Mangwon-dong is a buzzing pocket of Seoul with trendy cafes, boutiques and markets. Popular with the younger demographic, the neighbourhood has a lively and upbeat feel. Relax in the scenic riverside park and eat your way through some of the city’s most talked-about restaurants. Excellent public transport links make Mangwon-dong a great base for exploring Seoul.
Things to do in Mangwon-dong
From sizzling street food stalls to colourful produce stands, Mangwon Market is a hive of activity. The market has a local flavour and is a great place to pick up fresh fruit and sample South Korean street food. Local favourites include “odeng” fish cakes and “pajeon” savoury pancakes.
Han River Park enjoys a scenic waterfront setting and is perfect for enjoying a picnic and watching the sunset. Admire the Seoul skyline and watch cars speeding along the Seongsan Bridge. In summer, the riverside swimming pool is a great place to cool off. The park is also a hub for windsurfing, water skiing and other water sports.
Mangwon-dong is packed with restaurants where you can enjoy South Korean dishes like ox bone soup seasoned with “doenjang” bean paste, “ddukbokki” spicy rice cakes and “sundubu-jjigae” tofu stew. Locals travel from across the city to enjoy some of the iconic dishes served in Mangwon-dong.
Alongside traditional Korean cuisine, Mangwon-dong boasts some of the best international restaurants in Seoul. Choose from French-inspired wine bistros, American steak houses and Japanese noodle bars. You’ll also find hip cafes and bakeries, often with lines out the door.
Getting around Mangwon-dong
Mangwon-dong is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The neighbourhood is located in the Mapo-gu district of Seoul, with access via Mangwon Station on Line 6 of the Seoul Subway. Rental bikes are a fun and eco-friendly way to get around Mangwon-dong. Incheon International Airport is a one-hour drive away.