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“Seoul Ikseondong Hanok Village, Flower Cafe ‘Madang'”

While Jeonju is renowned for its hanok villages, you can also explore various hanok villages in Seoul. Notable examples include the iconic Bukchon Hanok Village, and there’s also the charming Namsangol Hanok Village. Additionally, you can discover other places like Seochon Hanok Village and Ikseondong Hanok Village. Each is referred to as a hanok village, yet each exudes a different charm, offering a unique experience no matter which one you visit.

“Ikseondong Hanok Village in Jongno, Seoul”

If Bukchon Hanok Village is known for housing high-ranking officials during the Joseon Dynasty, Ikseondong Hanok Village, situated south of Bukchon, is known for being a residence for commoners. Consequently, you’ll find many houses here that emanate a modest and unpretentious vibe, unlike the grand structures of Bukchon.

While Bukchon Hanok Village boasts large-scale modernized hanok complexes, Ikseondong features quaint hanok buildings. Ikseondong, though designated as a hanok village, feels more like a place capturing the atmosphere of 1980s alleyways. While you can see hanok buildings, most are preserved not as residences but operate as restaurants or cafes, offering an entirely different vibe compared to Bukchon.

“Ikseondong Flower Cafe, ‘Madang'”

As you stroll through the alleyways of Ikseondong, you’ll come across a noticeable pathway adorned with flowers. This leads to one of Ikseondong’s famous cafes, ‘Madang.’ This flower cafe, with its charming decor and lovely blossoms, offers a unique setting.

Upon entering the cafe, you’ll discover a hanok-style space with a distinctive ‘ㅁ’ shape and a covered ceiling. Even in early June, amid the beginning of summer, the café attracted many visitors seeking refuge from the sweltering heat.

“A Cafe Serving Various Drinks”

Cafe Madang, although known as a flower cafe, offers a variety of cafe menu items. You can find different coffee and tea options, including espresso, Americano, and more. Being located within Ikseondong Hanok Village, the prices tend to be on the higher side compared to regular cafes.

“Madang, a Background for Various Artworks”

Due to the special ambiance emanating from Flower Cafe Madang, the place has been utilized as a backdrop for various artworks. It served as a filming location for the drama “Goblin” and was featured in Won Bin’s Maxim T.O.P coffee advertisement. Additionally, it was used in the dramas “The Probability of Love,” and “True Beauty.” It has garnered media attention and recognition for its unique charm.

Being a popular hanok cafe in the heart of Ikseondong Hanok Village, finding an empty seat on weekends or holidays can be challenging. Given the long queues at cafes in Ikseondong during weekends or holidays, it’s advisable to exercise caution when visiting during those times.

“Seoul Ikseondong Hanok Village, Flower Cafe Madang”