the waiter. 

The menu had a limited selection for lunch time. I wanted to eat the beef short rib soup (갈비탕) featured on the menu but unfortunately they weren't offering it just yet. We opted for the stir fried spicy squid (낙지볶음). We ordered two servings of it, which they served on one plate that we shared. It came with a variety of traditional side dishes that included kimchi, anchovies, and root vegetables amongst others. Conversation ceased after we began stuffing our faces with spoonfuls of squid and vegetables on top of scoops of rice.

벽오동가 (byeok-oh-dong-ga)
Address | 서울특별시 종로구 18 안국동
(18 Anguk-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
Take Line 3 to Anguk 안국 Station!

There were many other great looking traditional restaurants in this area that also seemed pretty popular. Not to mention all of the street food that lined every corner. If you are looking to indulge in a wide range of traditional Korean flavors, this is the neighborhood for you. Don't forget to try the famous 호떡--Korean stuffed pancake--in the area! The honey 꿀 flavor is to die for--seriously. They hand it to you so fresh and hot that the sticky concoction inside could burn your tongue off. But it's soooo worth it!

 Talk to you soon,

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