Half-bored and sleepy I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, when a post from the Seoul Korea account caught my attention. In the post there were a few photos of views of Yeouido (at an angle I had never seen before), a stunning interior of a restaurant, and a rooftop garden. The post also said you can get an all day breakfast for a reasonable price, and that was all I needed to go check it out.
9000 won for a stale beer and 20,000 won for a bland burger isn't really what I call reasonably priced, but at least the fries and the view were good. I went to 세상의 모든 아침 (All of the World's Breakfasts), one of the two restaurants (the other one a buffet style Korean restaurant) located on the 50th floor of the FKI tower. Together with the garden on the 51st floor, they form The Skyfarm.
There is a magnificent view of almost all of Seoul, which I imagine, is even better during sunset or at night. The interior is just as stunning as the view. Next to the restaurant there's one of the most beautiful wedding halls I have seen in Korea. The whole floor is styled minimalistic, which is a big contrast with the posh overdone interior design you see in most wedding venues in Seoul.
The indoor garden above the restaurants is accessible by a somewhat concealed, separate elevator. That is possibly the reason why it was virtually empty when I visited. Every now and then a few people would come in, wander around a bit, and leave. The quietness makes it the perfect spot to relax from the hustle and bustle of busy Seoul.
The roof is full of solar panels and there are openings that let the wind through, which results in a nice breeze. The garden itself is full of flowers, potted plants, and even some vegetables (hence the name The Skyfarm). There are two small greenhouses, although just one had some chairs and a table in it where you can relax. The whole place just permeates peace and serenity.
Because of its serene beauty, the garden is also very suitable to do a photoshoot in. There are enough different background to try your hand in getting interesting backgrounds for portraits. I suspect wedding/engagement shoots are quite common here, because the garden almost seems to be built for this purpose only.
Like the restaurants below, the garden has big windows from which you have a stunning view of Seoul. Unfortunately, the building suffers from what I call the Korean disease: unwashed windows. It's difficult to get a clear shot of the city from these windows, because you can see the dirt quite clearly. Nevertheless, it's a very nice place to gaze over Seoul while you collect your thoughts.
Visiting The Skyfarm was worth it, although I wouldn't eat at 세상의 모든 아침 (All of the World's Breakfasts) anymore. The food was subpar and therefore overpriced. Although the windows aren't washed, the view is still very stunning and I would like to check it out during sunset.
How to get there
Go to Yeouido Station (Subway Lines 5 and 9) and get out at Exit 2. Walk straight towards the rows of trees and keep walking until you encounter a road. Don't cross it, but take a left. Keep going and You'll see the FKI tower. It's very distinct so you can't miss it. If you are still unsure on how to get there, click here to see a video with directions.
28-1 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 여의도동 28-1 전경련회관 50, 51F)