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Seoul Gwanghwamun Yukgaejang Specialty Restaurant “YukDaeJang”

The Gwanghwamun area in Seoul is a representative densely populated office district where numerous office workers can be found. To cater to the demand of these workers, a wide variety of restaurants are located in the Gwanghwamun area, offering almost every menu item we are familiar with.

From small traditional eateries to individually operated small restaurants, and even franchise restaurants, you can find almost any menu item in the Gwanghwamun area.

“Yukgaejang Specialty Restaurant, YukDaeJang”

Yukgaejang is one of Korea’s representative home-cooked dishes and a type of healthful food. It is a spicy soup made by boiling beef, various vegetables, and red pepper flakes. After boiling and tenderizing the beef, it is shredded finely and boiled again with red pepper flakes.

YukDaeJang is a franchise restaurant that specializes in serving dishes like “Yukgaejang.” Therefore, it’s not limited to just the Gwanghwamun area and can be found in other major locations as well.

“Gwanghwamun Yukgaejang Restaurant, YukDaeJang”

You can find YukDaeJang near exits 1 and 8 of Gwanghwamun Station on subway line 5. It’s located on the first floor, making it easy to find. The restaurant is not particularly spacious, nor is it cramped. It can accommodate about 20 people at once and has a rectangular shape rather than a square one, giving it an elongated appearance.

“Menu at YukDaeJang”

True to its name, YukDaeJang offers various dishes including Yukgaejang, YukKalmyeon (spicy cold noodles with beef), Yukgaejang Seolleongtang (beef bone soup), and Budae Yukgaejang (spicy army stew with beef). In addition, you can also enjoy dishes like Bossam (boiled pork belly wraps), Galbi jjim (braised beef ribs), and Suyuk (boiled pork slices).

  • Old-fashioned Traditional Yukgaejang: 10,000 won
  • Fresh YukKalmyeon: 10,000 won
  • YukKalmyeon: 10,000 won
  • Sagol Tteokmanduguk (rice cake and dumpling soup with beef bone broth): 10,000 won
  • Budae Yukgaejang: 11,000 won
  • Budae Fresh YukKalmyeon: 11,000 won
  • Budae YukKalmyeon: 11,000 won
  • Yangji Seolleongtang: 9,000 won
  • Bul Yukgaejang: 10,000 won
  • Bul Fresh YukKalmyeon: 10,000 won
  • Bul YukKalmyeon: 10,000 won
  • Chadol Yukgaejang: 12,000 won
  • Mandu Yukgaejang: 9,000 won

Prices start from 9,000 won for the most affordable menu and go up to 12,000 won for the most expensive. It’s a place where you can have a meal for around 10,000 won, which can be considered a reasonable price, especially considering the recent rise in prices.

“Old-fashioned Traditional Yukgaejang: 10,000 won”

When you order Yukgaejang, you’ll be provided with simple side dishes. These typically include fish cake stir-fry, kimchi, pickled radishes, and green onions. Since Yukgaejang is a menu centered around soup rather than side dishes, the provided sides are quite basic.

Overall, it’s a place where you can have a satisfactory meal, and since individual seating is available, it’s also suitable for dining alone.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun Yukgaejang: YukDaeJang Gwanghwamun Branch”

  • Address: 1F, 8-1 Saemunan-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Operating Hours: (Mon-Fri) 10:00 – 2:00, Break Time: 15:00 – 16:30, (Sat-Sun) 10:00 – 22:00
  • Phone Number: 02-722-2363
  • Website: http://yukdaejang.com/landing/