Named after the park’s large marronnier trees and its look-alikes, Marronnier is the heart of Hyehwa. It’s full of sunbathers, buskers, cafes and restaurants.
Marronnier Park, 104 Daehak-ro, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opened in 1956, Hakrim is one of Seoul’s oldest remaining cafes and a nostalgic trip back in time.
Hakrim Dabang, 119 Daehak-ro, Myeongnyun 4(sa)ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Arko Arts Theater
Kim Swoo-geun, one of South Korea’s most renowned architects, said architecture is “poetry built by bricks and light.” Visit the Arko Arts Theater to take in his signature red-bricked building. If you’re inspired and would like to see more of his work, the Arko Art Center and the 00Ground building are within walking distance as well.
Arko Arts Theater, 7 Daehak-ro 8-gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Great homemade Japanese food inside a lovely hanok. The often long waiting times are worth it.
HoHo Sikdang, 35 Daehak-ro 9-gil, Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
One of the best tonkatsu places in Seoul, serving up tender pork encased in a gold, crumbly outer layer that melts in your mouth.
Jungdon, 12 Daehak-ro 9-gil, Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Naksan Park fortress trail
Walk along the old castle wall for a stunning view of the city. The trail leads down to Dongdaemun, with Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
Naksan Park fortress trail, 41 Naksan-gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul