Red Bean Bread from JSP
A white, fluffy steamed bread stuffed with sweet red bean paste is a fine way to start a day of palace trekking. JSP also has great steamed kimchi pork dumplings.
JSP | JSP왕만두
Cost: 1,000 won
(Nagwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울시 종로구 낙원동)
Right outside of Jongno 3-ga Station 종로3가역 (Lines 1, 3, and 5), Exit 5
Dosirak Lunch at Tongin Market
After a visit to Gyeongbukgung Palace, go to Tongin market, get a dosirak lunch box and meal tickets, and then go to the different vendors to pick out a sampling of different dishes (banchan). They have a nice café to get some soup and rice and then have your lunch.
Dosirak Café | 도시락카페
Cost: 6,000 won
Mon–Sat, until 4pm
(Tongin Market: 44 Tongin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울시 종로구 통인동 44)
Tongin Market: Gyeongbokgung Station 경복궁역 (Line 3), Exit 2
Samgyetang at Kuryeo Samgyetang
Perhaps after visiting Deoksugung and a long day of walking, you will need something a bit hearty. I recommend a fi lling bowl of chicken and ginseng soup (samgyetang). If you need an extra boost, add abalone or mountain ginseng.
Kuryeo Samgyetang | 고려삼계탕
Cost: 19,000–35,000 won
(55-3 Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울시 중구 서소문동 55-3)
City Hall Station 시청역 (Lines 1, 2), Exit 10
You might need a beer after your day, so get a large frosty mug of Krombacher at Barlin. They have authentic German sausages and other German dishes as well.
Barlin | 베어린
Cost: 10,000 won
T. 02-722-5622, www.baerlin.co.kr
(85 Susong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울시 종로구 수송동 85)
Somerset Palace Seoul: It’s a five-minute walk from either Exit 1 or 6 of Anguk Station 안국역 (Line 3) or the Gwanghwamun gate of the Gyeongbukgung Palace.