Food can be a great way to get to know a culture. It's so true, particularly in Korea where you can find one of the most exotic culinary cultures and cuisines. Korean food (globally speaking) is pretty underestimated compared to that of Japan or China, but it sure does boast its own uniqueness and exquisite tastes. Explore and get to know the real Korea through food tour korea and cooking classes, you'll be fascinated.
We'll be looking into some of the places that offer the best food experience in South Korea, either it's a cooking class or a food tour korea. Now gather up, all the food lovers out there!
Having a motto of "Experience Korea through cuisine", they started to offer cooking classes and food tour korea for travelers after years of promoting Korean cuisine and food culture through books, researches, consulting and video productions. It's pretty obvious that O'ngo is largely dedicated to studying Korean food and properly educating people with the traditional Korean cuisine.
There are a variety of tour / class options. The cooking classes include beginner, intermediate, advanced course, halal cooking and team building courses. Price and schedule varies depending on the class. O'ngo is a great option if you are interested in a more professional cooking class.
- Beginner : 65 USD, 2 hours per each class
- Intermediate : 120 USD, 2.5 hours per each class
- Advanced : 250 USD, 3 hours per each class
* Visit their official website to see more detailed descriptions about cooking classes offered.
The tours offered by O'ngo all have their own distinctive theme, such as night-out dining tour, street food and BBQ tour, market tasting tour, halal food tour and so on. You can also choose the city you want to do your tour in, including Seoul, Busan, Jeonju and Jeju.
If you are a real food lover and eager to master Korean food culture, take the 10 days culinary Korea exploration course where you will be taken to 7 different cities around Korea to experience local food cultures and traditions. You will also be offered with cooking classes, temple stay experience, Royal Court Cuisine meal and a lot more. It might be a little pricey but would totally worth it.
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The name of the lab, OME (sounds like o-mi), refers to 5 tastes in Korean ; sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy.
OME Cooking Lab is a Korean cooking studio where you're offered with not only the cooking classes but also local market tours. The guide will first take you to one of the biggest food markets in Korea, Yakryeong market and Kyeongdong market, to do a grocery shopping together where you can experience the traditional market culture of Korea and get a chance to choose the fresh, local produce / ingredients yourself.
Compared to the programs offered by other agencies, it seems like OME provides bit more home-styled cooking classes with some easy going, warm and domestic atmosphere.
The menus differ by day so have a look at the days and menus and schedule your class. There are 2 class types ; Cooking class and dessert making class, both of which cost 60,000 KRW per person and last for 3 hours. You can dine with the classmates afterwards and share the food you made which will definitely be a great way to make international friends.
The lab also offers discounted package options if you're interested in checking out Nanta show, or renting a pocket wi-fi as well.
Price : 60,000 KRW for 3 hr course
Inquiries : firstname.lastname@example.org / +82-10-9909-0908
Address : 37-6, Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
* To find out more about the classes and the lab, visit their official website.
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Delectable Travels says that they are "A deliciously curated tour and events company", and apparently, they do provide some real good food tours including comparatively short day tours as well as a 5-day ultimate Korean food tour.
Delectable Travels seems like it has more of this young vibe to it.
This young and vibrant Korean food tour agency will take you to fun places such as Mullae-dong or Noryangjin Fish Market. Mullae-dong, not the most favorite destination that tourists would visit, is where a lot of young Korean artists have moved to due to the ridiculously increased rent around the main areas of Seoul city and as a result, now, filled with young artists and their artworks. You can say that Mullae-dong is kind of a hipster area of the city, with so many hidden gems. The guides will help you unearth the less-recognized yet real good places to eat out to around the area.
They will teach you some Korean "drinking games" as well, which is a big why the heck not! Enjoy a night out with international friends, learning some drinking games and get to know the real, local dining out / drinking culture of Korea.
You will be taken to Mapo Fish Market for the fish market tour course. The market seems like a huge aquarium, only that all the fish there is edible and for sale. You will get to choose your own seafood ingredients (with a bit of help from the guide, of course) for your dish. You can have it cooked or raw, on site. Ever tried live octopus before? It's time, give it a go while you're on the tour.
