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Asian, Korean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

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Myeongdong Kyoja is a family-owned place in operation since 1966. The restaurant, which offers only four items on the menu, specializes in dumplings an...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simple menu, fast lunch service and great tasting food. I had the beef soup with dumplings and kimchee on side. The tables have Plexi glass partitions for the Covid-19 precaution. You pay up front with cash or bank card.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed June 23, 2021

Great food! Cheap price and amazing taste, is located in Myeongdong, a bustling shopping district laden with international fashion brands.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed January 24, 2021 via mobile

No surprise why there are two locations in a 2 block radius! Best noodles I’ve had in Korea, tons of locals and quick and easy. You are expected to go in and out quickly, and masks and other health precautions are a must.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed October 22, 2020

Definitely must try when you visit Myeongdong. I personally don't really eat dumplings but this one was really good and tasty! Order a tray with a bowl of noodles to share because the portion was really huge! It can get really packed so be expected...to wait awhile for a table.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed April 21, 2020

The dumpling is absolutely tasty and one should not miss if they visit Seoul. The dumplings are different from those in Hong Kong, Japan or China. These steamed dumplings are healthy to eat. The noodles are also a must try with delicious kimchi.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed April 18, 2020 via mobile

This place is famous, some say it is overhyped and others say it’s the best. You have to go and make your mind up for yourself. I thought it was a good meal, especially in the winter.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed April 7, 2020

Accidentally found this Michelin star restaurant while shopping in Myeongdong, and the table was available so we tried. The restaurant cleverly serves only 5-6 main dishes, so we selected some of them, they were very tasty.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed April 3, 2020 via mobile

I'm a dumpling lover and the dumplings certainly did not disappoint on my first night in Seoul! You can tell how meaty the fillings are and the texture of the skin in the photos. Have been dreaming of these dumplings for years since I saw...them on Tumblr. My dreams have came true! The partner enjoyed the hot bowl of noodles, however the serving is too much for me. If you're going there specially for the dumplings like me, I suggest ordering the dumplings and you can request a bowl of rice for the staff :) P.S. the kimchi here is very spicy! Take at your own risk! :PMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 11, 2020

Maybe there are better tastes. But, the overall experience here is above all others. Even if this restaurant opened decades ago, it's clean and not expensive. Employees are kind. Queuing doesn't take long. You can order free rice. Also, if your table has one kalguksu...per person, additional guksu(noodle) is free. The only thing I don't like is their kimchi is too spicy even for locals. haha.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 2, 2020

No wonder they got michelin star! Kalguksu was really delicious, the noodles so soft, broth was so tasty and meat were melted in the mouth.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Vin Guesthouse is near exit 3 of Myeongdong subway station, get into the Myeongdong underground shopping mall and then come out at exit 6 which is the entrance to Myeongdong main area. From there, just find one of the many... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Myeongdong Kyoja Main

Yes, Myeongdong Kyoja Main offers takeout services.

Myeongdong Kyoja Main is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3