The best local restaurants in Goseong present some of the county’s flavoursome dishes that you should try on your visit to this part of Gangwon Province. This history-rich area brims with great places to eat and the locals know and frequent places serving a particular specialty.

    To help you navigate the culinary landscape in Goseong, we’ve singled out top spots within the county where you can try out the local cuisine and see why the locals love them so much. From home-style foods to incredible noodles and grill-it-yourself scallops right next to the sea, you can find them all below.

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    Namgyeong Sigdang

    A top spot for octopus hot pot

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    Namgyeong Sigdang is a restaurant loved by Goseong locals both for its incredible local dishes and relaxed setting. Located near Bongpo Beach, you can drop in after spending time on the beach and enjoying the waves or simply head down to fulfill your seafood cravings.

    One of their most famous dishes, muneo gopchang jeongol is a spicy and hearty stew of octopus, beef giblets, and crisp vegetables served in a hot pot. After you’ve finished the stew, add some rice into the pot and enjoy fried rice soaked in all the remaining goodness. Regulars recommend Nangmyeong Sigdang’s gopchang (tripe), which goes incredibly well with some soju.

    Location: 497 Seongdae-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)70-4205-5959

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    Geojin Hangeo Chongyeh Wareohoe Senta

    A top place for some of the freshest seafood in Goseong

    Geojin Hangeo Chongyeh Wareohoe Senta is a well-hidden local gem for foodies in Goseong. This is a live fish center in a fishing village that happens to also serve up some of the freshest seafood dishes in town.

    You can select your own fish and have the friendly auntie prep your dish with knifework tempered by long years. Grab a seat at the dining area and prepare to dig into the succulent, freshly cut fish, crab, or any other seafood selections that you fancy.

    Location: 25-5 Geojin-ri, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)32-682-2782

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    Soguri Seolleongtang

    Among the tastiest ox bone soups in Goseong

    Soguri Seolleongtang specializes in seolleongtang or ox bone soup prepared with cloudy, rich broth, juicy beef slices, and vermicelli noodles. The humble restaurant’s menu primarily consists of 2 dishes, the regular and special soup as well as suyuk so or beef slices. As at any restaurant in Korea, your meal will be accompanied by other side dishes such as kimchi and rice.

    When their seolleongtang is so good, it’s easy to see why they’re confident enough to serve only their eponymous dish for more than 30 years. Make yourself comfortable at this quaint yet spacious restaurant and get ready to feast.

    Location: 316 Yongchon-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-637-6988

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    Gyodong Makguksu

    A go-to for budget diners in Goseong

    Gyodong Makguksu serves up good local Korean dishes at budget-friendly prices in Goseong. This has made them a big hit with locals and travelers who are in the know. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with a well-lit dining area with low tables, and you’re in for a treat when the local workers are eating there.

    Their main dishes are makguksu (buckwheat noodle soup) and bibimbap (rice dish), with ssambap being one of their highlighted menu items. It’s a massive spread of banchan (side dishes) and fresh ssam (leafy vegetables) to make a wrap. Put some rice onto the vegetable, add a dish that catches your interest from the banchan spread, add some gochujang sauce, roll it into a wrap, and eat it in one go. Make your next wrap with different fillings and keep going. Their ssambap is good for 2 diners, so go in hungry with your friend or family.

    Location: 350-1 Gyodong-ri, Ganseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from noon to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-681-3307

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    Sanbuk Makguksu

    Rare, handmade buckwheat noodles

    Sanbuk Makguksu is a restaurant in a mountainous part of Goseong that distinguishes itself from many other similar local spots in town. They do so by making their own buckwheat noodles. You can see the owner herself making the noodles or preparing the vegetables to be pickled, and her care for the food is reflected in everything served here.

    Stepping into the restaurant feels like going to a friend’s house to have a meal. The makguksu here comes served with pure buckwheat noodles, toasted seaweed, boiled egg, sesame seeds, and the house’s sauce. Take a bite of the noodle first to savor the pure buckwheat flavor before mixing everything up and adding other seasonings such as sesame oil or perilla oil to your taste.

    Location: 16 Sanbuk-gil, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-682-1733

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    Gyeongdong Banjeom

    For some of the best black bean sauce noodles

    Gyeongdong Banjeom is a restaurant that has been serving up jjamppong (spicy seafood soup) and jjajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) to hungry Goseong locals for over 30 years. Often regarded as a fast-food meal and certainly as some of the most commonly ordered foods to be delivered to homes in South Korea, both dishes are taken to the next level here.

    Aside from their renowned jjajangmyeon and jjampong, Gyeongdong Banjeom remains true to its roots in Chinese cuisine. Their sweet-and-sour pork has garnered rave reviews, and the ganjajang (dry, stir-fried cousin of jjajangmyeon) is also worth writing home about. If you’ve gotten a hankering for something that a local would go for in Goseong, this is the place to check out.

    Location: 184 Bongpo-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-633-9393

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    Sujebijip

    A great spot to try spicy Korean dumplin soup

    Sujebijip is the place to go in Goseong for sujebi or hand-pulled, hand-torn wheat strips in spicy soup. Akin to a dumpling soup, but with extra satisfying chew, Sujebijip has done theirs extremely well and has achieved a loyal local following.

    It’s a more savory version than the common, old-fashioned sujebi that may have a pronounced bitter tone. As a result, it is very popular. Don’t miss out on their pajeon (fried scallion pancake) with clams and mussels mixed into the batter to go with your spicy bowl of Sujebi.

    Location: 47 Gyoam-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-637-7774

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    Baekdosusan

    Broil your own fresh scallops by the seaside

    Baekdosusan is a very unique culinary experience in Goseong for any seafood lover. One of Goseong’s best-kept secrets, the unassuming restaurant is located next to the sea and you can order live scallops, caught off Goseong shores by the kilo and broil them yourself.

    The hands-on cooking process adds a layer of anticipation and makes for a great moment to have a chat with your friends at the table. The succulent scallops go really well with some beer or soju, so grab some and raise the glass while saying, “geonbae!” (cheers) to everyone around.

    Location: 92, Munamhang-gil, Jukwang-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-633-9555

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    Wonjojangsu Sikdang

    A cozy spot for home-style Korean dishes

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    Wonjojangsu Sikdang is a Goseong restaurant that has that mom-and-pop feel to it. That translates into their menu – a selection of home-style Korean foods that are just right for breakfast. We’re talking about a comforting galbitang (beef rib soup), homemade pickles, jeyuk rice lawn bowling, and a whole slew of banchan (side dishes) to start your day.

    Everything at Wonjojangsu Sikdang has that rustic flavor and that makes this humble restaurant among the top go-to spots for trying homemade Korean flavors. It’s a place to add to your list of authentic culinary spots for a feel of how locals eat in Goseong.

    Location: 20-4 Gyoam-ri, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-638-8635

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    Seoyun Dolsotbap

    Among the top places for stone pot rice in Goseong

    Seoyun Dolsotbap is famous for its highly acclaimed dolsotbap,  a rice-based dish cooked in a sizzling hot stone bowl. The restaurant’s proximity to Daejin Port Marine Park makes it a solid place to hit if you’re in the area.

    Among the highlights here is the jeonbok dolsotbap with rice, nuts, and other ingredients topped with an abalone. The banchan (side dishes) are also plentiful and most certainly will satisfy even the big eaters in the group.

    Location: 57 Daejinhang-gil, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Tuesday from 9.30 am to 8 pm, Friday–Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-681-1223

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    Amy Vivian-Neal | Compulsive Traveler

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