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Myeongdong Dakhanmari Main

#43 of 1,19,690 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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14, Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03197, South Korea
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+82 2-2266-8249
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Hong Kong, China
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Came here by mistake.. was going to go to the restaurant a few doors down. Tried their chicken stew and had rice in the pot at the end. Didn't think it was good.. maybe other restaurants are better?

Thank cpcch0i
South Korea
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Dakhanmari is good for dinner, but the waits are usually long and I'm not so sure what the hype is all about, it really is just chicken boiled in water inside a very unhealthy aluminum pot (people who are concerned with ingesting harmful chemicals I don't really recommend this spot..the pot they use are almost similar to using a frying... More 

Thank Alexander K
Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

There was 3 shops side by side. there is always a crowd in the night, so you might have to wait for a short while. They would let you know which shops has spaces and direct you to the shops. It is first served with the plain stock, which the chicken, potatoes and the 떡 (rice cake), it will take... More 

Thank Jackyteo1981
Hong Kong, China
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146 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

Again lured by the all positive review at TA, I decided to try it out although very short of time during my stay. Following the very detailed direction by my one reviewer here I managed to find the correct exit from the metro station which was next to the JW MARRIOTT hotel at Dongdaemen. Go straight forward and then turn... More 

3 Thank Philip C
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were introduced to this restaurant last night by a friend and we had such a great time. We aren't novices to Korea, but this was the first time that we've had dakhanmari. Such a delicious meal with a great combination of flavors that you can tailor to your tastes. The ingredients were fresh, flavorful, and the... More 

Thank LFCfanatic9
Singapore, Singapore
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

Fresh chicken cooking right before your eyes, compliment with noodles, fried rice & porridge. Great comfort food that let nothing go to waste. Restaurant located in the side-lanes of Shin-Jing Market.

Thank KK-Yeo
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69 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2015 via mobile

This is a yummy chicken soup place. Everything is cook from scratch. Its not your typical all nice restaurant but its the best place to hangout with friends. The staff unable to speak in english only speaks korean so to non korean speaker be prepare. The chicken soup and noodle are delicious taste like homecook. Highly recommended!! Been here countless... More 

1 Thank littlejglcl
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46 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

They don't speak English here but some of the staff do speak Chinese well. Just show them how many people on your group and they will arrange for you. You can make your own sauce by customizing based on your own preference, for example less spicy or super spicy. Normally, we take the chicken first only we started to add... More 

1 Thank Jason L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2015 via mobile

Yummy chicken - no English spoken ! Interesting setting as most restaurants in that area serve similar foods

1 Thank jilljourney@yahoo.com
Davao City, Philippines
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2014

The walk from Dongdaemun Station Exit 9 was not that far, but made us a bit suspicious as we reached Jong-ro 40-gil. The surroundings were like a wet market. When we reached the restaurant at Jong-ro 40ga-gil (alley), inside the restaurant seems pleasant. The waitress were very accommodating. We ordered the dakhanmari and rice. The chicken was cut in front... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 12
Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14, Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03197, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
  • Neighbourhood: Gwanghwamun / Jongno
  • Phone Number: +82 2-2266-8249

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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