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Japanese Restaurant ‘Donggam’ in Gwanghwamun, Seoul

In the Gwanghwamun area of Seoul, you can find a variety of restaurants. Given that it’s a place with many office workers, you can find numerous restaurants to cater to their needs.

Generally, in the Gwanghwamun area, you’ll find a concentration of restaurants in the underground shopping areas of large buildings. Notable examples include Doryeom Building and Royal Building.

However, you can also find some restaurants in the commercial areas of apartments and officetels, such as the Gyeonghuigung’s Morning Apartments. While there aren’t as many restaurants clustered here, you can find places with a relatively more upscale atmosphere. They tend to offer a dining experience where you can leisurely enjoy your food and mealtime, rather than just a menu for a quick lunch break before returning to the office.

“Gwanghwamun Japanese Restaurant: Donggam”

The restaurant called ‘Donggam’ is located in the “Gyeonghuigung’s Morning 2nd Phase Apartments” as mentioned above. Its main menu features Japanese cuisine, offering traditional Japanese home-cooked meals.

After coming out of Exit 7 of Gyeongbokgung Station on Subway Line 3, you can find it on the opposite side after heading towards the direction of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. It’s located on the 1st floor by the main road, making it relatively easy to find.

“Serving Traditional Japanese Home-cooked Meals: Donggam”

At Donggam, you can enjoy Japanese cuisine, specifically traditional Japanese home-cooked meals. Prices range from approximately KRW 13,000 to KRW 15,000 per person, varying depending on the menu.

While it’s true that the prices are a bit higher compared to other ordinary restaurants, Donggam provides a relatively more comfortable and luxurious dining atmosphere.

The menu ordered on this day was a Japanese home-cooked meal set, which included sushi, tempura, salad, udon or soba as a single set.

“A Subtle Yet Comfortable Atmosphere in the Store”

The overall atmosphere of the store is subtle. It’s a vibe commonly felt in Japanese restaurants that specialize in home-cooked meals. The atmosphere might be different if you visit during lunchtime, but on this day, I visited during dinner. Thanks to this, the dark ambiance outside and the subtle lighting inside blended well, creating an appropriate atmosphere.

It’s a great place in the Gwanghwamun area to have a relaxed meal after finishing work, suitable for social gatherings or as a date spot.

“Japanese Home-cooked Meals in Gwanghwamun, Seoul: Donggam”

  • Address: 101, 115, Gyeonghuigung’s Morning 2nd Phase, 24 Sajik-ro 8-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03174, South Korea
  • Phone: 02-733-1644
  • Operating Hours: (Mon-Sat) 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM (Break Time) 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Public Holidays) 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Closed on Sundays