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View from Bukhan mountain towards Seoul

The districts of Gangbuk (강북), Dobong (도봉), Eunpyeong (은평), Seongbuk[dead link] (성북) and Nowon (노원) are in the northern part of Seoul. It is probably best known for the Bukhan mountain that offers nature and hiking close to the city.

It is the place where Jung-gu and Jongno-gu, downtown Seoul, are located, and it can be said to be the most important political and administrative area in the entire Republic of Korea where the Seoul Metropolitan Government Office, the Government Complex, and the Presidential Office are located. The embassies in Korea from major countries such as the U.S, China, Britain, France, Russia, Germany, and Japan are also located in Gangbuk, making them diplomatically central.

Get in[edit]

  • Dobong is accessible though Metro lines 1, 4 and 7
  • Eunpyeong is accessible through Metro lines 3 and 6
  • Gangbuk is accessible via Metro line 4
  • Nowon is accessible through Metro line 1,4, 6 and 7


  • 1 4.19 Memorial Cemetery, San 9-1, Suyu 4-dong, Gangbuk-gu 국립4.19민주묘지, +82 2-996-0419. Dedicated to the tragic events in 1960 which are now considered the roots of modern Korean democracy. 224 people were killed during the April 19 Movement, and were buried in this cemetery. It became a national cemetery in 1995. This place has a museum, several statues, and a mausoleum. It is a popular park to learn about culture and heritage.
  • 2 Dream Forest Park (북서울 꿈의 숲), 173, Wolgye-ro, Gangbuk 서울특별시 강북구 월계로 173 (번동) (Line 4, Mia Samgeori Station, Exit 1), +82 2 2289-4001.
  • 3 Korea Furniture Museum (한국가구박물관), 121 Daesagwan-ro (Seongbuk). Tours in English Tu-Sa 14:00 and 16:00. 2000 pieces of traditional furniture and ten traditional Korean houses on display. Visits by guided tour only, which has to be booked beforehand. You can get there by bus 02 after getting off at Hansung University Station using Line 4. ₩20,000.
  • 4 Dooly Museum, 6 Shiroubong-ro 1-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 2 990-2200. 10:00-18:00. It is a museum that exhibits Korean famous cartoon Dooly. ₩4000.
  • 5 Platform Changdong 61 (플랫폼 창동 61), 74 Platform Chang-dong 61 of Madlo 11-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 2 993-0561. It is a cultural complex where music and lifestyle are combined. It is a new concept space consisting of fun and energetic containers with various programs including cooking, fashion, photo classes, and exhibitions that experts in the field of music performance and various fields of music based on genre music such as rock, electronic, hip hop, and reggae are directly informed.
  • 6 Nowon Mathematics Culture Center (Nowon Mathmatics Museum), 28, Hangeulbiseok-ro 19-gil, Nowon-gu, +82 2-2116-2181. 10:00–17:30. Nowon Mathematics Culture Center is an experience-oriented cultural center, and has a variety of contents to help you easily and enjoy math away from problem-solving math learning. Free.
  • 7 Kimsuyoung Literary Museum (김수영문학관), 80, Haedeung-ro 32-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 02-3494-1127. 09:00 ~ 18:00. It was built in Dobong-gu, the former residence of Korean poet Kim Suyoung, and contains his main house, tomb, and monument. Free.


The northern part of the river is more natural than other areas. Especially, there are many mountains, so hikers often visit me every weekend.

  • 1 Bukhansan (북한산) (Gireum Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 3. Take Bus 110B or 143, and get off at the last bus stop.). 2 hours before sunrise to sunset. The highest peak in Seoul, at 836.5 m. Close to the summit, standing above Seoul, is one of the starkest nature/urban divides in the world. These hiking trails are the most visited of the world, with friendly local hikers. Bukhansan (Q494652) on Wikidata Bukhansan on Wikipedia
  • 2 Surak San (수락산), Sanggye 1-dong. This is a mountain that connects Dobongsan Mountain and Bukhansan Mountain. If you want a simple climb, it's the right one. Free.
  • 3 Dobongsan (도봉산), Dobong 1-dong, +82 2 954-2566. This is a stone mountain. Many professional hikers visit the mountain and it is quite famous among the mountains of Korea. Dobongsan (Q626000) on Wikidata Dobongsan on Wikipedia
  • 4 Jungrangcheon (중랑천), Dobong-gu. The stream is connected from Uijeongbu to the Han River and is connected to other areas in the middle. There are bicycle roads and exercise equipment. There are also many life and plants. The scenery is lovely.


  • 1 VIC market, Lotte Mart Dobong Branch 645 in Dobong-gu, +82 2 2289-2500. 10:00-00:00. VIC Market is similar to Costco. It can be purchased cheaply on a membership basis.
  • 2 Nowan Lotte department (노원백화점), Lotte Department Store Nowon Branch 1414 Dongil-gu, +82 2 950-2500. 10:30~20:00. It is a department store with movie theaters and restaurants.
  • 3 Suyu market, 71-gil Dobong-ro 71-gil, Kangbuk-gu. 10:00-20:00. The Suyu market is a traditional market. Inside, they sell various food ingredients and snacks. They sell not only food but also clothes.
  • 4 2001 Outlet, 46, Dongil-ro 204ga-gil, Nowon-gu, +82 2-948-2001. Monday-Thursday 10:30-21:00, Friday-Sunday 10:30-22:00. Fashion, furniture, and Kim's Club. 2001 Outlet (Q4598999) on Wikidata 2001 Outlet on Wikipedia
  • 5 Homeplus, 12, Dongil-ro 204ga-gil, Nowon-gu, +82 2-986-2080. Daily 10:00-24:00 (Closed regularly on the 2nd and 4th Sunday). Homeplus (Q5889167) on Wikidata Homeplus on Wikipedia


