Gentrification in Seoul forces closure of famous Pyongyang cold noodle restaurant

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On a hot, humid summer day, dozens of people lined up outside the only restaurant on an empty street for one last refreshing bowl of perhaps Seoul’s most famous cold Pyongyang noodles.

The 37-year-old Eulji Myeonok restaurant closed on Saturday, 72 years to the day after the North Korean invasion sparked the Korean War. Located in Euljiro, a once bustling neighborhood of alleys, small workshops and restaurants, the restaurant was a little piece of Pyongyang in the city. On the wall, black-and-white photos of Pyongyang and decades-old maps of North Korea reminded visitors of the owners’ roots.

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