Food Tours

Our team of experts is putting together unique tours that aren’t touristy.

You can also join us for a memorable meal and meet new friends at our dine-outs. We hold them at groovy restaurants. Sometimes we even do the cooking with guest chefs and bartenders!

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ZenKimchi has partnered with Korea DMC, the country’s most innovative tourism and relocation resource, in handling the logistics of our food tours. Click on the tour you wish to book below, and you’ll be whisked to Korea DMC’s website to pick a date and book your tickets.

   BBQ

We will start by touring the Mapo food district, famous for its barbecue. Then it’s chow time with a stop at the epicenter of Mapo-style barbecue for some charcoal grilled pork, aged kimchi, and raucous atmosphere. Don’t fill up there because our next stop is our “shiksa,” the traditional tummy filler at the end of a barbecue meal. In this case it’s chilled buckwheat noodle Makguksu at a place that is an outpost of a famous Gangwon Province eatery. Trust me, you’ve never had noodles like these. We will then head to the Jeon Market for some Korean pancakes to chill for the evening.

So, to break it down

  • Tour of Mapo food district
  • Mapo-style pork BBQ
  • Chilled Makguksu noodles
  • Korean pancakes and beverages

Wear comfortable shoes and bring an ample appetite. The ticket price includes all food. It also includes alcoholic beverages (within reason) at the first two stops. Beverages at the final stop are a la carte since some guests may stay longer than others. Non-alcoholic discount is available upon request.

INFORMATION

  • Length of tour: approx. 3 1/2 hours
  • Type: Walking, eating
  • Food types: pork, noodles, pancakes, alcohol
  • Suggested items: Comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, umbrella (depends), camera
  • Start location: Mapo Station, exit 2 (line 5)
  • Usually held on: Thursdays
  • Start time: 5 p.m.

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KoreanFood101

Become a Korean food expert in 3 hours

Insa-dong and Bukchon, home of the Joseon Dynasty and a collage of Korean culture. Experience the traditional food and culture of Korea while remaining in the heart of the 600-year-old capital city. You will discover traditional Korean houses, temples, and Korean history and get a crash course in sampling traditional Korean foods including bibimbap, housemade tofu, kimchi, and Buddhist temple cuisine.

Here’s a breakdown.

  • A variety of traditional Korean foods, simple and gourmet
  • Watch tofu being made
  • Explore the historic Bukchon neighborhood and palace beltway
  • Get to know famous Korean restaurants
  • Try foods that you could brag about to your friends

Wear comfortable shoes and bring an ample appetite.

TOUR GUIDE

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INFORMATION

  • Minimum reservation: 2 people
  • Length of tour: approx. 3 1/2 hours
  • Type: Walking, eating
  • Included: Basic foods and drinks
  • Food types for special diet consideration: raw shellfish, gluten products, high sodium
  • Suggested items: Comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, camera
  • Start location: Anguk Station (line 3), exit 1 in front of Starbucks
  • Usually held on: Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays
  • Start time: 11 a.m.

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Dark Side

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Murder! Ghosts! Sex! This is the side of Seoul that you won’t find in the tourism brochures. Take a tour down the dark alleys of the forgotten 600-year history of bloody massacres, seedy hideaways, and mourning ghosts. Stops on this tour include the following:

  • A palace so haunted that the famous Queen Min refused to spend the night there.
  • The bridge whose stones tell a dark story that lovers and passersby know nothing about
  • A neighborhood known to be occupied by the spirits of prostitutes who met grisly ends

Along the way we regale tales of Seoul’s famous ghosts and murderers, weird and surprising landmarks, and the ancient city’s scandalous secrets.

This is not a food tour. There will be an opportunity to buy refreshments. Ladies will receive a measure of protection from certain Japanese ghosts.

Children under 18 should not take this tour. It involves violent stories, sex jokes, and foul-mouthed tour guides.

INFORMATION

  • Length of tour: approx. 2 hours
  • Type: Walking
  • Food types: not included but opportunity to buy street food and refreshments will be made
  • Suggested items: Comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, umbrella (depends), camera, change of underwear
  • Start location: Anguk Station, exit 2 (line 3)
  • Usually held on: Fridays
  • Start time: 7 p.m.
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PalaceFoodWalk Samcheong-dong and Tongin-dong, neigborhoods near the main palace and Cheongwadae, the Korean president’s residence. Samcheong-dong street is lined with hanoks (traditional Korean houses) that have been renovated into cozy cafes, galleries, and restaurants. Walking along the old stone fence of the palace, you can look over the Korean president’s residence Cheongwadae and pass through the narrow alley of a traditional grocery market, where you can stop and sample some tteokbokki (spicy chewy rice cakes) and kimbap (rice and ham rolls). While walking around the neighborhood, you can try Tibetan style noodles, visit a B&B in a traditional Korean house, and check out old Japanese buildings renovated as restaurants.

TOUR GUIDE

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Veronica Kang

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Traditional or modern, Korean food has a lot of diversity in concept and seasonality. Have a special Korean fine dining experience in Seoul with an expert as your dinner companion, guiding you through the intricacies of the courses. Also imbibe in traditional spirits as you dine.

TOUR GUIDE

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Veronica Kang

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If you want to do the tour on another date we may have some options available. Please contact us.

Personalized tours are available.
Please contact us to plan your own food trek.

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