Seochon, literally translated to ‘West Village’, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul. As more Seoulites come to cherish the old, the area's becoming more and more relevant in the midst of all the rapid transformation that the city has undergone. Seochon, along with its neighboring Bukchon, has both resisted modernization, leaving them beautifully messy — with clusters of Hanoks alongside two story buildings from the 60’s and interweaving, confusing alleyways. This once middle-class neighborhood of merchants, physicians and translators of the Joseon Dynasty has now become an epicenter of contemporary culture, introducing the latest in art through its many museums and galleries. Small and private cafes and restaurants are creating a phenomenon close to a gastronomical sensation — you can find some of the best Spanish tapas or dine at some of Seoul’s oldest restaurants here. The art, food and traditions found in the area make a great combination for a day out.
Grab a bite next to Daelim Museum
Art, food and tradition, all in one neighborhood