Where to Find the Best Pyongyang Naengmyeon in South Korea

On April 27, Korea held the historic inter-Korean summit, where the two leaders of the peninsula met to discuss their shared direction toward permanent peace in the land.

The meeting has brought a particular dish to the limelight. Crossing the border, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un brought a noodle maker and the chef from a famous Pyongyang restaurant with him to deliver North Korea’s signature dish naengmyeon. Soon after the summit, #PyongyangNaengmyeon was brought to the top of Korean-language Twitter’s trending topics and people flocked to the nearest naengmyeon restaurants to form long lines.

If you want to join the naengmyeon craze in Korea, here is the list of places where you can find the best Pyongyang-style naengmyeon – at least in the Southern part of Korea.



24, Sungmun-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Named as one of the six best naengmyeon places in Seoul, Eulmildae is renowned for its rich meat broth using Korean beef. The toppings comprise a classic combination of beef brisket, cucumber, boiled egg and pickled radish, served on top of buckwheat noodles neatly placed in icy broth.



62-29, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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Wooraeok is the place where you can try the popular combination of Korean bbq and naengmyeon. Start your meal by grilling high-quality Korean beef bulgogi and conclude it with a sip of crisp naengmyeon broth.


Pildong Myeonok

26, Seoae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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A Michelin-listed Pyongyang-style restaurant, Pildong Myeonok is known both for naengmyeon and side dishes like steamed dumplings and sliced “pressed meat,” pyeonyuk. The broth here is known to be less salty and rather comforting.


Pyongyang Myeonok

207, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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The established naengmyeon parlor, which is continuing its business over three generations, serves various North Korean delicacies, as well as Pyongyang-style naengmyeon characterized by the clear broth.


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Wanna One Park Jihoon Named Brand Model for April Skin Cosmetics

The Wanna One member has been announced as the new model for April Skin cosmetics.

park Jihoon
Image source – OSEN News, April Skin

According to a report on April 27, Wanna One member Park Jihoon was recently selected as the exclusive model for the cosmetics brand April Skin. Apparently, Park will mostly focus on promoting the brand’s hair products, rather than their skin-care or make-up. However, they are not entirely ruled out.

Moreover, Park has joined the recent trend of popular male stars becoming models for brands that target women. Reportedly, one of the reasons why the singer was selected was due to his popularity with women who believe he has a charming appearance.

Meanwhile, Wanna One’s new reality show “Wanna One Go: X_COn” premiers on Mnet on May 7.



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5 Best Avocado Dishes in Seoul

How many avocados make enough amount? For the lovers of the creamy green goodness, there is nothing like enough amount. For those of you who want to continue the gourmet exploration for great avocado dishes in Seoul, here is a list of our recommendations.


Salad Green Bowl @ ROOT

26-4, Itaewon-ro 55ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


If you’re looking for a brunch spot filled with greens and grains, Root is the perfect option for you. The modern and chic vibes from a clean white interior welcome you inside, where various avocado dishes are served.

The star here at Root is Salad Green Bowl, which is topped with half an avocado. The bowl is filled with fresh greens, chicken breast, and creamy avocado, which make a perfectly balanced meal.


Bibimbap with Salted Pollock Roe and Avocado @ ROSE DINING TABLE

21, Seoulsup 4-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul


Wondering how avocado finds its place in Korean cuisine? Try Bibimbap with Salted Pollock Roe and Avocado at Rose Dining Table. This fusion Korean restaurant located near Seoul Forest invites the creamy goodness to everyone’s go-to Korean dish, bibimbap.

Hamburg Steak with Cheese and Avocado is another popular item available only at Rose. Burger patty, which is topped with sliced avocado, is served covered with melted cheese and a fried egg.


Avocado Crab Burger @ LITTLENECK

8, Noksapyeong-daero 46ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


Claiming itself as “small piece of New York in Seoul,” Littleneck serves various American avocado brunch items. If you can’t be satisfied with regular avocado burgers using avocado as one of the fillings, how about trying Littleneck’s avocado burger, which replaces buns with avocado?

Avocado Crab Burger, which is the greenest burger filled with crabmeat and vegetables, is the perfect guilt-free option that will replace greasy burgers.


Green Avocado @ LA FERME

32, Itaewon-ro 54-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


Operated by detox juice producer La Ferme, this restaurant near Itaewon was one of the very first places in Korea to serve a dish centered on avocado.

As the fulfilling visual presentation of the dish shows, La Ferme’s signature item Green Avocado is comprised of a wide variety of healthy ingredients. The salad bowl filled with fresh green vegetables as well as lentils and grains, half an avocado is sliced and topped along with a piece of avocado toast.


Hella Green @ BUY ME STAND

31, Itaewon-ro 26-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


The first Seoul outpost of Tokyo’s hottest grilled sandwich, Buy Me Stand Seoul is growing popular for its sandwiches filled with gooey cheese and the vintage interior design.

Our recommendation here is Hella Green, filled with avocado and spinach and blessed with gooey cheese flowing down between half-cut sandwiches. With their avocado juice on the side, your avocado meal is ready to go!


