Tteok Museum in Seoul

Written by on April 21, 2011 in Special Report, Travel

If you get a chance to visit Insadong, neighborhood of the Jongno-gu district of Seoul, stop by the Institute of Traditional Korean Food.

Institute of Traditional Korean Food in Seoul

Here you can experience the 500-year-of the Korea’s rice cake, tteok history and try different versions of tteok. On the first floor, there’s a tteok cafe, where you can have some pieces of rice cake and drink some traditional Korean teas.

Tteok cafe

Various types of rice cakes

Tteok cakes

This is what President Lee had

There is a lunch set you can try- 5 dishes including tteok sandwich, salad, Korean anchovy, kimchi tteok and other pretty tteok pieces.

lunch set

kimchi kimbap tteok


Gungjung-topokki, royal court rice cake is stir-fried rice cake with beef, mushrooms and assorted vegetables, in a soy sauce.

On the second and third floor, there are exhibition areas where the institute displays different types of rice cakes and methods used to make these delicacies.

Different tables of rice cakes

Crock Platform

Different types of rice cakes

another kinds of tteoks

Cooking classrooms are located on the rooftop and this spot is where First Lady Kim Yoon-ok made kimchi with Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in October 2009.

First Lady Kim Yoon-ok(r) and Miyuki Hatoyama(c), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama making kimchi

A shot from the rooftop

Cindy Kim Staff Writer

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