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Since 1932, Seochon Village Chueotang Restaurant ‘Yonggeumok’

In Seochon Village, located west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, one can discover various eateries. Among them is a 추어탕 (loach soup) specialty restaurant that has maintained its taste since 1932. Recognized in the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand category since 2017 and awarded by the Blue Ribbon, this legendary spot is a symbol of exceptional dining.

“Seoul Seochon Village, Yonggeumok – 추어탕 Restaurant”

Yonggeumok, with its long history, not only preserves the past but also offers a profound depth of flavor. The interior of the establishment contributes to an agreeable atmosphere, creating an overall ambiance reminiscent of times gone by.

The menu at Yonggeumok revolves around “추어탕” (chueotang or loach soup), notably the Seoul-style (추탕) and southern provincial-style (Namdostang). The trademark dish at Yonggeumok is the Seoul-style 추탕, known for its spicy seasoning, adding an invigorating touch to the dish.

“Yonggeumok’s Menu”

Yonggeumok’s menu features a variety of 추어탕 and other dishes, including:


  • Seoul Chueotang: KRW 13,000
  • Namdo Chueotang: KRW 13,000
  • Mushroom Yukgaejang: KRW 13,000


  • Tangpyeongchae: KRW 20,000
  • Chueo Twigim: KRW 28,000
  • Bin Daetdeok (mung bean pancake): KRW 28,000
  • Modumjeon (assorted pancakes): KRW 28,000
  • Dongtae Jjim (braised pollack): KRW 35,000
  • Nakji Bokkeum (stir-fried octopus): KRW 45,000
  • Minari Jeon (seasonal dish): KRW 18,000

“Seoul Chueotang: KRW 13,000”

On this occasion, after a long while, Seoul Chueotang, considered the basic menu, was ordered. The allure of this dish lies in the slightly spicy seasoning added to the loach soup, offering a delightful and invigorating culinary experience.

Experiencing the loach soup within the nostalgic setting of a traditional Hanok building at Yonggeumok felt like a journey through time.

“Yonggeumok – Also in Jung-gu Dadong”

Yonggeumok can be found not only in Seochon Village but also in Jung-gu Dadong. The Yonggeumok in Jung-gu Dadong operates under the same name, having expanded and relocated to Tongin-dong. Visiting both locations provides an opportunity to savor similar yet uniquely charming loach soups.

“Seoul Seochon Village 추어탕 Restaurant, Yonggeumok”

  • Address: 41-2, Jaha-mun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone: 02-777-4749
  • Business Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:30 – 21:30, (Sat-Sun, Holidays) 11:30 – 21:00 (Closed daily from 15:00 – 17:00)
  • Closed: Sundays
  • Website: https://blog.naver.com/carinajr