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Our guides are old hats in Seoul, Korea. Some are bloggers. Some are interpreters. Some are chefs and food writers. They ALL have a passion to show visitors around their ‘hoods.
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Tour Tips – Things to do in Korea
The New Guide to Noryangjin Fish Market
One of the best places to visit in Seoul is Noryangjin Fish Market. It's like an aquarium where you can eat the exhibits. Unlike a lot of fish markets around the world, many of the fish are still alive in tanks. Because of that, it doesn't smell as rank as other...
The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Insa-dong
Insa-dong is one of the top tourist destinations in Seoul. It's been one of my favorite places since I moved here in 2004. I've watched it go through a ton of changes, and it's currently going through another makeover. Many of us pine for the lost Insa-dong of yore....
10 Days in Seoul: A food guide
This is your ultimate Seoul food guide. Reader (and friend) Żaklina had this question: Do you have recommendations or a 10-day restaurant tour guide for Seoul? My parents are coming to visit for 2 weeks, and I'm looking to take...
Parasite Filming Locations
If you're in Seoul and are a film of the Oscar-winning film "Parasite," you will be interested in visiting some filming locations. Most of the film was shot on a sound stage. Half the Parks' house was digitized, so it's not available. Yet there are a few iconic shots...
14 Must-eat Korean Foods In Seoul and Where To Eat
I've been writing about Korean food in Seoul since 2004 at ZenKimchi. I've consulted Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Travel Channel, and other world media in finding the must eat Korean...
Restaurants in Myeong-dong: A Quick Guide
Where are the good restaurants in Myeong-dong? Short answer: There aren't any. No, that isn't entirely true. If you're looking for great food in Myeong-dong be prepared for disappointment. Here's why. A long time ago, Myeong-dong was a great vibrant place for food....
Adventures we have on our excursions
ROK On’s Dark Side of Seoul Video
ROK On's Noe Alonzo joined us on the Dark Side of Seoul tour last Friday. Here is a taste of what to expect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ds6tLCYBEH8 We perform the tours almost every Friday at 7 p.m. make sure to sign up! And bring...
Video: ZenKimchi Korean Food Tours
Prominent video blogger Noe Alonzo made a video of our Ultimate Korean BBQ Experience tour. Take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojQaC_PjFow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMJl_KdvOmk Make sure to sign up for our next tour, usually every Thursday evening. If...
Food Tour: Ultimate Korean BBQ Experience
Check out this tour. It's more than BBQ. It's a complete Korean lifestyle experience--with a stop at what is considered the best and most underrated Korean BBQ restaurant in Seoul. We are conducting the tours many times during the summer. BOOK NOW!
The Original ZenKimchi Korean Food Journal
Recipe: Acorn Jelly Salad (Dotorimuk Muchim 도토리묵무침)
This Korean vegan recipe--oh, why do I even bother saying it's vegan? It's just good. I had it for the first time during my second year in Korea. San Maul, which is still my favorite restaurant, tucked in the southern foot of Mt. Gwanaksan....
10 Ways to Survive a Korean Summer
These are the foods we cling to that makes the blistering Korean summer bearable. Let’s pop open the ice chest and share the goodies.
Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 5: Taste vs. Well-being
Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean people will buy it. It’s gotta taste good too.