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“Great Joenju traditional bibimbap”
Review of Gogung Insadong

Gogung Insadong
Ranked #49 of 122,593 Restaurants in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Insadong
San Diego, California
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Joenju traditional bibimbap”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

had brunch here on weekend, the place is quiet and has a nice ambience with traditional theme. food was served pretty quickly and was so yummy!

Thank Chris P
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305 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Delicious but not outstanding”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

Came here after reading the TA reviews here - restaurant is at the basement of a larger sized building amongst the small quaint shops of insadong, just across from the O'sulloc tea house. Bibimbap portions were generous - we ordered both the traditional version and the hot stone version. The hotstone version was better as it kept warm for a good 30-40 mins through the meal. The bibimbap paste was uniquely delicious, and a tad more spicy than most versions I've ever had. While this made the meal a little more unique, nonetheless overall experience was good but nothing outstanding or to rave about. It tastes just like decently tasty bibimbap in a good decent restaurant but nothing to shout about. Service was efficient, and restaurant is big and very well kept, but surprisingly quiet with only few customers at a peak hour of 1pm. Their bibimbap paste can be purchased for takeaway if you would like some souvenirs for attempting your own version at home.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Wennie W
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London, United Kingdom
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42 restaurant reviews
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“Jeonju bibimpap at our doorstep”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

The stress of trying to find a restaurant on the first day in Seoul is very real, especially if you have to accommodate a family group aged 13 to 75, all of us first-timers to this city. Fortunately Gogung was recommended by our excellent Knopf Mapguide and as the one thing I know well is bibimbap, everyone was shepherded here for lunch without being given a chance to protest. The location was convenient, just round the corner from the Somerset Palace Seoul (see separate review)

The bibimbap served here is Jeonju bibimbap - Jeonju is in a rice growing region and so the local specialty is rice with assorted vegetables, served mixed with gochujang (hot pepper paste) which is their own make - they sell pots of this if you wish to purchase some for home use.

I have been thinking hard about how Jeonju bibimbap is different to other bibimbaps and I can't exactly say. I have read since that Gogung is THE place to eat bibimbap in Jeonju, so this must be the bibimbap by which all other bibimbaps must be judged.

The menu is simple and not difficult to negotiate. Portions were generous and the banchan (side dishes) were very good, with refills if you need more. The plum drink at the end was very refreshing. You should order the pajeon (pancake) too if you have enough people to share it.

To sum up, this was a very good start to our Korean eating adventure, and what a bonus not to have to travel all the way to the South-West of the country to try it!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank MLRNW3
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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“A more rustic authentic type of bibimbap in a nice setting”
Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

The restaurant branch I visited was situated in Insadong which is a place in Jongno-gu which is an area near the palace where ppl come here for traditional arts and crafts. So if you're here for the market and gotta eat something head to the basement of ssamzie building which is a contemporary looking arts and crafts shopping complex. It was quite confusing trying to find the restaurant but you'll need to walk down a narrow flight of stairs next to the tarrot reader store. These stairs are very easy to recognise from the special turquoise mosaic on the floor at the foot of the stairs w some water feature element. You will see a glass art store where generally clocks are made from flattened soju bottles. U will find gogung within that store or in the vicinity once you enter this enclosure.

It costs about 15k won per bibimbap. Portions are generous and the banchan is of good quality. Try the house rice wine, it's quite interesting, taste like cinnamon flavored maekgolli.

My Korean friend told me, generally gogung is popular w the older folks because of its authenticity. For me I'm kinda younger in taste buds, so it was alittle bland for me but I can see why ppl like it cos the ingredients used are fresh and rustic. The ambience of the place is really relaxing as well and great to sit back after the long and tiring walks at the market.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank H0nestOpini0n
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“For me it was not so customer-friendly”
Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

Happily found and reached this restaurant rich in history but snubbed by the lady who appeared to be the senior or boss.

Enjoyed the side dishes here and loved the plum drink but wished service to non-Korean speaking guests could be more friendly.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Meepley
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