Not only do they offer relatively shorter day tours but also the private or 5-day ultimate Korean food tour courses. In this tour, you'll get a chance to explore the real Korean culture, through eating, visiting places and participating in activities. It's an all inclusive tour including accommodations (Hanok stay included), private transportation and all the meals and activities.
- West side Seoul tour (Mullae-dong) : 80 USD for 3 hrs.
- Mapo Fish Market tour : 90 USD
- Ultimate food tour : Full-day tour of 2 persons for 650 USD. Price varies depending on the number of participants / duration of tour.
- 5-day ultimate korean food tour seoul: 2,500 USD per person.
* Visit their official website to find out more about the tours offered or for inquiries.
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Seoul Hunters provide south korea food tours around Seoul with 3 different themes ; Seoul food tour, Noryangjin Fishmarket tour and Seoul pub crawl. They claim that their ultimate goal is to introduce the real Korea through food experiences and drinking culture. There's also a private, customizable tour available upon request so pick your own destinations and tastes, and have all of your needs and wants completely satisfied.
You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide who claims to have fantastic photography skills as well, and send you all the pictures of you and your friends having fun, which is a huge plus.
Hongdae, the area in Seoul city with the most vibrant nightlife, is where you're going to have the pub crawl tour. You will be visiting a total of 3 stops including a K-BBQ restaurant and 2 local pubs. In all of the 3 stops, they will let you drink heaps and teach you how to "drink" like a Korean. It's a 3-hour tour, from 7:00 ~ 10:00 in the night (time adjustable). Since the theme is (almost) all about drinking and getting to the drinking culture of Korea, they do not accept underage (must be older than 19) participants.
If you are taking part in Seoul food tour, they will take you to Jongno District, one of the most traditional areas in Seoul city. The tour lasts for 3 hours and has 3 stops ; K-BBQ restaurant, traditional rice cake place and Gwangjang market. Since the area holds so much history within, the guides will teach you bits and pieces of Korean history and tradition as well. The tour would be a great option if you want to explore bit more traditional side of Korea. Also, good news for those who do not drink, they will give you a $5 discount for that one and offer you soft drinks instead.
The fish market tour will take you to Noryangjin Fish Market, the biggest fish market in Seoul, and let you pick your own seafood ingredients and have them prepared / cooked for you right away at the restaurants upstairs. It's rather a small group walking tour, for 2 and half hours. You can also get a $5 discount if you don't drink.
- Seoul pub crawl (Hongdae) : 89 USD for 3 hrs
- Seoul food tour : 84 USD for 3 hrs
- Seoul fish market tour : 84 USD for 2.5 hrs
Inquiries : email@example.com / +82-10-8688-9376
* To find out more about Seoul Hunters and make a booking, visit their website.
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Hansik refers to Korean traditional food in Korean. That being said, you can tell what I love Hansik is all about. The company is focused on promoting Korean food culture and the tourism. Courses offered by I love Hansik include cooking classes, food tours and food studying classes.
Regular courses are available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean and Special courses are available in French, German, Italian, Turkish, Thai, Indonesian and more. As much as there are lots of language options available, the chefs are also international, including Korean, Japanese and Chinese.
Cooking classes consist of 3 different themes ; Korean street food, home meal and special (such as holiday food) cooking class. Price, time, menu and duration of the course all differ so pick one that best suits your schedule and interests.
- Street food : 65 USD for 1.5 hrs (12:30 ~ 14:00)
- Home meal : 80 USD for 2 hrs (18:00 ~ 20:00)
- Special : Price varies.
There are 2 types of tours available, one-day and special. In the one-day tour program, you will be taken to Mangwon traditional market where the guide will teach you about Korean traditional food ingredients and show you the market culture. You can have tastings of street food and traditional / local food at the market, too.
If you want to explore all different local food cultures of South Korea, don't hesitate to take part in the special tour since they will take you to different places and cities and offer you one of a kind food experiences.
- One-day : 65 USD for 1.5 hrs (10:00 ~ 11:30)
- Special : Price varies.
Address : 2F, 282, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Inquiries : +82-70-7786-1445 / firstname.lastname@example.org
* Go on to I love Hansik's official website to find out more about the details.
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