Sitting on mountains of Buam-dong,
at Sanmotoonge Cafe

Category : Historical/Nature Place | Coffee/Tea
Oct 05, 2015

With all the places to spend your precious weekends in Seoul, who else is bored of the same old
Gangnam, Apgujeong, Itaewon or Hongdae?


There's a hidden neighborhood on the rise that boasts deep artistic roots that's still a secret to
many. The charmingly quiet area is fast becoming the new Samcheong-dong, for its eclectic
collection of galleries, and high-quality coffee shops, in a deeply preserved traditional and cultural


One of the most famous and visited spots in the neighborhood is undoubtedly a beautiful café
called Sanmotoonge. For those who have a ‘thing’ for places with a killer view, here’s one you
might not or have heard of.


Brought to fame with its appearance on the Korean drama ‘Coffee Prince’ in 2007, where it played
the house of Choi Han Seong (played by Lee Sun Gyun), this café is in a brick house on the
mountainside of the Seoul Fortress Wall.산모퉁이/4b8a51d3f964a520436832e3/photos?openPhotoId=536473f4498e605b2c159712


Sanmotoonge boasts high quality coffees and teas and an extensive range of cakes.산모퉁이/4b8a51d3f964a520436832e3/photos


But with coffees that range around 8,000 won, they come at a high price as you're paying for the
views you won't get at your usual Seoul coffee shop.산모퉁이/4b8a51d3f964a520436832e3/photos


Seats with the view you’ll want will be hard to find at peak hours and it's best you arrive before 1pm
on weekends.산모퉁이/4b8a51d3f964a520436832e3/photos


Be prepared for a 15-20 minute hike up the hill to reach the cafe, or you can always cheat with a taxi
ride. For those with cars, this is a place you’ll want to drive to. But for those up for the on foot route,
it’s an idyllic adventure of the picturesque neighborhood.


In true Buam-dong fashion, there is also an art gallery downstairs and in true Hallyu fashion, there's
plenty of memorabilia and items from set from its stint in coffee prince. The lower level is also fun
to check out as it’s been decorated as your childhood.


Make your trip before the winter cold, where sitting outside will still be bearable!산모퉁이/4b8a51d3f964a520436832e3/photos?openPhotoId=52dcbcaa498e760307ac0b7b산모퉁이/4b8a51d3f964a520436832e3/photos

If you've gotten some rest and you're up for more sightseeing, check out Zaha Museum, a
contemporary art museum and another hotspot in the area. It's a 21 minute walk (1.38km) and you'll
get the most out of your trip to buam-dong and see the other side of the neighborhood!

Sanmotoonge Cafe

Open everyday 11:00 – 10:00pm



Address : 97-5 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Location : Seoul-si > All Area


Line 3 at Gyeongbokgung station, exit 3.

Take bus # 7022, 7212 or 1020 and get off at Buam-dong Jumin Center.

Walk straight up about 50m and go towards the street between Club Espresso and Jaha Dumpling.

Go straight up passing Dongyang Bangagan and it's located at the top of the street.

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