Starbucks Coffee Korea opened its first store in Ewha Womans University on July 27, 1999. Today Starbucks Coffee Korea operates over 300 stores in 35 cities throughout Korea.
For any big fans of Starbucks Coffee in Seoul, you should visit the store at City Hall Station. It was built next to Hwangudan Gate and Altar. The altar is in the garden of the Westin Chosun Hotel. To keep up with the style of the Gate and Altar this Starbucks Coffee took on a traditional Korean style design.
The outside of the building is quite similar in style to what you may find at the big palaces such as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Deoksugung Palace. The interior is quite similar to any other Starbucks in Korea with the exception of pictures of their community involvement on the wall.
If you visit this Starbucks Coffee shop I suggest you get it to go and head around to the Hwangudan Altar / small green area and take a few minutes to relax and take in the beauty of traditional and modern Korea combined. Also about 3 minutes walk away is Deoksugung Palace.
How to get to Starbucks at City Hall Station:
Take line 1 or 2 to City Hall Station. Leave exit 6 and follow the map below or head towards the Westin Chosun Hotel.
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