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Seoul Gwanghwamun Lunch Buffet Restaurant “Oppadak: Natural Dining”

The area around Gwanghwamun Station in Seoul is a representative office-dense region. From the Seoul Government Complex to various embassies, major corporations, and small to medium-sized businesses, you naturally find numerous office workers in this area.

Thanks to this, during lunchtime, you can witness many office workers having their meals. To meet the demand of these office workers, you can find restaurants scattered all around.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun, Oppadak: Oven-roasted Chicken”

Oppadak is a brand that abbreviates to “Oven-roasted Chicken.” It primarily serves fried chicken in various styles. It’s generally known for opening in the evening and being a place to enjoy chicken with beer (Chimaek).

However, recently, it seems that Oppadak has come up with a way to utilize the store during daytime hours, possibly due to the economic downturn. During lunch hours, it operates a buffet restaurant under the name “Natural Dining Lunch Buffet” as a shop-in-shop concept.

“Located Across from the Four Seasons Hotel in Gwanghwamun”

You can find Oppadak Gwanghwamun across from the Four Seasons Hotel, based on Gwanghwamun Square. It’s located facing the Four Seasons and is also easily noticeable from the alley entrance, so it’s not difficult to find.

The store consists of two floors, and both floors are in operation during lunch hours.

“Oven-roasted Chicken: Natural Dining Lunch Buffet”

The lunch buffet is available from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and you can have a meal for 8,500 won per person. (When I first visited, it was 7,000 won, but the price has recently gone up.) The menu changes daily, so you can visit without worrying about what to eat. Of course, the downside is that you might come across a menu item that you don’t particularly like.

Considering the recent sharp rise in prices and the cost of living in the Gwanghwamun area, the price is considered reasonable. However, since it’s a buffet restaurant, rather than focusing on making one menu item delicious, they offer a variety of simple dishes, so the satisfaction with the taste may be somewhat lower.

Still, despite this, it’s a good place to visit if you want to quickly grab lunch in the Gwanghwamun area. However, if you find yourself having traditional Korean food in a restaurant known for fried chicken, it might feel a bit unique.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun Buffet Restaurant, Oppadak: Natural Dining Lunch Buffet”