Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town street was built starting from late 70s, though the alley is considered to have had its best days in the 80s. In addition to being featured on popular DJ programs of the time, the period also marked the prime time of high school baseball where students would crowd the streets during days where Duksoo Commercial High School and Sunrin Commercial High School (now Sunrin Internet High School) faced one another.
As the high school students aged they continued to visit the area reliving the period of their youth and continuing to indulge in the specialty tteokbokki.
However, some claim the history of this alley began in the 1950s. The owner of Mabongnim Halmeoni Tteokbokki (마복림할머니떡볶이) restaurant says Tteokbokki was being sold as early as 1953 as the area used to be home to Donga Theater and she sold Tteokbokki, corn and potatoes to those visiting the theatre.
At first, Tteokbokki was simply made with Gochujang (고추장), but as time went by, cooks decided the dish could be more than just a snack. So, by adding ingredients like eggs, cellophane noodles, fish cakes, instant noodles and more recently squid, prawn and cheese makes the taste more delicious and turns the once snack into a full meal.
How To Go There:
1) Sindang Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or 6), Exit 8.
Go straight until you reach Jungbu Fire Station and turn left.
2) Cheonggu Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1.
Turn right when you arrive at the playground and go straight for 200m.
There will be the arched sign reading “Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town”.