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Though not as expansive or as vibrant as other areas in Seoul, visitors rarely tire of wandering the sleepy artsy community and exploring its miniature cafes and quirky galleries. It’s subdued sophistication, gorgeous homes and amazing city views provide the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed getaway from the “bbali bbali” (“hurry, hurry”) that the city is famous for.
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For those confined by time, a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood is preferred to a trek up the wall, and an ideal way to boost your energy for the hilly walk is with a cup of coffee. Fortunately, there are many independent cafes to choose from in the heart of the neighborhood, none of which even remotely resemble the franchises that remain to be customary trademarks of the Korean capital. (I’m looking at you, Starbucks.)
Those that prefer a bit more privacy should continue up the hill beyond a slew of obscure restaurants and old-fashioned mini-marts that are adorned with imaginative murals. The route will lead past the Campus Crusade for Christ to an unassuming traditional refurbished structure that has the ability to spark the curiosity of anyone who passes by it.
Seong Pil-gwan, a classical musician, opened Art for Life upon his return to Korea after performing with the Paris Symphony for a number of years and continues to run just about every aspect of the restaurant. Bedecked in scribbles and photographs, every inch of this mysterious little space appears to tell his story.
Patrons can sit under umbrellas on the cafe’s terrace or in one of its beautifully adorned rooms, so long as they arrive early enough to avoid the midday rush. The lower floor is a gallery of whimsical artwork, antique toys and unique furniture, and is not to be missed.
A more peaceful spot to enjoy a beverage is Sanyoohwa (산유화), located just beyond Samootonge and the grand homes that neighbor it. Although this unique establishment is primarily a cafe, it is also the workshop of the owner, Park Chang-suk, a well-known hanbok designer that has dressed dignitaries and celebrities.
She serves up a delicious Western brunch, patbingsu (shaved ice with various toppings) and a variety of traditional teas (try the omijacha!) Additionally, a number of wares, including beautifully dyed scarves, are on sale for a reasonable price. The charm of this cafe made it the perfect filming location for KBS drama The Discovery of Love.
A City-Center Oasis of Tranquility
Nowadays, it is undoubtedly just as beautiful with its lush canopy of trees, engraved boulders and trickling streams. With easy trails and plenty of places to rest, Baeksasil is the ideal locale for a private picnic or family outing. Just remember to pick up snacks and use the bathroom near the bus stop, as there aren’t any facilities near the valley.
The place has been around for some time and has become something of an institution, thanks to its beautifully presented hand-made dumplings stuffed with tender beef and pork, or shiitake mushrooms and cucumbers. The tteok mandu guk (rice cake dumpling soup) is a colorful twist on the classic and the traditional ceramic bowl in which it’s served only enhances the dish’s aesthetics.
Here, tender chunks of chicken are twice-fried to give them each a thick, crispy shell. Sides of fried potato wedges and a spicy chili dipping sauce complete the meal. Although the place is usually packed and the servers are a bit on the bossy side, the chaotic atmosphere only makes the dining experience that much better. You’re guaranteed to leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.
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Seokpajeong (석파정), a former noble villa and garden that dates back to the mid-1800s, sits atop the museum’s rear slope and is undeniably an art form in itself. The building, which was assembled skillfully with an unsurpassed craftsmanship, harmonizes perfectly with its scenic surroundings–unique rock formations and towering pines. Although once off-limits to the public, it can now be accessed from the third floor of the museum.
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A Feast Fit for a King (or Queen)
Each course of the restaurant’s set meals is served in a brass vessel that emphasizes the aesthetics and balance of the dish’s ingredients.
In fact, the recipes of these exact dishes have been passed down through palace kitchens over the years. To complete the dining experience, Seokparang is set in a traditional hanok and surrounded by a tranquil garden that makes diners temporarily forget that it’s the present day.
After dining like royalty, hail a taxi or catch the bus just outside the restaurant to get back to Gyeongbokgung Station, where you can opt to head back to your hotel, or grab a drink in charming Seochon Village.