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Seoul Gwanghwamun Solo Dining Restaurant “Mido Sikdang”

The Gwanghwamun area in Seoul is known for being a prominent office district, where during lunchtime, you can see a multitude of office workers coming out to eat.

In the large underground shopping area of Gwanghwamun Square, you can find various restaurants. The Doryeom Building, located to the west of Gwanghwamun Square, is one of the buildings where you can find a variety of restaurants.

“Mido Sikdang: Seoul Gwanghwamun Restaurant”

When you explore the underground shopping area of Doryeom Building, you can find various restaurants. Mido Sikdang is one of the places you can find here, located quite close to the entrance of Doryeom Building.

The menu at Mido Sikdang is relatively simple. They offer unique dishes like Chadol Yukgaejangbap (beef brisket and spicy soup with rice), Chadol Yukgaejangmyeon (beef brisket and spicy soup with noodles), Dwaeji Yukgaejangbap (pork and spicy soup with rice), Dwaeji Yukgaejangmyeon (pork and spicy soup with noodles), Gogi Bibimmyeon (spicy mixed noodles with meat), and you can also try Myeongran Gyeranmal-i (fermented roe with scrambled eggs). The prices are reasonable, ranging from about 8,500 to 10,000 won per menu.

  • Chadol Yukgaejangbap: 10,000 won
  • Chadol Yukgaejangmyeon: 10,500 won
  • Dwaeji Yukgaejangbap: 8,500 won
  • Dwaeji Yukgaejangmyeon: 9,000 won
  • Gogi Bibimmyeon: 8,500 won
  • Myeongran Gyeranmal-i (1 piece): 2,000 won
  • Myeongran Gyeranmal-i (6 pieces): 11,000 won

“A Great Place for Solo Dining”

There are times when you have to dine alone, especially in the Gwanghwamun area. During lunchtime in Gwanghwamun, most restaurants have long queues, as it is common for colleagues from the same company to have lunch together, making it hard for solo diners to find a place.

In cases where you have to have a meal alone, especially in the Gwanghwamun area, Mido Sikdang is a relatively comfortable option. You can order and pay for your meal through a kiosk, and there are seats available for one or two people, making it easy to dine alone without feeling awkward.

“Dwaeji Yukgaejangbap: 8,500 won”

On this visit, I ordered the “Dwaeji Yukgaejangbap.” At 8,500 won, it falls within a reasonable price range, considering the recent rise in prices and the cost of living in the Gwanghwamun area.

After placing the order and payment through the kiosk, I waited for the meal at the chosen seat. Soon, side dishes were provided, and then the main menu arrived. The side dishes included salad, kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi), and buchu muchim (garlic chive salad), served in a simple manner.

The Dwaeji Yukgaejangbap is slightly spicy. It comes with a generous amount of green onions and leeks, adding flavor to the dish. Along with the simple side dishes, you can enjoy a satisfying meal with the main menu.

During this visit, I only ordered the basic menu, so I didn’t have the chance to try other side dishes. Personally, I’m curious about the Myeongran Gyeranmal-i, so if I have the opportunity to visit again, I definitely want to add Myeongran Gyeranmal-i to my order.

One of the few restaurants in the Gwanghwamun area where you can comfortably dine alone. It’s a good place to visit when you have to have a meal alone in the bustling lunchtime of the Gwanghwamun area.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun Restaurant: Mido Sikdang”

  • Address: 51, B1, Doryeom Building, 37 Saemunan-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Postal Code: 03173)
  • Operating Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:10 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Closed on Saturdays and Sundays