In March of 1991, Master Hwang Hye-seong opened Jihwaja.

The Legitimacy of Korean Royal Cuisine Restaurant
Jihwaja is a high-class traditional royal banquet restaurant located near Gyeongbokgung and Gwanghwamun in the center of downtown Seoul operated by Hwang’s family – Human Treasure of Korean Cultural Asset No. 38. – the best Korean food(Hansik) in the past were served the royal family. It has enjoyed a high reputation as the finest Korean restaurant that offers royal cuisine the essence of the Korean food culture.

Jihwaja as the best dining place in Seoul reflects the sophisticated ambience of the neighborhood that features a 600-year Joseon Dynasty history, and it provides an antique interior inspired by royal palaces. The restaurant is well known for its authentic traditional culinary experience.

Jihwaja serves gourmet course including vegetarian friendly, vegan and glutinious option meals a variety of traditional foods and liquors, which were served for various royal banquet. Also vegetarian friendly, vegan and glutinious option meals are served for special requests. All the dishes represent the essence of the Korean food culture.

The royal dishes offered by Jihwaja are very healthy and nutritious, as they are prepared
with only natural ingredients and royal culinary techniques, without using any MSG,
artificial flavors or additives.

Jihwaja has been and will always be committed to promoting Korea's authentic traditional
food culture across the world through the generations and will make continued efforts
to remain the best royal cuisine restaurant.

Jihwaja means

Jihwaja is a pleasant shouting when singing, dancing or toasting.
Please shout “Jihwaja !” like “Cheers !” when you have a toast with others.
Business hours
Lunch : 11:30 ~ 15:00 (Last Order 13:30)
Dinner : 17:30 ~ 21:30 (Last Order 20:00)
Closed on Every Tuesday.
125 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
서울시 종로구 자하문로 125 (청운동 48번지)
Reservation Call
best restaurant near Gyeongbokgung