The K-BBQ Restaurant Frequented By EXO Baekhyun, Kai & Sehun | Yeongdonggyojib

Our visit to the popular Korean barbeque place frequented by K-pop idols including the members of EXO!

피비 @creatrip
7 months ago

When visiting Korea, eating K-BBQ is a must! However, for K-Pop fans, your average K-BBQ restaurant might not be good enough. We'll take you guys to a K-BBQ restaurant in Cheongdam, a popular place that is frequented by many Korean celebrities. Celebrities like EXO's Sehun, Baekhyun, Kai, SHINEE's Taemin, TVXQ's U-Know Yunho, SNSD Hyoyeon, and even comedian Lee Kwang Soo visited this restaurant. Better add this to your list!


Address: 서울 강남구 선릉로148길 11

Hours: 11:00 - 24:00

Public Transportation: Get off at Apgujeong Rodeo Station exit 4, and walk 15 minutes.


Black Pork Pork Belly
23,000 KRW
Jeju Black Pork Belly
18,000 KRW
Jeju Pork Belly
14,000 KRW
Jeju Pork Jowl
14,000 KRW
Jeju Pork Tail
12,000 KRW
Jeju Soon Tofu
8,000 KRW
Jeju Kimchi Stew
8,000 KRW
7,000 KRW
Updated Oct. 25, 2022


exterior showing of popular bbq restaurant located in cheongdam seoul which is a popular area that is often visited by korean celebrities and idols

Yeongdonggyojib (영동교집) is a popular K-BBQ restaurant among Koreans including many celebrities. 

The interior of a popular korean bbq restaurant located in cheongdam seoul south korea, where there are many wooden tables with a grill in the middle

photo of a table setting next to the window of the popular korean restaurant located in seoul south korea in a popular area called cheongdam

The restaurant is not large, nor is it widely spaced out. So, I definitely recommend avoiding visiting during popular rush times. I would especially avoid the dinner rush because there is a wait of an hour or so. The seating of the restaurant isn't particularly unique and mirrors most K-BBQ restaurants in Korea. If you don't want your coat to smell like barbecue, you can keep it in the storage area of your seat (the chair cushion opens up, but we didn't know until afterward). 

An image of the side dishes that is offered after ordering, korean side dishes are called ban chan that comes with your meal for free, some side dishes include egg salad lettuce kimchi bean sprouts

After you order, the staff will bring out various side dishes for you to eat alongside your meal. It's very exciting. The restaurant brought side dishes like egg salad, lettuce, perilla leaves, kimchi, bean sprouts, etc. In addition to these side dishes, our server also brought four different kinds of dipping sauces for your BBQ.  

Korean BBQ setup with pork belly grilling on a portable stove with many side dishes like perilla leaves kimchi egg salad green onion

when eating korean bbq you create a lettuce wrap which is called ssam in korean you put the meat and side dishes of your choice in a piece of lettuce and eat it in one bite

We ordered pork belly, but it wasn't the typical thick slices. We got thinly sliced pork belly. However, it wasn't too thin, and was great for grilling. A serving of pork belly costs 14,000 KRW. At restaurants like this, it is required to order at least 2 servings. And of course, you must make a Korean lettuce wrap! How did I do? Not too bad, and a great bite.

Korean BBQ grill fulled of pork belly green onion garlic kimchi at a korean bbq restaurant in seoul south korea in a popular area called cheongdam

I recommend that you grill the kimchi, scallions, and garlic while you grill the meat. It's super delicious and has a nice grill taste to it. Even though I'm not a huge veggie fan, it's awesome when it is grilled liked this.   

korean lettuce wrap also known as ssam using a perilla leaf filled with pork belly, grilled garlic, grilled kimchi, and grilled scallions

I used lettuce for my first wrap, then I tried it with a perilla leaf. I added pork belly, kimchi, garlic, scallions, and a few more veggies. It's a delicious combination. Perilla leave has a rather unique and strong scent. There are many people who might like it. If you do not like the smell of the leaf, then you might not like the taste. 

