Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 스타벅스 경동1960
Jegidong Station (line 1, exit 2). Go straight & turn left at Gosanja-ro. Walk straight till Gate 4 of Gyeongdong Market on your right. Enter the market & go up the stairs on your right. At the top of the stairs, turn left & enter the door on your left. 6 mins walk.
Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 is located in the traditional Gyeongdong Market in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul. It has become a popular hot spot since its official opening on 16 December 2022.
The coffeehouse is remodelled from an abandoned theatre originally built in the 1960s but closed in 1994. Spanning across across 2 floors (3F & 4F) of Gyeongdong Market, Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 occupies a massive 805sqm with 200 seats.
💡As a 'Starbucks Community Store', Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 will donate ₩300 for every item sold. The fund will contribute to improve the infrastructure, local job creation and revitalize the long-standing heritage of Gyeongdong Market.
💡Gyeongdong Market 경동시장 is also known as Kyungdong Market. As such, you may come across this Starbucks store referred as Starbucks Gyeongdong 1960.
💡When searching on Naver Map, Kakao Map or Google Map, please use the name 'Gyeongdong Market' instead.
Getting to Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 in Gyeongdong Market
The shortest route to Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 is from Jegidong Station (line 1, exit 2). Go straight after station's exit and turn left to road, Gosanja-ro (after passing 3 small streets). Walk straight until you reach Gate 4 of Gyeongdong Market (Gwangseong Shopping Mall) 경동시장 (광성상가) on your right. 6 mins walk.
💡Cheongnyangni Station (line 1, exit 1) is possible too with a slightly longer walk of 8 mins.
When you enter Gate 4 of Gyeongdong Market, you will see a staircase on your right. Go up the stairs. Directly at the top of the stairs is Korean Ginseng Wholesale Center 고려인삼도매센터 and on its left is a big green-white signboard.
Turn left at the top of the stairs and enter the door located just next to the stairs on your left. This is the first door to Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 (and Geumseong Radio Refresh Center by LG Electronics).
Geumseong Radio Refresh Center by LG Electronics
Basic operating hours 9:00-22:00
Experience operating hours 11:00-19:00
Exhibition viewing hours 9:00-11:00 / 19:00-22:00
When you enter the first door, you have not reached Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 yet...
Instead, you will come to Geumseong Radio Refresh Center 금성전파사 새로고침 센터, a space collaborated with LG Electronics to heal and refresh the minds of visitors in a lively retro atmosphere.
There is an exhibition zone where you can see old models of home appliances (e.g. TVs, radios, washing machines, refrigerators) produced by GoldStar in the 1960s.
💡GoldStar is the predecessor (/old name) of LG Electronics.
💡Geumseong comes from the word, GoldStar pronounced in Korean (金星 in Chinese).
💡GoldStar is also the producer of the first radio in Korea.
💡and if you are wondering... Lucky Chemical is the predecessor of LG Chem. In 1983, the name of the group was changed to Lucky Goldstar; and shortened to LG in 1995 with the tagline "Life's Good".
Visitors can enjoy a series of games, events and hands-on experiences like bracelets making, iron-on stickers and potting up a plant at Geumseong Radio Refresh Center.
Starbucks Kyungdong 1960
From Geumseong Radio Refresh Center, you will see the second door to finally enter Starbucks Kyungdong 1960. This double-door entrance is preserved from the original structure.
Once you walk passed the second door, the grand entrance is similar to entering a movie theatre leading up to the center of the coffeehouse with the counter serving as the main stage.
a) Unique Designs & Features
The high wooden ceiling of the old Gyeongdong Theatre is also preserved with an impressive and colourful artwork that liven up the space.
On the left of the counter is a small stage where regular performances by local artists are held. Also, orders ready for collection are projected on the wall, together with the order numbers and creative nicknames given by customers. For those who prefer to use your own tumbler, there is even a tumbler washing machine!
b) Different Seating Zones
All seats are facing forward the counter as through watching a movie in a theatre.
c) Food & Drinks
Different from other Starbucks stores, check out its freshly-baked Crafted Food in store.
The Crafted Food menu includes:
Onion Cream Basil Roll
Peanut Cream Cinnamon Roll
Honey Cheese Walnut Bread
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
AOP Butter Croissant
AOP Butter Plain AU Chocolat
Apple Turnover with Organic Ice Cream
Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 aims to coexist with the local community and create a place that all generations can enjoy together. It has successfully brought about the returning of young people to the traditional Gyeongdong Market.
Tour Around Gyeongdong Market
After visiting Starbucks Kyungdong 1960, why not take the opportunity to walk around Gyeongdong Market?
Gyeongdong Market is known as the largest market for traditional herbal medicines in Korea. Besides traditional herbs, there are food alley, fruits and vegetables, poultry and seafood zones.
It is a massive marketplace extending from Jegidong Station (exit 2) to Cheongnyangni Station (exit 1).
Map of Getting to Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 (Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul)
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