BAU house café

May 26, 2007

Matty and I finally bit the bullet and went to a dog café… NOT the kind that might first come to mind when you think of Korea, ooh nooo. Our fun neighborhood find of the week is the BAU house café (a remarkably clever western-appropriated name by Korean standards), a cute little place where you can have refreshments and hang with the luckiest pups in the country. They’ve got about 15 permanent residents and a handful of boarders at any given moment, all of which run around the café (and even on top of the tables!) at will and offer themselves up for good lovin’ by the clientèle. Not surprisingly, they all became much more interested in us after we bought the dog treats that are for sale there! We’ve become quite the cat lovers over the years, but having both grown up with dogs, we do thoroughly revel in a good dog fix when we can get it. Oh, and as the last picture shows, BAU house is also home to the bravest cat in Korea, Sarang (“love”). The sole feline resident of the establishment, she’s as calm and loving as can be, and just sits there purring, observing the fray of canine silliness with a look of bemusement on her face.



Seoul, Mapo-gu 서울시 마포구

Seogyo-dong 서교동 405-13번지 3rd floor 바우하우스


This is a really nice part of Hongdae, with a great sangria bar, gourmet bibimbap place, and coffee shop in the immediate area.

Here are the best directions I can offer.
If you can bring your dog on the subway:

-Exit from Hapjeong Station (합정역) exit #3

-Walk straight ahead to first big intersection
-Turn right, walk straight ahead, over slight hill
-At Koryo restaurant, where the street bends left, turn right

-At the Praha Castle, turn left
-Walk straight ahead, Bau house is on the 3rd floor of a building on your left.


If you have to drive: If you come early enough in the evening. You can park on “parking lot street” that runs through the Hong Dae neighborhood. There are also parking spots here and there in the area.



  1. Korean Wegehaupts,

    Fortunately, I didn’t see any Great Danes or St. Bernards on the tables!


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  3. Great pictures! We have two beagles here in Seoul and need to find this place. If you can hook us up with more info, that would be sweet: thebrightestman@gmail.com.

  4. Hi! We just landed Seoul one month ago with our Bearded Collie. I was excited to find this info, Bau House. Can you please let me know the address and the direction to this place? I found its website, but I can’t read it (it’s all Korean). Is parking easy there? Thanks.

  5. I made an update to the post, adding a map and directions at the bottom. If you have questions, please drop in again…

  6. Hi,

    I’ve been looking for this place for ages and now came across your map. Thanks so much for the directions! Now I’m off to cuddle some dogs.

  7. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  8. Thank you for the directions. They were right on and I found it without any problems.

  9. Bau House rocks! If you love dogs and are in (or will be in) Seoul it’s a must see. Even my friend who is not a dog lover enjoyed this place. It’s a hoot. It will definitely bring a smile to your face.

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  11. thanks!!!

    i was looking for this place.

    are there other dog friendly places in seoul?

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