If you know the background of how Itaewon changed from past to present, your tour will be more interesting. Itaewon was a major military zone from the Joseon Dynasty period to the Korean War. As foreign industrial complex came and foreign residence was made, there was a change to Itaewon. After that, Itaewon became a place of harmony forming a mixture of beauty of East and West. As you learned the history of Itaewon, now let’s go tour Itaewon, the city full of many concerning things to experience!
-How to go Itaewon: From Heukseok to Dongjak, take line 9 →transfer into line 4 and go to Samgakji → Transfer into line 6 and go to Itaewon→ Come out to exit 3
-Total time: around 28 min
1) Antique furniture Street
‘Antique’ is something that was made in the past and is valuable. Antique furniture Street stores emerged as American soldiers sold their furniture or dishes one by one in 1960s. Now 88 stores are in the Antique furniture Street, and that is not a small scale. It became more famous after singer Lee hyo-lee said that store of ‘Ando’ is her favorite antique shop in one TV program. When walking on antique furniture Street, you will feel going back to the past in time-machine.
-How to go: From Itaewon station exit3 → Go right and walk straight and turn left
2) Korea Muslim Federation
Muslims worship five times a day, so if you are not Muslim you cannot enter the worship place. If you want to freely see, you can check out worship time through homepage. When filling out the visiting application, you can get an explanation with a guide for one hour. Women who wear short pants or skirt should wear long skirts which you can borrow from inside the Mosque since Muslims ban showing skin. Worship separates women and men to remove temptation.
-How to go: Itaewon station, exit 3→ Go straight and walk untill the Itaewon fire station → You can find out hill on right side → After walking up the hill you will find an elementary school → Go left from the elementary school.
3) Itaewon alley shopping
You can meet each clothes house selling different style of clothes in Itaewon alley. Café ‘Gami’ where selling clothes and coffee as well, ‘Nansu shop’ which changed concrete wall into art, ‘e-items’ which has impressive hot pink interior. These features provide a differentiated service compared to others shops. You won’t recognize how fast time passes as you look around.
-How to go: From Itaewon station exit 4 →Go straight side and keep walking until you see yellow sign written ‘corner bag shop’ go to alley.
ⅰ. Jonny dumpling
Jonny dumpling is a store that sells Chinese dumpling. Side dishes are only pickled radish and jjashai but the taste of dumpling covers up everything. Half fried half steamed dumpling, shrimp and meat steamed dumpling are famous here. Jonny dumpling has three branches in Itaewon as it is quite famous.
-How to go: Itaewon station exit 4→ Go straight and left from IBK (Industrial Bank of Korea) alley
ⅱ. Mr. Kebab
Eating Korean-Turkish kebab is good but real turkey kebab is much better to eat. You can pay after you get your food and when you finish eating, you should throw away what you ate to wastebasket. Turkish cooks make kebab using their own recipe so that you can feel the origin. Listen to Turkish music while eating kebab to enjoy Turkey culture for a while.
-How to go: Itaewon station exit 3→ Go straight and walk almost 80m forward.
-Information: Turkish Kebab Chicken 4,000 won, Turkish Kebab Lamb 5,000 won, Coke 1,500 won
Phone number: 02)3463-2356
5) Food in Itaewon
ⅰ. Little India Seoul
Chic interior design and Indian music add its India mood make inspired. You can order food according to your preference. You can order all you can eat warm curry. Even Indians feel no difference in tastes when eating food here. So you can experience real India culture in Little India Seoul.
-How to go: Itaewon station, exit 3→ Go straight and walk till Itaewon fire station → You can find out hill to go right side → After walking the hill you will find an elementary school → Go left side of the hill from an elementary school.
-Information: curry 6,000 won~14,000 won, Nan 2,000 won ~2,500 won/
Hours of operation: 11:00 a.m ~ 22:00 p.m/ phone number: 02)793-5416
India tea, Zzai
As Itaewon has many different country foods, you might feel newness. So CAH found restaurant which you can feel comfortable not only taste but also reasonable price. This restaurant uses organic wheat to make pizza. Pizza, roll pizza and pasta are the main dishes. The cook of ROTOLO got handed down a secret method from Italian Sicily. Don’t worry about the taste.
-How to go: Itaewon station exit 3→ Go right side and it is located besides Tacobell
-Information: Roll Pizza 3,800 won~ 5,500 won, Pizza 9,000 won ~ 15,000 won, Pasta 8,500won~ 13,000won, Salad 4,000 won / hours of operation: 11:00 a.m~ 23:00 p.m holiday on Sunday/ phone number: 02)794-0095
It is rare to find a city where various concerning culture melts together. You will get confused whether you are in Korea or a foreign country as many foreigners walk on the Itaewon streets. Besides places where CAH introduced, there are more hidden places that you can go when you have plenty of time so take your time and look around slowly. Why don’t you make nice memory in Itaewon with interesting attractions and marvelous foods are concentrated? < 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >