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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Between the Cheonggye 4-ga and the 5-ga by the Cheonggycheon Stream, this 57-year-old restaurant is housed on the second floor of an old, run-down looking building. Nestled around numerous wholesalers inside the Bangsan Market, Gangsan-Og is an easy miss for the first-timers. Contrary to its humble exterior, however, the restaurant which is now run by the third-generation owners, is one of the most loved Korean eateries in the area. In fact, in the 1960's and 70's, Gangsan-Og was one of the fancier establishments in the neighborhood which was still in part war-torn. Running from 11am only till 3pm, this kong-guksu (cold soybean noodle soup) restaurant is always filled with mostly older generations: in whom a sentimental value associated with the restaurant, the area and the dish still remains. For the younger crowds, however, it is only natural that the comfort of the bowl—which is largely due to the memories associated with it—may not be felt easily. The distinct atmosphere and service found at an almost 60-year-old mom-and-pop shop, though, is evident even in a single visit; while serving the constant flow of patrons, the owner keeps herself even busier by bringing complimentary soup for everyone, and asking around if anyone would like more noodles in their bowl. The flavors of the kong-guksu may not be anything special, but the warmth and generosity of the owners certainly are, making a long wait worthwhile.


196-1, Cheonggyecheon-ro
kong-guksu (cold soybean noodle soup) 8500 won
Opening hours:
Mon - Sat 11am - 3pm
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