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JinOkHwa Halmae Wonjo Dakanmari

#9 of 119,798 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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18, Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03197, South Korea
Name/address in local language
+82 2-2275-9666
10:30 - 00:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 00:30
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice and warm dinner in the cold evening. We added the kimchi to the the chicken broth and it turned out to be really tasty and we drank the soup till the last drop! No regrets and will definitely recommend for a 2nd visit!

Thank scw2513
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you ever want to try delicious and nice boiled chicken with soup in Seoul, this is the must go place !!! Dakhanmari is a local Korean delicacies using whole chicken and boiled in soup. Jinokhwa has been in service for more than 30 years and if you ever want to try nice food, you have to go to a... More 

Thank HaruKenchiru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is not ginseng soup but the chicken stock is nice. Especially after boiling for a while with garlic and the chicken. The chicken is very tender. Although the soup base is very clear, u that can't stop drinking it. It's comes with minimum 1 chicken and it's just nice for 3 pax. U can order ramen after finishing the... More 

Thank thamfelicia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Not that i figure that this is ginseng soup, but its not. Still this soup perfect for me, only pay for about 9000won per person, we came on 6 pax

Thank primisindayanti
Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Queued for awhile to get my seat and was puzzled to see a half cook chicken in a pot of water in front of me.. Have to wait for it to cook for another 15 mins and noted many locals putting chilli and kimchi into the pot to give it more taste. My thought on a broth dish is the... More 

Thank Law0000
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The chicken soup looks so simple but tastes really amazing. The location is a little bit hard to find though. But that doesn't stop the guests to keep coming to this place. It's very crowded and sometimes you might even have to queue to get the table.

Thank Felicia2511
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Located at back alley narrow lane, with 2 other similar shops. But this is the most popular. They led us to the tatami area where you need to take off your Shoes. Open air with air cooler and standing fans. Kids might feel hot, and make sure you keep them away from the fire. Once you get seated, they will... More 

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17 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I would never recommend this to anybody because of my terrible experience in this restaurant. We were a group of 5 and we could only speak ENGLISH or our mother tongue. After we placed the order, a Korean female staff talked to us in Mandarin Chinese RUDELY AND VERY FAST which we could hardly understand. She then felt annoying when... More 

2 Thank locsyk
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

The food is great. Soup is really tasty, and the chili paste goes really well with the chicken. Highly recommended for tourist nearby dongdaemun

Thank Agnes W
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This so-called famous place is extremely overrated! I totally agree it's just chicken and noodles. It's a pot of broth with LOADS of MSG and a whole chicken. What annoyed me was that they did not allow us to add noodles until we are midway through. Apparently it will "affect" their food quality. WHAT??? It is my choice however I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18, Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03197, South Korea
  • Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Gwanghwamun / Jongno
  • Neighbourhood: Gwanghwamun / Jongno
  • Phone Number: +82 2-2275-9666

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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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