Songam Inn in Ikseon-dong 송암여관

Ikseon-dong is immensely popular for its hanok houses, and the past and the present meet here to become a trendy spot for locals and foreigners alike. Songam Inn, an oriental pub and restaurant with a colourful history, is one of the hottest places in Ikseon-dong.

Used to serve the Elites 

Songam Inn - it used to serve the elites in the past
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In the 1960s, Songam ranked as one of the top three entertainment bars in South Korea. Its reputation was upheld as high-ranking political officials, including South Korean presidents, visited the place. Following the collapse of Ikseon-dong in the 1980s, Songam was reduced in size and popularity. However, through the “Ikseon-dong Hot Spring Village” project, Songam was reborn as “Songam Inn.”

Revamped as a dating hotspot

Songam Inn - Revamped as a dating hotspot
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Today, Songam Inn is known as an ideal dating hotspot for couples. The hanok structure, rich history and warm ambience of Songam Inn offer a fresh and unique experience to lovebirds who find themselves stumped by the questions “What should we do?” and “Where should we eat?” 

Songam Inn - floating boat and bridges across the pond at the centre of the restaurant serve as the main photo zone
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The floating boat and bridges across the pond at the centre of the restaurant serve as the main photo zone of Songam Inn. You get to enjoy a breathtaking view of the place as you walk along the bridges. 

Songam Inn - hidden view from a rooftop bar on the third floor of Songam Inn
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When the sun sets, lanterns that surround the place begin to light up and create a completely different atmosphere from the day. You can enjoy this hidden view from a rooftop bar on the third floor of Songam Inn. 

Korean and Japanese food for less than KRW38,000 (~USD33.65)

Songam Inn - gopchang rice bowls
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Besides the beautiful architecture, Songam Inn is also recognised as a matjib (a place with good food). It serves traditional Korean food such as gopchang (small intestines of cows and pigs) and daechang (big intestines of cows and pigs) rice bowls for KRW13,000 (~USD11.44) each

Songam Inn - spicy octopus okonomiyaki
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Songam Inn also serves fusion Japanese dishes such as spicy octopus okonomiyaki (KRW22,000, ~USD19.21), which combines Korean ingredients with traditional Japanese ingredients. 

The spicy octopus okonomiyaki is Songam Inn’s best-selling dish, so give it a shot if you’re down for some spice. Each okonomiyaki dish comes with a portable gas stove, and this gives a personal touch to your eating experience as you can cook it according to your own preference. 

Songam Inn - premium iron grill dishes
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If you’re feeling fancy, opt for the premium iron grill dishes. You can choose between steak and gopchang, both priced at KRW38,000 (~USD33.65). Each dish can serve up to two people.

Songam Inn allows you to experience the intertwining nature between traditional architecture and modern culture of Korea. While this place is a hotspot for the younger generation, it’s also open to anyone with an eye for aesthetics and a keen interest in fusion cuisine. 

Getting to Songam Inn 

To get there:

  • Get off at Jongno 3-ga Station, Line 5 of the Seoul subway.
  • Take Exit 6, turn right and walk straight into the alley. 
  • Continue on that same path. You should pass by Mi Galmaegisal Shop (미갈매기살) on your right.
  • Continue walking straight and turn left into the alley. You should walk past a couple ring store (커플링은 커플이야).
  • Walk for another 21m and Songam Inn is on your left. 

Reservation is strongly encouraged – you can do so via Naver Booking.

Address: 31-3 Donhwamun-ro 11na-gil, Jongno-gu Ikseon-dong 146, Seoul
Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm, Daily | Break time: 3pm-5pm
Telephone: 02-741-5938

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Cover image adapted from: SERI Diary and @songam_official 

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