Seoul’s Abandoned Theater Is Reborn as a Starbucks

There is a café in Korea that is getting the most buzz these days.

Guess what it is!

It’s a new Starbucks that used be an old theater. 

It used to be the old Kyungdong Theater of Seoul which was opened in 1962 and was shut down in 1994. Ever since then, this space was empty without use.

Kyungdong Theater is located in Kyungdong Market in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul.

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Kyungdong Market is a traditional market that was established in 1960. The market consists of Kyungdong Oriental Medicine Market, New Market, and more.

The market is particularly popular for fruits, dried seafood, and vegetables.

Starbucks named it as ‘Kyungdong 1960.’ It is the fifth Community Store in Starbucks Korea.

What’s the Community Store program?

It is an ongoing commitment to strengthen communities through the expansion of the community. ‘Kyungdong 1960’ will donate 300 Korean won (approx. 25 cents USD) for every item sold to revive the infrastructure of the Kyungdong traditional market.

The seat of the large screen became barista’s kitchen, and theater sits became the seats for the customers where you can drink coffee. This place can be a stage and space for cultural performances and exhibitions by the artists. You can enjoy the retro, old vibes of Seoul with a cup of Starbucks coffee.

Source : Starbucks Stories ASIA

Starbucks Kyungdong 1960 is….

  • The store spans two floors. (third and fourth floors of the Kyungdong traditional market)
  • 805 square meters with 143 seats available.
  • With seats in row facing forward, customers can enjoy the view of the bar as if enjoying a performance in a theater.

What are some famous traditional market in your country that you would like to recommend to your UoH friends?

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