Imun Seolleongtang 이문 설농탕 (Jongro, Seoul)

Food ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars

Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars

Imun Seolleongtang 이문 설농탕 

Address: 38-20 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Gyeonji-dong) 서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 38-20

Phone: 02-733-6526

Hours of Operation: 8am ~ 9pm

Directions via Naver map:


The lunch spread: seolleungtang (ox bone soup) up top and doganitang (ox cartilage/kneecap soup) on bottom with banchan in between. Note: the seolleungtang includes rice in the soup, so if you want it separately make sure to ask the server beforehand.
Per custom, add plenty of shaved leeks to the milky-white broth.
There was plenty of kneecap, cartilage, and other yummy indiscernible pieces of meat in the doganitang.
Seolleungtang up close and personal. Thanks Kent for being patient! ^^
Salt and gochugaru (red pepper flakes) for you to season your soup accordingly.
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No artificial additives like MSG are used in their dishes.
With over 100 years of history, the place makes headlines here and there.


A picture of their original location framed as a keepsake.
Menu written in calligraphy in Korean and Japanese for the locals and tourists.
Seolleungtang @ 8,000 won or larger version for 10,000 won / Doganitang @ 11,000 won or larger version for 13,000 won / Meoritang “Head Soup” for 8,000 won or larger version for 10,000 won.
This ajumma has been working here over 30 years. She was kind enough to divulge some of the history, the food, and the aura of this iconic restaurant.
Although it may not appear hard to find, the location is quite tricky from the main street. To the right of the restaurant is the building that houses McDonald’s. To the left is a fairly large parking lot. Asking one of the locals, like we did, will save you time if you’re unsure where you are.



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