The Best Traditional Korean Soup Restaurants in Seoul

Do you know why ‘Korean soup’ is popular and healthy for your food diet? There is, of course, a lot of nutrients in the ingredients, great flavors to choose from, and, most of all, a theory that Koreans believe in eating soup will help them heal better when they are sick. It sounds very Korean, right? Well, it is true and Koreans love eating soup (also known as ‘juk’) in place of chicken noodle soup to stock up on their nutrients when they are physically weak or when they are down with a cold or similar illness. But really… I think it just depends on what you are craving for at the right moment and time.

Here are 4 different kinds of Korean soup that are popular among soup eaters. Keep in mind, though, that these are only a few examples and there are a lot more choices out there.

Four most popular soups amongst locals

(1) ‘Pumpkin Porridge’ – Hobakjuk 호박죽

Koreans eat hobakjuk when they are feeling sick, and more solely for curing scars or scratches. It’s also known to reduce swollen areas in your body much quicker.

Pumpkin Porridge

(2) ‘Red Bean Gruel’ – Pat Juk 팟죽

Locals eat this all year round as snack or comfort food, and it’s actually believed to fight off evil spirits. People love sharing patjuk with their neighbors especially during the winter solstice.

Red Bean Soup

(3) ‘Abalone Rice Porridge’ – Jeonbokjuk 전복죽

Abalone from Jeonbokjuk is commonly harvested from Jeju Island, which is known for having the most fresh and best quality seafoods ever. So if you are sick and craving seafood, this is the right way to go!

Abalone Rice Porridge

(4) ‘Mushroom and Vegetable Rice’ – Beoseot Yachae Juk 버섯 야채 죽

This soup contains vegetables and mushrooms that are soft with earthy flavor. So if you have an upset stomach and need to relieve your digestive system, make sure to try this soup.

Mushroom and Vegetable Rice

Recommended places to visit if you are craving soup

본죽 (Bon Juk)

Famous for all types of soup – vegetable, mushroom, pumpkin, etc.

Franchise Store – Located all over the country
Address: 818-8 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (one of their many franchise locations – you will literally be able to find it on almost nearby every station)
Phone: 02-557-6233


서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집
Famous for having traditional red bean soup (팥죽).

서울서 둘째로 잘하는 집

Address: 155-3 Euljiro 4(sa)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Phone: 02-2285-5183


담장옆에 국화꽃

Famous for having organic soup – sweet pumpkin pat juk & original red bean soup (팥죽).

담장옆에 국화꽃

Franchise Store – Located all over the country
Address: 92-3, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (one of their many franchise locations)
Phone: 02-797-1157


Famous for their traditional red bean soup (팥죽).


Address: 301-162, Ichon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul


경성팥집 옥루몽

Famous for traditional red bean, sweet red bean, and sweet pumpkin porridge.

경성팥집 옥루몽

Address: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Jihee Park

Jihee Park is the Lead Beauty Editor of K-Beauty Now. Based in the heart of Seoul, her professional expertise and approach in academic, social media, and lifestyle coverage provide compelling articles the community can trust. Translated from Korean to English, bringing you the latest k-beauty news straight from South Korea.