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Best Restaurants in Gyeongju

Where and What to Eat in Gyeongju

The best restaurants in Gyeongju are long-running dining spots that are loved by locals and tourists. Many of these local restaurants serve regional dishes you won’t find anywhere else in South Korea – must-tries include haejang-guk (hangover soup), hwangnam-ppang (Gyeongju bread), and ssambap (wrapped rice).

Gyeongju is also popular for its traditional teahouses, most of which operate from hanoks, which are traditional wooden homes dating back to the 14th century. These elegant venues are where you can spend time relaxing and socialising over a cup of brewed tea. We’ve compiled a guide on where to eat in Gyeongju, many of which are affordable yet satisfying. 

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Ah Sa Ga Teahouse

If you’re a tea connoisseur, you should definitely visit Ah Sa Ga Teahouse for an authentic tea experience in Gyeongju. The teahouse occupies a traditional hanok (Korean wooden house), with rustic rooms decorated with handmade paper, wood crafts, and calligraphy. 

Specialities here include the Malcha powdered green tea and Ujeon green tea, paired with traditional snacks such as rice cakes. Ah Sa Ga Teahouse also sells porcelain tea ware and handicrafts if you’re looking to purchase souvenirs during your visit. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
  • Location: 9-2 Jungbu-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-54-741-1218
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Dosol Maeul

Dosol Maeul is one of the very few unassuming yet popular restaurants in Gyeongju. This Korean restaurant operates from a traditional hanok-style home. Its cosy ambience makes you feel as though you’re living in the olden days of Korea. 

If you visit the restaurant during summer, you can even choose to dine outdoors. Dosol Maeul has an English menu, making it a popular spot for tourists looking to enjoy authentic local dishes. A set meal for 2 people costs around 10,000 won – it comes with 2 mains, seaweed soup, seasonal side dishes, and kimchi pancake. 

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from 11am to 9pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Location: 71-2 Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-54-748-9232
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