Heart and Seoul 2014 – Pojangmacha Experience in Jongno-3 ga


This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

I love Korean dramas and when I discuss this topic with my friends who are also into K-dramas, we always say that there are scenes that are generally common among those that we’ve watched.  And if there’s one that really stands out from my list, it has got to be a pojangmacha scene.

pojangmacha scenes in K-dramas

pojangmacha scenes in K-dramas

A pojangmacha literally means “covered wagon” and it refers to small restaurants on wheels or street stalls which sell a variety of popular street foods like tteokbokki, Dakkochi, hotteok, gimbap, etc. These pojangmachas usually serve soju in the evening and are usually frequented by locals for a late night snack or drink.

There are many places in Seoul where you can spot a pojangmacha and I found them in Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, and Hongdae areas. The closest to where we stayed though were the pojangmachas in Jongno-3 ga.


And so after shopping from Lotte Mart, we went to Jongno-3 ga to try pojangmachas. We saw a lot of them along the streets selling tteokbokki, fish cakes, hotteok, among others, but those stalls didn’t have seats. We had to look for bigger tents with tables and chairs. We spotted a few of them and had ourselves seated in the biggest and cleanest-looking one we saw 🙂 Just to warn you, they’re not really very sanitary, ya know.

We ordered some noodles, fish cakes, meat, a huge squid, and of course, soju. Total damage was 80,000KRW which we felt was a bit overpriced because we had lunch in a pizza restaurant in Insadong where we paid 12,000KRW for two persons and the price included a big pizza for sharing and two glasses of soda. We also heard about some who went to other pojangmachas and paid less for tastier dishes.


Is it really that expensive? Or could it have been because we were tourists? We don’t know. At the end of the day, we went there for the experience and it was something we achieved. Just that we probably won’t be heading to Jongno-3 ga for pojangmachas in the future.

Ultimately though, we felt like we were in Korean dramas getting drunk over bottles and bottles of soju. We had fun taking pictures of our crazy selves but I can’t show you the pics, sorry 🙂

What about you? Have you tried pojangmachas too? What’s street food like in your neck of the woods?

Til my next post. Annyeong!

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