Welcome to Han Gang Korean Restaurant.
We hope you enjoy your culinary journey.
We chose the name Han Gang, or Han River in English, to pay tribute to the essential role this important body of water has played throughout Korea’s long history.
Water is the root of all civilizations: it brings life, nourishes the body and soul, and demands respect from those who harness its power. This is especially true for the 300-mile Han River, which winds through three provinces and the capital city of Seoul before flowing into the Yellow Sea.
Dating back to 8,000 B.C., Han Gang was the bedrock of cultural development and has been the source of many battles. The Chosun Dynasty’s first king heightened the river’s status by declaring the new capital “Han Yang,” meaning “the city to the north of Han Gang.” It has long been a valuable transportation and trade route.
In modern Korea, its basin provides drinking water and cultivates high-quality rice for millions of people. In addition to the river’s critical role in industrial and agricultural development, the hydraulic plants located along its banks generate substantial electrical power. Many Koreans also enjoy the recreational aspects the river has to offer: from riding bikes along its many trails to fishing, yachting and water skiing.
Just as Han Gang is formed through a confluence of smaller rivers, it now serves as a powerful symbol of the many facets-politics, economics and culture-that flow together to create modern Korea. The river that sustained an ancient civilization continues to evolve in form and function. It is this blending and evolving that we hope to capture in our cuisine. Enjoy.
“You cannot step twice in the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in.” Heraclitus (544-483 B.C.)