Royal court cuisine, the essence of the Korean food culture, is made with the best ingredients, exceptional culinary techniques, and the devotion of its chefs.
Hwang Hae-sung inherited the art of preparing royal cuisine from Han Hui-sun, a royal court lady who prepared meals for King Gojong and King Sunjong, the last two kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Han Hui-sun was later designated as the 1st Royal Culinary Art Master in 1971 when the royal cuisine of the Joseon Dynasty was proclaimed the 38th Important Intangible Cultural Property of Korea. When Han passed away, Hwang Hye-seong succeeded her and took the title of the 2nd Royal Culinary Art Master.
Jihwaja as the best dining place in Seoul is willing to be a space where you can taste and feel the Korean food’s essence and best food culture that royal food has. “Anyone should be able to receive the cordial reception which kings enjoyed in front of royal food in the past.” This is Jihwaja’s intention. Jihwaja is willing to continue the sincerity contained in the royal cuisine that was made and raised with all heart for the king, the only one person, by the cooks who had the best skill with the best food materials raised from each country in the Joseon Dynasty.
You are invited to the real royal banquet restaurant, the Jihwaja, where you can experience the food culture of Hwang Hye-seong’s family who has been maintaining and spreading traditional Korean food culture world-wide, and meet the dignity and sincerity of the Joseon Dynasty of 600 years’ tradition.