Korean BBQ dipping sauces used for grilled meat korean dipping sauces called ssamjang gochujang salt and sesame oil and wasabi mayo

Four dipping sauces are available for you to eat with your grilled meat. There is ssamjang (soybean), gochujang (red pepper paste), salt and sesame oil, and wasabi mayo. Personally, I like ssamjang the best, and the salt and sesame oil combo is a close second. They actually add a little bit of garlic to the salt and sesame oil combo. My least favorite sauce was the wasabi mayo because it didn't help with the greasy feeling.


celebrities sightings at the popular korean restaurant in seoul south korea with korean idol sehun from the popular korean idol group EXO

celebrity sighting at the korean bbq restaurant in cheongdam and a fan took a picture with popular korean idol hyoyeon from korean idol group SNSD

Yeongdonggyojib (영동교집) has brought in a lot of celebrities as customers. For those who want to trace the steps of celebrities or go to places they frequent, this restaurant should be on your list! Not only is the food good, but it is also often visited by celebrities like EXO's Sehun and SNSD's Hyoyeon. 

Korean celebrities sign an autograph for the korean bbq restaurant located in seoul south korea Autographs from exo shinee tvqeAutographs from EXO Baekhyun, EXO Kai, SHINEE Taemin, and TVXQ Yunho.

Korean celebrities autographs for korean bbq restaurant cheongdam seoul south korea from park bo-young 2pm taecyeong mamamoo hwasa lee kwang soo hyunaAutographs from Park Bo-Young, 2PM's Taecyeon, MAMAMOO's Hwasa, Lee Kwang Soo, and HyunA

Not only have members of EXO and SNSD visited, but celebrities like SHINEE's Taemin, 2PM's Taecyeon, MAMAMOO's Hwasa, Lee Kwang Soo, and HyunA have visited as well. And so many more!

At the counter where you pay for the food at this korean bbq restaurant in seoul south korea free candy deodorizing spray for clothes are also offered

At the counter, the shop offers free candy and deodorizing spray for your clothes. Who is interested in traveling to Korea or tracing the steps of local Korean celebrities? If you are, you should definitely bookmark this place. 

How To Get There

Korean subway, apgujeong rodeo station exit 4 in seoul

Get off at Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정로데오역) Exit 4

directions to get to a popular korean bbq restaurant in gangnam seoul cross the intersection walking towards twosome place a korean coffee shop chain

Cross the intersection from exit 4 towards Twosome Place and keep walking

red arrow pointing across a large intersection in seoul and the arrow is pointing left signaling to turn after crossing the street in seoul south korea directions to the restaurant

There will be 4 large intersections, walk across the one shown in the image and turn left. 

image of korean sidewalk in seoul south korea with red arrows pointing to the direction of an alleyway past an x-boy shop

Keep walking straight until you see an X-BOY shop. From there turn right into the alley past the shop.

alleyway in seoul south korea with red arrow pointing straight signalling viewer to go straight into the alleyway in gangnam apgujeong

Keep walking straight until you reach an intersection next to Pungcheonga (풍천가).

korean alleyway showing a shop called pongcheonga 풍천가 with a red arrow signaling a left turn

When you see the sign for Pungcheonga (풍천가), make a left

Alleyway in korea located in seoul south korea specifically in gangnam area off of apgujeong rodeo station where the restaurant yeongdong gyojib 영동교집 is located at

Turn left and go straight until you see a small green sign saying Yeongdonggyojib (영동교집).

Yeongdong Gyojib 영동교집 restaurant exterior sign a popular korean bbq restaurant in chungdam with red stools for outdoor seating while you wait and lot of signs with menu deals

Here is the Yeongdonggyojib (영동교집) front exterior.

Yeongdonggyojib (영동교집) is a popular K-BBQ restaurant in Seoul, but not just for its free meat and good food! It's a great restaurant to bring friends or family to enjoy good food and company. We hope that you can enjoy a delicious meal at Yeongdonggyojip! If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or send us an email at help@creatrip.com! You can follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook to stay updated on all things Korea! 

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