By Heewon Kim

Joining the Sudden Craze, CNN Hosts Try Pyongyang Style Cold Noodles

Move aside peace, reunification, and nuclear disarmament — there are noodles to eat.

pyongyang cold noodles
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It has been eleven since the two presiding powers of North and South Korea have met in friendly political talks. The last time an Inter-Korean summit took place was back in 2007 with President Moon Jae-in’s predecessor Roh Moo-hyun met Kim Jong-il, the father of authoritarian Kim Jong-Un, in 2007 the state of the global political landscape, and Korea itself was completely different. However, the topics of this summit, peace, reunification, and nuclear disarmament was the same.

Accordingly, these topics were the “meat and potatoes” of the April 27 meeting, and the most reported (these intangible yet salient issues). Notwithstanding,, there was something else that caught the interest of South Korean. Lines magically materialized, photos of impatient crowds began to appear on social media all for one thing: food.

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People stand in a long line in front of a Pyongyang cold noodle restaurant in Eulmildae, Seoul, on the afternoon of the 27th – News 1
A line forms outside a restaurant in Mapo-gu, Seoul – Yonhap News
People enjoy their lunch at a famous Pyongyang cold noodle restaurant in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province – Yonhap News

The Special Noodle Dish

In the days leading up to the event, the Summit’s menu had been a focal point. The minds behind the different dishes attempted to add significance to each plate and source ingredients from all over the country. Notably, South Korean chefs had created all of but one of the recipes. For the last dish, North Korean officials had to bring Pyongyang style cold noodles to complete the menu.

Pyongyang cold noodles
Inter-Korean Summit menu – Yonhap News

While this dish is common in South Korea, it has been said by some to have a different taste that provides an overall different experience. Understandably then, these testaments and inclusion in the official Summit menu elicited a desire in many to try out the dish themselves. In addition, this desire also included two CNN news anchors in the U.S.

On April 27, Lee Ji-yeon, a singer turned food researcher, appeared on a CNN program to make the dish. Talking about the dish, Lee explained that learned the recipe “from her grandparent who lived in North Korea.” As expected, when the two hosts tried it they praised it as “delicious.”



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Seoul’s Rooftops During the Day and by Night

Flowers are in full bloom, the breeze is gentle, and the al fresco weather is finally here in Seoul. Let’s head to the rooftop venues, where you can absorb the sun or relax in the evening breeze while enjoying the spectacular city view.


During the Day☀


The 100 Food Truck

@ 45-1, Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

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If anyone asks me where the best place to spot the city view of Itaewon is, I would lead him to The 100 Food Truck right away. If you’re looking for a luxurious view created by the N-tower and skyscrapers, however, your expectations won’t be met.

The view from this rooftop burger shop is rather humble, presenting narrow alleys of old residential neighborhood. However, the contrast between the neighborhood and high-rise buildings behind it hints a bit of honest juxtaposition of the city.


Slow Steady Club

17, Samcheong-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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The flagship store of Slow Steady Club is known for its great selection of brands as well as the rooftop where visitors can refill the energy after shopping. The compact rooftop space of the store makes a great place to rest your tired feet while absorbing the tranquility of the hanok neighborhood.


Kong G Pot G

21-15, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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Another great spot to savor the tranquil view of hanok village, Kong G Pot G presents a unique harmony of Italian fine dining experience and beautiful ambience created by traditional Korean buildings.

Take a slice of beef wellington and a sip of wine, and then take a look around to find kiwa roofs surrounding you. It’s almost surreal!


By Night?


Mmm Records

145, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Mmm Records, which is located on the opposite side of Seoul Central Mosque on Usadan-ro, is not easy to locate. But once you step inside the place, the hipster vibes created by cool music and colorfully dimmed lights will steal your attention.

Grab your drink and food and climb the stairs to the rooftop floor, where you will once again be mesmerized by the view. With the view of light-emitting N-tower and a bottle of beer in your hand, you won’t need anything else for the night.



435, Baekjegobun-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Seoulism is a rooftop cafe and pub where one can spot a great night sight of Seoul. From the rooftop, customers can enjoy urban sightseeing embellished with 123-story Lotte World Tower building.

Seoulism’s sizeable sign, which boldly reads “Seoul,” implies the owner’s ambition to establish a new landmark in the city. You may find it a bit too touristy, but still, it will make a great photo zone!


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Apink Son Na-Eun Is the New Muse of Shu Uemura

Son Na-eun starts her career as the new muse for brand Shu Uemura.

Image source – Shu Uemura

Apink member Son Na-eun has kicked off her career as the “New Shu Girl” as the music of the global cosmetics brand Shu Uemura.

Last week, from the April 18-20 Son participated in the beauty brand’s 2018 Spring Artist Collaboration event in Tokyo, Japan. One of the highlights of the event included the new “Mattitude” collection of lip products. Notably, the limited edition launch was created in partnership with designer brand Yazbukey.

At the event, Son showed off her charm as one of the most well-known beauty icons in Korea. She donned a black dress highlighted with pink Yazbukey earrings. In particular, not only was Son interacting with other beauty and fashion artists but also significant figures from Japan, including Naomi Watanabe, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and more.

In the meantime, Son Na-eun will participate in further promoting the new lip product collection along with other activities.

What her commercial below!



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