  • 1 Suyeon Sanbang (수연산방), 8, Seongbuk-ro 26-gil (walk or take bus 1111 from Hansung University station), +82 2-764-1736. 11:30-22:00. A tea house located in an old traditional wooden house which used to be the home of the writer Lee Tae-Jun. Try the jujube (red dates) tea and the pumpkin desserts while admiring the picturesque garden. There are only very few tables available, so it pays off to come early to get one of the good tables at the window. This place is quite expensive and having a tea for two with dessert will cost you around ₩20,000.
  • 2 Foodieshill, Seoul Dobong-gu Banghak-ro, 3-gil 6, +82 2 6954-1110. 12:00-22:00. This is a buffet. Japanese food, Chinese food, Korean food, dessert, and so on. You'd better make a reservation because there are many waiting guests. Lunch ₩19,900, dinner ₩31,900.
  • 3 Maydining (메이다이닝), 208 Dobong-ro 169-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 2 955-7722. 11:30-22:00. The restaurant needs to go deeper into view. This place looks like a very fine restaurant. There is a garden and a nice building and you can eat course food. The feel can be shared.
  • 4 Musuok, Dobong-ro 165-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 2 954-6292. 09:00-21:00. It is a representative restaurant in Dobong-gu. It was introduced very much on TV. Seolleongtang is a good restaurant. Seolleongtang is a Korean traditional food. Suggest.
  • 5 Matsumura, 84 Nohae-ro 63-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 2 990-9801. 10:00-19:30. It's a pork cutlet restaurant. Word of mouth, second and third stores have sprung up. Handmade pork cutlet and the amount for one day is fixed. ₩7500-9000.
  • 6 Little Bangkok (리틀방콕), 22 Dobong-ro 114-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 2 900-6355. 12:00-22:00. It is a place where you can eat Thai food. The price is low, so you can visit the place once. ₩8500.



  • 1 Kkulsodam (꿀소담), 67 Haedong-ro 16-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 10-9092-1512. 08:30-00:00. The prices of the menus here fluctuate every day. Because I make all the menu by hand. I make desserts, aides, and red bean porridge by hand. I can make safe food.
  • 2 Saetbeo Bakery (샛별제과), 23 Sanggye 9-gil, Nowon-gu, +82 10-7768-1196. 12:00-19:30. This house is famous in Instagram and TV. Dacuaz is especially famous and dessert is very popular. Prices vary from time to time.
  • 3 Onion Mia (어니언 미아), 55 Solmaero 50-gil, Kangbuk-gu, +82 70-7816-2714. 10:00-22:00. It is a type of cafe that cannot be seen abroad. Furniture arrangement and lighting are very interesting and emotional. ₩2500-6000.
  • 4 CafeBanghak (카페방학), 30-6 Dodang-ro 6-gil, Dobong-gu, +82 70-4117-9055. 11:00-21:00. It is a very quiet cafe next to Banghakcheon. Also, the space is small and comfortable. ₩3500-5500.


  • 5 1943Suyu (1943수유점), 42 Hancheon-ro 139-gil, Kangbuk-gu, +82 70-8835-1943. 17:00-05:00. This is a hot bar for young people in Korea these days. It is a bar run by YouTubers and has a luxurious interior environment.However, Anju is cheap, so you can feel a good atmosphere in the pub at a low price. ₩6,900-20,000.
  • 6 Osulcha (오술차), 14 Dobong-ro 87-gil, Kangbuk-gu, +82 2 990-3515. 18:00-05:00. It is a place where you can drink alone and have a cheap snack. ₩6500.
  • 7 Hanas, 15 Dobong-ro 8-gil, Kangbuk-gu, +82 2 986-6969. 18:00-04:00. This bar is the Isakaya House. Anju sells Japanese-inspired snacks such as Sashimi and Denpura. ₩16,000-39,000.


  • 1 Hotel Bay204 (호텔베이204), 15 Dobong-ro 8-gil Dobong-gu, +82 2 955-7400. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. It is located in Dobong-gu, just outside of Seoul. Dobongsan Mountain and Suraksan Mountain are close, and there is a vacation station right in front of you, so it is close to Seoul. ₩70,000.
  • 2 Victoria Hotel (빅토리아 호텔), 42-8 Mia-dong Gangbuk-gu (Subway: Exit 3 of Mia-Sa-Gori Station on Line 4; Bus:- Branch line: 1165 and 1128. - Blue: 101, 102, 106, 107, 108, 130, 140, 141, 142, 144, 151, 153, 160, 710 - Wide-area buses: 8153, 8111). Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Victoria Hotel is 10 minutes away from the center of the city and Miassa Street Station (Gu-Mia Samgeori Station) is located next to the subway line No. 4, making it easy to move to the downtown areas such as heaven of shopping, Dongdaemun, and Myeongdong ₩65,000.
  • 3 Paraspara Seoul (파라스파라 서울), 689 Samyang-ro, Gangbuk-gu, +82 02 3408 5000. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00.


Go next[edit]

There are various subway lines in Gang-bok. Lines 1, 4, 7, etc. are various and you can go anywhere you want.

Routes through North
END  W  E  → Myeongdonh → Suyu
END  W  E  → Seoulstation → Dobongsan

This district travel guide to North is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.