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Sinseon Seolnongtang Myeongdong

#29 of 12,825 Restaurants in Seoul
#31 of 13,859 Places to Eat in Seoul
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Neighborhood:
Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Korean
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2-2 Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-701, South Korea
02-777-4531
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Unlike other beef bone soup, the ones they serve here have milky appearance. The two different kinds we tried were both good. Though on the menu, we were told pancakes were not available (may not for lunch?)

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
chandeb
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california
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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california
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83 reviews 83 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Unlike other beef bone soup, the ones they serve here have milky appearance. The two different kinds we tried were both good. Though on the menu, we were told pancakes were not available (may not for lunch?)

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

During my stay in Seoul, we tried this restaurant. We almost bypass this place. I'm glad we decided to eat here. It's open 24 hrs, we were planning to have Seolnongtang for breakfast, but apparently there were many other who had the same train of thought, after seeing the line up, we took off to have something else. We tried... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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21 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was surprised at 8:50 a.m. there was already a long line to get in! The best seolong ox soup was sold out at 10:30 so I ate seongsong with dumplings and herbs as a hot soup....it was very good ( about $9 usd) There is kimchi in the table you can eat as you please ( extreamlly spicey though)... More 

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San Francisco, California
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I wanted to try seolangtang as I had seen it in numerous Kdramas. I lucked out and found this place on the way to Myeongdong Cathedral. The standard bowl is 7 dollars. The place gets very busy and it might be hard to get a table for large groups. As FYI, the place upstairs serves Sangyetang (chicken in rice porridge)... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The food was nice but the taste seemed similar between 2 soups I ordered. Could not find anything hot&spicy. Liked that water can be refilled and the atmosphere was quite comfortable.

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Bali, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Coming here because of my Taiwanese friend refference . Infront of Royal Hotel Myeongdong , this place is not difficult to found. Almost full in dinner time . Being served by the waiters , you canl eat the kimchi in tables and drink tea with freeflow . The Ox bone beef soup are serving within 10 minutes even the restaurant... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Something different from you usual Korean bone soup. It's light tasting and has a slight dairy aftertaste. Make sure you order the extra portion of beef, as the standard bowl has very little actual beef. The dumplings are surprisingly good. and actually compliments the whole experience well. the freeflow kimchi is also one of the better ones we had in... More 

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Came here for lunch on my first day in Seoul, as my wife was shopping in Myeongdong. I have eaten seolnongtang a number of times before and found this place to serve a very typical version of the dish. The broth was OK, but kind of lacking in the flavor department compared to a few places I've eaten before; above... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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26 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The snow-white beef stock is great and it's a great break from deep-fried food and blow-your-head-off spiciness so common in Korea. But I kinda expect more beef in the soup rice... Other than that, I won't hesitate recommending it.

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Bangkok
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Seolnongtang (beef in white broth) was one of the foods I had my heart set on trying in Seoul, having missed it the last time I was there. Sinseon Seolnongtang in Myeongdong came highly recommended so I took several minutes walking around the area before stumbling upon it just as I was about to give up. The verdict: Just okay.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2-2 Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-701, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Myeongdong / Namdaemun
  • Neighborhood: Myeongdong / Namdaemun
  • Phone Number: 02-777-4531

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Korean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Myeongdong / Namdaemun

Neighborhood Profile
Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighborhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighborhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighborhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.