“Oraegage – Old & Historical Store,” meaning a “long-lived store,” is a store that is selected by citizens who want it to live a long life. Seoul has selected and promoted 65 “oraegages” over the past two years. This time, the city discovered and picked 22 “oraegages” in the southwestern region, including Gangseo-gu, Guro-gu, and Yeongdeungpo-gu.
The Jongno-Euljiro area is home to many “oraegages” that are related to traditional handicraft and the northwestern part of the city is home to many “oraegages” that are connected to art, for example, bookstores, photo studios, and art supply stores. Unlike these regions, many of the “oraegages” selected in the southwestern region are closely related to ordinary people’s daily lives. They tend to allow visitors to take a glimpse at the endearing daily lives of Seoul’s citizens.
To tag itself as an “oraegage,” a store must have been in operation for over three decades or operated by more than two generations. Plus, it should have an interesting aspect for tourist content and excellent customers service.
The selection standard of “oraegage” by the city of Seoul is that the store must offer goods or something to watch from the past that can be experienced by tourists, and the same service must have been in operation for over 30 years or operated by over two generations in the fields of ▴ life & culture (supermarket, bookstore, barbershop, etc.) and ▴ traditional handicraft (lacquerware shop, brassware shop, other workshops, etc.). Stores that have something to attract visitors’ interest, interesting stories, and unique properties can also be recommended as an “oraegage.”
Seoul has conducted several rounds of verification for discovery of “oraegages” in 2019. First, the city collected basic data on 1,152 stores and checked to see whether they had closed their businesses, in order to select the stores that match the criteria of an “oraegage.” Through recommendations by citizens and by autonomous districts, as well as an on-site evaluations by citizens’ storytelling group and experts, 38 candidates were chosen. Out of these candidates, 22 stores were finally selected as “oraegage” through a second round of on-site investigations and consultations by experts.
|No.||Store||District||Year of Opening||Category|
|2||Deungchondong Choewolseon Kalgugsu||Gangseo-gu||1983||Restaurant|
|5||Mirim Snack||Gwanak-gu||1988||Snack Bar|
|7||Hyeseong Beauty Salon||Guro-gu||1979||Beauty Salon|
|8||Geumbok Store||Geumcheon-gu||1978||Sewing material store|
|9||Pyeongtaek Rice Store||Geumcheon-gu||1988||Processed food store|
|10||Seolhwa Hardware Store||Dongjak-gu||1980||Hardware Store|
|13||Midopa Flower Shop||Yeongdeungpo-gu||1978||Flower Shop|
|14||Samu Chicken Center||Yeongdeungpo-gu||1977||Pub|
|16||Sinheung Store||Yeongdeungpo-gu||1975||Variety Store|
|17||Ssangma Studio||Yeongdeungpo-gu||1986||Photo Studio|
|18||Seoul Studio||Gangbuk-gu||1973||Photo Studio|
|21||Hapdeok Supermarket||Yongsan-gu||1971||Variety store|
|Pyeongtaek Rice Store|
|Hyeseong Beauty Salon|
|Samu Chicken Center|